CITY of Plymouth athlete Victoria Weir continued her good form at a UK Youth Development League match at Yeovil on Sunday.
The 18-year-old English Schools’ 1,500m steeplechase champion, set a new personal best of 9:37.56 in the 3,000m at the Midlands Division Premier South U17/U20 meet, which moves her up to seventh in the UK rankings over that distance.
She also made her debut at the 400m hurdles, running a superb 67.81 seconds to take victory in the under-20 age group and jump into the UK’s top 45 in that event. Weir also took victory in the B 800m race.
Her City of Plymouth team-mate Jade Simson was another athlete to show her versatility at Yeovil.
Simson won her specialist event, the 100m hurdles, but also took victory in the under-20 A javelin with a throw of 29.33m and came second in the long jump with a leap of 5.33m, which was only a centimetre off winning.
Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown also enjoyed a successful day. He set a new personal best in his favourite 800m event and also a PB in the 2,000m steeplechase.
Brown clocked 1:57.99 to finish second in the under-20 800m before taking the same placing in the steeplechase in 6:48.60, which ranks his 44th in the UK.
His club team-mate Will Battershill, who recently took gold at the English Schools’ Championships, sits second in the UK 2,000m steeplechase rankings with 5:49.44.
Tavistock’s Aimee-Leigh Clowes enjoyed a good victory in the women’s under-20 high jump, with a best leap of 1.63m, while Cornwall under-17 pole vaulter showed why she is the best in the UK with a new PB and national leading jump of 4:06m.
City of Plymouth’s Courteney Weston won the under-17 B 100m and 200m in 13.19 and 27.2 seconds.
The combined Devon/Cornwall team which competes in the UK Youth Development League did set a new PB of 4:07.61 for the women’s under-20 4x400m relay.
Full results can be viewed HERE