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Youth Development League Match 1

Invicta fielded a strong team for the first match of the Youth Development League this season on 29th April. Once again teamed with Ashford, Thanet and Paddock Wood, the team finished a respectable 4th place in the first match in division 1 with the team looking to get stronger over the following matches.


It was a cold and windy day which meant for some really tough conditions. However, we still saw some fantastic performances with some new PBs. Joe Griffiths was well clear of the rest in the U20 men’s 1500m winning in a time of 4:19.10 (2nd place finished in 4:27! This is just two seconds shy of Joe’s PB, set last year. Following shortly after was Charlie Brisley in the U17 1500 who finished 2nd with a time of 4:13.80. Another just two seconds shy of his personal best. The two boys showing great promise ahead of the County Championships on 12th and 13th May and demonstrating what high quality middle distance runners we have at Invicta.


Keeping up these fantastic middle distance results was Cameron MacCrae who took on the U17 men’s 3000m. Like Joe, Cameron finished well clear of the rest of the field in 1st place (followed shortly after by a teammate from Ashford) with a new personal best of 9:03.68. This time takes him to 13th in the country! He later ran a fantastic leg in the 4x400m to help the team finish in 3rd place.


In the hurdles, we had strong competitors in Lauren Macey and Douglas Noel. Lauren finished in a strong 1st place in the 300m hurdles with a time of 50.81 and later 5th in the 80m hurdles with a time of 12.89 which Doug finished in 3rd in his 110m hurdles a new PB of 17.01. Doug later finished in 3rd in the discus with a throw of 35.37m just shy of his PB of 35.42m. He then got 2nd in the javelin with a new PB of 44.74m. Not bad for his second attempt at that weight of javelin!


Over to the women, we had some strong representatives in the multi events with Emily Higham also taking on the javelin. Emily threw a new PB of 21.11m. It was a busy day for her as she also took on the 200m as well as the 100m, clocking a new PB of 14:34! Having not competed much last season, it is great to see Emily back into the swing of things!


New to Invicta, Rebecca Ryder took on both the discus and javelin. She threw a new PB of 16.21 in the discus and 15.25 in the javelin. Training partners, Isabelle Gill and Sophie Hollands also took on the javelin with Issy finishing 5th in the A string with 12.61 and Sophie 4th in the B string with 6.26m.


In the sprints, despite blustery conditions, we saw a strong run from Hannah Scrivens who clocked 13.49 in the 100m, just short of her PB of 13.30. Training partner, Djamilla Nkereuwem took on both the 300m and 200m. A really strong finish in the 200m saw her finish 3rd with a time of 28.70 and she finished 4th in the 300m with a time of 46.38. The real race for these girls was the 4x300m though where Lauren Macey, Hannah and Djamilla competed with an athlete from Ashford. The girls ran an incredible race, finishing in a clear first place with a time of 3:07.26. The three Invicta athletes have formed a fantastic 4x300m team over the last year, winning medals and consistently finishing in the top 3. What a team!


Also in the sprints we had Barney Dougal. Barney had stepped in to allow teammate Joe Whitby to run the 400m in his place and chose to take on the 800m instead. What sportsmanship! Having never run an 800m before, Barney managed to finish in a time of 2:27.31. Shortly before this, he bagged himself a new personal best in the 200m with a tine of 24.92. Appearing not to tire at all, he later took on the 4x100m and then the 4x400! Impressive work!


Joe Whitby proved himself to be a strong 400m runner finishing in 4th with a time of 54.65; a new personal best for him! We also saw Elliott Simmonds compete in the 200m and despite competing against men much bigger than him he managed a new PB of 26.12!


Huge well done to everyone who took part on a long and cold day! Most of these athletes are taking on the County Championships next weekend and judging by the performances last weekend, we can expect great things!