Ash­ford youngsters im­press


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

ASH­FORD AC’s youngsters were in golden form in the Kent Sportshall cham­pi­onships at Ton­bridge, re­turn­ing with a clutch of medals.

There were three cham­pi­onship records for Oliver Wil­liams in the un­der-13 boys’ cat­e­gory in his four-gold haul.

Wil­liams won the stand­ing long jump with a cham­pi­onship best 2.48m and then recorded a best of 7.82m in the stand­ing triple jump. He also took gold in the shot with 10.08m.

An­other record came in the twolap race with 21.4sec hold­ing off team-mate Ben Isaac with 23.8.

Isaac was also third in the long jump and triple jump.

Alex Lynch was sec­ond in the speed bounce along with Daniel Stead­man, both with 77 just one be­hind the win­ner, with Lynch also third in the vertical jump.

Stead­man was third in the sixlap race and Kieran Re­gan third in the four-lap race.

In the un­der-15 girls’ sec­tion there were two dou­ble golds with vic­to­ries for Caitlin Dock and Abi­gail Purkis.

Dock led an Ash­ford clean sweep in the stand­ing long jump, winning with 2.19m from team-mates Kayleigh Miller-Les­lie (2.14) and Lauren Bam­ford (2.10) and she also took the speed bounce with 86 from Bam­ford (85).

Purkis won the two-lap race in 23.8 from So­phie Ham­lyn (24.0) and Hester Hill (24.3) and Ash­ford also dom­i­nated the four lap-race through Purkis (49.7) from Dock (50.0) and Hill (50.6).

Katherine Buck­ley, who won the vertical jump from team­mate Ham­lyn, was also sec­ond in the six-lap race be­hind a cham­pi­onship best from Holly Fletcher (B&B).

In the shot, Lizzie High­wood was sec­ond with 7.74 with Ash­ford’s Kirsten Hooten third with an ef­fort of 6.64.

In the stand­ing triple jump, Miller-Les­lie was run­ner-up with 6.18m from team-mates Dock and Hill, both with 6.06.

Ash­ford’s un­der-15 boys also were in tremendous form with clean sweeps in the vertical jump led by Nathaniel Fa­tola (74) from Tom Wil­liams (66) and Temi Banwo (61) and in the two-lap race with Fa­tola and Wil­liams both clock­ing 21.6 and Banwo 22.6.

Tom Wil­liams claimed two other wins tak­ing the long jump from Fa­tola and there was the same re­sult in the stand­ing triple jump. Tom Snare se­cured the gold in the shot with a huge 11.49m with Banwo third.

In the un­der-13 girls’ cat­e­gory, Char­lotte Dry­land won the speed bounce with 82 from team-mate Ciara Ewart on 80. Emem­o­bong Umoh was sec­ond in the vertical jump af­ter a close bat­tle and was also third in the shot.

Above: Ash­ford pair Oliver and Tom Wil­liams with the un­der-13 girls’ squad and, be­low, the suc­cess­ful Ash­ford un­der-15 girls’ squad

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