ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Fileman breaks two Devon Schools’ Championship records

IVYBRIDGE Community College and Tavistock AC athlete Edward Fileman broke two Devon Schools’ Championship records at Exeter at the weekend.

Fileman won both the intermediate boys’ discus and hammer events with national standard distances.

He threw an impressive 48.97m in the discus and a personal best of 61.75m in the hammer. Fileman is ranked in the top four in the UK at both events.

There were also championship records at Exeter for Plymstock School and City of Plymouth AC’s Sammie Harris and Mount Kelly College athlete Hannah Gellatly.

Harris broke the senior girls’ 100m hurdles record on her way to victory. She clocked 14.07 seconds to beat rivals Emily Tyrell and Emily Bee.

Harris also ran a PB in the 100m flat, clocking 12.15 seconds to take gold.

Gellatly also ended the day with two golds and a championship record.

Her record came in the intermediate girls’ hammer with a PB throw of 46.3m, which moves her up into the UK’s top 20 at under-17 level. She also won the discus.

There was two gold medals for Mount Kelly College and Tavistock AC’s Jamie Bulbring, who won the intermediate girls’ 100m (12.63 seconds) and 300m (42.03) and Ivybridge Community College and City of Plymouth athlete Toby Clayden, who recorded PBs in both the intermediate boys’ long jump (6.25m) and 100m hurdles (14.63 seconds).

Plymouth High School for Girls’ and City of Plymouth’s Bee added a gold and silver to her hurdles bronze. Her gold came in the senior girls’ javelin (33.99m) and the silver came in the long jump, where she recorded a PB of 5.59m.

Tavistock School’s Luke Cressey won the senior boys’ 110m hurdles (15.33 seconds) and took second on count-back in the high jump with 1.90m.

Ivybridge Community College and City of Plymouth athlete Lili Fern picked up a gold and silver medal. She won the junior girls’ 100m in 12.44 seconds and took runners-up spot in the 200m with 26.29. Her City of Plymouth team-mate Mali Heard, of Plymouth High School for Girls, took gold in the 200m in 26.14 seconds. In the 100m there was a West Devon one, two, three, with Janea Oligan second and Neve Dann third.

Mount Kelly College’s Oliver Smart just missed out on the intermediate boys’ 1,500m record with a 4:08.07 run on his way to victory.

There were English standard performances from Ben Foster, who won the intermediate boys’ shot with 14.12m and Lois Fileman, who came second in a strong senior girls’ hammer event with 44.76m.

Claiming Devon titles were fellow Plymouth & West athletes Matilda Riggott (minor girls’ 800m), Rory Summers (minor boys’ 200m), Kinga Kudzia (junior girls’ 75m hurdles), Thomas Elliot (junior boys’ 300m), Seren English (intermediate girls’ 1,500m), Chloe Olford (senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase), Danny Filewod (senior boys’ 400m hurdles), Sam Mills-Shute (senior boys’ 800m), Lona Reid (minor girls’ shot), Ella Isaias (junior girls’ high jump), Libby Fitzgerald (junior girls’ hammer), Nicolas Maczugowksi (minor boys’ shot), Adam Dingley (minor boys’ long jump) and Noah Jones (junior boys’ pole vault).

At the Cornwall Schools’ Track and Field Championships, Tavistock AC’s Joe Wheeler won the junior boys’ 300m in 38.5 second and took second in the 200m with a PB time of 23.7, which ranks him in the top 20 at under-15 level.  City of Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy was third in the same strong 200m with a PB time of 24.3 seconds. McCarthy also took second in the long jump.

Tavistock AC’s Ella Tomlin won both the senior girls’ shot (9.30m) and discus (30.90m), while Harry Tomlin set a PB on his way to victory in the intermediate boys’ shot with 11.41m.

There were also Cornwall Schools’ titles for City of Plymouth’s Thomas Court (senior boys’ 100m), Henry Curtis (intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles) and Molly Mather (senior girls’ 400m hurdles) and Tavistock AC’s Grace Wonnacott (junior girls’ 100m), Tayla James (intermediate girls’ 300m) and Bradley Stevens (senior boys’ 2,000m steeplechase).

At the Devon Open meeting at Braunton on Sunday, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott lowered her 800m personal best.

Northcott ran 2:21.30 to move back up to third in the UK under-13 rankings. She also won the long jump in north Devon with a leap of 4.18m, beating her sister Rosie, who took second place.

There was also a new PB and victory for Tavistock’s Nicolas Maczugowski in the under-13 shot. He threw 9.73m to move up to 10th in the UK rankings.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly continued her good form from the Devon Schools’ Championships by winning the hammer at Braunton with 45.49m.

Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler claimed victory in both the 100m (12.24) and 300m (37.80) at the Devon Open meet.

City of Plymouth’s Aaron Miller continued his senior 100m dominance with victory in 11.31 seconds.

Lili Fern was also in good form again winning the under-15 girls’ 100m.

Full results from the Devon Open meeting can be found HERE.

Meanwhile away from the track, City of Plymouth’s Jake Hughes won the Buckland Boulder race.

Hughes managed to see off the challenge of Andy Connor, Tavistock’s Will Dax and Plymstock veteran Graham Bale to take victory. Maddie Horton was first women, with Rachel Tarrant second.

Tavistock AC’s Adam Holland was third in the Yeovil Marathon in two hours, 51 minutes and 19 seconds.

At the IAU/ITRA Trail World Championships in Portugal, Tavistock athlete Jo Meek finished 56th for Great Britain in the women’s 44k tough race in 5:04.56.

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