Team Kennet were in action on Sunday in their first League match of the new season in the Wessex Young Athletes League held at Horspath in Oxford.
Defending their League title from last year all the clubs finished in the top 9 last year and it was going to be a tough match, it ended up being close but the strength in depth from the Yellow Vests of West Berkshire pulled it through for a great victory
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The only age group win on the day came from the under 13 boys, who were in impressive form, Harry Booker smashed two Club records and achieved new personnel bests as he won his Shot in 10.06 and Discus 28.10 just shy of the League record. His team mate in the Shot Oliver Gregory threw 8.18 to make it a B string win and in the Discus he had to settle for second place. Ben East made sure he secured two wins as well as he won the Javelin with a below par 35.56 in a strong head wind, earlier he cleared 1.43 to win the high jump. Kian Hockaday threw a life time best of 10.09 to win the B string Javelin and in the B high jump Matthew Jones cleared 1.20 to win this. Both Hockaday and Joyce came 3rd places in the long jump to wrap up the field events, while on the track the quartet of Booker, East, Hockaday and Jones ran 59.8 to win the 4 x 100m relay.
There were two B string wins: Thomas Joyce in the 800m 2.48.1 and new comer Gabriel Warley 31.7 (cleared 1.25 in non scoring high jump), in the 100m both Warley and Jones ran 15.4 to come 3rd place in both strings.
The under 15 girls came 2nd in their match, Kira Angell winning her Hurdles race in 13.6 and later winning the high jump 1.43, then just missing out on the Javelin to take 2nd place with 26.87, Phoebe Hoaen won the B string Javelin 24.32. Maddi Barnes came 2nd in the Discus 22.45 with Lucy West taking 3rd in the B string. Barnes matched her placing in the Shot 7.72 and Ellie Armstrong throwing 6.16 for 2nd B string. Lucy Wells cleared 1.22 in the B string High Jump for 3rd place which she matched in the A string 1500m 5.25.4 with Izzy Hole winning the B string 5.59.3, Hoaen came 4th in the 800m with Izzy Brown 3rd in the B string, good points came from the sprints from West and Barnes and Anna Montagne The relay quartet of Angell, West, Barnes and Montagne came home in 3rd place
The under 17 women came so close to winning their match, a double win came in the 800m as Holly Donohoe timed her run to perfection to come home in 2.34.9 and Rosa Lawrence 2.54.1 Lawrence made it another win in the B string 1500m 5.49.8 with Susie Drake 3rd in the A string 5.45.4 In the high jump Olivia Buchanan cleared 1.40 for 3rd place and a B string win from Chloe Spencer 1.37. The throws fared well for the girls, in the shot Charlotte Booker came 4th 6.68 and new comer Dominika Humphrey 3rd B 6.12, the Discus Booker was 3rd and Humphrey secured a win in the B string while in the Javelin booker came 5th and Lawrence 3rd Back on the track in the sprints Buchanan came 4th in the 100m A string 14.9 and Emily Gould 3rd B string 14.9 and in the 200m Gould came 5th A string 30.9 and Buchanan 3rd B string 30.5, in the longer 300m both girls Donohoe 44.7 and Spencer 49.7 came 2nd places. The relay quartet of Buchanan, Donohoe, Gould and Spencer came 4th 57.10
The under 13 girls found the match hard as most were bottom end of their age group but a good 4th place overall for them saw some good performances, Sophie Wheadon came so close to winning the High jump with 1.25 , but she made sure she won her shot by throwing 6.32 with Emily Tucker winning the B string, Wheadon made it another win in the Discus 18.82 being backed up by Emma Drake for a B string win 14.25 A few points came from the sprinters Annabel Gibson, Amy Russell and Cameron McCulloch, while in the longer 800m race two 4th palces came from Rebecca Thomson and Gibson and in the 1200m, Annelise Gale gained a 2nd in the B string with 4th from Georgina Thomson. There were some great non scoring from some of the u13 girls with new comers Eleanor and Isobel Kerslake clocking 33.3 and 34.7 in the 200m and 16.2 and 15.7 in the 100m, Chloe Collins clocked 15.7 in the N/S 100m and 33.4 in the 200m
The under 15 boys came 4th as well Daniel Hockaday clocking 42.2 to win the 300m and 2nd place for Ryan Cannons 44.9 in the B string, in the 200m Hockaday came 3rd 26.1 and Jack Cannons 3rd 30.1 The 800m both R. Cannons and Toby Thomas came 2nd clocking 2.30.9 and 2.48.9 and in the longer 1500m Oliver Bazin came 2nd The long jump Daniel Hockaday came 2nd 4.45 and Tom Hills 2nd and in the High jump R. Cannons came 2nd 1.40.
The under 17 men came 3rd in their age group Dominic De Monte came 4th in the 100m 13.6, Bradley Thomas matching this in the 1500m, josh Livingstone came 3rd in the High Jump 1.50. In the Shot James Hills 8.93 for 3rd place with Demonte 2nd in the B string 7.27 Hills secured a good win in the Discus 31.90 and made it another win in the Javelin 30.23