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Youngsters on song as Kennet conclude final Wessex League fixture with strong performance





Team Kennet athletes produced some outstanding performances as the club finished fourth in the final Wessex Young Athletes League meeting of the season in Swindon.

The under-15 girls finished third in a tight match, with Eliska Simpson finishing second in the discus with a throw of 23.40m.

That runner-up finish was matched by teammate Evie Lewis, who was second in the shot put following a throw of 19.44m, while newcomer Isla Clare ran a great race in the 800m, settling for second after a fast time of 5:16.9, and Bethany MaClean, making a welcome return, took silver in the 800m.

The under-17 men had a strong squad with highlights including second in the high jump for Ivan Moditha, who cleared 1.60m, while Joe Hoaen was runner-up in the discus and third in both the javelin and the shot put.

The under-13 boys had a good turnout and celebrated a double win in the javelin, with Noah Leader-Clark winning the A string with a throw of 31.27m and Josh Ladds triumphing in the B string.

Emerald Hill-Sawyer was on form once again for the under-13 girls, dominating the 800m to win in 2:43.3, while Ella Cronk was second in the high jump.

Debutant Kenechi Akosa, who reached the English Schools Championships, starred for the under-15 boys, finishing second in the 200m and third in the 100m.

Impressive debutant Kenechi Akosa. Picture by Julia Hoaen
Impressive debutant Kenechi Akosa. Picture by Julia Hoaen

Meanwhile, the Quadkids finished third in their final match of the season.

Jenson Nichols threw a huge 30.77m in the vortex throw, while Malik Gaye stole the show in the long jump with an excellent leap of 3.46m.

Nichols and Gaye were quickest in the sprints, while Samuel Akins was fastest in the 600m.

Team Kennet’s under-11 boys strike a pose
Team Kennet’s under-11 boys strike a pose

The under-11 girls won on the day and won their league, finishing first out of 26 teams.

Under-11 girls champion Matilda Clare. Picture by Julia Hoaen
Under-11 girls champion Matilda Clare. Picture by Julia Hoaen

Matilda Clare was crowned individual girls champion with a total of 241 points, becoming the second Kennet athlete ever to achieve the feat.



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