Big ef­fort needed to take ti­tle

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The Ash­ford/Thanet com­pos­ite squad go into the fi­nal UK Youth De­vel­op­ment League South­ern South 2 match at Erith Sta­dium need­ing a big ef­fort if they are to snatch the ti­tle away from Craw­ley.

The West Sus­sex young­sters have a nar­row lead over sec­ond-placed Ash­ford but it prom­ises to be a bat­tle with the two squads set to meet in the fi­nal meet­ing on July 28.

A sin­gle point win gave Craw­ley (640) vic­tory over Ash­ford/Thanet in the un­der-20/un­der-17 con­test at Sut­ton Va­lence.

Ash­ford’s Lewis Smith had a bril­liant dou­ble with a per­sonal best 59.88 to win the un­der-17 400m hur­dles. He also won the triple jump with an­other best (12.20m) and was fourth in the A dis­cus.

Declan Bur­ton recorded two per­sonal bests, pro­duc­ing a storm­ing run in the 3000m, record­ing 9.59.08, fol­low­ing up with an­other to fin­ish third in the 1500m.

El­lie Good­ing main­tained her dom­i­na­tion in the pole vault win­ning the un­der-17 with 3.65m and then notched an­other suc­cess in the un­der-20 100m hur­dles (15.61)

Deb­bie Martin was an­other two-time win­ner, tak­ing the un­der-20 B long jump with 4.49m and then the shot (6.21m).

How­ever, she was be­low her best in her spe­cial­ist event, the high jump, al­though her 1.60m clear­ance was still good enough for sec­ond in the A event.

Hat­tie Mol­loy took max­i­mum points, win­ning the B high jump with a PB 1.45m and pole vault (2.25m). Lana-Emily Foyle was sec­ond in the A event (2.55m) and also fin­ished run­ner-up in the B triple jump.

Rhi­an­non Wall­work took on an­other im­pres­sive work­load win­ning the un­der20 A triple jump (11.35m) and record­ing sec­onds in the A javelin (16.90m) and long jump (5.17m)

Mary Cole­man is grow­ing with ex­pe­ri­ence, the 15-year old win­ning the un­der-17 B dis­cus (18.89m) and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the A shot (6.93m) and A ham­mer (18.78m) PB.

Robert Banks leaped to a PB 5.41m to win the un­der-20 B long jump, was third in the un­der-17 200m and fifth in the 100m, while Ben Isaac won the un­der-17 100m hur­dles and was sec­ond in the long jump.

Jack Huxley backed up Ja­cob Lane’s sec­ond in the un­der-20 high jump, win­ning the B event and the 16-year-old was also sec­ond in the dis­cus and third in the pole vault. Lane was also sec­ond in the A 110m hur­dles.

Sis­ters Kate and Me­gan Lillington notched good points in the un­der-20 800m, Kate win­ning the B event and both record­ing sea­son-bests.

Kieran Eland had a PB in fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the un­der-17 800m with Ethan Collins and Will Dick­in­son also set­ting bests in the un­der-20 events.

Ash­ley Buck­man won the un­der-20 triple jump de­spite be­ing the youngest in his group, set a PB with sec­ond place in the 110m hur­dles and was third in the long jump.

Bethany Kim­ber was sec­ond in the B un­der-20 200m, back­ing up Katie Keet’s fourth in the A race and young Matthew Ot­tewill se­cured good points with third in the un­der-17 javelin and fifth in the shot.

Rebecca Cock was sec­ond in the B 100m and dis­cus, with Ellery Ire­land sec­ond in the A 200m while hur­dler Char­lotte Tap­pen­den had a PB in the 300m hur­dles.

Kyle Den­ning did the same in the un­der-20 400m hur­dles and fol­lowed up with sec­ond in the un­der-17 high jump.

Ash­ford’s un­der-17 4x300m quar­tet of Tap­pen­den, Kim­ber, Good­ing and Cole­man pro­duced the best per­for­mance in the re­lays with third place and a PB.

El­lie Gould­ing won gold at the English Schools Cham­pi­onships at Birm­ing­ham last week­end.

The Ash­ford AC young­ster soared to cham­pi­onship best 3.90m in the in­ter­me­di­ate girls pole vault, while Ton­bridge school­boy Matt Bland­ford, who lives near Char­ing, claimed bronze in the se­nior boys’ dis­cus with 48.64m.

Kent ath­letes won a to­tal of 15 medals dur­ing an im­pres­sive week­end.


SHARP DOU­BLE: Declan Bur­ton, who ran two per­sonal bests

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