Mossbourne Academy boys clinch success in Islington Schools Running League

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Mossbourne Academy pair Luca Minale and Nile McKenzie clinched victories in the Islington Schools Running League with two races to spare.

Minale maintained his 100 per cent record in the Years 7-8 boys’ category with a fourth successive win in Monday’s race around Emirates Stadium – and McKenzie matched that achievement in the Years 9-10 event.

It means neither of the Mossbourne boys can now be denied their respective individual titles when the league resumes in March.

Minale, 12, completed three laps of the stadium in a time of seven minutes 38 seconds, to consign Highbury Grove’s Marwan Said (7:50) to the runners-up spot for the fourth time this season.

Another Mossbourne student, Harrison Elles, took third place in 8:03 while, in the team event, St Aloysius’ College picked up their second win to close the gap on leaders Highbury Grove.

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In the Years 9-10 race, McKenzie (7:21) held off David Keto of St Aloysius’ by just two seconds, with Central Foundation’s Mohammed Saci (7:39) taking third place.

In the team event, St Aloysius’ are looking hard to beat after their fourth straight victory left them five points clear of closest challengers Central Foundation.

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Stoke Newington’s Felix Waters picked up her third victory of the season in the Years 7-8 girls’ race, clocking 8:18 to hold off a quartet of Clapton Girls Academy runners.

Evelyn Dumbleton (8:29) was the first of those to finish, with Robine van Doorn (8:43) in third as Clapton Girls cemented their position at the top of the team standings.

In the Years 9-10 girls’ event, Stoke Newington duo Lily McKay (8:21) and Meg Naylor (8:23) filled the first two places, while Molly Bennett (Clapton Girls Academy) finished third – her highest ever league finish – in 9:12.

Meanwhile, in the team competition, Clapton Girls Academy are clear favourites for the title after completing their fourth straight victory to go eight points ahead of second-placed Highbury Fields.

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