Oaklands athletes are top of the class indoors and out

PUBLISHED: 18:29 01 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

Corrine Humphries on the podium

Corrine Humphries on the podium

OAKLANDS Academy athletes dominated proceedings at the Hertfordshire Schools Cross-Country Championships held at Verulamium Park in St Albans by securing some of their best performances to date. Ronnie Sparke regained his senior boys title for another y

Cross-country runner Ronnie Sparke

OAKLANDS Academy athletes dominated proceedings at the Hertfordshire Schools' Cross-Country Championships held at Verulamium Park in St Albans by securing some of their best performances to date.

Ronnie Sparke regained his senior boys' title for another year and set a new 7,500m course record of 27 minutes 36 seconds in the process.

Ronnie is now ranked in the top three for the upcoming English Schools' Championships to be held in March.

Not far behind, 16-year-old Tom Carson demonstrated a powerful run to finish second, well ahead of the chasing pack.

In a busy weekend, Oaklands athletes also competed at the South of England Indoor Championships against older, more experienced athletes.

Huge crowds, including Olympic medallists Linford Christie, Jason Gardner and Mark Lewis-Francis, watched on as rising star Corrine Humphries won gold in the women's U20 60m with a time of 7.62 seconds.

Corrine will now compete at the European Senior Trials taking place in February.

In the men's 60m, Antoe Walters showcased what a force he is by taking the silver medal and a personal best of 6.84 secs.

Antoe is now placed second in the UK rankings.

Oaklands' Hannah Bright also came home with a medal, taking bronze in the U20 women's shot putt.

To wrap up the weekend, and following on from his recent success in the 3,000m Championships held at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, Rhys Glastonbury made his senior international debut running for Wales at the Icelandic Indoor Games.

Rhys secured bronze in the 3,000m following a very tactical and punishing battle against his competitors.

Gary Anderson, performance director at Oaklands, said: "These results were beyond our expectations!

"All our athletes, coaches and support staff are working extremely hard and giving 110 per cent.

"With results like these, the hard work is really paying off.

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