Athletes impress at Devon Combined Events Championships at Exeter

CITY of Plymouth’s Noah Jones, Emily Bee and Sammie Harris and Erme Valley Harriers’ Olivia Travers all picked up medals at the Devon Schools’ and County Combined Events Championships at Exeter.

Ivybridge Community College pupil Jones won the under-13 boys’ pentathlon title with 1,207 points, which ranks him in the UK’s top 10.

Jones ran 14.74 seconds for the 75m hurdles, threw 6.74m for the shot, jumped 3.76m for the long jump and 1.35m for the high jump and ended with a 2:50.49 800m.

Bee and Harris, who are both ranked in the UK’s top seven at heptathlon and hurdles, enjoyed a tremendous battle in the under-17 girls’ pentathlon competition at Exeter.

The pair could not have been closer and at the end of five events were only separated by one single point.

It was an incredible competition and both claimed personal bests, but Bee just took the title with 3,375 points, with Harris second with 3,374.

Plymouth Studio School’s Harris won three of the five individual events, taking victory in the 80m hurdles with a time of 11.67 seconds, the high jump with a new PB of 1.61m and shot with 10.31m. She also jump 5.31m in the long jump and ran 2:28.79 in the 800m.

Plymouth High School for Girls’ Bee won the long jump with 5.43m and the 800m with a time of 2:36.54 and came second to Harris in the 80m hurdles with 11.81 seconds, the high jump with 1.58 and shot with 10.24m.

North Devon’s Emily Tyrrell kept the pressure on both Bee and Harris to take third with 3,111 points.

Erme Valley’s Travers won bronze in the under-15 girls’ pentathlon with 2,257 points.

Travers ran 13.53 seconds to win the 75m hurdles, set a legal PB of 4.05m in the long jump, threw 6.08m in the shot, claimed 1.36m in the high jump and ran 2:31.55 in the 800m.

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