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Invicta's Sizzling Success at Kent Young Athletics League

On a scorching hot Sunday afternoon, under 13 & 15 athletes from across Invicta joined forces with Medway Phoenix Park and soared to overall second place in the first of four such competitions this season. This couldn’t have been done without the team work and the adaptability of these athletes. All athletes worked well with the MPP athletes giving us a real sense of a team with the other club and not only did we see great team success, we also saw scores of individual successes across the board.


Isabelle Harding (coach Stuart Earl) won her 70m hurdles in an incredible time of 12 seconds, shaving .30 of a second off her PB and a time which will take her to 7th in the country! This is an incredible achievement for someone who only started hurdles last year! Issy later took on the shot putt where she managed another PB, whilst earlier leaping to 1st in the long jump.


Henry Finch (coach Carlo Monticolombi) ran his first ever competition and stormed to victory in both the 100 & 200m, clocking some great times to start the season/his athletics career.


Shortly after, training partners Hannah Scrivens & Djamilla Nkereuwen (Carlo Monticolombi) took on the 100m with both coming second in their races. The girls proved how evenly matched they are, both clocking 14s exactly. PBs for both girls!


Djamilla later tried her luck at the high jump (after a six month break from it), grabbing a very close second place with a jump of 1.30m while Hannah took on the shot putt (not her preferred event!) and managed to achieve 3rd place after just one throw! She then had to rush to the 300m where she bagged herself another second place AND another PB in a time of 47.7s.


Lauren Macey (coach Tony Piersall) hurdled her way to 3rd place in the 75m hurdles, equalling her current personal best of 13.8s. She later took on the high jump with a jump of 1.30m to grab another PB, as well as leaping to win the long jump with 4m! Another of Tony’s athletes, Sebastian Ngassa, sprinted his way to PBs in the 100 & 300m, finishing in 3rd place in the 300.


It would almost be easier to talk about who didn’t get a PB on this fantastic day, but three athletes in Peter Mullervy’s group also broke their PBs and stormed to first place in the 1200 (Jildou Chappell, 4.06) the 1500 (Oscar Parrick, 4.37) and Issie Martin (6:39.3). Issie also took on the long jump where she earned herself another PB, while Jildou tried her hand at the shot putt, winning the B string with a throw of 5.95m.


Sam Newson (James Roberts) entered the 1500m as a non-scoring athlete and finished with a huge PB of 5:01.2. Sam also finished 2nd in the B string long jump with a jump of 3.57m.


Alex Millard (Peter) gained a season’s best time of 5:03.6 in the U15 1500m, finishing in second place.


Tom Hutton (James Roberts) came 2nd in the 1500 with another PB of 5.28.9.


After a long day in the sun, we just had time for one more thing - the relays. The girls in both age groups rose to the challenge with both the under 13 & under 15 girls bringing the baton home in first place. This again further emphasised how the athletes worked as a team, with Isabelle Harding (U13) running a fantastic first leg to enable the three Medway Phoenix’s runners to keep the lead. These incredible relays, plus the girls’ results throughout the day took us to 1st place overall for both the U13 & U15 girls.


Some very pleased coaches and parents today and this puts us in a great position and has left us all eagerly awaiting the next three fixtures. A HUGE thank you to team managers Natasha Scrivens & Rachel Harding who did excellently at organising everyone, ensuring all events were filled and coordinating with Medway Phoenix Park (as well as carrying out the necessary officiating duties). Fantastic effort all round!