ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill made an impressive start to his outdoor steeplechase season.
The Great Britain junior international clocked 8:59.44 for the 3,000mSC event at the Raleigh Relays in Ohio in America.
Competing for Harvard University, Battershill finished sixth in a strong field, which included Asics-backed USA hopeful Craig Nowak, who won in 8:39.50.
Battershill’s time was his second quickest of his young career and puts him third on the early UK senior men’s rankings and first under-23.
Also in America, there was an encouraging run by City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank in her debut race of the season over 5,000m.
Tank, running for Utah University, clocked 17.04.81 to finished eighth in her race and 11th overall out of 153 athletes in the 12-and-a-half lap event at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.