Athletics

Bee sets new record at Devon Schools’ Athletics Championship

CITY of Plymouth’s Emily Bee set a new meet record and two personal bests at the Devon Schools’ Track & Field Championships at Exeter.

Bee’s new championship record came in the 80m hurdles where she ran a superb 11.16 seconds to take victory ahead of her club colleague Sammie Harris.

Bee’s time puts her in the top three in the UK. Both her and Harris ran well inside the English Schools’ qualifying standard.

The English indoor pentathlon champion also set a new PB in the long jump, where she leaped an impressive 5.51m, which was also a national standard performance.

There was also a new PB for Tavistock sprinter Jamie Bulbring on her way to victory in the junior girls’ 200m. She clocked 26.48 seconds. She also won the 100m in 13.13 seconds, with City of Plymouth’s Lili Fern taking second in 13.38.

Plymouth colleague Mali Heard won the minor girls’ 200m in 27.47 seconds  and also the long jump with 4.67m, while there was a silver for Emily Frost in the intermediate 100m.

Devonport High School’s Emily Cornish took victory in the junior girls’ 1,500m in a time of 5:02.07, with Tavistock athlete Sophie Main taking second in 5:04.27.

There was also a silver medal for fellow Tavistock athlete Natasha Farrington in the intermediate girls’ 1,500m. She clocked 5:03.5.

There was a thrilling intermediate boys’ 1,500m race, with the top seven athletes all running sub 4:29.00.

Mount Kelly College and Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart had to settle for second place in his first year in the higher age group. He was just beaten by Torbay’s James Alcock, who won in 4:16.92. Smart, who two weeks ago ran 4:09.92 on the same track, finished in 4:17.57.

Edward Smart won the senior boys’ 1,500m in 4:29.88.

Tavistock AC’s Emma Ryder took victory in the senior girls’ 800m in a time of 2:17.1, while William White claimed honours in the minor boys’ 800m in 2:21.57.

Ben Pitts, also a Tavistock AC athlete, will be hoping to go to the English Schools’ Championships in the long jump. He finished second at the weekend in a strong junior boys’ competition with 5.77m, but had already jumped the English standard at the Devon AA Championships.

Pitts also took second in the junior boys’ 200m with a time of 24.60 seconds.

There were also silver medals in the junior boys’ age group for Joe Wheeldon in the 80m hurdles (13.24 secs) and Charlie Groves in the 300m (40.01 secs).

Jessica Burke won the intermediate girls’ 300m in 52.84 seconds, while Danny Filewod took the honours in the intermediate boys’ 400m hurdles with 63.33 seconds.

In the field events, Erme Valley’s Bronwyn Harris secured victory in the junior girls’ discus (23.67m) and came second in the high jump (1.50m).

In the intermediate girls, Kayleigh Weston took victory in the hammer with 42.41m, while Estelle Hodges came second in the triple jump (10.15m) and Emily Lumley finished second in the shot (9.54m).

In the senior girls’ throwing events, Lois Fileman enjoyed a good battle with North Devon’s Emma Sharpe in the discus and hammer. Fileman had to settle for second with good throws of 39.73m for the hammer and 31.93m for the discus.

Ed Fileman won the senior boys’ hammer with 50.44m, while Ben Foster was second in the shot (13.08) and Alex Sheridan third in the high jump (1.62m).

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Noah Jones won the junior boys’ pole vault with 2.50m.

Full results can be found HERE

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