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Kent Young Athletes League report

Sunday 3rd June, Invicta East Kent AC athletes competed in the second Kent Young Athletes League match in Dartford. As a club we had some great performances across all disciplines.


Under 13 boys Joshua Taylor-Wright performed well in the 100m just shy of a PB and then gained a PB as he long jumped 3.61m. James Gill proved his versatility with a PB in 200m a time of 32.09s, high jump and then tackled the hammer for the first time with a spectacular 11.82m putting him in 2nd place. Reef Page made the crowd marvel as he took to the 800m after having done the high jump and ran a grade 1 standard in 2.17.78 minutes. He went on to throw a fantastic putt in the shot with 9.29m (grade 1) setting a new meeting record. Again in the 800m Oliver Harding ran a good race to come in 2nd place after having competed in the long jump. He then threw his way to 1st place victory with 21.38m in the javelin. Jens Chappell gained a PB in the shot putt, before running a strong race to come in 3rd place in the 200m and then 2nd place in the javelin. Just shy of his PB, Adam Whitlock ran a good time of 2.39.67 minutes in the 800m to come in 4th place. Joshua, Oliver, Reef and James ran to the chhers in the 4x100m relay to come in 1st place.


Under 13 girls put in a stirling effort for most of which was their first KYAL. Not being daunted by the prospect of her first hurdles race, Atida Kusotera ran to a 2nd place victory in 13.6s before competing in the long jump and 150m. Along with fellow training partner Layla Maynard ran well in the 75m sprint in a time of 12.27, gave a great effort in the high jump before gaining a PB in the long jump. Sprinter Katie Macey put aside her nerves and showed that her training was paying off with 5th place in both 75m and 150m a PB in both events. While Macey Sawyer picked up 3rd place in her first 800m in 2.44.43 minutes before gaining extra team points in the javelin. All the girls then took to the 4x100m relay to end what had been a great day for them.


Under 15 boys consisted of 3 athletes; Benedikt Stokes who stepped up for the team and out of his comfort zone in the 200m with a PB of 32.27s, he had a cracking go at the long jump and then the shot putt. Jamie Keir stormed into 1st place having lead from the start with a time of 2.16.20 minutes in the 800m. Thomas Williams wasn't far behind him taking 5th place in 2.36.60 minutes.


Under 15 girls first up was Isabelle Harding in the 75m hurdles running into 2nd place in 11.91s (grade 2) closely followed by Chloe Sands. Both girls then went onto gain PB's in the high jump, Chloe clearing 1.30m followed by Isabelle clearing 1.53m (grade 3). Chloe then ran a SB in the 200m in 30.12s. Scarlet Thomas-Wright competed in the 100m just shy of her PB in 13.90s, then a PB in the long jump with 3.53m and PB in the shot with 6.12m. Isabelle Harding jumped her way into victory with a jump PB of 5.05m (grade 1) in the long jump. Maddison Sawyer put herself to the test running hard from the gun to storm into 1st place in the 800m with a PB of 2.15.55 minutes (grade 1). Training partners Emilia Stokes and Jildou Chappell took on the 800m with Emilia coming in in 3rd place just followed by Jildou. Both girls also picked up great points for the team as Jildou threw her way into 1st place in the javelin with 22.14m and Emilia 12.71m. Jildou also gained a 1st place in the discus with 16.77m Emilia took on the 100m with 2nd place in 14.0s. Charlotte Simmonds had a good race and gained a new PB in the 100m with a time of 14.38s. Charlotte then joined Maddisson, Chloe and Scarlet in the 4x100m relay having a great race and placing 2nd. All athletes enjoy the relays at the end of the day but non look forward to a 4x300m relay than the under 15 girls Maddisson, Isabelle, Jildou and Emilia ran a superb race coming in 1st place just shy of their PB with 3.01.56 minutes. We had a great day and look forward to the next match in July. We would like to say a big thank you to Julie Rose who was our team track judge for the day.