Runners-up are from same club

PUBLISHED: 14:01 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

COLIN’S CREW: Hurdlers Helen van Kempen, Claire Humphries 
and Stephanie Gaynor are coached by Colin Gaynor at Gosling

COLIN'S CREW: Hurdlers Helen van Kempen, Claire Humphries and Stephanie Gaynor are coached by Colin Gaynor at Gosling

THE winner of the School Pupil of the Year category was always going to be an athlete - all the nominees were track and field stars. Five of the six candidates - Katie Caulfield, Jodie Williams, winner Richard Humphries, Claire Humphries and Lauren Thomps

THE winner of the School Pupil of the Year category was always going to be an athlete - all the nominees were track and field stars.

Five of the six candidates - Katie Caulfield, Jodie Williams, winner Richard Humphries, Claire Humphries and Lauren Thompson - are all members of the Gosling-based Herts Phoenix club.

All six nominees enjoyed track and field success last summer, none more so than teenage WGC sprinter Williams.

Now at Queenswood in Brookmans Park, Jodie enjoyed a tremendous season on the track indoors and out and claimed a hatful of national medals.

The sprint sensation won the junior girls' 100m title at the English Schools' Championships outdoors at Birmingham.

She finished the year ranked number one in the UK in the U15 age group in the 60m, 100m and 200m and is already producing more blockbusting performances in the current indoor season.

Previous winner Claire Humphries was also up for the award again after another fine season on the track for Herts Phoenix AC and her school, Sir Frederic Osborn.

Already an established sprint hurdler, Claire missed out on the main prize to her brother Richard, who enjoyed an astonishing first season in the hammer circle, as well as on the rugby pitch.

Monk's Walk schoolgirl Katie Caulfield was put forward after achieving a personal best of 5.25m in the long jump to claim an English Schools' bronze medal.

Katie was also a member of the bronze-medal winning Herts Schools' 4x100m relay squad.

"Katie and her family have shown a huge commitment to her athletics, giving up numerous weekends and travelling hundreds of miles," said Monk's Walk PE teacher Simon Hills

"Katie has also shown huge commitment to training, along with high levels of school work.

"She continues to have a fantastic attitude to learning in school."

Lauren Thompson has broken records at Onslow St Audrey's in the long jump and hurdles.

Last season she became the school's first county champion for a number of years in the long jump and thanks to these efforts she won an athletics scholarship with Herts Phoenix.

Sir Frederic Osborn School's James Cook was the other Welwyn Hatfield pupil put forward for the award in 2007 for his javelin throwing exploits.

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