Youth Development League (lower age group), Medway Park – 22nd June 2019

Medway & Maidstone Athletic Club’s boys and girls consolidated their 2nd place position in Division 1 East in a home match at Medway Park on Saturday 22 June 2019.

The U15 and U13 girls gained their best score so far this season with some fantastic performances across all events.

In the U15G 75m hurdles, Ruby Towler (14.71s) and Ciara Harrop (17.50s) collected the team’s first points of the day. Sprinters, Princess Amesota, Mia Franklin and Ciren Campbell battled stiff competition in the 100m and 200m, with Princess obtaining a 200m PB of 26.7s followed by Alejandra Alonso securing a PB in the 300m (46.94s). In the middle distance, Anna Palmer ran from the front to score maximum points in the 800m (2.24.79) alongside Emma Ryan (2:35.74).  In the throws, Gypsy Nash and Sarah Shoyoye were dominant in the Hammer (47.46m) and (31.20m) and Discus (31.05) and (18.36m) respectively with national leading athlete Gypsy Nash winning both events.  Abigail Royden threw a personal best in the javelin of 18.1m winning the B string. In the high jump, Grace O’Connell (1.30m) and Annalise Kerswill (1.25m) gained yet more points for the club.  Lily Crossley made her debut in the Pole Vault with a first time clearance and personal best height (1.70m) to finish in 3rd place. Alex Hannam (7.67m) and Olivia Laws (7.40m) achieved personal best performances in the Shot Put.  In the U15s 4x100m Olivia Laws, Annaleise Kerswill, Mia Franklin and Princess Asemota finished strongly (58.82s). A strong performance and season’s best in the 4 x 300m for the U15 girls of Abigail Royden, Emma Ryan, Anna Palmer, Princess Asemota) in 3:04:99 finishing 3rd.

The Under 13G 70m hurdles were lead off by Emily Moyle for 2nd (11.97s) and first timer Molly Marsh 4th (15.28s). Strong runs in the 75m with Evie Cameron 3rd ‘A’ (10.56s) and Emily Moyle 2nd ‘B’ (10.60s) with Evie also taking 2nd place in the 150m (20.60s).  In the 800m, Amber Matthews (2:44.37s), Molly Marsh (2:49.96s), Elizabeth Fry (2:53.38) and Melissa Cagan (3:09.86) put in strong performances.  Despite the heat, Sophie Stratford (4.34.42) and Iris Crossley (4:30.64) ran a gruelling 1200m with both knocking seconds from their PBs.  Points for high jump were gained for first timer Beth Palmer and Heidi Hughes both jumping 1.10m.  Sophie Stratford then threw a PB in the javelin (9.99m) to close the field events. Finally a season’s best performances in the relay for the U13s 4x100m team of Melissa Cagan, Heidi Hughes, Emily Moyle and Evie Cameron for 4th (58.82).

The boys’ team had an equally fantastic day with strong performances all round and lots of PBs. The highlights from the U15B came from Cameron Featherstone and Hayden Gear who dominated in the 1500m winning the A and B strings with Cameron 4:32.81 and Hayden 4.33.34. There were strong runs in the 300m for Dylan Purton ‘A’ (38.26s) and Ben Lineker 1st ‘B’ (41.80s). There were equally strong performances in the Shot from Kieran Isaac 2nd  ‘A’ (10.71m) and Samuel McCarthy 2nd ‘B’ and PB (8.82m). Kieran followed this up with a PB in the 200m for 3rd (25.34secs). The U15 boys finished the day with 4th in the 4x100m and  the 4x300m relay team of Ben Lineker, Callum Featherstone, Cameron Featherstone and Charlie Brooker finishing 2nd with a time of 2:50.40s.

The U13B matched this with highlights from Cameron Isaac and Daniel Shohoye both coming 3rd in the 200m both achieving PBs with Daniel 5th ‘A’ (28.78s) Cameron 3rd ‘B’ (29.63s) Daniel also 5th in the 100m ‘A’ (13.74s) and Charlie Rouse 2nd ‘B’ (14.21). Our first year Lennon Franklin ran a superb 800m coming 2nd with a PB of 2.53.8. The 75mH saw Jake Foster ran a PB (15.02s) for 2nd place and Stanley Cook with a season’s best (15.66). These strong track performances were matched by our field athletes with PBs in the Shot Daniel Culver 3rd ‘A’ (8.28m) and Max Thorne 2nd ‘B’ (7.22m). PBs. Both boys also contested the Javelin Daniel 3rd ‘A’ (26.53m) and Max 2nd ‘B’ (22.44m). Charlie Rouse lept to a PB in the Long Jump (4.38m) and Jake Foster winning the ‘B’ High Jump in 1.25m. A strong run in the 4x100m team of Stanley Cook, Charlie Rouse, Cameron Isaac and Daniel Shoyoye taking 3rd (55.40s).