ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: King takes second place with season’s best time in Prague

CITY of Plymouth hurdler David King ran a season’s best time as he claimed second place at the Josefa Odlozila Memorial Meeting in Prague.

King clocked 13.58 seconds running into a head wind in the 110m hurdles race in the Czech Republic.

That is only 0.1 of a second off his lifetime best and will be a major boost to him as he heads into the rest of summer.

The magic mark for British sprint hurdlers this year is 13.46 seconds, which is the time needed to qualify for the World Championships.

King was only beaten by African champion Antonio Alkana in Prague.

Will Battershill in action for Harvard University (picture by Brian Panoff)

Meanwhile, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill was 17th overall in the steeplechase at the prestigious NCAA Division One Track & Field Championships in Houston, Texas.

Battershill became the first Harvard University student to reach the NCAA Championships in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase after running a personal best time and college record of 8:44.36 minutes at the Eastern Preliminary last month.

Conditions in Houston were tough on Wednesday night for the distance events and only three athletes ran faster than Battershill’s PB in the semi-finals of the competition.

The former Ivybridge Community College pupil clocked 9:02.98 which saw him miss out on reaching the final by five places. He ended up ranked 17 out of the top 24 steeplechases in American colleges who had reached the NCAA Championships.

Elsewhere, closer to home there were some good performances from Armada athletes at the South West League meeting at Exeter.

Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler moved up to second in the UK under-15 300m rankings with a storming run of 37.40 seconds, while team-mate Nicolas Maczugowski set a new PB of 9.20m to win the under-13 shot. That puts him inside the UK’s top 20.

City of Plymouth’s Henry Curtis moved into the top 40 nationally in the under-17 100m hurdles with a new PB of 14.40 seconds.

Team-mate Connell McCarthy won the under-15 boys’ long jump with 5.51m and ran a new 100m PB of 12.10 seconds.

Fellow Plymouth sprinters Aaron Miller and Lili Fern ran 100m PBs but the wind was just marginally outside the legal limit. Miller was the fastest senior man with a time of 11.26 seconds, while Fern was second quickest under-15 girl with a time of 12.78 seconds.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Ella Isaias won the under-15 girls’ high jump with a season’s best leap of 1.60m. She also set a PB of 4.76m to take second in the long jump.

Tavistock’s Will Russell won the under-17 1,500m steeplechase in a PB time of 5:07.51, while club colleague Amelia Riggott took victory in the under-15 girls’ 1,500m with a 5:00.51 run.

Full results can be found HERE.

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