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Kent Schools' Championships

Posted: 13th Jun 2018 by Lewis Smith

The Kent Schools' Championships proved another success story for Ashford Athletic Club's young athletes, with a haul of 14 medals this year. The Championships, part of the Kent School Games series, draws in school age athletes every year from all over the County.

The day started with a Bronze medal for Jack Saxby in the Year 7 Boys 100m (13.30s). This was Jack's very first Championship, after joining his older sister, Ella, at the Club last year. Lucien Duvoisin also ran a PB time of 13.30s in the 100m. Sarris also won a Silver with a personal best performance in the U15G 100m (12.81s), with Libby Turbutt not far behind with a personal best time of 13.05s. Further personal best performances in the 100m were also seen for Nadia Sadler-Reeves (14.34s), Alice Williams (14.35s) and Maggie Savage (15.95s).

Ella Saxby was cheered on to win two Bronze medals in the U17G 300m (42.18s) and 200m (26.75s), both personal best performances. Esme Warner ran a personal best in the 200m (34.27s), and Ellie Sparkes ran a personal best in the 300m final (47.38s). 

The medals then kept coming through out the day, with Kristian Samwell-Nash adding to his other Kent titles. Kristian won a popular Gold in the U17B 400m (49.98s). Another sub-50 second performance, on just his second season, cements his top 10 England ranking for 2018.

In the middle-distance events, Benjamin Smith (2m13.13s) and Elisha Roger (2m31.29s) contested in the 800m with strong performances. Adam Wood won the Bronze medal in the very competitive U17B 1500m (4m09.26s), with Sienna Bates also competing in the 1500m (5m20.14s). 

Ashford hurdlers certainly made their mark, taking two medals home. Kaliyah Lacey (12.19s) and, sister, Asha Lacey  (13.75s) competed in the 75m Hurdles, with Kaliyah winning the Bronze medal. Oliver Gregory (12.25s) and Kevin Masindo (13.28s) both ran well in the heats to reach the final, with Oliver winning the Gold medal. Ciara Mackey competed in the hotly contested 1500m Steeplechase final (6m42.10s).

A huge team of Ashford jumpers competed at the Championships, taking home a massive six medals. In the Long Jump, Lucien Duvoisin (5.30m) and Nadia Sadler-Reeves (4.19m) both won Bronze medals, with Sarris Teale jumping a personal best to win the Gold (5.21m). Michael Alajiki (5.21m), Libby Turbutt (4.94m), Kevin Masindo (4.91m) and Esme Warner (3.36m) all competed with nearly all athletes jumping personal bests. Michael Alajiki won Silver in the Triple Jump (11.99m) with Oliver Gregory not far behind (11.42m), Yasmin Sadler-Reeves also competed in the Triple Jump (9.42m). Alice Williams competed in the High Jump with a personal best performance (1.40m). In the Pole Vault, Alfie Gilby (3.55m) and Nathaniel Hughes (2.65m) both won Silver medals in their age group categories, with Grace Pitman (2.95m) and Theo Fotheringham (2.85m) both vaulting at personal best heights.

In the throws, George Pegram threw a distance of 37.59m in the Javelin, and race-walker, Grace Whittingham, competed in the Discus (13.19m).

Sarris, Ella, Kaliyah, Adam, Oliver, Kristian, Michael, Nathaniel and Alfie will now compete for the Kent Schools' Team, at next week’s Inter-County Championships in Surrey. The trio will be hoping to impress the selectors for a place in the Kent Squad, to compete at the English Schools' Championships in Birmingham in July.

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