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Raining Medals at the Kent County Championships!

Invicta had another fantastic weekend at the Kent County Championships this weekend.


Kicking off proceedings on Saturday was Lauren Macey who ran an incredible race to take home gold in the 300m hurdles with a time of 48.04. Lauren also picked up the bronze in the 80m hurdles on Sunday.


Shortly after, Issy Harding flew into first place of her 75m hurdle heat with a huge new personal best of 11.75. She finished in 3rd place in the final with ANOTHER new PB.


In the 1500m, Invicta secured a superb 1 – 2 in the U17 men’s race with Matt Stonier coming home in 1st place with a time of 4:01.86 shortly followed by Cameron MacRae in 4:02.69. Matt shaved 11 seconds off his previous personal best while Cameron shaved off over 20 seconds off his. Absolutely incredible. In the same race, Oscar Parrick finished 10th with a time of 4:26.24, a new season’s best for him and Sam Newson finished in 13th with a time of 4:35.36, a new personal best for him! Both boys were competing their first season in the U17 age group. In the U20s, Joe Griffiths finished 9th with a time of 4:16.99, a new personal best for him as well! In the U15 age group, Jamie Keir finished in 5th place in the final with a time of 4:29.32; a huge new personal best from him! Fantastic work from all of these athletes.


The women took on the 1500m on Sunday with Anna Weston winning the senior women’s race with a time of 4:53.21. This is the best time she has run in the last 5 years. Alex Millard competed in the U17 women’s age group. She took the lead on the final lap after holding onto second throughout. She maintained this strong lead to come home in 1st with a time of 4:38.18, beating an athlete who pipped her in the 800m. In the U15s, Maddy Sawyer picked up silver with a new personal best of 4:54.49 while Teigan Sullivan finished shortly after in 6th with a new PB of 4:59.92.


Over on the field, Luke Mellor picked up silver in the high jump with a jump of 1.78 (a new personal best for him). He also finished 6th in the long jump with 5.45m and 5th in the javelin with a throw of 33.98m; a new PB! It was medals-galore for training partner, Doug Noel who picked up silver in the discus with a throw of 37.31 (a new PB), silver in the pole vault with 3.70m, bronze in the high jump with 1.80 and silver in the javelin with his first ever throw over 45m!


Over to the girls and Emily Higham picked up the silver in the shot putt with a throw of 8.04m. Emily also finished 7th in the javelin with a new PB of 21.70 and also took on the sprints, racing against training partner Louise Evans in an incredibly quick 200m final. She still held her own and ran a great race. Her 100m was even better with a really strong start she came home in 6th with a time of 14:39, just shy of her recent PB.


Hannah Scrivens finished in a strong 4th place in her U17 200m with a time of 28.52, she narrowly missed out on a place in the final. Teammate, Djamilla Nkereuwem however, qualified with a time of 28.20. She finished 8th in the final with a time of 28.16. Chloe Sands ran in the U15 age group finishing in 5th with a time of 30.28. This was not long after taking on the 800m finishing in 6th place with a time of 2:40.93. Abigail Hope finished just after her with a time of 2:44.07. Both with new personal bests!


Also in the 800s was Alex Millard who finished in 2nd place with a time of 2:16.73, a new personal best for her and a fantastic race. In the younger age group, we had Jildou Chappell, Maddy Sawyer and Taya Carver in the same heat. Maddy finished 2nd to qualify for the final with Jildou in 7th with 2:39.23 and Taya in 9th with 2:52.24 in her first time competing in the 1500m. Maddy picked up the silver in the final with a sensational 2:19.17. Annabel Carter also picked up bronze in both the 800m and 400m with a superb new personal best of 60.28 in the 400m and 2:23.23 in the 800m.


In the men’s 800m, Joe Griffiths finished 5th in the U20 age group with 2:02.70 and Marcus Etheridge in 7th with 2:04.33 with both boys clocking new personal bests. In the U17s, Matt Stonier picked up another medal adding silver to his gold of the previous day. He came home in 1:59.34; a 4 second personal best! Oscar Parrick finished 6th in the same race with 2:10.84 while Beneditk Stokes finished 8th in his U15 heat with a time of 2:39.77, just a second shy of his PB.


Joe Whitby took on the 400m, following a successful race in the Youth Development League a couple of weeks ago. He was up against fellow Invicta athlete Barney Dougal. Joe finished in 5th with a new PB of 53.49 and Barney 6th with a time of 54.62, very close to his PB. Joe is certainly proving himself as a 400m runner.


In the 5000ms, Roseanna Temple picked up the bronze medal in a time of 20:02.65. This follows a successful Cross County season for her.


In the 100s SM, Femi Awe had a very tough straight final but got a new PB of 11.42 while Kess Oghorie finished 3rd in the same race with 11.07. Elliott Simmonds competed in the U17 race and bagged a new PB with 12.6. This is a fantastic time for someone in his first season competing! Training partners, Sebastian Ngassa and Jake Goodman both qualified for the U17 Men’s final, with Sebastian picking up the bronze medal shortly followed by Jake in 4th place. Sebastian’s time of 11.72 was a new personal best for him with Jake finishing in 11.86. Korede Awe eased down in his U20 heat, coming home in 11.02. He later had a closely fought final but still finished on top with pb-equalling 10.77!


Back again on Sunday, Djamilla Nkereuwem finished 4th in her 300m heat to qualify for the final, running 44.68. She then finished 6th in the final (it was won in 39.57!!) followed by fellow Invicta runner, Sophia Smith, both girls picked up season’s best performances in the heat. Issy Harding had a really strong finish in her 300m heat to finish 3rd and qualify. She finished 5th in the final but her heat was run in 42.39 shaving over two seconds off her best! She’s definitely proved herself as a strong 300m runner! Emilia Stokes and Bethany Waite unfortunately didn’t make the final but Emilia ran 44.96 (just 0.05s from her PB) while Bethany ran 48.83.

Issy also finished 8th in the long jump with a jump of 4.67 and 7th in the shot putt with a throw of 7m. A very busy but successful weekend for Issy!

In the men’s 200m, Femi Awe qualified for the final and ran a hard -fought race to finish in 5th despite struggling with injury. Jake Goodman qualified for the final, when he placed 7th, picking up a new personal best in the heat with 23.14. Sebastian Ngassa finished shortly behind him in the heat with a new personal best of 23.63. What fantastic performances from both young men over the weekend. Korede once again eased down to qualify in 2nd The final was agonisingly close again between the top 3 and a photo finish put him in 3rd with the same time as his main rival. BUT a new PB of 21.82. It really was an incredible race with athletes of the highest standards.


A huge well done to everyone who competed across the weekend, some incredible performances to be very proud of!