Records fall in bat­tle for places

Kent Schools Cham­pi­onships

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Athletics -

The weather could have been kinder but the no­to­ri­ously fickle wind at Ash­ford and late show­ers did not pre­vent ath­letes from set­ting six new records in the Kent Schools Cham­pi­onships at the Julie Rose Sta­dium on Satur­day .

There were, more im­por­tantly, some 50 qual­i­fy­ing per­for­mances for the English Schools Cham­pi­onships at Gateshead on Satur­day, July 9, with nearly one third of those be­ing of the higher tar­iff Na­tional Stan­dard.

So there will be plenty for the se­lec­tors to pon­der af­ter a day of fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

Four of the records fell to in­ter­me­di­ate girls – Im­manuela Aliu (Dart­ford & Grave­sham, 11.96sec) in the 100m, Eloise Locke (West Kent, 13.05) in the shot, Vic­to­ria Wilt­shire (West Kent, 54.21) in the ham­mer and Em­i­lie Knights-Toomer (St. Au­gus­tine & Can­ter­bury, 41.99) in the javelin.

The ju­nior girls added an­other record, in the pole vault, by Lois War­den (Bex­ley, 3.10).

Sa­muel Crick (Sevenoaks & Ton­bridge, 4.32.86) set the sixth record, in the in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ 1,500m steeple­chase.

For Ash­ford, Alexan­dra Prick­ett won the in­ter­me­di­ate girls’ 300m hur­dles in 50.80sec.

Jes­sica Car­ley was sixth in the 1,500 steeple­chase, while Faith Etokowo was third in both the high jump (1.50m) and triple jump (9.83m).

In the in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ sec­tion, Ash­ford’s Oliver Prior (9.46.75) was third in the 3,000m fi­nal, while Mar­shall Smith fin­ished in the same po­si­tion in the 1,500m steeple­chase (4.43.68).

Thomas Wil­ton (4.44.60) was ninth in 1,500m, while Chuk­wudubem Joe-Ejin was sixth in the long jump fi­nal with a leap of 5m.

Kian Craw­ford dou­bled up in the ham­mer and javelin fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the ham­mer (39.43m) and sixth in the javelin (34.05).

Ash­ford’s Alex Ramp­ton was sev­enth in the 200m fi­nal in a time of 25.31 in the ju­nior boys’ sec­tion, while Ades­oji Adele-Ade­wole (4.17m) was 13th and El­liot Martin (4.08) 14th in the long jump.

In the ju­nior girls’ cat­e­gory, Ella Saxby was sixth in both sprint fi­nals. She recorded 13.45m in the 100m and 27.98 in the 200m.

Clau­dia Adams (16.79m) was fifth in the dis­cus.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4378058, left; FM4377424, right

Left, Ella Saxby in the 100m. Right, Ash­ford team-mate Alexan­der Ramp­ton in the ju­nior boys’ 100m

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4377486

Ash­ford’s Faith Etokowo in the 100m in­ter­me­di­ate girls’ heats

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