Ashford youngsters impress
WILLIAMS LEADS THE WAY WITH HAT-TRICK OF RECORDS IN THE KENT SPORTSHALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT TONBRIDGE Athletics
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