Earlier in the month (9th February) Sevenoaks AC Sprinter, James Beecroft, improved his personal best for 60m to 7.74 seconds to top the UK Track rankings for U13s.
Head Coach at Sevenoaks AC, Darrell Smith commented: "He was really keen to run despite dislocating his finger a few weeks before. So we adjusted his start so he was keeping the weight off his finger. This race race was a warm up for the coming Track Season where he will targeting the Clubs Kent Young Athlete League matches and the Kent Championships later in the Summer".
Jim Knight adds: "It looks as though we have a budding star".
SAC fielded junior teams in the Kent cross-country championships for the first time since 2009 when two full teams turned out for the under-thirteens on 4th January at Brands Hatch.
The u13 girls team of Ella Baker 34th, Lucy Edwards 42nd and Ava Algar 55th were 8th and the u13 boys team of George Bishop 27th, Ryan Alford-Smith 33rd, James Beecroft 39th, Harry Mitchell 43rd and Edward Geeson 51st were 5th. There were also two runners in the u15 boys: Thomas Mitchell 32nd and Reuben Holmes 56th.
The final two matches of the series were at Danson Park on 9th November and Footscray Meadows on 14th December and SAC's under-13 boys fielded full teams in both matches to finish the series in 6th place out of 13 teams. At Danson Park, the team was 10th on the day, while they improved to 7th at Footscray. Ryan Alford-Smith led the team home in 28th place at Danson, followed by James Beecroft 39th, Indigo Morris 40th, Andrew Simmons 44th, Harry Mitchell 49th and Toby Vagg 53rd. At Footscray, Milo Sistilha was 29th, with Ryan Alford-Smith 34th, Harry Mitchell 36th and Toby Vagg 47th.
The under-13 girls had been a runner down at Danson Park, although Ella Baker in 15th and Lucy Edwards in 39th ran well, but they fielded a full team at Footscray where they finished 7th. Alexia Scotiniadis was 20th, Ella Baker 22nd and Lucy Edwards 48th. Despite the no-score in the third match they still finished 9th in the series.
Sevenoaks AC's only other junior at Footscray was Thomas Mitchell who was 28th in the under-15 boys race, one place better than his 29th at Danson Park where Alex Holden also ran in the u15b race for 56th place.
This completed the club's best performance in the Kent League juniors for many years, thanks to the runners and their head coach Darrell Smith. All this season's Kent League results are here.
Sevenoaks AC was represented in four of the junior races at the first Match of the Kent Cross Country League at Swanley Park on 12th October, including full teams in both the U13 boys and girls events. The U13 boys team of Ryan Alford-Smith (34th in 11:27), Andrew Simmons (38th in 11:34), James Beecroft (41st in 11:39), Frederick Naughton (49th in 12:13), William Hurst (56th in 13:19) and Harry Mitchell (57th in 13:20) finished 8th team, while the girls team of Alexia Scotiniadis (43rd in 12:52), Lucy Edwards (46th in 13:00) and Heidi Wilding (61st in 15:20) were 9th. And in the U15 girls race, Rhianna Munn was 42nd in 18:22 and Tamzin Moore 48th in 18:42, with Thomas Mitchell 45th in 16:09 and Alex Holden 66th in 19:33 in the boys race.
And at the second match at Somerhill on 26th October, SAC once again had full teams in both the under-13 boys and girls, with the boys 10th on the day and 7th in the standings and the girls 8th on the day and 8th in the standings. The individuals running in those races for Sevenoaks AC were Frederick Naughton 45th in 13:19, Edward Geeson 50th in 14:01, and William Hurst 57th in 15:40; Ella Baker 23rd in 12:43, Alexia Scotiniadis 37th in 13:31, and Lucy Edwards 47th in 14:18. One other junior athlete also competed, with Tom Gill 37th in the men's under-17 race in 25:18.
Some great performances this weekend at the Kent U13 Champs at Erith (Sept 14th-15th), writes Darrell Smith.
The weekend started well with a 6th place by Emily Holden in the Girls Shot Putt in a fine 7.14m, just outside her pb.
Alex Evans Wilson had a great Championships. In the space of an hour he placed 5th in the Long Jump with a pb of 4.09 and 8th in the Discus with a throw of 16.09m, also a pb.
Also in the Long Jump Kristian Elphick-Mutru placed 8th with a pb of 3.80 as well running 100m 14.87 in his 100m Heat. In the Boys 100m James Beecroft ran a pb in his heat running 12.9 later placing 5th in the 100m Final.
On the Sunday Maisy Aherne progressed to the Semi Final of the 75m running 11.04 in her heat and placing 8th in the Semi Final. In the High Jump Hannah Galligan jumped 1.30cm to place 5th in the Final.
These results are the best by the Club and mark the end of a great season.