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Emily battles for Pentathlon medal

 Emily Higham and Lulu Willett were Invicta’s representatives at the Kent U13 Pentathlon Championships which took place at Tonbridge on the Bank Holiday Monday.


Emily with her medal


This year saw a very large field of 25 entered for the event consisting of 14 entries for the Kent competition and 11r guests. This did make the competition rather long
(especially in the high jump), which was not ideal in the very hot conditions. In fact you will not see many high jump competitions where nearly all the
competitors had umbrellas up trying to stay cool and keep out of the sun! In a really tight competition, five girls were in the running all day for the top three places (in the Kent competition) and it came down to the final event, the 800m, to sort out the medal places. It saw six of the athletes (including two of the guests) scoring
more than 2000 points, a UK number 1 performance by one of the guests,  four of the athletes clear 1.40m (or better) in the high jump and another athlete jump 4.78m in the long jump.

Emily started the day with a massive new personal best in the 70mh, lowering her time from 13.7s to 13.07s (for 473 points). She then followed this up with a solid long jump of 3.99m (306 points) and then set another massive new personal best in the shot put, improving from 6.77m to 7.40m (361 points). She then cleared a very respectable 1.40m in the high jump (512 points) and was lying in second place going into the final event. Her time in the 800m of 2:53.21 (431 points) was very commendable are a long day’s competition. This gave Emily a final score of 2083 points and the Bronze medal. It was also a new personal best for her and a National Grade 2 standard. It currently puts Emily 5th in the UK rankings for this year.


Unfortunately, Emily just failed to finish far enough ahead of the initial competition leader, Jade Curtis of Ashford, in the 800m and was an agonising three points away from the Silver medal. However, both girls eventually lost out to Kathleen Faes of Tonbridge, who put in a very fast 800m (2:26.66) to claim the Gold medal (in the Kent competition).

Lulu Willett’s performances were also commendable, particularly as she is a year young in the age group. She started with a 16.05s in the hurdles (260 points). She then set a personal best in the long jump of 3.16m (135 points) and threw 5.28m in the shot (226 points). Lulu then had a really good first time clearance in the high jump for a new personal best of 1.16m (275 points). She then ran a very gutsy 800m of 3:02.79 (340 points) to finish 2nd in her heat (and 9th fastest overall on the
day). Her run lifted her three places in the Kent competition to finish in a respectable 11th place. Her final score of 1236 points was just shy of her personal best.

The final results for the top 6 were:

1 Amber Anning (guest) Brighton 2496 points (current UK number 1 score)
2 Kathleen Faes                   Tonbridge           2120 points (1st in Kent competition)
3 Jessica Whiley (guest) Chelmsford        2096 points
4 Jade Curtis                          Ashford                                2086 points (2nd in Kent competition)
5 Emily Higham                     Invicta                   2083 points (3rd in Kent competition)
6 Karina Harris                       Blackheath          2031 points (4th in Kent competition)
17  Lulu Willett                         Invicta                   1236 points (11th in Kent competition)


Finally, it is worth noting that this is the 4th year in a row that an Invicta girl has medalled in this competition, which is a very good record for one of the smaller Clubs in the county.

Well done. (Report submitted by Stuart Earl.)