Athletics

Bee and Harris set PBs to help Devon win heptathlon team title at English Schools’ Champs

CITY of Plymouth’s Emily Bee and Sammie Harris both set new personal bests as they helped Devon’s intermediate girls to team victory at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships at Boston.

The pair, who are in their first year of the age group, also claimed individual top 10 places in the heptathlon at the Lincolnshire venue.

Bee took sixth place overall with 4,872 points and Harris was 10th with 4,632.

With Exeter’s Olivia Dobson coming third with 5,114 it meant Devon comfortably took the team victory in the event ahead of Essex and Somerset.

Bee’s previous best total for the heptathlon before the weekend was 4,763 points, which was achieved on her way to victory at the South West Championships in June. Her new score puts her in the UK’s all-time top 20 for that age group.

At Boston, she clocked 11.56 seconds for the 80m hurdles, leaped 1.59m in the high jump, threw a new shot PB of 10.54m before also setting a new 200m best mark of 25.37 seconds. She then produced a 5.46m long jump, which equalled her previous best, and a 26.18m javelin throw before finishing with another PB of 2:23.37 for the 800m.

Harris massively improved on her overall best at heptathlon, beating her previous best mark by nearly 400 points.

She ran 11.36 second for the 80m hurdles, leaped 1.56m in the high jump, threw 9.26m in the shot and ran a PB of 26.15 second in the 200m. She then leaped 5.42m in the long jump before throwing 27.61m in the javelin and ending with a 2:31.00 800m.

Emily Tyrrell made up the Devon team in the intermediate girls competition. She was 29 out of 46 qualifiers for the championships.

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