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Invicta Athletes contribute to County Team Success


Holly Fielder (U15 Girls Pentathlon) and Bradley Wake-Smith (U17 Boys Octathlon) were selected to represent Kent in the South East of England Schools Combined Events Champs which took place at the K2 track at Crawley on the 22nd and 23rd of June. In this team format, each county has four team members with the scores of the top three from each county at the event counting towards the overall team points score.

 

It is worth noting that the Multi Events are one area of the sport which has seen standards increasing. Most of the multi eventers are not poor at any event and in fact most are good enough to have at least one or two events where they are capable of gaining honours at county level (or higher).

 

In the U15 Girls Kent finished second, which was their best performance in the last 9 years according to Team Manager, Iain Presnell. Holly finished 10th overall in the competition and was the third Kent scorer along with Laura Arnold (3rd) and Amber Durrant (6th), who both compete for Medway and Maidstone.

 

In the U17 Boys Competition, Kent were emphatic winners. Bradley finished a creditable 4th place and was also the third Kent scorer behind Lewis Church (1st) of Tonbridge and Joe Clark (2nd) of Dartford Harriers. Kent will now go on (with Bradley) to represent the South East at the English Schools National Finals in September.

 

Individually, both Invicta athletes did very well.

 

Holly started the day with a pb in the 75mh of 12.9s. She then followed this up with solid performances in the shot (6.82m) and high jump (1.30m). In the long jump, Holly did the third longest jump of the competition with 4.81m (her longest jump in a multi-event) and then ran the second fastest 800m of the day with a new pb of 2:29.1. Holly finished with a final score of 2523 points, which was also a new pb for her.

 

Bradley’s efforts were all the more remarkable as he has endured surgery at the start of the track season. He managed a pb in the discus (28.46m) and produced some very fine performances in his other events: long jump (5.90m), javelin (44.52m), 400m (56.8s), 100mh (15.3s), high jump (1.57m), shot put (11.47m) and 1500m (5:05.5). Bradley’s final score was 4149 points.

 

Well done to both of them.

 

Report by Stuart Earl