Poised for victory

July 7th, 2013 by News Desk

THE Ashford/Thanet composite squad go into the final UK Youth Development League Southern South 2 match at Erith Stadium needing a big effort if they are to snatch the title away from Crawley.
Crawley have a narrow lead from second placed Ashford but it will be a battle royal again after the two squads slugged it out toe to toe in the last contest.
A win by just one point gave Crawley their advantage in the U20/U17 contest at Sutton Valence but it was the Sussex team who squeaked home with 640 points to Ashford’s 639.
Once again the Ashford/Thanet side did their utmost to cover as many events as possible and had some notable successes.
Lewis Smith had a brilliant double with a personal best 59.88 to win the strength sapping U17 400m hurdles and added victory with another best in the triple jump with 12.20m while young Declan Burton produced a storming 3000m with the 15-year-old recording a fine personal best 9:59:08 to take the victory. Declan had another PB for third in the 1500m and Lewis was also fourth in the A discus.
Ellie Gooding maintained her domination in the pole vault winning the U17 event with 3.65m and then ran the U20 100m hurdles to notch another success with 15.61.
Debbie Martin has been irrepressible adding another double success winning the U20 B long jump with 4.49m and then claimed the shot honours with 6.21m.
However, she was below her best in her specialist event the high jump but a 1.60m clearance was still good enough for second place in the A event while Hattie Molloy took maximum points winning the B high jump with a personal best 1.45m. Hattie also won the B pole vault with 2.25m with Lana-Emily Foyle second in the A event with 2.55m and was second in the B triple jump.
Rhiannon Wallwork took on another impressive workload winning the U20 A triple jump with 11.35m, second in the A javelin with 16.90m and another second in the A long jump with 5.17m.
Mary Coleman is growing with experience with the 15-year old winning the U17B discus with 18.89m and had fine seconds in the A shot with 6.93m and A hammer with a personal best 18.78m.
Robert Banks soared to a personal best 5.41m in winning the U20 B long jump and was third in the U17 200m and fifth in the 100m while Ben Isaac won the U17 100m hurdles and was second in the long jump.
Jack Huxley backed up Jacob Lane’s second in the U20 high jump by winning the B event and the 16-year-old also claimed second in the discus and third in the pole vault. Jacob was also second in the A 110m hurdles.
Sisters Kate and Megan Lillington notched good points in the U20 800m, Kate winning the B event and both recording season bests while Kieran Eland had a personal best in taking second in the U17 800 and Ethan Collins and Will Dickinson also setting bests in the U20 events.
Ashley Buckman had a fine win the U20 triple jump despite being the youngest in his group; second with a personal best in the B 110m hurdles and third in the long jump.
Bethany Kimber was second in the B U20 200m backing up Katie Keet’s fourth in the A race and young Matthew Ottewill secured good points with third in the U17 javelin and fifth in the shot.
Rebecca Cock was second in the B 100m and discus and Ellery Ireland second in the A 200m while in the hurdles Charlotte Tappenden had a PB in the 300m hurdles as did Kyle Denning in the U20m 400m hurdles. Kyle was also second in the U17 high jump.
The team points tally was boosted by wins by Thanet teammates Diana Ageyoke, Oliver Cooper and Ashleigh Newell.
Other crucial points winners were Amber Guyett, Tamara Anderson, Alexander Webb and Chris Wall.
Ashford’s best performance in the relays came in a third with a personal best in the U17 4x300m squad of Tappenden, Kimber, Gooding and Coleman.

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