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Stilwell shines as Phoenix rise above the mud
WHILE other teams were stuck in the mud, Wycombe Phoenix showed a clean pair of heels as they stormed to a dirty dozen medals at the Bucks Cross-Country Championships.
They won five golds, four silvers and three bronzes in Luton on Saturday.
The U13s set the trend with a team gold.
Katie Jones led them home in 14:20, with Maisie Pennant and Olivia Lowrie offering good support.
Jones also won individual bronze, while Emma Delgado matched her in the U17 event and Georgina Russell retained her U20s title to help Wycombe take another team gold in the combined U17/U20 category.
Meanwhile, the U13 boys team of Joe Styles, Dominic McDougall, Fin Bell and Olly Clay won silver, as did the U15 boys squad of Cameron Almand, Dan Weathers, Aiden Kingman and Sammy Taylor and the U17s men team of Bradley Lawrence, Ben Sendall, Jack Blyth and James Kingston.
Individually, Almand won U15s silver after moving up an age group and Ben Sutherland led from gun to tape to back up his U17s win last year with an U20s triumph.
Mateusz Sliwinski added a hard-won bronze, which was matched by Lawrence in the U17s race.
Harriers’ form in Luton continued a fine festive period for the club. Just before Christmas Kirsten Stilwell set a new national U11s 5km park run record when she came home in 19.33 in the the Black Park run.
Sutherland won his own category on the day with a time of 16:33 while Daniel Weathers was seventh in 17:54.
Harriers return to action on Saturday for the Chiltern League.
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