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Kent Young Athletes League - Round 1: Ashford

Young Invicta athletes teamed up with their counterparts from Medway Park Phoenix, to contest the first round of the 2015 Kent Young Athletes League, at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, on Sunday 19th April.

Having struggled to field a consistently strong team, over the full range of track and field events, over past seasons, the joint entry is currently competing in the second division of the league. This year, hopefully, both clubs will be able to field sufficient talent, in all rounds, to propel ourselves back into the top division.

These events are for young athletes, that fall into the under 13, and 15 year age groups, and, although there were still many events uncontested by the joint entry, the Invicta turnout was higher than we have seen for a while.

The athletes that flew the Invicta flag, at this season opening event, did the club great credit, and performed very well in their events.

First up for Invicta, on the track, were Emily Higham and Lauren Macey, in the U15 Girls 75m hurdle race. Both ran well and registered season best times, with Emily coming home in 14.4 seconds, while Lauren clocked in at 15.7.  At the same time as this event, Isabelle Harding was going in the U13 Girls high jump, and did very well, coming in first place with a new PB of 1.25m. For the U15 Boys, Oscar Keeys got things going in the shot put, and registered a commendable third place.

Next up were the sprinters, and Invicta speedsters Louise Evans and Hannah Scrivens both ran brilliantly in the U15 Girls 100m event. Louise came in first, scorching across the line in a new PB time of 13.5 seconds. This was a great performance, and it was followed by Hannah also clocking a new PB of 14.4 seconds. The good form shown by both athletes was much to the delight of their coach, Carlo Monticolombi, who was so impressed, that he rewarded both girls with a chance to impress in the 300m races….  Carlo was not to be disappointed with their efforts in the longer race, as, once again, both girls racked up PB’s. It was another first place for Louise, in a very rapid 44.2 seconds.

Not to be outdone were the middle distance runners, with a strong Invicta presence in the U15 Boys and Girls 1500m events. For the girls, Alexandra Millard dominated her race in fine style, coming home in first place, with a new PB time of 5:03.4. Alexandra was well supported by Alice Mount, and Louise Flynn, who also ran strongly, both recording new PB times. I am sure that their strong showing will please their coach Peter Mullervey. Also running for the Mullervey stable of athletes was Matthew Stonier, who went in the U15 boys 1500. Matthew ran a very good race, recording a seasons best of 4:55.2, and looks to be a very good prospect. Matthew was joined, in this event, by Alex Holliday, who recorded a new PB, by knocking 8 seconds of his previous best time.

In the midst of all the on track action, the field events were in full swing, with multi event athletes Emily Higham, Oscar Keeys, and Isabelle Harding, all competing in the shot put, high jump, and long jump. Their coach, Stuart Earl was, as ever, in attendance, and was busy shuttling between the events to offer his customary sage advice and guidance. Emily continued her strong early season form in the U15 girls shot, posting a strong second place in that event whilst finishing first in the divisional high jump. Oscar replicated his third place in the morning’s shot put event, by repeating the feat in the U15 Boys high jump, with a new PB of 1.30m. Meanwhile the youngest member of Stuart Earl’s squad, Isabelle Harding, put up a fine show, completing a ‘hat trick’ of first places with wins in the U13 girls’ long jump and shot put events.

Finally, in the U15 Girls 4 x 100m relay, Emily Higham, Hannah Scrivens, and Louise Evans were joined by Medway Park Phoenix athlete Elle Wastell. The girls put on a fine performance, finishing in a very pacey second place. This was an excellent performance, as the team was declared on the day, and had not had the benefit of any training.   

A very good first outing, that resulted in an overall third place for the team. A big thank you to all turned up and represented Invicta at this event. You all performed superbly, and I am sure that you will all continue to go from strength to strength as the season progresses.
The next round is to be held at Medway Park, in Gillingham, on Sunday May 10th. A programme, including timetable, is available from the Junior Athletes notice board, in the club house.

Let’s see if we can field as many athletes as possible, and move Invicta higher up that league, where we belong!

Paul Higham.