UK Youth Development League – Northern Premier 2
Costello Stadium, Hull – Saturday 23rd April 2016
The 2016 National League campaign got underway for our under11 and under13 year old athletes, on Saturday 23rd of April with a home fixture at the Costello Stadium.
Our opposing teams this year are Leeds City AC, West Cheshire AC, Wirral AC, Rotherham AC and Harrogate Harriers. The six teams will clash in four full days of competition over the next three months.
A lot of our juniors have moved up into a new age category for all of the 2016 competitions, and we had fourteen young athletes who were making their league debuts in this opening fixture.
* Accompanies the names of all the Kingston Athletes who were making their league debuts for the club.
We saw a great and gutsy effort from the Kingston team, who for large periods of the match were up with the leaders. Leeds City and West Cheshire put out very strong teams and they had some outstanding athletes, and Wirral were very good too.
Kingston finished in 5th place on the day and we collected two league points. The young debutants will benefit from their first experience, and they will get stronger as the season progresses. The battle is now on to ensure we retain our place in this division which is the second highest level in Northern England.
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In the 75 metre sprint race Sophie Reed was the club representative in the ‘A’ race, and she ran a new PB of 11.0s to take 3rd place. Holly Adams finished in 4th place in the ‘B’ race and she also recorded a new PB of 11.6s.
Sophie Reed was back in action in the 150 metre sprint, she ran in the ‘A’ race, where she took 2nd place and posted another new PB of 21.8s. *Amy Huntington made her league debut in the ‘B’ race, running a new PB of 24.3s, for 6th place.
Lauren McClean ran in the 800 metres ‘A’ race, where she took 5th place, running the two lap race in a time of 2:52.1s. Lauren also competed in the 70 metre hurdles race, which is one of her strong events, she finished 2nd in the ‘A’ race and set a new PB of 13.0s. Debutant * Frances Farnill ran in the ‘B’ race of the 70 metre hurdles, where she finished in 6th place and posted a new PB of 15.9s.
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Lauren McClean returned to action, this time on the field in the high jump competition, where a clearance at a height of 1.25m gave her 2nd place.
Sophie Reed also rejoined the fray, in the long jump event where she was the ‘A’ athlete, she took 4th place with a new PB of 3.63m. * Amy Huntington, another of the day’s debutants was in the ‘B’ competition, and she took 3rd place with a new PB of 3.26m.
The shot putt brought the Northern indoor champion Holly Adams into action in the throwing circle. She was the winner of the ‘A’ where she produced a throw of 8.37m. In the ‘B’ event Emilia Russell claimed 2nd place, with a throw of 4.93m.
The two girls were back in tandem in the javelin throw, with Holly Adams 3rd place in the ‘A’ with a new PB of 15.62m, whilst Emilia Russell’s best of 5.74m in the ‘B’ event gave her 6th place.
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Fast improving young sprinter and hurdler Junior Agostinho was in excellent form. He was the ‘A’ runner in the 100 metre sprint race, where he ran a new PB of 14.0s, to cross the finish line as the race winner. * Jack Singleton made his league bow at the meeting, and he also ran a new PB 14.9s for 4th place in the ‘B’
The 200 metre race saw * Owen Robinson making his National League bow as the ‘A’ runner. He took 3rd place and posted a new PB of 29.7s. Junior Agostinho took 2nd place in the ‘B’ race, where he too ran a new PB of 29.8s.
The 75 metre hurdles race brought Junior Agostinho and Jack Singleton back together. Junior dominated the ‘A’ race, which he won with a new PB of 14.7s, half a second in front of his nearest challenger. Jack Singleton took 3rd place in the ‘B’ race, crossing the line in a time of 16.3s.
The 800 metres brought league debuts for two of our aspiring young middle distance runners. * Adam Fox has come off the back of a very good cross country season and was looking to transfer that form onto the track. He took 3rd place in the ‘A’ race and also ran a new PB 2:38.2s. * Harvey Southcoat also ran a new PB of 2:48.8s, to take 4th place in the ‘B’
In the 1500 metre race two more of our juniors made their league debuts. * Thomas Smales has also had a good cross country season, putting in a number of impressive performances throughout the autumn and winter months. He ran a new PB 5:25.3s for 6th place in the ‘A’race. This was * Nathan Thompson’s first 1500 metre race and he put in a good effort, setting a new PB of 5:43.6s, for 4th place in the ‘B’ race.
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The high jump competition saw * Alex Grant make his debut appearance. He cleared a height of 1.10m for a 6th place finish.
Connor Pickering and Fabian Vidal represented the team in both the long jump and shot competitions.
In the long jump Fabian took 2nd place in the ‘A’ event, where he jumped a distance of 4.21m, whilst Connor was the winner of the ‘B’, jumping the same distance of 4.21m.
In the shot event their roles were reversed, with Connor the ‘A’ thrower and Fabian the ‘B’. Connor took 2nd place and threw a new PB of 8.39m, with Fabian winning the ‘B’ and also recording a new PB of 7.52m.
* Alex Chivers made his league debut in the javelin throw, where he took 3rd place, and threw a new PB of 11.69m.
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Kate Huntington was the ‘A’ runner in the 100 metres race. She put in a gutsy performance and ran a new PB of 13.5s, to take 4th place. The ‘B’ runner was debutant * Rose Hewitt who has only been training since this February. She also ran a new PB of 14.2s for 5th place.
The 200 metres saw Kate Huntington and Evie Watson in action, with Kate taking 3rd place in the ‘A’ race, running a time of 28.3s. Evie’s run of 29.0s saw her take 3rd place in the ‘B’ race.
