Kettering Open Meeting, 11th June (Sprints)

Cool conditions greeted the athletes who competed in the 2nd open meeting of the season.


In the 75m, Lascelles Sewell 3rd, making his debut over the distance, just edged out training partner, Jayden Nyamekye Opoku, to win in 11.73 seconds, to Jayden’s 2nd place run in 11.79 seconds.  Both boys later battled it out in the 150m, with Jayden turning the table by winning in 23.50 seconds, with Lascelles finishing 2nd in 23.95 seconds.


Heat 1 of the women’s 100m saw Elizabeth Reading win in 12.90 seconds, running into a headwind of minus 1.4, with a season’s best of 13.18 from Abina Funy Soares da Gama in 2nd place.  The wind increased to minus 2.1 for heat 2, which was won by Ebony Daroux of Northampton, followed by Mara Cotnareanu in 2nd, and Holly Abbott in 3rd place.  U13 athlete, Sophie Burnes, finished 4th, setting a new PB of 14.24seconds.  Olivia Humphrey won heat 3 in 14.36 seconds, wind speed minus 1.7, followed in by Robyn Evans in 14.52 seconds.  Meanwhile, Maisha Petker-Birle opened her season with a win in heat 4. 


There were 3 heats in the men’s 100m.  Banbury Harrier, Olly Perry, won heat 1 in 11.13 seconds, with Harrier, Austin Ideh, in 2nd place in 11.45 seconds, into a minus 2.1 wind.   Aaron Ampofo had an extremely close run race in heat 2, going over the line at the same time as Northampton athlete, Matthew Oluwagbeminiyi Ol, with Matthew given 1st place.  Both athletes recorded a time of 13.01 seconds, with the wind reading of minus 2.0 preventing a faster time.  Veteran athlete, Peter Kraftl, was 3rd in 13.09 seconds, and Kessley Williams was 4th in 13.69 seconds.  Oscar Mordon also had a close race with Zachary Els, a new member of the squad, setting personal best times of 14.37 and 14.43 respectively, into a headwind of minus 1.8 meters per second.


Jayden Nyamekye-Opoku won his 150m race in 23.50 seconds, followed in by Lascelles Sewell in 23.95 seconds, his 1st race over that distance.  Olly Perry of Banbury Harriers, also won his 200m race in 22.42 seconds, pushed all the way by Lewis-Morgan Barton who finished 2nd in 22.43 seconds.  Heat 2 saw all of the squad’s boys set personal bests.  Winning in 25.90 seconds was Aaron Ampofo, with Kessley Williams 3rd in 27.72 seconds, and Zachary Els opening his season over the distance in 29.67 seconds for 5th place.


Elizabeth Reading was untroubled in her 200m race, winning in 26.18 seconds, with Abina Funy Soares da Gama and Mara Cotnareanu finishing in 4th and 6th in 27.51 seconds and 29.30 seconds.  Heat 2 was won by Culley Cleaver in 28.35 seconds with Holly Abbott 2nd in 29.23 seconds.  U13 athlete, Sophie Burnes, came 3rd in 29.72 seconds, followed in by Laura Goldberg in 29.75 seconds.  Next to cross the line were Tallulah Dring in 29.99 seconds, and Robyn Evans in 30.28 seconds.


Some of the athletes also competed in the long jump on the evening.  Emily Kraftl, U15, impressed in her debut in the event, finishing 4th with a jump of 4.06 metres.  Also in that age group, Lucie Cleaver and Matilda Abbot both kept to new PB’s of 3.93 metres and 3.87 metres, finishing in 5th and 6th place.  Oscar Mordon, U15, 

also set a PB in the event with a jump of 4.19 metres to finish 3rd.

Night of 100m PB’s, Nuneaton, 19th June


A small contingent of the female squad, travelled to compete at this event, on what was one of the warmest evenings so far this season.


U15 athlete, Lucie Cleaver, was first to compete in heat 1 of the U13/U15 age group races.Drawn in lane 7, she got a good start and finished 6th in a PB of 15.47 seconds.  Next to compete in heat 2 in that age group was Matilda Abbott.  Returning to competing following an ankle problem, she finished 8th in 15.54 seconds.


Veteran athlete, Wilika Carr, ran a very strong race in heat 1, of round 1 for the older athletes, finishing 2nd in 14.41 seconds, ranking her 18th in the UK V45 rankings.  Culley Cleaver and Holly Abbott were both drawn in heat 2, and both had good runs, finishing 3rd and 5th respectively, in 13.63 and 13.92 seconds.  The final athletes to compete were Elizabeth Reading and Harriet Cleaver.  With Elizabeth drawn in lane 4, and Harriet drawn in lane 7, they were level for 40m before Elizabeth was able to pull away from Harriet, who had taken time out of training to concentrate on exams.  Elizabeth finished 5th in 13.21 seconds, with Harriet in 6th in 13.40 seconds.


KTH Female Sprint Squad competing at the Night of 100m PB  

Well done everybody who ran.