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