Megan and Jack heading to nationals

TWO of Dyke House College’s star athletes are heading to the English Schools’ National finals next week.


TWO of Dyke House College’s star athletes are heading to the English Schools’ National finals next week.

Sprinter Megan Costello and high jump specialist Jack Griggs have made their mark on the Cleveland county scene and will compete in Birmingham when the English Schools’ National Track & Field competition takes place on July 13/14.

Costello, 15, has been shining on the track over the last couple of years and has established herself as one of the most promising sprinters in the country with Gateshead Harriers.

Griggs, 14, is now ranked No 1 in the north for his age at the high jump even though he has never worked with a specialised high jump coach.

The former Holy Trinity pupil said: “I feel very proud that I’m representing the county for the first time.

“Getting to nationals is a massive achievement in itself but I’m going to do the best I can, competing against the top ranking athletes in the country, and I’m looking forward to getting experience at this level. 

“Having another athlete from Dyke House be selected as well is great for the school and it does help knowing someone familiar will also be going down to Birmingham with me.”

Griggs and Costello are part of Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad scholarship programme and as part of that they have been having sessions with Olympic long jumper Chris Tomlinson.

Megan, a former Clavering pupil, is delighted to have qualified for the English Schools’ showpiece again, which is another sign of the progress she has made in recent years in the 100m.

“I am very proud to make it through to the finals,” she said. “These are the pinnacle of the athletics calendar for teenage athletes. They are called a ‘mini’ Olympics. Most teenage athletes plan their whole season around these championships.

“My aim is to make it to the semi-finals, anything beyond that will be a bonus. I am hoping that the excitement of the event will help me to improve my personal best.

“Having qualified last year I am aware of the high level of competition but as I am a first year Under-17 I will be racing against girls who are a year older than me. These girls are the best in the country.

“Last year I was the only athlete from Hartlepool, at first it was very daunting but my Cleveland teammates helped put me at ease and I ended up really enjoying myself.

“Having another athlete from Dyke House will make it slightly less daunting and I will be able to help Jack find his way and offer advice if needed.”