Hana­gan’s a golden girl

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

ASH­FORD AC’s Rachel Hana­gan took a ter­rific gold in the Kent Com­bined cham­pi­onships at Erith winning the un­der-17 hep­tathlon in com­mand­ing style.

Rachel fin­ished with 3,905 points – 151 clear of near­est ri­val Jodie Shaw of Med­way and Maid­stone.

They traded vic­to­ries through­out, Jodie edg­ing the 80m hur­dles in the open­ing event with 12,3 to Rachel’s 12.9 but Rachel went ahead af­ter the high jump with 1.49m.

Jodie closed to within 15 points winning the shot but Rachel’s decisive 25.9 in the 200m opened up a 196-point lead.

Shaw re­sponded by winning the long jump and javelin to lead by 17 points go­ing into the fi­nal event the 800m where Rachel’s su­pe­rior speed with a 2.29.5 win saw her claim the gold.

Team-mate Eleanor Camp­bell just missed out on the sil­ver fin­ish­ing fourth with 3,254 points.

Rachel’s sis­ter Laura was sixth in the U15 girls pen­tathlon with 2,226 points with Lucy Holmes ninth on 1,829; Caitlin Dock 10th on 1,764.

In the U17 boys oc­tathlon Chris Bland­ford took the sil­ver as re­ported last week with Adam Asher a fine fourth with 3,288 points but missed out on the sil­ver af­ter not record­ing a dis­tance in the javelin.

In the County U13 cham­pi­onships So­phie Ham­lyn claimed sil­ver in the high jump with 1.38m with team-mate Hester Hill fourth with 1.30m.

El­iz­a­beth High­wood won bronze in the long jump with 4.09m with Lauren Bam­ford fourth with 4.09 as well on a count­back and Katherine Buck­ley 11th on 3.71m.

El­iz­a­beth was also sev­enth in the 75m fi­nal with 10.9 while Katherine was fifth in the 800m with 2:49.8.

Abi­gail Purkis se­cured bronze in the 150m fi­nal with 20.5 and just missed a sec­ond medal in the 70m hur­dles fourth with 13.0.

Kirsten Hooten was fifth in the shot with 7.67m and sixth in the javelin with 16.48.

Matt Bland­ford was the star of the boys’ events as re­port last week but there was also a fine sil­ver for Max Ni­cholls in the 1500m with 4:50.1 de­nied only by a cham­pi­onship best of 4:43.1 by M&M’s James West.

Jamie Porter was 11th with 5:31.2. Natha­nial Fa­tola was fifth in the 100m with 13.7 and Harry Mid­dle­ton 11th in the long jump with 3.96m.

Dou­ble gold

STEVE Lang­ford picked up two golds in the Vet­eran’s cham­pi­onships winning the M40 long jump with 5.12m and triple jump on 11.09 with Ian Mack­ett sec­ond with 7.45m.

Mack­ett was also third in the 800m with 2:47.0 and fifth in the 400m with 79.3.

The was an­other dou­ble gold haul in the M50 sec­tion for Mick Goodall who won the high jump with 1.45m and claimed the pole vault with a 3m leap.

Ash­ford’s Les­ley Hall, who has bat­tled with ill­ness and in­jury, again showed her re­mark­able spirit tak­ing the gold in the W50 1,500m with 5:52.9 and a sil­ver in the 800m with 2:57.9.

Ash­ford’s Maria New­ton, with M&M, took the sil­ver in the W40 dis­cus with 25.27.

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