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Kent County Indoors report

Invicta East Kent had a fantastic weekend at the Kent County Indoors on 17th and 18th March.

 

By 10:30 on the Saturday, Invicta had already secured 2 medals with Lauren Macey claiming bronze in the 60m hurdles and Doug Noel bagging silver in the shot putt.

 

In the sprints, a fall just shy of the finish line meant Hannah Scrivens just missed out on a place in the final but her 200m race was a race to be proud of with her showing great promise ahead of the 60m on Sunday. In the previous U17 women’s heat, Djamilla Nkereuwem finished in 4th with a time of 28.67.

 

Korede Awe finished 1st in his heat with a time of 22.70. He made it look easy! He was later followed by brother Femi who also made it through to the final (in the senior men’s age group) along with Invicta teammate Max Heavens. Leslie Lartey also performed strongly in the SM 200m, finishing in his heat in 4th place with a time of 25.62; a new PB!

 

Just enough time for the 800s before the finals. Maddy Sawyer was nervous before the race but this certainly didn’t show on the track. She led the whole way round and took home the gold with a huge new PB of 2:20.21. shaving off 6 seconds from her previous times this season!! Incredible performance from Maddy which was also a new Championship record.

 

Shortly after, Korede took to the track again. The field was incredibly strong and featured last year’s Kent Championships top 3. However, Korede kept pushing and showed sheer determination when the other athletes were closing in. He just held them off to win with a huge personal best of 21.95. His aim this season was to run sub-22 and he has done it already!! This time also was a championship record and puts him 4th in the country.

 

Brother Femi was up next. Femi finished in 5th with a time of 24.68, just short of his personal best. However, in the same race, Max produced as superb race to take home the gold with a winning time of 22.54; a new PB for him!

 

The success continued on Sunday with Korede doing the double, picking up another gold in the 60m with a time of 6.93 (just shy of his PB) while Max picked up bronze in the senior age group with a time of 7.08. Femi Awe finished in 6th in the same race with a new personal best of 7.40. Also taking part in the 60m was Hannah Scrivens who finished a strong 4th place in her heat with 8.51 and Leslie Lartey who picked up a new personal best of 7.84. Sprints coach Claire Battersby also got involved in the 60ms!

 

Over on the field, Doug Noel vaulted to 2nd place in the pole vault with a vault of 3.80m; a new personal best while Doug’s coach Jacob Burton also got involved, claiming silver in the long jump with a jump of 6.30m. Luke Mellor also got on the podium with another multi-event silver in the high jump with 1.65m, just shy of his personal best.

 

Sunday also saw strong successes in the middle distance races with 3 medals in the 1500m! Maddy Sawyer added to her gold from Saturday with a silver in a time of 5:09.03; a new season’s best for her. Sam Newson held a strong race to pick up bronze with a fantastic new personal 4:36.13 while Dylan Rigby picked up gold in the senior men’s age group with another huge personal best of 4.00:21.

 

Last but not least, Freya Lee ran a strong 300m heat to qualify for the final – her first final at this distance. She started really strong and stood a good chance but unfortunately a hamstring niggle got the better of her and she was just short of the podium, finishing in 5th place with a time of 47.54. Considering this time last year, she was running 800m, this is a fantastic achievement for Freya!

 

A huge well done to everyone who took part in these Championships, some fantastic results and personal bests to be proud of!

 

Doug Noel

 

Korede Awe

 

Lauren Macey

 

Maddy Sawyer

 

Max Heavens