Team Kennet Seniors were in action in the first Southern Athletics League match of the season at Twickenham in Division 3SW. In a very close match with the places constantly changing the final result was
St. Marys Richmond 253
Team Kennet 228
Sutton & District 114
The day began well for the yellow vests as on the track in the women’s 400m hurdles Susie Drake came home 2nd place 74.2 with Harriet Allan Winning the B string while in the men’s event Samuel Randall 61.7 matched the same placing with Nick Bull coming 4th in the B string.
On the Field the High Jump both Bull and Alex Hanson gained a few points, while in the Hammer Matthew Hunter was the clubs only athlete coming 5th. S. Randall and his brother Christian tackled the Shot both taking 4th place, While in the Women’s Discus Alisha Bradford teamed up with Cheryl Angell both taking 3rd places.
Back on the track next was the 100m Millie Calkin 12.6 led from the gun to take a great win, with Drake stepping in for some extra points coming 2nd. The men’s race saw Matt Hunter 4th and S. Randall 3rd. The 800m races picked up good points for the club, Georgina Bradford led most of the race to finish 2nd place with Rhea Walter matching the same position in the B string but in the Men’s race great team tactics saw both Nathan Gillis 2.00.3 and Alex Hanson 2.02.2 win their strings coming home 1 and 2 overall. The 400m lived up to expectations in the Women’s as Carys Cox smashed the clubs 400m record to win on the line in a strong finish clocking 60.0 seconds, with Team mate G. Bradford 2nd place in the B string. The mens 400m saw S. Randall come 4th with brother Christian 3rd.
The Long Jump for the Women bagged another win with Calkin leaping to 9.53 and Rhea Walter taking 2nd place in the B string. Calkin made it another win in the Triple Jump with Walter winning the B string for another club Double. Best event of the day was the men’s Javelin where Luke Angell extended his own club record and took a great win with 60.55m, and Christian Randall taking B string win with a throw of 37.36. The Women’s Hammer saw both A. Bradford and C. Angell take good points with both athletes coming 2nd in their strings 27.42 and 20.36 respectively.
The women’s 3000m G. Bradford had to settle for 2nd place in the A string but a great B string win came from Mary Allan while in the men’s longer distance of 5k, Callum O’Neill was in a battle for most the way round with 4 athletes looking at getting under 16mins, O’Neill had to settle for 3rd in the A string in the end with 16.11 and Justin Wells coming 2nd as well in the B string. Good points normally come from the Steeplechase for the club. Both men and women tackled the 2k steeplechase. In the Mens, Callum O’Neill and Justin Wells teamed up again both having to settle for 2nd place, but an accident after the first water jump meant that jump was out for the remainder on the race after lap 1, the Women’s race saw a big field, Susie Drake pushed the pace early on but tired over last 2 laps and had to take 2nd place 8.18 and Rhea Walter had to also settle for 2nd place in the B string.
In the 200m races Millie Calkin was yet again involved to the line but this time she had to settle for 2nd place with Forte also 2nd place in the B string, S. Randall and Bull both picked up points coming 5th in their strings. The Women’s Javelin Deborah Montgomery made the cut but had to settle for 3rd place in the A string with C. Angell 2nd B string, and in the Shot A. Bradford came in the A string and D. Montgomery in the B string.
The 1500m races saw the club only drop 1 pt out of 24, Carys Cox was involved in a very tactical race where she came 2nd and anther great win came from M. Allan in the B string. Both Gillis and Hanson teamed up again, they played a sit and wait game yet again for both to take wins in their strings, at this point TK went first overall with only 5 points separating the first 3 teams. The sprint hurdles in the women, Zoe Forte came 3rd with Harriet Allan 2nd, the men’s Triple Jump saw both S. Randall and Hanson gain a few points, with no pole voulters TK dropped to 3rd place. Then it was down to the relays and the women’s High jump. The 4 x 100m the women came 2nd (G.Bradford, Calkin, Cox, Allan) and the Men’s team came 2nd after two teams were DQ, while in the High Jump both Forte 1.45 and H. Allan 1.35 both came 2nd. The 4 x 400m for the Women saw a great victory in 4.24.1 (Bradford, Calkin, Forte, Cox) but the Men could only get 4th place (Randall, Randall, Gillis, Hanson). Despite missing several athletes this sets the club for a good season ahead and promotion contenders.
