Harris leads the way as athletes set new marks at Yeovil event

CITY of Plymouth athletes Sammie Harris and Emily Bee and Tavistock’s Nicolas Maczugowski all set new personal bests at the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Festival at Yeovil over the weekend.

Harris continued her good start to the season with a new best mark in the 100m flat of 12.52 seconds, which puts her eighth in the early UK under-20 rankings.

She also ran under 14 seconds again in the 100m hurdles. Having run an impressive 13.91 seconds, albeit wind-assisted, on her debut at the event at Lee Valley earlier this month, she backed it up with a 13.99 run on her way to third place at Yeovil. Unfortunately for her and Bath’s Jenna Blundell and Southampton’s Lucy-Jane Matthews, who both ran 13.67 to finish first and second, the wind was again just over the legal limit, keep them all out of the top few spots in the UK rankings.

In addition, Harris, back to full fitness after injury last season, won the long jump at Yeovil with a 5.58m leap.

Club colleague Emily Bee did not have the debut she wanted at the 100m hurdles. The SIAB International 75m hurdles champion, had to settle for fourth place with a 14.62 second run. However, she did set a new PB in the shot put with a 10.33m throw, which was 18cm better than she had managed earlier this month at Par.

Tavistock’s Maczugowski lowered his PB for the under-13 boys’ 75m hurdles. He clocked 13.32 at Yeovil, which ranks him seventh currently in the UK. He also won the under-13 shot with a throw of 8.47m.

Meanwhile, Run Project’s Ben Neale claimed victory in April’s Tavy 5k run.

A strong field for this month’s race saw 21 athletes run under 20 minutes.

Neale won in 16.05 minutes, with Tavistock AC’s Adam Holland second in 16.43 and team-mate Tom Brew third in 17.17.

Tamar Trotters’ Bex Ezra was first women home in 18.26, with Run Project’s Jennifer Sabine second in 20.20 and Mudcrew’s Emily Warren third in 20.26.

Full results can be found HERE.

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