ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Smart moves up to second in 5k rankings, while more PBs for Bee

Oliver Smart (left) and Jim Cole (right) both set new 5k PBs on Wednesday night at Yeovilton

TAVISTOCK Run Project’s Oliver Smart ran the second fastest 5k for an under-17 in Britain this year at Wednesday’s Yeovil Town Road Race Series.

Smart finished fourth overall in the race held at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Mount Kelly College pupil clocked an impressive 15.17 minutes.

He is just edged off top spot in the British rankings by one second, with Yorkshire’s Euan Brennan having run 15.16 seconds last month.

Smart was pushed on by his Tavistock Run Project team-mate Jim Cole, who took second place overall in the race with 15.11 minutes. That was also a PB for him and puts him 15th in the UK over-35 rankings.

Cheltenham’s Dan Owen won the race in 15.06 seconds, with Avon’s under-20 athlete Max Davis taking third place and first junior.

Meanwhile, a host of athletes from the region set new personal bests at the Duchy Minors Open at Carn Brea.

International Emily Bee warmed up for this weekend’s English Schools’ Combined Events Championships by winning three events and setting two PBs in Cornwall.

Both her new bests came in throwing events. She recorded a best of 11.09m in the under-17 shot putt and threw an impressive 35.73m in the javelin. That was five metres more than she had previously thrown. She also won the high jump with 1.60m.

Her City of Plymouth team-mate Noah Jones moved up to 27th in the UK under-15 pole vault rankings with a new PB of 3.00m. He also claimed a lifetime best in the shot with a throw of 7.12m. Tavistock’s Harry Tomlin won the under-15 shot with 11.92m.

In the under-13 girls’ shot, Libby Fitzerald threw a new PB of 7.59m to finish second. However, she won the discus with another PB of 19.08m.

In the under-13 boys’ shot, Tavistock’s Nicolas Maczugowski was second with 7.47m.

City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey set a new PB to win the under-13 girls’ 1,500m. She clocked 5:10.5 minutes.

Club colleague Poppy Northcott triumphed in the under-13 800m with 2:29.2. She also won her under-12 200m in 29.7 and came second in the 75m hurdles.

Rosie Northcott won the under-13 long jump with 4.15m, which was just one centimetre off her PB. She did set a PB in the 100m of 14.7 seconds.

There was some impressive sprinting for fellow City of Plymouth athlete Emily Ginter. She ran new best times to win the under-13 100m and 200m. She clocked 13.7 for the 100m and 28.8 for the 200m.

Club colleague Lili Fern triumphed in the under-15 100 and 200m in 13.2 seconds and 28.1 seconds, respectively.

Another City of Plymouth athlete Oliver Woodmason won the under-17 800m in 2:15.4, while colleague Barnaby Hutchings claimed victory in the under-10 600m with a PB time of 2:00.3.

Full results can be found HERE.

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