Team Kennet took part in their first outdoor league match of the season at Horspath in Oxford, the Oxford Track and Field League is used as a Development League for its junior members, competing against all the Oxfordshire Clubs, Team Kennet won 3 of the 8 age groups on the day and came runners up in two.
overall match score saw host club Oxford take the honours with Team Kennet runners up
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The under 13 Boys carried on from last year by notching up a great win, Jack Cannon setting the speed in the 100m winning the A string in a severe head wind 15.03 with new comer team mate Dexter Alison 2nd in the B string 15.7
In the longer 200m Cameron Langley could only manage 4th in 33.0 with Alison same position 35.1.
A great Double win came in the 800m with Toby Thomas timing his run to perfection winning in 2.48.7 and Thomas Joyce winning the B string 2.57.5
The longer 1500m Maxim Brown came 5th 5.53.9 and Alexander Long 4th B string 6.17.9
Langley came 2nd in the 75m hurdles and finally on the track the relay quartet of Langley/Alison/ Cannons and Harry Booker came home 3 seconds clear.
On the field, there was Double wins in the throws, Zachariah Montgomery winnming both his Shot 9.12 and Discus 19.77 and team mate Harry Booker matching this in the B string with 6.61 in the shot and 17.90 in the Discus.
Jack Cannons made it another win in the javelin 24.46
The long jump Langley came 3rd with a leap of 3.76 and Tom Hills taking 4th in the B string.
The under 15 girls won their match with a welcome return to Darcy Fleming winning her 75m hurdles 12.2, with B string Kira Angell winning the B string 14.5
Fleming later came 2nd in her 100m 14.2 with Emily Gould making a welcome return after a year out taking the B string 14.4
Gould came 2nd in her 200m A string 31.4 and Kiah-Jay Stevens also took second in the B string 32.5
Holly Donohoe made it another club win in the 300m 48.4 and Izzy Hole taking 2nd place in the B string
Both teamed up in their favoured event the 800m to claim Double wins, Donohoe clocking 2.36.1 and Hole 2.58.0
Rosa Lawrence came 4th in the 1500m
The 4 x100m relay quartet of Angell/Donohoe/Stevens/ Gould took another convincing win 57.7
Angell kept up with her wins of the day by winning the High jump in 1.40 and later threw 22.77 for 2nd place in the A string Javelin, the B string was won by Charlotte Booker 13.21 and she matched this placing in the Shot 6.13 and came 3rd in the Discus 17.39
Both Donohoe and Hole picked up good points in their long jump.
The under 13 girls came so close on winning their match, it was the 800m that secured the best results of the day with Anna Pettit timing her run to win in 2.46.6 with Phoebe Hoean taking the B string 2.55.5
In the sprints Francesca Young came 3rd in the 100m 15.9 and 4th in the 200m 33.3 and the B string Freya owen was 3rd in the 100m 15.9 and 2nd in the 200m 34.6
The 1500m Lucy Draper was 3rd 6.06.9 and Pippa Thomas 2nd in the B string 6.35.3
Anther win came in the 4x100m relay 61.8 (Millie Quaintance/Young/Freya Owen/Hoean)
On the Field a Double win came in the Javelin with Millie Quaintance throwing 28.58 and Pheobe Hoaen 23.58. Kora-May Stevens made it another A string win in the Discus 17.14 with Hoaen taking 2nd place in the B string 11.95 and in the Shot Freya Owen came 3rd 5.91 with Stevens winning the B string 5.58
Pettit came 2nd in the high jump with 1.25, and in the Long Jump Quaintance was 4th and Young 2nd B
The under 17 womens a Double win came in the 300m Carys Cox clocking a fast 44.8 and Susie Drake 49.2. In the longer distances 1500m Drake came 2nd in 5.15.4 and the 800m Cox matched the same placing with 2.32.3
The sprints saw Georgia Featherstone come 4th in both her races 100m 14.58 and 200m 29.88
Harriet Allan came 3rd in the sprint hurdles while the only field event the girls competed in was the High jump with Allan clearing 1.35 for 4th A string and Drake clearing 1.30 for a B win
