Kent County Championships Report
Article by: David Nash & Lewis Smith
Posted: 16th May 2019 by Lewis Smith
Ashford Athletic Club's stars amassed an impressive haul of medals, making a major impact at the Kent County Championships at the weekend. Ashford AC always do well at their home track and this year was again no exception, with a huge thirty-nine medals brought home. The Club’s athletes collected fourteen gold medals, fourteen silver’s and eleven bronze’s. Three Club Records were also broken, and an amazing forty-two personal best performances were achieved.
A number of outstanding achievements stood out over the weekend. This included performances by young multi-eventer, Libby Turbutt, who won three gold medals. Libby (U15) won gold in the 200m with a PB of 26.48s, as well as the 75m Hurdles with a PB of 12.34s and Triple Jump (10.48m). Libby rounded off her amazing weekend with a bronze medal in the Long Jump (4.80m). Libby also ran well in her 100m heat, semi-final and final; running a new PB of 13.04s. Another multi-eventer, Nadia Sadler Reeves (U15), competed across a wide range of events. Nadia won gold with a PB in the Pole Vault (2.10m) and also had respectable performances in the 100m (14.34s – PB), 200m (29.70s), Long Jump (4.40m – PB), Shot Put (5.88m) and Javelin (24.30m – PB).
National sprinter, Kristian Samwell-Nash, made history by winning both the Under-17 200m and 400m. This is the first time a young athlete has held both the Kent 200m and 400m titles, both indoors and outdoors, at the same time. Kristian was also handed the Presidents Trophy for his successes in the 200m, running not only a PB and Club Record of 21.99s, but the third fastest time this year in the UK for Under-17’s.
There were other strong performances for the men’s sprinters – Tammo Foad (U17) ran well in the 100m (12.83s) and 200m (26.34s – PB); Jack Saxby (U15) ran three new PB’s in the 100m (12.20s), 200m (24.50s) and 300m (39.98s). There were also new PB’s in the 100m and 200m for Under-15 sprinters Andrew Bull (12.35s & 25.61s) and Tyler Christie (13.22s & 25.63s), with Luke Prior also running well in both races (13.38s & 27.25s).
Ashford’s Under-17 record breaking cross country star, Louis Small, changed the scenery with a track performance, winning an impressive bronze medal in the 1500m (4m14.38s). There were also strong performances in the same 1500m race for Jack Small (4m16.71s) and Max Behrens (4m29.92s). Also, in the Under-17 Men’s team, Michael Alajiki won silver medals in the 100m Hurdles (14.44s) and Triple Jump (12.13m).
AAC dominated the High Jump with Deborah Martin winning gold (1.70m) and Katie Hamilton winning silver (1.45m) in the Senior Women’s event. Matt Smiley (1.75m) and Lewis Smith also took the gold and silver honours in the Senior Men’s event. Jack Butler (1.65m) jumped well in the Under-15’s event to win the silver medal, and Faith Cox won the bronze in the Under-20 Women’s competition (1.35m). Under-15’s Andrew Bull and Matisse Thompson both jumped new PB’s of 1.40m respectively.
There were medals for the middle-distance runners with Briony Walsh (2m18.76s – PB) taking bronze in the Senior Women’s 800m, and training partner Elisha Roger winning bronze in the Under-17’s 1500m (5m03.23s). Harrison Tremain won two silver’s and ran two new PB’s in the Under-20 Men’s 800m (1m58.26s) and 1500m (4m02.41s), with Adam Wood just fractionally behind in the latter (4m03.61s).
The jumps events also proved rich pickings for the senior’s, with Lewis Smith becoming the Senior Men’s indoor and outdoor Long Jump champion (6.40m), and Steve Lake winning bronze in the Senior’s Triple Jump (10.78m). Lewis also ran well in the 100m heats and final, running 11.13s and 11.15s respectively.
Under-20 multi-event specialist, Douglas Noel, won three medals over the weekend; he threw PB’s of 40.56m in the Discus and 47.62m in the Javelin to take both titles, as well as silver in the Pole Vault (3.80m). Ashford AC always makes an impression in the Pole Vault with further silver medals for Bronwyn Yeandle (2.20m) and Luke Williams (3.60m).
The distance runners were, again, out in force with the end of the gruelling 5000m getting the crowd excited. Despite being a field of predominantly senior and experienced runners, Under-20 athletes Oliver Prior and Marshall Smith gave everyone a run for their money. Oliver Prior won silver with a PB and U20M Club Record (15m15.64s), followed by Marshall Smith with bronze (15m17.09s) putting up a hard fought battle.
Ashford AC has a rich history of producing successful race walkers, and so it proved with an outstanding haul of five medals in the combined 3000m Walk. Jacqueline Benson (U20W) won gold with a PB and U20W Club Record (16m59.25s), Veteran Lesley Hall won silver in the Senior Women’s category (19m26.94s), and experienced competitor Jonathan Hobbs won a silver for the Senior Men (14m47.18s). Ashford AC dominated the Under-17 Women’s age category with a an impressive 1-2-3. Mille Morris took gold (17m05.69s), Grace Whittingham silver (17m31.26s) and Rachel Harding bronze (19m24.64s).
Other medal winners included Faith Cox (U20) with bronze medals in the Shot Put (7.75m) and Javelin (20.80m). Faith also did well in the 200m (28.02s) and Long Jump (4.22m). Imogen Davis won a gold medal (5.03m) in the very competitive U17 Long Jump. Yetunde Mongo won a bronze in the very fast U20 Women’s final (12.57s).
There were other notable performances for Imogen Davis (26.64s), Ella Saxby (28.01s) and Gabrielle Oguntuga (29.25s) in the 200m. There was similar success in the 100m with Imogen Davis running 13.29s, Bronwyn Yeandle 13.14s, and Gabrielle Oguntuga 13.92s. Naomi Parrott ran well, getting two new PB’s, in the 75m Hurdles (12.88s) and 100m (14.03s). Luke Prior (U15) threw two new PB’s in the Shot Put (8.81m) and Discus (21.87m).
A number of the young Ashford AC athletes will be back to the Julie Rose Stadium, on the 8th June, for the Kent Schools’ Championships. Success at this event could result in selection to represent Kent Schools’ at the England Schools’ Championships, in Birmingham, in July.