Graham lays in on

June 17th, 2013 by News Desk

VETERAN Graham Lay was one of the aces for Ashford in their Sweatshop Southern League meeting at Brighton with three victories and a second place.
A personal best 12.98m secured the A win in the shot well backed up by Chris Blandford who set his own best of 9.45m and the duo also scored strongly in the discus, hammer and javelin.
Blandford’s close battle in the A javelin earned second place but a mention as one of the athletes of the meeting with Lay winning the B event and Graham also won the B discus with Blandford third in the A event.
Blandford won the B hammer with Lay second in the A contest and another veteran Gary Carr turned on the heat to win the A 100m in 11.1 well supported by Jacob Lane third in the B race.
There was strong scoring in the 2000m steeplechase with seconds for Andrew Robertson and Kyle Denning; the high jump with seconds for Matt Smiley and Matt Hogben; the pole vault with second places by Luke Williams and Pete Le Rossignol and the triple jump with seconds for Ashley Buckham in a personal best 12.29m and veteran Steve Lake.
Lewis Smith claimed two personal bests with fine displays in the 200m and 400m and he also did well in the A long jump while Williams added a personal best in taking second in the 110m hurdles supporting Pete Davey who had two fine A thirds in the hurdles events. Denning had a pb in the strength sapping B 800m.
The women rose to the challenge despite missing some top names but the youngsters backed up by some of the veterans scored well despite notching only two overall wins.
Katie Keet won the B 100m hurdles in a personal best 41.9 and there was a best for Hattie Molloy second in the A race with 20.0 while Charlotte Tappenden won the B high jump with 1.30m backing up Katie Hamilton’s second in the A event with 1.40m.
Veteran Janine Brown showed her strength and all round abilities covering four events fourth in the A 800m well supported by Amanda Jukes second in the B race and Janine had a personal best 7:39.3 for second in the B steeplechase backing up Becky Weller.
Janine also was third in the A javelin and fourth in the B discus while fellow vets Candy Hawkins and Lesley Hall scored good points, Candy second in the A 3000m and Lesley taking on the hammer to support Abbie Purkis who also scored strongly in the A triple jump and shot and B 400m.
Under-17s Ciara Ewart, Pippi Randall, Keet and Charlotte Tappenden took up the challenge of the sprint events while Ciara notched a personal best 81.1 for second in the B 400m hurdles and picked up points in the B javelin.
Kim Smith was a fine third in the A 400m and fourth in the A discus and had a personal best 4.07m in the B long jump.

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