The under 17 mens 100m was a great race in the head win, Dylon Suppo came 2nd in 12.1 to show a lot of promise for the season ahead,, in the 200m he also came 2nd in 25.4, in the B string Dominic DeMonte came 3rd 28.4
DeMonte earlier took part in the 400m clocking 60.4 for 4th place and tea mmate Tom Murrell came 1st in the B string
Murrel came 2nd in the 1500m at the start of the day with 4.55.8 making a return after injury
Suppo came 3rd in the long jump with 5.46
The under 15 boys were 2nd on the day new comer Kieran Peppiatt made a good debut in the B string coming second in both100/200 13.8 and 28.3 while in the A string Hockaday came 5th in the 100m 13.9 and 3rd in the 200m 28.6
Ryan Cannons came 3rd in the 800m 2.38 while a great win came in the 1500m from James McLaughlin 4.58.6 and Will Denton made it a double in 5.44.6
Hockaday came 2nd in the sprint hurdles 15.3
James Hills won his Javelin in 30.09, the discus 2 second places came from McLaughlin 25.4 and Hills 22.72 and Hills took a second place in the Shot 8.09
Josh Livingstone came 2nd in the High Jump 1.50 and in the Long Jump Peppiatt came 2nd 4.42 with Cannons 4.04.
In the younger age groups, the quadkids events saw very few Under 9 entries but the Team Kennet pair of Sebastian Simpson and Finlay Plumpton took 3rd place with Finlay’s 75m the 2nd fastest. The girls trio of Imogen Jones, Catherine Jones and Harriet Gibson won the Under 9 girls event with Imogen and Catherine taking 2nd and 3rd overall places.
In the Under 11 age group, the boys came 4th with James Leach (8th) and Kian Hockaday (10th) the best individual overall places and Kian’s vortex throw of 24.98 (2nd) the best single performance. The girls came 5th with Aimee Dickson, Annabel Gibson and Molly Leach the highest point scorers for the club.
Only two of four Team Kennet Athletes braved the visit to Sheffield for the UK National Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Nathan Gillis competed in the under Men’s 800m and although setting a new club record for indoors of 1.58.07 his third place wasn’t quick enough to progress to the final. Mia Eldridge competed in the Shot in the under 15 girls coming a creditable 14th place with a best throw of 9.08
Two Team Kennet athletes attended the U15 London Indoor Games. Darcey Fleming was trying to improve her hurdles technique before the England Age Group Indoor Championships next month but had to settle for 3rd place in both runs of the 60m hurdles with similar times of 9.39 and 9.40s – marginally down on her PB of 9.35s at the SEAA Championships. Mia Eldridge was trying to qualify for the England Age Group Indoor Championships and came 4th for the shot with a new PB (and club record) of 9.55m, which was just above the qualifying distance, before a quick dash across London for the Berkshire Sportshall match.
Susie Drake claimed her first title in her athletics career by winning the under 17 women’s 1500m as a bottom end athlete. Meanwhile in the same race the under 15 girls battled it out and Holly Donohoe secured her first ever medal in a major event by coming second both girls smashing their personnel best times: Susie with 5.18.40 and Holly with 5.09.73.
In the under 17 Women’s 800m Carys Cox progressed through to the final coming 3rd in the fastest of the 3 heats in a club record time of 2.23.69. Some 90 minutes later she had to run again where she stuck to her ground to be just edged into 4th place.
Darcey Fleming came within a whisker of collecting a medal in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles, after winning both round 1 and the Semi final in similar times of 9.50/9.52 she came 4th in the final with 9.35 a new club record in the process.
Joe Osler was the clubs only male athlete to take part this weekend, after clearing 1.65m in the high jump for 9th place in the u17 mens age group he came 4th in his heat of the 200m in 26.3
Mia Eldridge competed in the under 15 girls. In her favoured event, the shot, she threw 9.07 for 7th place and in her heat of the 200m came 4th in 31.04