Weir and Brown among athletes claiming titles at South West Schools’ Champs

Nathan Brown

VICTORIA Weir, Nathan Brown, Emily Bee and Luke Cressey all claimed titles for Devon at the South West Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Exeter.

City of Plymouth star Weir, who tops the UK rankings at the 1,500m steeplechase, ran the senior girls’ 800m at Exeter and won that with a time of 2:12.41.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Brown (pictured) was also successful in the 800m, running a season’s best of 1:59.85 to take victory in the senior boys’ final.

City of Plymouth’s Bee claimed the victory in the junior girls’ long jump with a new personal best of 5:28m.

Bee also took bronze in the 75m hurdles in a time of 11.40 seconds. Erme Valley Harriers’ Sammie Harris is ranked seventh in the UK under-15 rankings at the sprint hurdles but the Devon Schools’ champion had to settle for fourth in the final on Saturday, having earlier in the day won her heat in 11.43.

Both Harris and Bee will compete in the hurdles event at the English Schools’ Track and Field Champioships at Gateshead next month.

Tavistock’s Cressey won the junior boys’ 80m hurdles at Exeter on Saturday in a time of 11.73 seconds, which was a new PB. He also took silver in the high jump with a leap of 1.72m.

Plymouth Studio School and Tavistock AC athlete Aimee-Leigh Clowes took silver in the senior girls’ high jump with 1.60m.

City of Plymouth’s Mia O’Daly won two bronze medals in the junior girls’ shot putt (9.92m) and discus (32.46m).

Plymouth High School for Girls’ Jenny Milburn took bronze in the junior girls’ 800m in  a time of 2:20.59.

As well as Bee and Harris, Clowes (senior girls high jump), Weir (senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase), Jade Simson (senior girls’ 100m hurdles), Poppy Tank (senior girls’ 3,000m), O’Daly (junior girls’ discus) and Will Battershill (senior boys’ 2,000m steeplechase) have all been confirmed in Devon’s team for the English Schools’ Track and Field Championships, which take place on July 8 and 9.

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