Medway and Maidstone (M&M) Athletics Club made great strides to finish in second place in the Kent Young Athletes League at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford with one match remaining this season.
In the under 15 girls’ team, hurdlers Ruby Towler, Annaleise Kerswill and Olivia Laws made a fantastic start on the track with all 3 athletes earning personal best performances in the 75m event. In the field, Ciara Harrop delivered a solid performance in the Long Jump and Lily Crossley equalled the U15 Girls’ club record of 1.80m in the Pole Vault. M&M sprinters once again demonstrated their prowess in the 100m with Princess Amesota securing 1st place (12.8s), Mia Frankin 3rd (14.1s) and Ciren Campbell in hot pursuit (15.0s). This success was followed by a double first placed finish in the 1500m with Anna Palmer winning the A race in 4m59.6s and Abigail Royden winning the B race in 5m27.5s. Alejandra Alonso and Amy Jukes battled strong fields in the 300m sprint and Alex Hannam delivered solid performances in both the Shot and Javelin. The day concluded with some enormous discus throws from Gypsy Nash (29.91m – grade 1 throw) and Sarah Shoyoye (18.53m). Gypsy was also presented with a medal for setting a new league record in the Hammer throw in the first match of the season.
In the under 13 girls’ team Beth Palmer made her debut in the 70m hurdles demonstrating excellent technique against a strong field. Sprinters Evie Cameron and Heidi Hughes followed on, with Evie winning the 75m race in a personal best time of 10.4s, earning Amateur Athletics Association grade 1 standard. Middle distance runners Sophie Stratford, Iris Crossley and Elizabeth Fry battled a strong field in the 1200m with Sophie and Elisabeth earning personal best performances. Evie Cameron was back on the track in the 150m setting her second personal best of the day (20.5s) alongside Kiera Hanks (22.2s) and Millie Davidson-Houston (23.2s). In addition to the success on the track, the small but determined team of U13 girls also competed in all the field events and demonstrated much promise for the future.
The team is looking forward to the final 2 league races of the season.
Boys’ results to follow.