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Squad hold on to top spot

June 6th, 2013 by News Desk

A DEPLETED Ashford AC squad travelled to Bracknell for the second round of the UK Youth Development League but still secured and excellent third place overall.
Despite missing some of their best athletes the composite Ashford/Thanet AC squad responded superbly setting a succession of personal best to delight manager Tina Tappenden.
The 34 athletes gelled well with many of them competing in a number of events, which typified the spirit of the team.
A fine example of the team’s determination was tiny Alice Bussey’s run in the Under 13 girls 1200 metres, where a tremendous last 200 metres moved her from sixth place to third place, reducing her personal best time by an amazing 15 seconds.
Only 11 points separated the top three teams but Ashford/Thanet will still be in first place in the overall league placings.
The next match is at the Julie Rose Stadium on Saturday, June 22 and a good turnout for this penultimate match is needed to try to win with a high points total to put the pressure on Crawley in the last match of the season.
Final match points: 1 Brighton and Hove AC 466, Crawley AC 461, Ashford/Thant 455, 4 Bracknell 422.5, 5 Camberley 400.5, 6 Cambridge Harriers 382.
The U15s were the most successful squad with four Ashford victories with Emilia Isaac having a convincing win in the A 75m hurdles with 12.6 and Grace Sullivan taking the A long jump with 4.70m.
Jaimeee-Ann Heyes won the B hammer with a personal best 20.19m and was second in the A javelin while Emilie Knights-Toomer won the B javelin and had a persoanl best in the 200m.
Other bests were set by Danielle Godden in the A shot and there was a good display by Ellie Atkins in the A 1500m. The 4x100m squad also set a personal best time in taking second with 52.8 seconds.
The boys also shone with a pole vault victory for Alex Hardy with a personal best 2.90m with his Thanet teammate Leon King winning the B event in a pb for the double.
Ed Miller notched two wins taking the B discus in a pb 29.07m and the B javelin with 31.69m and Jake Timmins won the A 80m hurdles in another best of 13.0 as well as a second in the high jump. Ed also was second in the B shot with a best of 8.66m.
Other bests came from George Maher, Peter Banks, Oliver Marsh and Ellis Bennett.
A young U13 squad had no Ashford winners but a rash of best performances. Faith Etokowo had two seconds with a best in the 75m hurdles, Hannah Brooks was second in the shot with a pb and another best in the 800m, Ella Hindle secured two personal bests as did Alice Bussey.
In the boys Lewis Godden’s second in the long jump was the best performance in a best of 4.68m as well as a best in the 200m and there were three bests notched by Craig Deeley in the high jump, 800m and 75m hurdles. Tom Keavney provided valuable points in three events
Full squads were: U15 boys: Peter Banks, Philipos Stamatiou, Ellis Bennett, Oliver Marsh, George Mayer, Frank Webster, Jake Timmins, Leon King, Alex Hardy, Adam Jacques, Ed Miller, James Anderson; Girls,
Alice Fox, Madilyn Johnson, Emily Knights Toomer, Danielle Gooden, Ellie Atkins, Emilia Isaac, Amber de Moubray, Grace Sullivan, Jaimee- Ann Heyes, Chloe Williams.
U13 boys: Lewis Godden, Thomas Keavney, Jack Seery, Craig Deeley, Benjamin Davis; Girls, Omega Skeen, Jade Curtis, Ella Hindle, Hannah Brooks, Alice Bussey, Faith Etokowo, Emily Giardina.

