Harris and Bee produce top-class hurdling display at Devon Schools’ Champs

CITY of Plymouth’s Sammie Harris and Emily Bee enjoyed a tremendous battle at the Devon Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Exeter.

The pair produced the fastest under-17 girls’ 80m hurdles race in the country this year, with Harris narrowly winning in 11.44 seconds and Bee taking second in 11.47 seconds.

Those times would have taken them to the top of the UK rankings but, unfortunately, the wind was just over the legal limit at 2.2 m/s. However, no-one else has run faster even wind-assisted.

Bee’s previous best time was 11.54 seconds, which she set at Exeter last month when she edged out Harris, who ran 11.61, which is currently her legal best. Both are ranked in the UK’s top seven.

Both have been picked to represent Devon at next weekend’s South West Schools’ Championships and both have qualified for the English Schools’ Championships in the intermediate girls’ category.

The pair also enjoyed another good battle in the inter girls’ long jump at the Devon Schools’ Championships where they and North Devon’s Emily Tyrell were the class athletes in the field.

Tyrell took victory with 5.59m, with Plymouth Studio School’s Harris taking second with 5.44m and Plymouth High School for Girls’ Bee third with 5.36m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown won the senior boys’ 800m in 2:02.76, with his club team-mate Lewis Greenwood winning the junior boys’ 80m hurdles in a PB of 13.24 seconds.

There was also victory for Tavistock and Plymouth Studio School’s Charlie Shipton in the senior boys’ hammer with 34.63m, while fellow Tavistock hammer thrower Edward Fileman, a pupil at Ivybridge Community College, won the junior boys’ event with a new PB of 42.81m.

Devonport High School for Girls’ Lois Fileman came second in the intermediate girls’ hammer with 37.84m and took bronze in the discus with 28.31m.

Tavistock team-mate Amelia Riggot won the minor girls’ 800m in a new PB of 2.32.25, while Erme Valley’s Izzy Courtman came third in that race in 2:38.11.

Tavistock did have a number of medal winning athletes at Exeter. Mount Kelly pupil Josh Davies came second in the inter boys’ 100 and 200m, while Jamie Bulbring took silver in the junior girls’ 100m and 200m both in PB times. She clocked 12.98 seconds for the 100m and 27.14 for the 200m.

Ben Pitts, another Mount Kelly pupil, also collected two second places. He ran 24.57 seconds to take silver in  the junior boys’ 200m and leaped a PB of 5.51m in the long jump.

James Elderfield came second in the junior boys’ 80m hurdles in 13.39 seconds, while Emily Lumley won the junior girls’ shot with 9.37m and Jade Kinsey the senior girls’ 400m in 59.05 seconds. There was also a bronze for Sophie Main in the junior girls’ 1,500m with a time of 5:06.94 and for Edward Smart in the inter boys’ 1,500m.

City of Plymouth sprinter Erin Spiller set a new PB of 12.55 seconds to take second in the inter girls’ 100m. She also took silver in the 200m with a time of 26.07.

Club team-mate Lili Fern came second in the minor girls’ 100m. She ran 13.81 seconds in the final but set a PB of 13.64 seconds in the heats.  There was also a silver medal for Matthew Newton in the minor boys’ long jump with a PB effort of 4.46m, a silver for Tom Blackford in the senior boys’ 1,500m and a bronze medal for Ethan Hardie in the inter boys’ discus with 32.20m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Elysia Morris came second in the minor girls’ long jump with 4.07m and took third in the 200m with a new PB of 29.15 seconds.

Another Erme Valley athlete Estelle Hodges, a pupil at Ivybridge Community College, came second in the junior girls’ 75m hurdles in 12.18 seconds and took silver in the long jump with 4.93m.

Tavistock and Mount Kelly athlete Oliver Smart missed out on a medal but has been selected for the Devon team to compete at the South West Championships after finishing fourth in a high quality junior boys’ 1,500m. He ran 4:26.46 but was just out-sprinted to a medal.

The Devon team to compete at the South West Championships in Exeter next Saturday include:

Junior girls: Jamie Bulbring (100m, Mount Kelly), Sophie Main (1,500m, Mount Kelly), Estelle Hodges (75mH & LJ Ivybridge CC), Emily Lumley (shot, Mount Kelly), Lucy Cooper (Javelin, Ivybridge CC).

Inter Girls: Erin Spiller (100m, Plymstock School), Jenny Milburn (800m Plymouth High School), Sammie Harris (80m H &  LJ, Plymouth Studio School), Emily Bee (80m H), Mia O’Daly (discus, Ivybridge CC), Lois Fileman (hammer, Devonport HSG).

Junior Boys: Ben Pitts (200m, Mount Kelly), Charlie Groves (300m Devonport HSB), Oliver Smart (1,500m, Mount Kelly), Lewis Greenwood (80m H, Plympton Academy), Edward Fileman (hammer, Ivybridge CC).

Inter Boys: Josh Davies (100m, Mount Kelly).

Senior Boys: Tom Blackford (1,500m, Devonport HSB), Charlie Shipton (hammer, Plymouth Studio School).

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