ATHLETICS: Bee impresses on U20 heptathlon debut, while Fileman sets three new PBs

CITY of Plymouth’s Emily Bee made an encouraging debut in the under-20 heptathlon at the weekend.

Bee, who has just moved up from the under-17 age group, finished fifth in the England Under-20 Combined Events Championships at Bedford.

She also won a silver medal in the combined Midlands and South West Championships, which were integrated into the event, and was second first-year under-20.

The 19-strong field in Bedford featured 12 internationals with spots up for grabs at the European Under-20 Championships in Sweden.

The four athletes who finished above Bee – Holly Mills, Olivia Dobson Amaya Scott and Jodie Smith – all surpassed the British European qualifying standard.

Bee finished with 4,979 points and achieved a couple of individual personal bests. She set a new best mark in the javelin with a 36.74m throw. She also ran 14.37 seconds for the 100m hurdles, but it was wind-assisted.

In the other events, she ran 25.70 seconds for the 200m, leaped 5.49m in the long jump and 1.60m in the high jump, threw 10.00m in the shot and finished a hard two days with a time of 2:32.59 for the 800m.

Meanwhile, Tavistock’s Edward Fileman was in top form at the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Midland Premier South West match at Exeter on Sunday.

Fileman set three new PBs while competing for the combined Devon and Cornwall team.

He went into the meeting ranked third in the UK in the under-17 discus. Although stayed in that  position, he did add an impressive three metres to his PB with a 49.36m throw to easily take victory in the A event at Exeter. He also added nearly two metres on to his hammer PB with a winning throw of 61.65m. He stays ranked fourth in the country at that event, but is closing in the two athletes immediately above him.

Fileman also improved his shot ranking with a new best mark of 12.08m to win the B event. The A competition was won by City of Plymouth’s Ben Foster, who threw 13.71m.

Lois Fileman won the under-20 women’s discus with 32.63m, while she also threw a new hammer PB of 44.49m for second place.

Fellow Tavistock athlete Bradley Stevens was also in PB form. He won the 2,000m steeplechase in a new best mark of 6:39.58 and set a new high jump best of 1.60m.

Club colleague Tilly McDowell was second in the under-17 women’s 1,500m steeplechase in 5:40.62 and she also took third in the 1,500m flat with 5:15.88.

City of Plymouth’s Toby Clayden and Henry Curtis secured a double in the under-17 boys’ 100m hurdles. Clayden won the A race in 14.55 seconds with Curtis clocking 14.45 in the B event. Both times were wind-assisted. Clayden also set a PB to win the B triple jump with 12.37m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Estelle Hodges also impressed in the hurdles. She won the under-17 80m hurdles B race in a wind-assisted PB time of 12.19 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s Molly Mather took victory in the under-20 A 400m hurdles in a season’s best time of 67.59. She also won the high jump.

Team-mate Danny Filewod was second in the under-17 men’s 400m hurdles and was also second in the 400m flat in 55.77 seconds. Colleague Dan Newman ran 55.44 seconds in the B 400m and 2:04.18 in the A 800m, while there was a new PB for Tavistock’s Tayla James in the under-17 women’s 300m of 43.18.

Full results can be found HERE.

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