Ni­cholls takes sil­ver in na­tion­als

Ath­let­ics

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

ASH­FORD School pupil Max Ni­cholls won a sil­ver medal in his age group at the English Na­tional Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Par­lia­ment Hill fields.

Max fin­ished 2nd in the three-kilo­me­tre boys’ un­der-13 race, com­ing home just three sec­onds be­hind a fell run­ner from Cum­bria out of a field of 500.

Ear­lier Max’s sis­ter Grace, who also at­tends Ash­ford School, had fin­ished 5th in the five-kilo­me­tre girls’ un­der-17 race.

Max and Grace, who train with Ash­ford Ath­let­ics Club, are now looking for­ward to com­pet­ing in an In­ter-coun­ties match in Not­ting­ham the week­end af­ter next. NEW ROM­NEY’S Dwyte Smith fin­ished third in the men’s long jump com­pet­ing for Great Bri­tain in a jumps in­ter­na­tional against the Nether­lands in Ap­pel­dorm on Satur­day.

The 17-year-old Marsh Academy stu­dent recorded a best leap of 6.90m, 0.34m out­side his per­sonal best, to fin­ish be­hind com­pa­tri­ots Jamie Blundell (7.45m) and Leigh Smith (7.41m).

He said: “Al­though I beat all the Dutch jumpers, it was a bit dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I got an at­tack of cramp and could only com­plete two jumps.”

Smith is now turn­ing his at­ten­tions to­wards the out­door sea­son, start­ing with the county cham­pi­onships in May.

His PB out­doors is 7.16m and he said: “My main tar­gets this sum­mer are to im­prove my PB to 7.60m and to qual­ify for the Euro­pean Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.”

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