YDL Lower 2018: A winning start

Saturday saw the start of the U/13's & U/15's YDL at a very sunny and hot Ashford in Kent. In this new league that we have entered this year, we went there with some trepidation, especially as we were down some athletes due to the mini marathon on Sunday. Not to be deterred by this we excelled with some outstanding performances, many PB's and finishing 1st by nearly 30 points:


1st: WGEL - 545.5, 2nd - Paddock Wood/Folkestone RC: 517, 3rd: Ashford (Host Club): 464, 4th: Orion Harriers: 446.5, 5th: East Grinstead: 406.5, 6th: Hastings AC: 289.0, 7th: Medway Park Phoenix: 201.5.

In the U/13 Girls, there were some fine performances. Rianna Barton came 3rd in the 75m: 11.2s, 2nd in the 70m Hurdles. Kirsten Pacey ran the 75m in: 11.5 for 3rd and gained a PB in the 70m H: 14.1s and also a PB in the HJ: 1m 20cm. Kezia Beeton ran a solid race in the 800m finishing 2nd with: 2m 41.1s, a good PB in the LJ: 4m 05cm, Millie Webster finsihed 3rd in the SP: 5m 89 and ran away with it in the Javelin with a distance just shy of her PB with a distance of: 24m 62cm. Ashleigh Simmonds jumped her way to a height of: 1m 25cm in the HJ, and Morenike Olubodun ran a time of: 26.5s in the 150m. Tiya Canning Lawrence was also in good form: 20.9s for a 1st in the 150m and a PB in the LJ: 3m 64cm. Abigail Reid ran the 800m in: 2m 49.5 for 2nd place, whilst Larna Morgan & Emily Caton came 1st in their 1200m respectively: 4m 22.6s & 4m 43.6s. The 4x100m relay team came 2nd in: 58.7s

The U/13 Boys, depleted in number, still managed to do well. Reuben Fabian ran the 100m in: 15.2s, won his 800m by over 100m in a time of: 2m 42.9. Isaac Egbune: 3rd in the 100m: 15.0s, 5th in the 200m: 32.2s and 3rd in the LJ: 3m 23cm. Sidy Cody came 1st in the 1500m with a new PB: 5m 23.1s and Evan Johnson was also 1st: 5m 14.8s. James Brigstocke-Williams was the only other boy who won his 800m in a PB time: 2m 24.4s and, like, Reuben won this comfortably with about a 100m gap. The 4x100m  relay team finished 3rd: 60.6s.

In the U/15 Girls Amyrah Adeleye was 2nd in the 100m: 13.5s and also the same position in the 200m: 27.8s. Charlotte Seaton ran a nice and solid PB in the 100m: 13.7s and also achieved another PB in the LJ: 3m 14cm. Victoria Zlatkovsky finished 2nd in the 300m: 47.8s, and tied for 2nd in the HJ: 1m 15cm. Hollie McArdell ran the 1500m in a time of: 5m 57.8s coming home 3rd. Levania Ugonna Mba ran the 200m finsihing 1st: 29.4sec and did a non-scoring 100m also 1st in a new PB. Mia Keen, was 4th in the LJ: 4m 05cm, HJ was a PB height of: 1m 35cm, and a 2nd in the SP: 7m 33cm. Gbemi Majekodunmi was 1st in the SP: 6m 56cm, 5th in the Discus: 11m 05cm and a very creditable 2nd in the hammer with: 19m 86cm. Emily Moss was 2nd in the discus: 10m 89cm and the Javelin: 4th - 16m 15cm. Zahara Malcolm did the 300m and 800m with 2 good performances, timed at 42.8s for 2nd & 2m 25.1s 1st place. They rounded this off with a 4x100m: 2nd place in: 55.1s.

There were PB's galore in the U/15 Boys team. Aiden Fernando was in fine form sprinting his way to: 12.3 s 100m PB, and 24.3s 200m in another PB time. Merveilles Massembo was a powerhouse, running away with it to record a time of: 11.9s for the 100m and a PB, he also did the 300m in: 42.3s. Kaidan Chambers also notched PB's with: 25.9s in the 200m and a distance of: 4m 75cm in the LJ. Roshaun Edwards did a the 80m Hurdles: 15.2s and 1st whilst Thanushan Yogaraj was 2nd in the SP: 5m 66cm. Kai Wright was a class above in the hammer with a big PB: 38m 44cm, 3rd in the SP: 6m 88cm and a 4th in the discus with: 15m 97cm 4th place and a PB. Jake Chambers recorded a massive 7m PB in the Javelin with a distance of: 40m 20cm and 2nd, whilst Luke Finch did the hammer with a PB: 24m 78cm, 2nd in the discus: 14.00cm and a 3rd in Javelin: 9m 76cm. Samuel Oshodi, who has the potential to be a multi-events athlete, showed this in his events, a good PB in the 300m: 39.9s and 1st, and also a PB in the HJ with a height of: 1m 58cm and again 1st place. The team finished their events with 2 relays, a big victory in the 4x100m with a time of: 48.7s and a make shift team in the 4x300m came home with their heads held high finishing 4th: 3m 17.4s.

It was so great to see all the teams working really hard and producing such great results. Also a big thank you to the YA team managers who were experiencing managing a team for the 1st time, WELL DONE to them. We now go forward to the next meeting on the 19th May at the home of Orion Harriers. GO TEAM WOODFORD.