Coach Michael pays tribute to Westbury girls after west success

WESTBURY  Harriers girls’ team manager and coach Jason Michael has praised his athletes after their  impressive performance at the South West Cross Country Championships in Yeovil.

The U13 girls were clear winners, with three girls in the top 10, led home by Clemmie Lee in 4th, closely followed in 6th by new signing Charlotte Warren on her club debut,  Laura Chance 10th and 4th scorer home was  Stephanie Hamilton- James in 52nd place on her seasonal debut.

Westbury’s U17s clinched the title with a fine performance from the ever improving Rosie Hamilton-James, who finished in 3rd, the rest of the team were tightly packed with Lottie Livesey in 12th, Emily Whitaker 15th & Rhiannon Paten in 16th.

“We had 19 girls entered for the day, but 6 pull out with illness and injury in the days leading up to the meeting, so I went from confident of medals, to just hoping we got full teams out in the end,” said Michael.

“The U17s are a strong, tight unit, and I was sure they would do well, but the U13s victory was unexpected.  Charlotte Warren on her club debut ran fantastic, as did Steph Hamilton-James, stepping up to make her seasonal debut, in a race that tough, to make sure we had a full team.

“We have such depth to our squads, it just goes to show that every single runner at a club is as important as everyone else.”