UK Youth Development League – Division 1 East
‘Keepmoat’ Stadium, Doncaster – Sunday 29th May 2016
Kingston’s under 17’s and under 20’s team made their second visit of the season to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. This time for the home fixture of the combined Harrogate, Scarborough and Wetherby teams (HAWKS). Further opposition was provided by teams from Edinburgh (Team Forth Valley), City of Sheffield and Dearne AC, Doncaster AC and the South of Humber outfit, a composite team representing the Lincoln Wellington club, together with Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes Athletic Clubs.
The team had competed very well in the opening fixture, where we had come away standing in 3rd place in the league table. This had been a good result in a tough division against quality opponents and we were looking to consolidate our position.
There were a number of late withdrawals from the squad, which put pressure on the rest of the team, who had to take on extra events in order to limit the damage done. The situation was far from ideal, but these athletes are strong, and there is a great spirit within the team. They put in a mighty effort which kept us in contention throughout the match.
We finished in 4th place on the day with a total of 429 match points, which gave us 3 league points and saw us retain our 3rd place in the table. One point above Doncaster AC in 4th slot and 2 points above South of Humber and ‘Hawks’, who occupy the relegation places.
Details of all of the Kingston athletes performances at the meeting are as follows:-
Under 20 Men
The clubs two Northern indoor sprint champions, Joe Cooper and Andy Morgan-Harrison, represented the team in the 100 metres race.
Joe went in the ‘A’ race and his run of 11.4s saw him take first place. In the ‘B’ Andy made it a double celebration, winning the race and posting a time of 11.1s.
Andy Morgan-Harrison was back in action in the 200 metres, this time as the ‘A’ runner, he ran a new PB of 22.0s, 1.1 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, to claim his second victory of the day. Dominic Singh who was making only his second appearance of the season was the ‘B’ runner. The Northern outdoor 200 metre champion finished one second ahead of the field, taking victory with a run of 22.5s.
The 800 metres race saw Jack Brothwell running in the ‘A’ race. The County cross country champion ran a new personal best time of 2:08.3s, to take 4th place. Harry Powell had a superb cross country season, picking up a County title and gaining selection for Northern England at January’s Antrim International meeting. He took 2nd place in the ‘B’ race and posted a new PB of 2:03.9s.
Josh Taylor-Brown was the ‘A’ runner in the 1500 metres race, where took 4th place and ran a time of 4:17.5s. A new personal best run of 4:19.1s by Baldvin Magnusson, saw him take 2nd place in the ‘B’ race.
Jack Brothwell and Baldvin Magnusson represented the team in both the discus and the javelin competitions.
Jack was the ‘A’ thrower in the discus, where he took 5th place and threw a new PB of 12.05m. Baldvin was the winner of the ‘B’ and he also threw a new PB of 11.91m.
In the javelin competition Baldvin took 4th place in the ‘A’ event, where he threw another new PB of 11.85m. In the ‘B’ Jack won the competition with a throw of 3.09m.
Josh Taylor-Brown won the hammer ‘A’ competition with a throw of 12.86m.
The shot putt paired together Joe Cooper and Josh Taylor-Brown. Joe was the ‘A’ thrower and he took 4th place, with a throw of 8.03m, whilst Josh won the ‘B’ competition with a new personal best effort of 6.37m.
In the long jump, Baldvin Magnusson took 6th place in the ‘A’ with a new PB of 3.97m. In the ‘B’ Josh Taylor-Brown took 3rd place, with a new PB of 2.47m.
Under 17 Men
David Morgan-Harrison was our sole under17 sprinter in this league match. In the 100 metres, David took 5th place and he ran a time of 12.6s. The 200 metres saw him run a new personal best time of 25.5s, for 4th place.
In the 400 metres race Kyle Foster ran a new PB of 54.7s, to take 4th place. Unfortunately a hamstring injury left Kyle with no option but to pull out of his other events.
Adam Coles took 2nd place in the 100 metres hurdles race, where he ran a time of 15.6s.
In the field events, Josh Tranmer was the winner of both the shot and the discus competitions.
In the shot his throw of 12.55m, put him more than a metre ahead of his nearest challenger. Josh’s effort of 44.77m gave him victory in the discus and left him more than ten metres ahead of the field.
Adam Coles competed in both the long jump and the triple jump events. His effort of 5.31m in the long jump event saw him 5th place, whilst a new PB of 11.24m, in the triple jump competition saw him take 4th place.
Under 20 Women
Representing the team in the 100 metres races, were the Northern Championships 60 metre finalist, Emily Lyons and 60 metre semi finalist Amy Sampson.
Emily was in competition in the ‘A’ race where she took 3rd place and ran a time of 12.8s. Amy went in the ‘B’ race and she too took a 3rd place finish, running a time of 13.0s.
Emily Lyons was back in action in the 200 metres, taking 4th place in the ‘A’ race and recording a time of 26.4s. Luci Preston took 2nd place in the ‘B’ race, and she posted a time of 27.4s.
Luci Preston saw further competition in the 400 metres ‘A’ race, where she ran a seasons best time of 65.5s, to take a 4th place finish.
