NEW Zealand international Angie Petty might have been the star of the show at the Devon Open Meeting at Brickfields, but there were also plenty of impressive displays for local athletes.
World University Games champion Petty, warming up for next month’s World Championships in London, ran 2:00.68 for the 800m and 55.47 seconds for the 400m.
She is used to competing at major events, but the 25-year-old admitted she found competing in Plymouth ‘awesome and inspiring’.
Petty said afterwards: “Such an awesome meet from young kids to masters athletes (very inspiring) reminding me of where my passion for running blossomed as a little girl at my local track in Christchurch, New Zealand.”
Many of the young athletes would no doubt have been inspired by her appearance at the meet, as well as City of Plymouth’s Welsh international Jonathan Edwards, who threw 63.17m to easily win the men’s hammer competition.
Fellow Plymouth athlete Emily Bee, an England Schools’ multi-event international, showed her potential by winning the under-17 girls’ 100m, 300m and javelin competitions.
She ran an impressive 12.93 seconds for the 100m, set a new PB of 41.04 seconds for the 300m and threw 28.18m in the javelin.
There were some impressive battles in the girls’ age group events.
In the under-13 girls’ 70m hurdles, five athletes ran 13.12 seconds or less, with City of Plymouth’s Erin Muldoon the quickest at 12.74. Club team-mates Lili Fern and Elysia Morris both clocked 13.04 and Erme Valley’s Ella Isaias 13.12.
Fern was also quickest in the 100m flat in 14.25 and came third in the long jump with 4.07m
The long jump was won by Morris with 4.21m, while Isaias triumphed in the high jump with an impressive PB of 1.45m, followed by Muldoon, who also set a PB of 1.40m to take second.
The under-15 girls’ high jump saw a good battle between Erme Valley team-mates Bronwyn Harris and Estelle Hodges. Harris won with 1.45m, with Hodges second with 1.40m.
Hodges was also first in the 75m hurdles with 12.62 seconds and the long jump with 4.81m.
Team-mate Alex Sheridan claimed the under-15 boys’ high jump title with a PB of 1.65m. He also won the shot with 11.11m.
There were some strong under-17 girls’ throwing events. In the discus four competitors threw more than 26m. City of Plymouth’s Mia O’Daly was second with 30.43m behind North Devon’s Emma Sharpe, with 36.89m. Tavistock’s Lois Fileman was third with 27.46m.
In the under-17 girls’ hammer, Sharpe won again with 46.08m, with Fileman taking second with 42.26m.
North Devon’s Jonathan Engelking put on a display in the javelin, throwing 60.64m to win.
In the under-17 boys’ long jump, City of Plymouth’s Daniel Sanders won with 5.55m, with Tavistock’s Ben Rogers taking second with a new PB of 5.07m.
In the under-15 boys’ long jump, Tavistock’s Ben Pitts also set a new PB, jumping 5.60m.
City of Plymouth’s Poppy and Rosie Northcott came first and second in the under-11 girls’ long jump, with 3.86m and 3.56m respectively.
Poppy Northcott also won the 600m with an impressive time of 1.56.96 minutes and the 75m in 11.69 seconds.
Plymouth team-mate Jed Hutchings totally dominated the boys’ under-11 600m, clocking a new PB of 1.45.40.
There were plenty of PB and season’s bests in the 1,500m events.
Tavistock athletes enjoyed some good battles over the three-and-three-quarter laps. Jacob Thomas-Hegarty was first under-17 in a PB of 4.40.74. He also ran a PB of 2:20.54 for the 800m.
Tavistock’s Will Russell and Dan Luckham were first and second under-15 in the 1,500m with PBs of 4:48.98 and 4:58.85, respectively.
There were also PBs for fellow Tavistock athletes Jennifer Sabine, Jacob Holland, Jodi Fisk and Tracey Oxborough, while ultra-marathon runner Adam Holland, back in a Tavistock vest, won the men’s 1,500m in 4.25.05.
Adam Holland, who recently ran 10 marathons in 10 days, also won the 3,000m in 9:20.99. He also competed in the 800m, 400m and 100m.
City of Plymouth’s Hannah Blair was first women home in the 1,500m in a season’s best time of 4:48.21. She also won the women’s high jump with a PB of 1.33m.
Ollie Woodmason was first under-15 in the 3,000m with a PB of 10.30.80.
City of Plymouth’s wheelchair athlete Doaa Shayea set a season’s best time of 70.55 seconds for the 400m and also clocked 20.62 for the 100m and 38.17 in the 200m.
Full results from the meeting can be found HERE