Written by Gill B
Such a contrast in weather from the Arctic conditions from the first match to a pleasant breezy Summer’s day. We welcomed four new U13s making our U13 team swell to eleven strong and athletes of all abilities and skills to ensure Kingston covered every event in this age group and they did exceptionally well. Our U15 team of six athletes performed brilliantly to try and cover as much as they could and altogether Kingston finished 4th. Herne Hill winning the second match again which means that the Championship will be theirs – not even Croydon or South London will be able to overtake them in the final match on 8thJuly. However, Kingston retain 2ndin the league because of our outstanding first match result, where we came second.
This is how Division One looks as at today: Kingston are second with less place points because in M1 we were 2nd(giving us 5 league points) and 4thin M2 (giving us 3 league points). It’s the league points which determine the League.
Match points to date
Sutton & District
U11 Angus Strachan, Nico Clarke, Sam Bishop. With Angus sprinting the fastest 75m and 150m of the day in 11.1 and 22.1 respectively. Nico faster by 0.5 seconds this match in 11.5. Sam had to withdraw from a tight hamstring after the 150m.
U13 Jack Le Vesconte, Finnian Chang, Ned Rose, Jacob Landau, Roel Sodusta, Ollie Cooke, Tom Wilson, Sam Atkins, Rishi Dowell, Dylan Dowell, Thomas Darke,
New athlete, who’s EA Registration came through Saturday morning was able to compete in the hurdles and High jump. Two technical events which are difficult to cover. Jack cleared 1.35m for 1st A and for the 75mH, 14.4 for 3rdA. The HJ with our B athlete, Thomas Darke jumping 1.25m for 1stB and earning the team 12 points. New sprinter Roel, ran an impressive 27.5 for 2ndB, faster than Ned in the A race who ran 28.7. Roel ran a 100m non-scoring in 13.4 – joint fastest in the NS. Jacob Landau and Ned both ran a lovely 13.7 in the A & B scoring. Jacob stepped in to run the B 800m – not an event he may want to repeat but nonetheless earned us 3 points! Sam Atkins in the 1500m started the race with Tom Wilson, who felt unwell during the race and had to withdraw after lap one, leaving Sam our Kingston rep getting faster with every lap to record 5.12 for 3rdin the A and probably disappointed that he was 11 seconds away from his personal best time set only in May. In the field, Dylan’s natural throwing arm placed the 400g javelin at 19.82m for 2ndA. Finnian backing up with 14.48m (his best) for 3rdB. Rishi & Dylan threw the discus for points and earned the team points. Rishi taking 2ndB slot! Finally, Ollie moved up to 800 A and in a close battle narrowly missed out and finished 5thA. Respect to you all.
U15 Rory Stratford, Sam Landau, Max Dickson, Oliver Palmer, Alfie Westley, Sebastian Chang.
Max earned the team 10 points from his 800m – 3rdA 2.17.7 (best 2.11.6 this season). An impressive 300m in 39.1 which is a new best by 0.1 seconds, also ran a blistering second leg of the relay and covered the HJ – but because of a clash with the 800m, he cleared his opening height of 1.30m, but bar was raised to 1.50m when he returned. And Max ran at the Middx schools the day before. Oliver ran a PB in the 800m B in 2.32.4.
Our sprinters Rory and Sam were stretched in the 100myet the fast competition pulled Rory through to a PB of 13.4. Sam was just outside his current best with 14.5 and he LJ for 3rdB. It was a pity that LJ clashed with the 200m – so Rory had to long jump with tired legs for 4.22m, and half a metre below his best. Alfie joined Rory for the 200m, and they scored 5 points together – so it shows that by getting as many events filled is beneficial. And seeing that there was not an U15 JT, Sebastian and Alfie doubled up with Shot and Discus – another 8 points there! Just when Sebastian thought he was free he was needed for the 300m and finished with 50.8. Sebastian said It wasn’t his legs that were tired, it was his arms, then he only had to run the first leg of the relay, with Max, Sam, and Rory. All the boys were shattered, and I hope they weren’t too tired for school on Monday.
Huge thanks to Pat Logan who was on hand to help with new athletes’ warm up and relay changing. Ulrike Chang stepping in, while I had to officiate on the Discus. And to all the parents and athletes who came out to keep Kingston and Poly in 2ndplace. We can maintain this position after the final match at the new Walton track on 8thJuly. Keep it free.
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