Athletes shine in meeting

August 10th, 2013 by News Desk

ASHFORD picked up five athlete of the match awards at their Sweatshop Southern League Division 2 South meeting at Eltham.
Rachel Hanagan took a fine double with the awards for her win in the triple jump where youngster Rhiannon Wallwork, still only U17 won the B event, and for her fine second in the 100m while George Huxley secured the only men’s award after a storming victory in the A 100m. Rachel also won the A long jump with Debbie Martin second in the B event.
Rising young U20 star Martin added to her tally of accolades winning the high jump while Ellie Gooding maintained her supremacy in the pole vault in a win double with Lana-Emily Foyle who took the B event.
In all Ashford had six double success with Pete Davey and Andy Robertson shining in the men’s 400m hurdles with 65.1 and 67.48 respectively while more success came in the pole vault with Charlie Jinks and Luke Williams taking maximum points with 4m and 3.60m respectively. Davey also won the 110m hurdles with Williams second in the B event.
The men added to their triumphs with maximums in the long jump with another rising star Ashley Buckham holding off older athletes to win the A event with 6.21m and veteran Steve Lake completing the double with 5.47m.
The hurdles brought more success as Laura Hanagan won the A 100m hurdles with Ellie Gooding taking the B honours and in a superb day Laura also won the A shot with Wallwork third and claimed the A javelin honours in fine style.
Ashford went close to further doubles with Matt Smiley narrowly edged out in the A high jump but Matt Hogben claiming the B event and Katie Hamilton was second in the B high jump to nearly match Martin’s A victory in the women.
Good points came in the 400m where Kim Smith and Foyle both secured seconds and Ashford youngsters all shone with good results from Ciara Ewart, Charlotte Tappenden, Keet, Foyle and Wallwork and well backed up by Amanda Jukes, Abi Purkiss and Sam Lynch.
In the men blade runner Kushal Limbu gained valuable points in the B 100m and javelin while a mixture of youth and experience brought rewards as Ashford aimed to cover as many events as possible with fine displays from Lewis Smith (second in the A 400m),Kyle Denning, Pete Le Rossignol, Stuart Chisholm, Dave Fox and Matt Iles.
In the match Ashford finished a creditable third edged out by just two points by St Marys Richmond and are currently mid-table.

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