Throwing power brings medals for MK athletes

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TWENTY Marshall Milton Keynes athletes made the long journey down to Ashford in Kent for the annual South of England U15 and U17 Championships and were rewarded with a host of medals.

In total the club’s members picked up three gold, two silver and three bronze medals, with the throwers producing the goods more than most with five of them.

Freddie Curtis won the U17 javelin after throwing a massive 65.57m while younger brother Redford won the U15 title with 47.91m. This time he beat fellow club training partner Jonathan Pownall reversing their positions from the English School Championships, with Jonathan throwing 47.14m for the silver medal.

Lewis Barnes then won bronze in the U17 shot by throwing 13.21m. Lewis had a very busy day, also taking 4th place in the discus (40.06m) and 11th in the hammer (40.80m)

Sprinter Daniel Oderinde won the third gold medal with a fast 23.22s to win the U15 200m and also made the 100m final where he placed 5th with a time of 11.79s.

Three young ladies made the podium, Kayleigh Presswell hurling the U17 hammer out to 42.51m for silver and then a bronze medal came from Laeken Impey in the U15 hammer with 29.93m.

Back on the track there was a fine bronze from Jasmine Finlay in the U17 800m. Jasmine won her heat in 2m 19.43s and then 2m 18.39s in the final – just one second off silver.

Continuing on the track, Josh Knight and Sam Redding clocked 4m 11.57s and 4m 15.71s respectively in the heats of the U17 1500m, Ellie Hemming was 6th in the U17 ladies 1500m final (4m 50.02s), Jade Leggett took 8th place (4m 54.39s) and Fern Yull 14th (5m 07.84s). Vicky Ashley was 8th in the 300m hurdles final (51.88s).

For the U15s Archie Rippin ran 2m 09.68s in his 800m heat, and in the heats of the 1500m personal bests came from Toby Herdman-Smith (4m 37.70s) and Harry Morton (4m 47.97s) while for the girls, Amy Botham ran 2m 26.64s and Lucy Hacking 2m 29.26s in the 800m heats.

Four Milton Keynes athletes also represnted Buckinghamshire in the Southern Inter-Counties U17 match.

Competing at Kingston in Surrey, Kayleigh Presswell won her speciality the hammer throwing 43.42m, then took 3rd in the discus (31.77m) and 5th in the shot (9.19m).

Lewis Barnes also scored heavily with the same three disciplines – discus 2rd (43.05m), shot 3nd (12.75m) and hammer 5th (37.61m). Tom Purton placed 5th in the 200m (23.68s) and 6th in the 400m (52.16s) while Jade Leggett was a fine 4th in the ladies 1500m (5m 00.77s).