TAVISTOCK’S Luke Cressey claimed a hat-trick of titles at the South West Inter Counties Athletics Championships at Exeter.
Cressey won the under-15 80m hurdles, high jump and long jump.
The teenager is ranked second in the UK high jump rankings in his age group and he showed why by claiming victory with a leap of 1.83m.
He is also ranked in the top 15 at the hurdles and he clocked 11.82 seconds to win. Cressey also leaped an impressive 5.78m in the long jump, albeit wind assisted.
The Tavistock youngster was just one of a number of a number of the region’s athletes claiming South West titles.
City of Plymouth’s Jade Simson won two titles – the under-20 100m hurdles and long jump. She clocked 15.08 seconds for the hurdles and leaped a massive 5.73m in the long jump. That would have been a new PB had it not be wind-assisted.
Simson’s club team-mate Emily Bee showed why she is ranked in the UK’s top four at 75m hurdles by running 11.19 seconds to claim victory. She also took bronze in the high jump on countback with a height of 1.53m, which was the same as the winner and runner-up.
Also winning titles for City of Plymouth AC were Hannah Blair, Jonathan Edwards, Lily Edwards and Matthew Gilbert.
Blair took gold in the women’s 1,500m with a time of 4.43.41, which was just 0.02 seconds ahead of second.
Commonwealth Games thrower Jonathan Edwards won the hammer in 62.93m. He also took second in the shot putt with 13. 91m and bronze in the discus with 48.82m.
Lily Edwards topped the podium in the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 66.61 seconds, while Gilbert took victory in the men’s high jump with 1.77.
Erme Valley’s Nathan Brown won the under-20 men’s 800m crown in 2:01.83.
Tavistock’s Jade Kinsey took two medals on the day. She won the under-20 200m in 26.10 seconds and claimed bronze in the 400m in 61.04 seconds.
There was also a gold for team-mates Harry Tomlin, Aimee-Leigh Clowes and Charlie Shipton. Tomlin triumphed in the under-13 shot (9.65m) and also bagged a silver in the javelin (29.66m), while Clowes’ success came in the under-20 high jump (1.60m) and Shipton’s in the under-20 hammer (36.52m).
Among the other Tavistock athletes to make the podium were Lois Fileman (2nd under-17 hammer, 36.91), Emily Lumley (3rd U15 shot, 9.43m), Edward Fileman (3rd U15 hammer, 30.74m), Natasha Farrington (3rd U15 girls’ 3,000m, 11:36.90), Jenny Milburn (3rd U15 800m, 2:20.14) and Oliver Woodmason (3rd U13 1,500m, 4:56.12).
City of Plymouth other medallists included Dean Smith (2nd men’s 800m, 2:00.15), Mia O’Daly (2nd U15 discus, 31.30m), Clare Taylor (2nd women’s hammer, 35.87m) and Caitlin Wardle (2nd U13 discus, 26.41m).
There was a silver for Erme Valley’s Brownyn Harris in the under-13 high jump with a leap of 1.43m.