Kent League, Tonbridge – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club’s Gypsy Nash reinforced her prowess with a league record breaking hammer throw of 47.68m at the first Kent Young Athletes League fixture of the season.  It was a red hot but blustery day at Tonbridge Athletics track for the under 13 and under 15 girls of Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club as they battled against tough competition from the best clubs in the county.
In the under 15 girls’ team, Ciara Harrop and Olivia Laws secured the first points on the board in the 75m hurdles. This was soon followed by a narrow 3rd place finish from Annabel Young in the 2km walk.  Mia Franklin and Annaleise Kerswill held their own against strong athletes from Blackheath and Bromley AC in the 100m, and county 100m champion, Princess Ammesota, won the 200m race in an impressive personal best time of 26.9s.  Amy Jukes secured a seasons best performance in the long jump and Abigail Royden and Lily Crossley tackled a tough field in the 800m. Annabel Young was 2nd in the 2000W with a PB 11:51.9.  In the 4x300m relay, Abigail Royden, Amy Jukes, Alejandra Alonso and Annabel Young overcame some bad luck to finish in a credible 5th place.
The small but determined team of under 13 girls demonstrated fantastic team spirit by competing in multiple events, including first time performances in the discuss and hammer throws from primary school athletes Iris Crossley and Heidi Hughes.  Emily Moyle had a fantastic race in the 70m Hurdles, earning 3rd place in a personal best time of 12.4s.  Evie Cameron and Milly Davidson-Houston battled a strong field in the sprints with Evie securing an outstanding 2nd in the 150m (20.7) as well as 3rd in the 75m (10.6s).  There were PBs in the Shot for Millie Davidson-Houston (5.71m) and Evie Cameron (5.34m). Iris Crossley (2:51.6) and Heidi Hughes (2:56.0) rounded off the day with personal best times in the 800m.
Overall it was a solid performance from the M&M girls despite the absence of some experienced athletes.  The day ended on a high with both teams demonstrating slick changeovers to achieve seasons best performances in the 4x100m.  Well done girls!
The U15 boys saw Dylan Purton take 3rd place in the 100m ‘A’ (12.3s) and Kieran Isaac ‘B’ (12.6). Dylan also running a PB for 2nd in the 200m ‘A’ (24.2) and Ben Lineker 1st ‘B’ also with a PB (25.8). In the 800m Hayden Gear ran strongly for a PB (2:20.2) for 3rd place. The 80mH saw Daniel Hardy 4th ‘A’ and Kai Prendergast 2nd ‘B’. There were PBs and 1st places for both Samuel McCarthy and Robert Wright in the 2000W 12:49.5 and 14:30.9 respectively. The Shot saw 3rd place for Kieran Isaac (10.25m). The 4x100m team finished 4th (49.1) and 4x300m 3rd with a SB (2:48.1).
The U13 boys saw strong runs in the 100m for both Daniel Shoyoye 3rd ‘A’ (13.7) and Charlie Rouse 1st ‘B’ (14.0). In the 800m both Ethan Rollings and Theo Ronchetti both ran great PBs with Ethan 3rd ‘A’ (2.33.0) and Theo 1st ‘B’ (2.33.1) with Theo also running a PB in the 75mH (15.8) for 2nd ‘B’ with Stanley Cook 4th ‘A’ (16.0). Another PB in the 1000W for Theo and 1st ‘B’ (7.26.3) with Casey-Preston Lougheed 2nd ‘A’ and PB (7:15.9) followed by another PB in the High Jump (1.10m). Lennon Franklin was 4th in the shot with a PB (4.0m). With PBs for both Daniel Shoyoye (13.64m) and Cameron Isaac (11.28) in the Discus and a PB for Stanley Cook (17.44m) in the Javelin and Casey-Preston Lougheed (14.65m). A strong run in the 4×100 saw the M&M team take 3rd.
Another solid performance by the boys with plenty of high placings and PBs.
Well done all.