SAL at Medway Park – Saturday 23rd June 2018

Medway and Maidstone AC contested their 3rd Southern Athletic League fixture at Medway Park on Saturday finishing 2nd to a strong Eastbourne team. This will still keep them in promotion contention in the jointly scored ladies and men match.
In the men’s competition Andre Wright had a fine sprint win double. Firstly winning the ‘A’ 100m in 11.1s with Nathan Isaac 2nd ‘B’ in 11.6s. With Wright repeating victory in the ‘A’ 200m in 22.2s with Conor Murphy winning the ‘B’ in 23.5. The 400m had a double victory with Joe Burton winning ‘A’ in 51.9 closely followed by U17 Ben Townend ‘B’ victory in a 52.00 pb. Jacques Cunningham Marsh was 2nd ‘A’ in the 800m in 2.00.2s with U17 Alex Donnelly another victor in the ‘B’ race with a 2.02.6 pb improving every time he races. Marley Godden was 3rd ‘A’ in a tough 1500m with Ben Hughes 2nd ‘B’ in 4.26.4. The 5000m had a gun to tape runaway victory for Tewelde Menges with a 15.22.3m pb in the ‘A’ race with Simon Habtom overcoming a stitch to secure victory in the ‘B’ in 16.38.8.m. The winning ways continued in the 2000m Steele chase Tom Collins winning ‘A’ in 6.49.0m and Mark Wilkins ‘B’ victor in 7.17.3m.  Lewis Heffernan and Andrejs Safars had earlier set the trend for the day winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ 400m hurdles with times of 57.8 and 63.00 respectively in ‘A’ and ‘B’ races. The pair followed this with 2nd places in the 110m hurdles with lewis recording a 16.3 pb in ‘A’ and Andrejs 19.8 in ‘B’. In the Field events. U20 Jack Roydon was Putting the senior Shot for the first time but this didn’t stop him gaining even victory to win ‘A’ in 12.53m. Well supported by Will Blake 2nd in ‘B’ with a 9.57m pb. Robert Mills triple jumped a 11.59m for 3rd ‘A’. Veteran Clive Thompson won the ‘B’ hammer with a 24.99m seasons best. U17’s Jonny Berry 1.75m and James Butcher 1.65m both gained 3rd places in a very competitive high jump competition. Marco Ronchetti and Andrejs Safars gained 3rd and 2nd places in the Pole Vault and great efforts also from George Clements James Grogan and Will Milham.
For the ladies 100m saw Eleanor Callaghan-Inge 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m in 13.1s with Emma Giles 1st ‘B’ 13.2s after a long period out with injury. An easy win for Darcey Kuypers in the 200 ‘A’ in 25.1s and in the ‘B’ 2nd for Lucy Maunders in 27.8s and her first outing at senior level, also taking 2nd place in the ‘A’ 400m in 66.2s which was also her first race over the distance. The 800m saw Stephanie Hearn 4th ‘A’  in 2.40.4s and went on to take 3rd in the 1500m ‘A’ in 5.36.3 after feeling unwell. Kerrie Clarke 3rd in the 800 ‘B’ 2.43.4 and a strong run for 2nd place in 11.59.9. With Bernadette Harrop contesting the ‘B’ 1500m for 2nd place in 5.46.4 and Claire Wilkins 2nd in the 3000m ‘B’ in 13.12.0. With Harrop and Wilkins also covering the 2000m steeplechase with Harrop ‘A’ 9.22.0 and Wilkins ‘B; in 10.22.0 for 3rd and 2nd respectively. Not her normal event, Grace Adeleye stepped in to cover the high jump in a very respectable 1.40m for 3rd place and U17 Bemi Kasuma ‘B’ competing at senior level for the first time to take 1st place and 4th in the Long Jump ‘B’ for 4.27m with Emma Giles ‘A’ also in 4th jumping 4.47m. The triple jump saw 3rd place for Zara Edeleanu ‘A’ in 9.91m with Grace Adeleye 2nd ‘B’ in 8.97m. There were both 1st places and PBs for Vanessa Hannam ‘A’ in the Shot 10.13m and Grace Adeleye ‘B’ 8.42m with Hannam also 1st in the Discus ‘A’ 34.22m and Jessica Blake ‘B’ taking 1st in 21.21m. With Hannam ‘A’ 3rd in the Javelin in 26.61m and Blake ‘B’ 4th in 17.13m. The Hammer saw strong performances with first places for both Blake ‘A’ in 38.49m and Adeleye ‘B’ 35.18m. The relays saw a strong win for the 4x100m team with a 2nd place for the 4x400m.
The next match is at Ashford Julie Rose Stadium on the 14th of July.
Well done all.