id1703-Individual K&P success during the Winter

Written by Submitted by Chris Hall   

The winter months have brought some of the most successful Kingston and Poly individual performances ever, with several athletes competing among the best in their age group in the country.

Individual K&P success during the Winter

Phoebe Law’s call up to represent Team GB in the European Cross Country Championships, and subsequent team gold, has been the highlight of a fantastic winter season. Most recently, she finished 2nd in the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on February , to go with her win in the Milton Keynes XC Challenge, 4th place in the Great Edinburgh XC, a dominant victory in the Senior Girls race at the Surrey Schools XC Champs, and 2nd place in the European Junior Trials which earned her the international call-up.

Pippa Earley is another who has tasted victory on a national level. February brought two Under 15 Girls’ Long Jump club records in quick succession (5.54m followed by 5.55m two weeks later) and a gold medal in the National Under 15 Championships on February 28th. She also won two Golds with two Championship Best performances in the Surrey Championships in the Long Jump and 60m Hurdles.

Chris Dack has soared up the Shot Put rankings over the past couple of years and his indoor season was capped off by qualifying for the National Indoor Championships on February 15th, finishing 5th. That had been preceded by a dominant victory in the South of England Championships. Likewise, Matt Houlden, who is now first-claim after a couple of years of competing in the K&P British League team as higher-claim, won the Triple Jump at the SEAA Championships, which helped earn him an invitation to the National Championships, in which he finished 8th.

Honorary Welshmen Chris Hall and Tom Parry, meanwhile, won medals in the Welsh Indoor Championships in January. Chris won the Senior Men’s Long Jump and followed that up with a bronze in the 60m Hurdles, while Tom finished 3rd in the 200m to win bronze after a solid showing in the 400m.

Finally, Mollie O’Sullivan unfortunately suffered a setback as she pulled out of the National Cross Country Championships with injury, but she finished 2nd in the Intermediate Girls race during the Surrey Schools Cross Country to earn herself a place for Surrey in the English Schools Championships later in March and cement her place as one of the country’s most promising young cross-country prospects!

As well as those scoring silverware, we have had plenty of athletes holding their own in quality fields in cross country and indoor national events.

Competing alongside Phoebe Law in K&P colours in the National Cross-Country Championships were Neil Wellard, Sam Shaw, Olly Wilson, Darcy Mason and Scarlett Walker. Neil finished 72nd in the Under 17 Mens race, while Olly crossed the line 160th for the Under 13 Boys. Scarlett Walker was 188th in the Under 15 Girls race, while Sam Shaw finished 196th in the Under 15 Boys event, and Darcy Mason came home 374th in the Under 13 Girls race.Scarlett Walker was 188th in the Under 15 Girls race, while Sam Shaw finished 196th in the Under 15 Boys event, and Darcy Mason came home 374th in the Under 13 Girls race

Four other athletes made the trip to Sheffield, along with Pippa Earley, for the Under 15/17/20 National Championships on 28th February/1st March. Nicole Kendall reached the final of the National Under 20 Women’s 400m, and her performances over the winter have seen her reach 8th in the UK for her age group. Max Perez-Diaz ran an indoor and electronic PB in the Under 20 Men’s 400m, just missing out on a semi-final place, Alex Meaklim came 7th in the Under 17 Men’s Triple Jump with 12.69m, and Rhianna Reynolds rounded things off with 14th in the Under 17 Women’s Triple Jump with a seasons-best 10.50m.

The Summer months will see the Ebbisham, Lily B, Youth Development, Southern Athletics and British Athletics League teams all in action, and the 2014/15 Winter season has certainly shown that the star players will be in good form going into the first matches in April and May. We look forward to seeing even more spectacular performances in the Summer!

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