Jones smashes his PB to win bronze medal at England U15 Champs

CITY of Plymouth pole vaulter Noah Jones smashed his personal best to win a bronze medal at the England Athletics Under-15 Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

Jones jumped an impressive 3.21m, which broke his previous best mark, set only in December, by 11cm.

The city youngster has made massive strides over the winter and has improved by 21cm since the outdoor season ended.

He was only beaten in Sheffield by Swansea’s William Trott, who was the runaway winner with 3.70m, and home athlete William Lane, who jumped 3.31m. Nobody else in the field managed more than 3.11m.

As well as winning bronze, Jones has also moved up to third in the UK rankings.

City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank

Meanwhile, his City of Plymouth team-mate Poppy Tank also set a new PB at the weekend.

Running for Utah University, Tank knocked a massive eight seconds off her 3,000m best time with a 9:16.22 minute run at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships in Seattle, USA.

That has moved her up to second under-23 in the UK rankings and ninth overall. It also improved her to third in Utah’s all-time list.

Also in America, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill took fourth place in the men’s 3,000m at the Ivy League Indoor Track and Field Championships in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Will Battershill (picture by Brian Panoff)

In a tactical race the leading positions came down to the last lap with Battershill’s team-mate Kieran Tuntivate pulling away to win in 8:12.72. Battershill clocked 8:15.93. He did run 8:06.62 in a less tactical race earlier this month, which puts his third in the UK under-23 standings.

On the cross country, City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey claimed a top 40 finish in a strong under-13 race at the English Championships at Harewood House in Leeds on Saturday.

Shorey came 38th out of more than 400 runners in a race won by her Devon rival Scarlett Livingstone of Exeter. Devon were well placed with Torbay’s Iona Farquharson finishing 14th.

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