Katherine Bulmer best for Wearside

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THE decline in Sunderland schools’ athletics standards was further emphasised in the Durham Schools’ Athletics Championships at Monkton Stadium on Saturday.

Competing under the banner of the biggest area, Wearside, they could only finish third in one of the seven overall categories and had just six first places.

West Wearside came away from Jarrow with eight firsts and were placed in three of the overall categories.

Top performer for Wearside was Katherine Bulmer, who won the senior girls’ shot in a national standard of 11.57m. St Aidan’s Michael Wilson, third last year in the English Schools’ junior boys’ 800m, won the intermediates’ two-lap event in 1.59.3 – three-tenths of a second outside the English Schools’ standard.

Rachel Scott won the inters’ 200m in 27.60sec, Alix Waites took the 300m in 43.20 and Abigail Smith landed the 80m hurdles in 12.50sec. Ashleigh Stone (4.57m) won the senior long jump.

West Wearside had four inter boys winners, with Ryan King securing an English Schools’ standard of 6.46m in the long jump. Joey Williams won the 400m hurdles (58.40sec), Jason Clarke took the triple jump (12.38m) and Cameron Toole triumphed in the hammer (28.86m).

Oliver Wellands (5.06m) won the juniors boys’ long jump

They also had three inter girls winners – Sarah Puwkiss in the long jump (4.49m), Erie Harrison in the discus (22.12) and Lisa Ryan in the javelin (28.26).

Easington had three winners, with Michael Bryce taking the inter boys’ javelin (42.50m), Georgia Dawson winning the inter girls 100m (13.1sec) and Chloe Price the 800m (2.17.7).