Evie Watson returned to the track as the ‘A’ runner in the 300 metre race, she took 2nd place in the race and recorded a new PB of 46.7s. Abbie Haigh was our representative in the ‘B’ race, where she took 4th place and ran a time of 49.2s.
The 800 metre race brought Jodie Martin and Daisy Evans into the action. Jodie was the ‘A’ runner, and she took 4th place with a fine run of 2:31.8s, a new PB. Daisy took 5th place in the ‘B’ race, where she ran a time of 2:42.7s.
The 75 metre hurdles saw Emily Dye run a new PB of 13.4s in the ‘A’ race, for a 5th place finish. Abbie Haigh was the ‘B’ runner and she took 4th place with a new PB of 13.9s.
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Alanah Thoresby and Ellie Townsend represented the team in the high jump, with Alanah taking 5th place in the ‘A’ event, with a clearance at 1.30m. Ellie’s clearance at 1.15m in the ‘B’ saw her pick up 6th place.
In the long jump competition Emily Dye jumped a new PB of 4.48m, to take 4th place in the ‘A’ event, with Evie Watson also picking up 4th place in the ‘B’ with a jump of 3.96m.
Indigo Atkin was our ‘A’ thrower in the shot putt, where a best effort of 8.86m, gave her 2nd place. Ciara Andrews took 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a throw of 7.88m.
The discus throw saw Faye Oliver take 2nd place in the ‘A’ event, throwing a distance of 21.54m. Jess Townsend was the winner of the ‘B’ competition with her throw of 16.72m.
In the hammer throw Indigo Atkin took 3rd place in the ‘A’ event with a throw of 22.63m, and Ellie Townsend took 2nd place in the ‘B’, where she threw a distance of 15.46m.
The ‘A’ thrower in the javelin event was Becky Chivers, who launched a big new PB of 30.59m, to win the competition. In the ‘B’ Indigo Atkin’s winning throw of 24.69m saw her make it a double victory for the team.
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* Brody Hinson made his bow in the National League in the 100 metre sprint ‘A’ race, where he took 2nd place and ran a new PB of 12.0s. In the ‘B’ Sam Croney also took a 2nd place finish and his run of 12.6s was also a new PB.
The 200 metres saw Brody Hinson back in action as the ‘A’ runner. He fought hard all the way and again took 2nd place, running a new PB of 25.0s. The ‘B’ runner was another debutant * Tyler Thompson, who took 3rd place in the race, and ran a time of 27.7s.
The 300 metres saw Joseph Seed and Luke Carr as the team’s representatives. Joe ran the ‘A’ race where he took 6th place in a time of 44.7s. Luke ran a new PB of 47.5s for 5th place in the ‘B’.
Joseph Seed was back on the track in the 800 metres ‘A’ race, where he ran a season’s best time of 2:26.8s, to take 3rd place.
Sam Croney, the bronze medallist at the 2016 Northern indoor championships, was the winner of the 80 metre hurdles ‘A’ race, and his time of 12.4s, was his second new PB of the day.
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The high jump competition saw Tyler Thompson return to the fray, and his clearance at 1.50m, a new PB, gave him 1st place
Tyler saw more field action in the long jump, where a new PB of 4.74m, gave him 5th place in the ‘A’ event. Ben Stutely took 6th place in the ‘B’ with a jump of 2.93m.
Ben Stutely was in further action in his specialist event, the pole vault. He cleared a new PB height of 2.15m, to take 2nd place.
The throwing events are one of the areas of immense strength at the club, where coaches Dave and Diane Smith and Dave Bennett are turning out some exceptional athletes.
The shot putt saw Shaun Kerry, the Northern indoor champion, who is ranked No.5 UK and the Northern outdoor champion Ben Copley in tandem. Shaun was the ‘A’ thrower and he won that competition with a throw of 12.37m. Ben was the winner of the ‘B’ throwing a new PB of 9.90m.
Onto the discus throw where Ben Copley is ranked No. 4 UK, he threw in the ‘A’ event where a new PB of 37.94m saw him win the competition. By contrast * Antony Mould was competing in his first National League competition. He won the ‘B’ event, and he too threw a new PB of 18.34m.
Shaun Kerry is the No. 2 ranked hammer thrower in the UK and he put on great display in the hammer circle, winning the ‘A’ event with ease, launching a big throw of 51.11m.
The javelin competition brought UK No 10 Ben Copley and UK No 11 Shaun Kerry back together again.
Ben threw in the ‘A’ and Shaun in the ‘B’, with both of them winning their events. Ben had the bragging rights this time with a new PB of 45.46m, whilst Shaun also set a new PB of 44.76m.
Under 13 Girls – 4 x 100 metres
The Kingston team of:-Sophie Reed – Holly Adams – Amy Huntington and Frances Farnill, finished in 6th place and ran a time of 62.7s.
Under 13 Boys – 4 x 100 metres
The under 13 boys team were:- Junior Agostinho – Alex Grant – Adam Fox – Jack Singleton they took 2nd place and recorded a time of 59.1s.
Under 15 Girls – 4 x 100 metres
The team were :- Kate Huntington – Evie Watson – Rose Hewitt and Alanah Thoresby, who took 3rd place and ran a time of 54.9s.
Under 15 Boys – 4 x 100 metres
The under 15 boy’s were:- Brody Hinson – Sam Croney – Tyler Thompson and Ben Stutely, who finished in 3rd place and ran a time of 51.4s.
Under 15 Girls – 4 x 300 metres
The girls team of :- Alanah Thoresby – Jodie Martin – Abbie Haigh and Emily Dye, took 2nd place and ran a season’s best time of 3:09.2s.