THERE were a host of personal bests and title successes for the region’s athletes at the South West Inter-County Championships at Exeter.
Sammie Harris, Samuel Lane de Courtin, Poppy Tank, Jenna Bierton, Mia O’Daly and Jude White were among those setting new PBs in county vests.
While there was also success for Hayley Harvey, Nathan Brown, Alice Rogers, Travis Bramley, Tess Masselink, Matthew Gilbert, Chloe Edwards and Jonathan Edwards.
City of Plymouth under-20 runner Tank improved on her 1,500m best which she had set the week before at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships by clocking 4:34.74 on her way to victory at Exeter.
Her team-mate Mia O’Daly continued her impressive form in the under-15 girls’ discus with victory and a new PB of 30.43 metres.
Erme Valley Harriers athlete Harris set her personal best in the under-15 girls’ 100m where she won in 12.78 seconds.
Tavistock’s White ran his fastest 300m race in the under-15 boys’ category to finish second in 40.28, while Plymouth’s Bierton set a new best to take silver in the women’s under-20 triple jump with 11.00 metres.
Tavistock’s Lane de Courtin also set a new PB in the under-20 men’s 800m where he ran 1:54.29 to finish second.
Plymouth’s Dean Smith achieved a season’s best in the two-lap event, running 1:55.96 to take silver in the men’s race.
There were plenty of success in the 800m.
Erme Valley’s Brown won the under-17 title in 2:00.04, with Tavistock’s Rogers winning the women’s two-lap race in 2:24.63 and her team-mate Jenny Milburn taking silver in the under-15 race in 2:18.41.
Plymouth’s Harvey won the women’s 200m in 26.18 seconds, while team-mate Bramley triumphed in the under-17 3,000m in 9:27.72.
There was an impressive run by Tavistock’s Masselink in the under-20 women’s 1,500m steeplechase.
She is ranked fourth in the UK and she showed why by clocking 5:02.78 to win in style. City of Plymouth’s Jess Strang was second in a season’s best time of 5:44.03.
Plymouth’s Gilbert won the men’s high jump with a leap of 1.88 metres, Cloe Edwards the women’s shot with 10.64m and Commonwealth Games javelin thrower Jonathan Edwards claimed the men’s discus and hammer titles with 48.40m and 63.99m respectively.
Tavistock’s Josh Davies and White came second and third in the under-15 boys’ long jump with respective leaps of 5.28m and 5.26m.
Meanwhile, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill finished 14th in the final of the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Ivybridge Community College pupil did find running two races in three days in hot conditions against the best in the world tough but he did his club proud on his Great Britain debut.
Elsewhere, Plymouth hurdler David King produced two solid runs at the Loughborough European Permit Meet.
King ran 13.71 seconds to come second in his heat behind Brazilian Joao Oliveira before finishing sixth in a strong international final with a time of 13.74.