• Mick Bond

Kent Champs

Updated: Jan 12



Although not our biggest entry in recent years there was still plenty to celebrate at this year’s Kent County Track and Field championships held at Ashford last weekend. Just over 50 members entered 78 events and between them they brought home 24 medals (5 gold, 11, silver and 8 Bronze).Altogether our entries were slightly down on previous years especially in the under 17 age group where it looks like the increasing pressure on GCSE results in Schools meant a lot of our good Under 17’s skipped this event

In the sprints Prince Mulumba won gold in the under 15 boys 200m with a big pb of 23.58, Kera Jean Francois took silver in the under 20 women’s 100m and Marian Owusuwaah looked good in the Under 15 girls and got a Bronze in the final with 13.01 (12.90 heat). Prince’s run in the 200 followed a third place in the 100 the day before where he was just pipped by Omarian Jones Gayle for silver -11.69 vs 11.70. The under 15 boys sprint team is very strong at the moment with six lads entered in the 100 but still another two who could have run as well

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Prince Mulumba

Over the hurdles there was gold and a big pb of 64.97 for Jade Fitt in the U20 400 hurdles whilst training partner Fuad Busoir also ran a pb in the men’s equivalent and got silver with 57.60

In the middle distance events Ailbhe Barnes continues her return to fitness after a broken ankle ended her Cross country season. Her time of 4.58.52 securing 4th place in the under 15 girls 1500m. In the Under 15 boys there was a big pb’s for Ethan Fiore in the 1500m whilst Lara Atkinson brought home two silvers in the Under 20 age group (800m 2.24.38 and 1500m 4.53.43)

In the throwing events Nana Gyedu stood out winning the Under 17 shot with 13.91, a throw which puts her 3rd in the UK national rankings. Abbie Stewart was 5th in the same event with 10.50m but then took bronze in the discus with 30.35m. in the Under 15 Girls shot there were medals for Kacey Walters (2nd with 9.13 ) and Cleo Agyepong (3rd with 8.60m)whilst at the other end of the age groups Andy Kruszewski showed you can still throw at close to 60 years old taking Bronze in the discus with 36.82m

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Kacey and Cleo

The club’s javelin throwers did well picking up two silvers (Paige Macheath u20 Women 36.00 and Maddie Cattanach under 15 girls 30.75) and one Bronze (Eddie Brown U17 boys 42.94m)

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Alex Macheath

Back on the track there was an excellent club record for Alex MacHeath in the under 15 boys 3k walk. Alex took gold with team mate Christian Hopper taking silver and Christian’s sister Hannah taking Bronze in the Under 17 women’s event

Last but by no means least in the high Jump Kacey Walters added to her medal tally with gold in the Under 15 event (1.50m) whilst Ayanna Henry took silver in the Under 17 event (1.55) and Luke Okosieme took silver in the Under 20 men’s event with 1.85m

Please see the Dropbox link below for photos taken by Coach Kenny of the weekend.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vxi76k5vl4jso9x/AAADwt4M3FEczferjxJt1qn1a?dl=0

Pictures courtesy of Gill Barber and Kenny Walters

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