Plymouth and West Devon athletes impress at county champs

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VICTORIA WEIR, Will Battershill, Sammie Harris, Jade Simson and Poppy Tank produced impressive displays to win titles at the Devon Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Exeter.

The Plymouth and West Devon quintet showed why they are ranked high in the UK rankings, with Weir and Battershill setting new championship records in the process.

City of Plymouth runner Weir is currently the UK’s top under-20 1,500m steeplechaser.

She produced her second fastest time in that event at Exeter, clocking 4:51.83 in the senior girls’ category, which was just outside her PB of 4:50.49 set last month.

Will BattershillGreat Britain youth international Battershill also demonstrated his prowess at the steeplechase by running 5:51.94 in the senior boys’ 2000m competition, which took him to second in the UK under-20 rankings and was less than two tenths of a second off his PB for the event. Only three athletes in the county have run under six minutes this year.

His Erme Valley team-mate Harris produced two national standard performances at Exeter in the junior girls’ category.

She won the 75m hurdles in a record-breaking 11.48 seconds and the long jump in 5.31m. She is ranked third in the UK at the hurdles and in the top five in the long jump.

City of Plymouth’s Emily Bee is also ranked high in the UK for both events, but she had to settle for two bronze medals at Exeter, despite running 11.90 seconds for the 75m hurdles and jumping 5.18m.

In the senior girls’ hurdles Simson continued her good season with a run of 14.52 seconds, which was only two tenths of a second off her PB.

Her club team-mate Tank powered to victory in the senior girls’ 1,500m with a time of 4:36.13.

Tavistock’s Aimee-Leigh Clowes set a new high jump PB in the senior girls’ event of 1.66m, which moves her into the UK’s top 20.

In the same age group, fellow Plymouth & West Devon competitor, Lily Mills won both the javelin and shot with distances of 33.43m and 10.27m, respectively.

Jade Kinsey ran 12.99 seconds for the 100m but had to settle for second, while Jennifer Sabrine won the senior girls’ 3,000m.

In the junior girls’ section, Plymouth thrower Mia O’Daly won the discus and shot with distances of 29.30m and 9.42m, while Natasha Farrington was second in the 1,500m with 5:05.37.

In the intermediate girls’ category, Plymouth & West Devon’s Emily Ryder won the 800m in 2:28.31.

In the junior boys’ high jump, Luke Cressey won with a good height of 1.60m, while in the inter boys Josh Davies triumphed in the 200m and 400m in 23.90 and 52.30 seconds respectively. Ethan Hardie won the inter boys’ discus with 34.93m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown won the senior boys’ 800m in 2:00.31, while Ross Evan won the 200m in 24.31.

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