Hollie Smith, the 2016 Northern indoor silver medallist and England indoor bronze medallist, was the winner of high jump ‘A’ event, with a clearance at 1.65m. Amy Sampson competed in the ‘B’, where she took 3rd place, clearing a height of 1.30m.
Five times Northern Champion Maggie Okul was in action in the hammer throw, where one of her training partners, Alice Barnsdale was competing for the South of Humber team. Maggie was the winner of the competition, with a throw of 52.89m, with Alice in 2nd place with 49.92m.
In the discus throw, Sophie O’Hara was victorious in the ‘A’ event, her best throw of the day being one of 33.15m. Nicole Gray made it a double victory, winning the ‘B’ with a throw of 30.33m.
Sophie O’Hara and Nicole Gray were in further action in the shot competition, which saw Sophie win the ‘A’ event with a throw of 9.60m. and Nicole taking 2nd place in the ‘B’, throwing a distance of 7.58m.
Sian Kerry took 3rd place in the javelin competition, where her best throw of the day was one of 28.22m.
In the triple jump, Luci Preston took 5th place in the ‘A’ event with a season’s best effort of 8.88m. In the ‘B’, Amy Sampson took 3rd place with a new personal best jump of 8.80m.
Under 17 Women
Northern 60 metres finalist, Amelia Benson was the teams ‘A’ runner in the 100 metres, where she took 2nd place in the race and ran a time of 12.8s. English Schools Championships long jump finalist, Libby Wheeler, ran in the ‘B’ race where she did an excellent job, taking a 3rd place finish and posting a time of 13.8s.
Amelia Benson was back on duty in the 200 metres ‘A’ race, running a time of 25.9s, to take 2nd place. Savannah Beal did a great job for the team in the ‘B’, running a new personal best time of 28.7s, to take 3rd place.
In the 300 metres ‘A’ race, Lucy Savery ran a new personal best time of 47.0s, to take 6th place. In the ‘B’, Savannah Beal collected her second new PB of the day, running a time of 46.9s. for 3rd place.
The 800 metres saw Martha Savage run a new PB of 2:31.9s, for 3rd place in the ‘A’ race, with Natalie Bell taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with a run of 2:35.4s.
Connie Mounsey ran a season’s best time of 5:38.6s, for 4th place in 1500 metres ‘A’ race. Amy Greenacre made her 2016 bow in league competition, her season’s best run of 5:42.3s gave her a 3rd place finish in the ‘B’.
Heptathlete Venus Morgan, once again gave a top class performance in the 80 metres hurdles ‘A’ race. She won the race and ran a new personal best performance of 12.0s, with her nearest chaser 1.2 seconds behind her. Paige Mathers run of 13.8s, gave her a 2nd place finish in the ‘B’.
In the 300 metres hurdles race, Natalie Varga ran a new PB of 50.6s in the the ‘A’ race to take a 2nd place finish. Lucy Savery was the winner of the ‘B’, where she too ran a new PB of 52.1s.
England International Olivia Stevenson was in total control in the hammer throw, winning the competition with a throw of 58.29m. Beth Shaw was the winner of the ‘B’ event, where she threw a season’s best effort of 24.47m.
Olivia Stevenson was in further action in the discus competition, where she took 3rd place in the ‘A’ event, with a season’s best throw of 28.53m.
The javelin competition saw Harriet Cannell winning the ‘A’ event, launching the javelin out to 34.28m. Paige Mathers made it a double victory, throwing new PB of 30.43m, in the ‘B’
Venus Morgan took 2nd place in the shot ‘A’ event, with a throw of 9.87m. She also collected her second victory of the day, in the high jump ‘A’, where she set a new PB, with a clearance at 1.58m.
Libby Wheeler took 2nd place in the long jump ‘A’ event, where her best jump of the competition was one of 4.94m. Later in the day she was the winner of the triple jump competition, where her best effort was a distance of 10.52m.
Natalie Varga took 2nd place in the pole vault competition, with a clearance at 1.85m.
Under 20 Men – 4 x 100 metres
The Kingston team of Joe Cooper, David Morgan-Harrison, Andy Morgan-Harrison and Dominic Singh were the winners of the race. They set a new PB and a new Club record of 44.2s.
Under 20 Men – 4 x 400 metres
The 4 x 400 team of Josh Taylor-Brown, Jack Brothwell, Dominic Singh and Harry Powell ran a season’s best time of 3:43.7s, to take 3rd place.
Under 20 Women – 4 x 100 metres
The quartet of Emily Lyons, Amy Sampson, Luci Preston and Angelakie Koutsi finished in 2nd place and ran a time of 52.9s.
Under 17 Women – 4 x 100 metres
The Kingston team of Amelia Benson, Venus Morgan, Libby Wheeler and Paige Mathers, ran a season’s best time of 51.3s, to take 2nd place.
Under 17 Women – 4 x 300 metres
The 4 x 300 team of Amelia Benson, Venus Morgan, Martha Savage and Savannah Beal, took 3rd place and ran a time of 3:07.0s.