Region’s athletes impress at Devon County Champs

Victoria Weir

VICTORIA WEIR, Jade Simson, Sammie Harris and Mia O’Daly all produced national standard performances on their way to victories at the Devon County Championships at Exeter.

City of Plymouth runner Weir (pictured top) has moved to the top of the UK rankings in the under-20 women’s 1,500m steeplechase by clocking a lifetime best of 4:50.49.

Weir showed her class by achieving that after setting an English standard time of 4:37.22 to win the 1,500m flat.

Sammie HarrisErme Valley Harriers’ Harris (pictured) also produced two sensational displays. She claimed victory in both the under-15 girls’ 75m hurdles and long jump with national standard marks.

She clocked 11.36 seconds in the hurdles, which ranks her in the top three in the UK, and jumped 5.45m in the long jump, with was also a top three outdoor performance in 2016.

The top three athletes all set national standard performances in the under-15 long jump, including City of Plymouth’s Emily Bee, who finished third with 5.22m. Bee set a PB in the heats of the 100m with a time of 12.91 seconds.

Jade SimsonCity of Plymouth’s Simson (pictured) moved into the country’s top five in the women’s under-20 100m hurdles with an impressive time of 14.23 seconds. She also won the 100m flat in 12.69 seconds, beating Tavistock’s Jade Kinsey, who clocked 12.91.

O’Daly, another City of Plymouth athlete, put herself among the UK’s top 10 in the under-15 girls’ discus with a throw of 30.84m.

Tavistock’s Josh Davies enjoyed an impressive championships. He won the under-17 men’s 100m (11.72 seconds), 200m (23.55) and 400m (52.97) titles.

Team-mate Ben Pitts also claimed a hat-trick of titles in the under-13 category, winning the 100m (13.53), 200m (28.12) and long jump (4.55m).

Great Britain youth international steeplechaser Will Battershill just missed out on a sub-four minute 1,500m time. He clocked 4:02.58 to win by nearly 30 seconds.

Battershill’s Erme Valley team-mate Nathan Brown won the under-20 800m in 2:00.83 and came second in the 400m in 52.69.

There was also an impressive run from fellow Erme Valley athlete Olivia Travers in the under-13 girls’ 600m. She clocked a personal best of 1.47.56, which ranks her in the UK’s top 10.

Tavistock’s Tom Brew won the under-17 3,000m in 9:32.29, while City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair won the women’s 3,000m in 10:30.91, with Tavistock’s Natasha Farrington taking the under-15 title over the same distance in 10:52.38.

City of Plymouth’s Commonwealth Games competitor Jonathan Edwards won the men’s discus (43.29m) and hammer (59.21m).

It was a family affair in the throws as Chloe Edwards won the women’s shot (11.16m) and took silver in the hammer (31.24m), with Elizabeth Edwards winning the hammer in 33.24m.

Noah JonesCity of Plymouth’s Noah Jones and William Hardiman enjoyed a good battle in the under-13 boys’ category. Jones won the 75m hurdles in 14.78 seconds, just ahead of Hardiman, who took second in 15.23. It was role reversal in the high jump, with Hardiman winning in 1.32m and Jones taking second with a leap of 1.25m. Jones, 11, did win the javelin with a best throw of 25.33m, which was a new club record.

There was high jump success for Tavistock’s Aimee-Leigh Clower in the under-20 women’s event (1.60m) and Plymouth’s Matthew Gilbert (1.80m) in the senior men’s.

City of Plymouth’s Erin Spiller clocked 12.89 seconds to take silver in the under-17 girls’ 100m, while team-mate Steve Tillyer took the under-20 men’s title in 11.65.

Tavistock’s Luke Cressey won the under-15 80m hurdles in 12.34 seconds, while City of Plymouth’s Caitlin Wardle took victory in the under-13 girls’ discus.

A number of the athletes are likely to be in action again on Wednesday evening at Brickfields when City of Plymouth AC host their first evening open meeting of the season.

Results from the Devon County Championships can be found HERE

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