League young­sters im­press

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The Ash­ford/Thanet un­der­15s/un­der-13s squad were im­pres­sive run­ners-up in the UK Youth Devel­op­ment League af­ter fin­ish­ing be­hind pro­moted Brack­nell at Kingston.

It was an ex­cel­lent dis­play by the com­pos­ite team, with sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als achiev­ing per­sonal bests.

A su­perb dou­ble suc­cess by sprinter Hay­den Dyke in the in the un­der-13 100m and 200m A races was one of the high­lights. A per­sonal best of 26.4secs was set in the lat­ter.

Team-mate from Thanet Conner Neal al­most made it a clean sweep, win­ning the 200m B race, only to be edged into sec­ond in the B 100m by .1 of a sec­ond with a PB of 13.5.

The team dom­i­nated the un­der-15 dis­cus with James An­der­son win­ning the A event and Kian Craw­ford the B hon­ours, with the lat­ter also win­ning the A ham­mer in con­vinc­ing fashion, with a PB of 30.51m.

An­der­son also won the A shot with a PB of 14.14m and recorded another best with sec­ond place in the high jump.

Ge­orge Ma­her soared to vic­tory in the un­der-15 pole vault with a PB of 3.60m and notched another best in the 100m with a time of 12.8.

Jake Tim­mins, Con­nor Owen, El­lis Ben­nett, Joe Grif­fiths and Harry Pit­man also record PBs and Mar­shall Smith con­trib­uted good points for the team.

The only other event dou­ble came in the un­der-13 high jump with Luke Cressey win­ning the A ti­tle (1.63m) and Ge­orge Seery the B crown (1.30m PB)

Other bests came from Tom Keav­eney, Stu­art Allin and Matt O’Sul­li­van.

Sola Sowole did well in the un­der-15 girls’ sec­tion, win­ning the A 100m in 13.2 (PB) and B 200, with Alex Prick­ett record­ing PBs in the A 200 and A 300m and a nar­row sec­ond in the hur­dles.

Faith Etokowo had a fine A win in the high jump and sec­ond place in the B 75m hur­dles, while other bests came from Jac­que­line Ben­son, Han­nah Brooks, Faith Cox and El­lie Atkins.

Jade Cur­tis starred in the un­der-13 girls’ cat­e­gory, win­ning the 70m hur­dles in a per­sonal best 11.6, with Grace Pit­man, close to mak­ing it a dou­ble, with sec­ond place in the B race.

Cur­tis recorded another best, win­ning the high jump.

She fin­ished sec­ond in the A long jump. Other bests came from Char­lotte Clarke, Ash­ley Ward, Mia Hill­yard, Ab­bie Pot­ter and Bethany Smith.

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe

Ash­ford’s Ge­orge Ma­her cleared a best of 3.60m in the pole vault at Kingston

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