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IEK field Magnificent 7 in Kent royal blue at Crawley's K2 stadium

[img:468l]Mac Cole (sprints) and Scarlett Mann (Long & Triple jumps) were joined by no fewer than 5 middle distance runners at the K2 stadium in Crawley for the 2009 Regional u17 Intercounty match involving 8 Southern counties.[img:473r] Mac is pictured far RIGHT taking the baton for the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, and Scarlett [pictured left] had to overcome a hamstring tweak (picked up during her less favoured Triple Jump) before taking on her favourite Long Jump.[img:469r] In a quick 1500m, where his best this season would have put him 3rd or 4th, Alex Newson {4th from LEFT] looked out of sorts and was 11th in 4.17.43 Meanwhile, despite a bee sting in her shin the day[img:470l] before, Emily Hosker Thornhill (4.55.79) continued her return to form by beating two athletes with pb 10 secs faster than hers - the No.1 of both Hertfordshire and of Essex, pictured left [red vest, letter E]. The 800m was the best represented event with 3 IEK athletes selected : unluckiest on the day was our leading female Rebecca Weston who, after looking awsome in recent training, was forced to pull out on the start line when a groin injury from hockey training the day before wrecked all her plans for an[img:472r] assault on the 30 year-old overall female club record. Sam Hudson (pictured right, tracking the orange vest of[img:471l] Hertfordshire) kept good shape to finish 7th in the 'B' race in 2.11.01 where the winners were posting times in the region of 1.57. Kieran Reilly put in a lion-heart performance for 6th in a scintillating 'A' race : he boldly went with the early pace of 2 of the country's top 10 ranked athletes who are 1.55 men... passed the bell (with them) in 55-56 secs.... hung on gamely... and was duly rewarded with his best ever time of 2mins 01.67 and is now ranked 119th in UK - breaking the 2 minute barrier would put Kieran in the top 80.