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Youth Development League Match 1 Report

On Sunday 30th April, Invicta’s U17 & U20 athletes took to the track for the first match of the 2017 Youth Development League. Our athletes performed amazingly and worked well with athletes from Ashford, Thanet and Paddock Wood (who we were teamed with) to finish top of the league. A very promising position to start the league on.

 

We started the day with Lauren Macey (U17) in the 300m Hurdles. Lauren once again showed her strength as a hurdler, finishing in 3rd place with a huge new PB of 48.28. A time which will see her jump to 30th in the country. Lauren later took on the sprint hurdles, finishing the 80m in second place with a time of 12.55.

 

Shortly after, we had Joseph Griffiths (U17) in the 1500m. Joe finished in 4th place with a 4:31.69.

 

Next up, Hannah Scrivens (U17) and Korede Awe (U20) in the 100m. Hannah produced a strong run, finishing not far off her PB with 13.53. Korede's was another agonisingly close race (seems to be a regular occurrence for him) which saw him finish 3rd, just a few hundredths of a second off his PB with 11.18 (his recent PB was 11.13)

 

Barnaby Dougal was entered with the U20 (an age group above him) in the 400 but did not let that phase him. He gave it his all and chased the others home, finishing in 4th but 2nd out of his age group! He bagged a HUGE PB of 54.77, emphasising his potential as a 400m runner. Shorty after, Poppy Collins finished in a fine 2nd place with a time of 58.83, a new PB for her!

 

Next up, Louise Evans and Djamilla Nkeurewem in the 300m. Louise showed us she was ready to defend her Kent Championship title with a win in 40.55 (a season's best for her) While Djamilla produced a very strong race to win with a new PB of 44.08. Very impressive for someone still new to the 300!

 

Multi-eventer, Douglas Noel (U17) showed his all-round strength with a win in the discus with a huge throw of 39.14, a second place in the high jump with a jump of 1.75 and 1st place in the B string of the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.42. Both the discus and hurdles were new personal bests for Doug. Later, he even helped the team to a 4th place finished in the 4x100 relay.

 

Doug’s training partner, Jasmine Harding (U20) took on the javelin, with a throw of 28.57 as well as the long jump with a jump of 4.28. Jasmine also joined in with the relays (despite having not run for over a year).

 

Later, Freya Lee took on the 800. Placed in a race with U20s, she looked really strong the whole way round finishing as the second U17 female with a new PB of 2:32.84.

 

Korede got a slight injury in the 100, so it was up to Barney to take his place in the 200. Up against the A string U20 runners, Barney gave a great race, finishing with a time of 25.18, a few hundredths from his PB! Djamilla also ended up in an U20 race, finishing with a solid 27.46. An excellent performance from her! We also had Poppy Collins who finished 4th with a time of 26.22.

 

Finally, we finished the day with the relays and we had some strong performances from Hannah & Louise with two Thanet runners in the 4x100, Barney also in the 4x100 as well as javelin-thrower, Jasmine Harding with all teams producing excellent performances. We finished the day with Freya, Djamilla, Poppy & Louise in the 4×400. It was a delight to watch and the girls each ran their hearts out to finish 1st out of the girls (they were in a race with the boys!) and with an impressive team time of 4:15.66.

 

If you are interested in taking part in this league, please contact Claire Battersby on clairebattersby2@hotmail.co.uk The next match takes place on Sunday 28th May. We would particularly like to see some more jumpers as well as steeplechasers and anyone interested in running the 3k.

 

 

Winning 4x400 relay team L-R Freya Lee, Djamilla Nkereuwem, Louise Evans & Poppy Collins

 

 

Some of the team L-R Barnaby Dougal, Hannah Scrivens, Korede Awe, Freya Lee, Djamilla Nkeurewem, Poppy Collins & Louise Evans