Youngsters lay down gauntlet

May 7th, 2013 by News Desk

THE combined Ashford/Thanet team made a winning start in the Youth Development League at Eltham with fine performances from the younger athletes.
They took the honours by just five points in a tight battle with Crawley AC led by a terrific double in the U15 75m hurdles won by Emilia Isaac in a personal best 12.5 and Alexandra Prickett winning the B race in 13.7.
The link-up by the two Kent club also proved beneficial with further doubles in the U15 pole vault by Ashford’s Alex Hardy with 2.50m and Thanet’s Leon King taking B points with 2.00m and again in the javelin won by Ed Millar with 34.12m and James Anderson 31.49.
Thanet chipped in with doubles from Adam Jaques and Anderson in the hammer and Luke Cressey and Harry Lutz in the U13 high jump. Anderson had another win in the B discus with Miller second in the B event with a personal best 28.72m.
Jaimee-Ann Heyes had a good day winning thr U15 A discus in a personal best 20.61m with Chloe Williams second in the B event and Heyes was also second in the B javelin with another best of 22.59m with Emily Knights-Toomer second in the A javelin. Chloe was also third in the A hammer.
Hannah Owen set a personal best 9.07m winning the U15 A shot with Chloe Foord winning the B long jump in a best of 4.30m with good contributions in both events from Emilie Isaac.
Jade Curtis and Hannah Graham secured good points in the U13 long jump Jade winning the A event (4.17m) and Hannah third in the B with a personal best 3.44m. Jade also had a pb taking second in the A 70m hurdles.
Faith Cox notched a personal best 2:47.9 in winning the B U13 800m and George Mayer had B wins in the U15 shot and long jump.
Jake Timmins and Oliver Marsh both had fine seconds in the U15 80m hurdles and Timmins also won the B high jump.
Thanet’s Omega Skeen looks a rising young talent narrowly edged in the U13 A 75m but turning the tables winning the 150m honours. Ashford’s Faith Etokowo was a fine second in the U13 A high jump.
The Ashford/Thanet squads then joined forces to secure wins in the U15 boys 4x100m and 4x300m relays plus seconds in the U13 girls 4x100m and U15 4x100m.

Final points were Ashford/Thanet 499, Crawley 494, Brighton & Hover 457, Bracknell 372, Camberley 334, Cambridge Harriers 330.

YDL match report

May 1st, 2013 by News Desk

From Chas Robinson
The first meeting of the new Youth Development League (Southern division S2) took place at the Julie Rose Stadium on Sunday. The Ashford AC club have joined forces with Thanet AC to form a composite team and forty athletes turned out to carry the team to first place success in this inaugural meeting.
This was a notable success as there were strong teams from Crawley and a Sussex Composite team, as well as teams from Horsham, Bexley, Medway and Invicta/Paddock Wood. The competition is for two age groups, under 17 and under 20, for male and female athletes. With a full programme of events up to 3000 metres on the track and all field events, the Ashford/Thanet team managed to cover 80 of the 102 A and B events available and seven of the eight relay races (unfortunately the team failed to get the baton round in two of the races).
During the day’s competition, many of the Ashford under 17 athletes competed in both age groups as there was a shortage of under 20 athletes; in addition, athletes are restricted to a maximum number of events they are allowed to contest.
The level of team spirit was noticeable, with athletes being encouraged and helped throughout the day. Also there were many parents and coaches supporting the team which undoubtedly helped towards the day’s success. Hardest worked was team manager, Tina Tappenden, who, although short of athletes, still had a team of 40 to organise.
Everyone played their part in the team’s success and highlight of the day was 16 year old Ellie Gooding’s clearance of 3.75 metres in the under 17 women’s pole vault, for a personal best height to take first place and to go to number 1 in the Under 17 UK rankings. Her clearance also places her 9th. in the senior rankings.
One disappointment of the day was George Huxley’s disqualification after winning the 100m B string race in a new electronic pb; he lost the race through an admin error, but later made up for this by winning the 110 hurdles by a considerable margin.
A good start to the season for the club’s future stars and the new management team. The next meeting will be on Sunday 2nd. June at the Lewes Leisure Centre.

Ashford/Thanet Team:
Under 20 Women: -Sophie Clayton, Abbie Purkis, Debbie Martin.
Under 20 Men: – Blake Robinson, Jacob Lane, George Huxley, Jack Huxley, Neil Daughters, Adam Penny, Tom Williams.
Under 17 Women: – Charlotte Tappenden, Lana Foyle, Ellie Gooding, Mary Coleman, Rhiannon Wallwork, Katie Keet, Diana Adegoke, Georgia Jackson, Ashleigh Newell, Chelsie Nicholson, Joanne Hardway, Bethany Kimber, Becky Cock, Ciara Ewart, Pippi Randall, Hattie Malloy.
Under 17 Men: – Ashley Buckman, Aaron Meakin, Alex Lynch, Lewis Smith, Ethan Collins, Kyle Denning, Kieran Eland, Joseph Briault, Matt Otterwill, Robert Banks, Declan Burton, Ben Isaac, Oliver Williams, Bradley Sloan.