Top star performances – but if only we had a bigger team
Our opening match (Kent young athletic league) brought out some really fine performances for everyone inc the newie’s. But worryingly very thin on the ground in team numbers. The only area were we did have a full team, was our under 15 girls with this section easy winners in this grouping.
Under 13 Girls Felt sorry for Kerri Johnson our only under 13 lady, but she flew the flag amicably with 3.41 in the 1000m despite just returning from injuring. She really wanted to do the long jump and good job we relented and winning with a pb of 3.45.
Under 15 Boys All top performances Andre Stone closely followed by Ben Matthews set new PB’s of 10.26 & 10.29 for 2nd & 1st in their respective strings in the 3000m. Joseph O’Hara breezed his 1500 in a Grade 4 time of 4.37. Like the rest of team competed gamely in other events, they were most upset not to field a 4×400.
Under 13 boys, showed great team spirit. Cameron Lyttle dominated the sprints winning 100 in 13.0 dead for a Grade 2, & winning the 200 for grade 4. Harry Jarvis with a rotten cold (you couldn’t miss his red nose) won the high jump with 1.30 getting a Grade 4. Robert Lawrence was second in the b race 100 on his debut and was very competitive elsewhere. Another debut Dan the man (Walton) a future star in the throws area winning the javelin & doing very well elsewhere. With later all four putting up a good show in the relays.
Under 15 girls We were not short of this age group with most areas covered. with even two relay teams. Notable performances were Victoria Blincoe 17.99 1st in the discus, Maria Eremionhale 2nd in the shot. Joanne Okusanya 2nd in the javelin & Kattie Butterworth proved she could do anything with 2nd in the 300m. In the 800 Harley Wooler just piped Victoria by 0.03 of second in a very exciting race. Elsewhere Abi Olagbaiye, Monica Faulkner, Olivia Bailey, Eleanor Winch, showed with fine displays in a wide range of events what a promising young team we have.
It was a real pleasure to be associated with this team; everyone had a go at everything, never a complaint. With our depleted teams the final league result does not reflect the very high standard many of our athletes set. There is only one message for you youngsters who didn’t make it – YOUR TEAM NEEDS YOU.
For full results check out the Kent county web site at
Next match for this age group is the National Young Athletics league at Hastings on the 8th May. Watch out for notices
My thanks on the day to John Gates, Steve Walker & Nick Winfield for their support and as field officials