Athletics

Battershill goes under nine-minute barrier for 3,000m steeplechase, while Weir also sets new PB

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill smashed his 3,000m personal best at the Eastern Colleges’ Athletic Conference Championships in Princeton at the weekend.

The former Ivybridge Community College pupil, in his first year of studying at Harvard University, ran under nine minutes for the first time in his career.

Battershill, who is still an under-20 athlete, clocked an impressive 8:55.84 minutes for the steeplechase event. His previous best was 9:02.94.

That puts the Great Britain junior international in the UK’s senior top 10 and is Harvard’s third fastest run for the endurance event in their history. He is Britain’s top under-20.

Battershill, one of a select number of Harvard athletes to qualifying for the ECAC Championships, finished third in the race but was first freshman.

The two athletes that beat him were both fourth year seniors.  Spain’s Khalil Rmidi Kinini won in 8:49.25, with Canisius’ Cooper Roach second in 8:49.61.

Meanwhile also in America, Battershill’s Erme Valley team-mate Sam Trigg finished second in the triple jump at the Mountain West Championships with 15.39m.

Trigg, competing for New Mexico University, also finished fourth in the long jump with a season best 7.33m.

City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank, who is studying at Utah University, ran 17.01.05 for the 5,000m in the Pacific Athletic Championships.

Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Victoria Weir set a new 1,500m personal best of 4:28.72 at the BMC Meeting in Solihull.

That puts her seventh in the UK’s under-20 rankings for the metric mile.

Weir will make her international debut on the track this coming weekend when she competes for England in the steeplechase at the Loughborough International Meet.

She will be joined at the meeting by her club team-mates David King and Jonathan Edwards.

King, who set a new PB in France at the weekend, will also run for England in the 110m hurdles, while Edwards will represent Wales in the hammer.

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