Region’s athletes among the medals at South West Schools’ Championships

EDWARD FILEMAN, Oliver Smart, Lili Fern, Joe Wheeler and Matthew Newton all won South West Schools’ Championship titles at the weekend.

Tavistock AC athlete Fileman, a pupil at Ivybridge Community College, moved up to second in the UK under-17 discus rankings with a PB throw of 49.86m in the intermediate boys’ event at Exeter. That was just short of the championship record. He also took silver in the hammer with another national standard throw of 57.19m.

Mount Kelly College and Tavistock Run Project’s Smart smashed his PB to win the intermediate boys’ 1,500m. The English Schools’ cross country champion clocked 4:02.89 to see off a strong field. That knocked three-and-a-half seconds off his previous best for that distance.

City of Plymouth AC and Ivybridge Community College pupil Fern stormed to victory in the junior girls’ 100m. She clocked a PB and national standard time of 12.38 seconds, although it was wind-assisted.

Her club colleague, Mali Heard, took silver in the junior girls’ 200m in 25.92 and the pair helped Devon power to victory in the 4x100m relay event in that age group.

Tavistock AC’s Wheeler, competing for Cornwall, claimed victory in the junior boys’ 300m in a PB time of 37.27 seconds. Third place went to City of Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott in 39.46.

Club colleague Newton won the junior boys’ triple jump with 11.55m.

Fellow City of Plymouth athletes Sammie Harris and Emily Bee featured in a tremendous senior girls’ 100m hurdles that saw the top four all run national standard times that ranked them in the top 14 at under-20 level in the UK.

Harris, a first year senior girl, took second behind Team Bath’s Jenna Bundell in 14.02 seconds, with Bee, another first year in the top age group, fourth in 14.42.

Plymstock School’s Harris was also third in the senior girls’ 100m flat in 12.37 seconds, while Plymouth High’s Bee was third in the senior girls’ javelin with 34.11m.

City of Plymouth’s Ben Foster took second in a high quality intermediate boys’ shot with 14.04m.

There was a PB and an English standard performance for Tavistock College’s Luke Cressey in the senior boys’ 110m hurdles (14.90 seconds). He also took third in the high jump with 1.89m.

There were also silver medals for City of Plymouth’s Noah Jones (junior boys’ pole vault), Erme Valley’s Ella Isaias (junior girls’ high jump), City of Plymouth’s Molly Mather (senior girls’ 400m hurdles), Tavistock’s Bradley Stevens (senior boys’ 2,000m steeplechase) and fellow Tavistock athlete Ella Tomlin (senior girls’ discus).

Picking up bronze medals were Tavistock’s Lois Fileman (senior girls’ hammer), Natasha Farrington (senior girls’ 1,500m), Plymouth College’s Chloe Olford (senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase) and City of Plymouth’s Danny Filewod (intermediate boys’ 400m hurdles).

After the championships both Devon and Cornwall confirmed their teams for the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Birmingham on July 12-13.

The Devon team includes:  Lili Fern (Ivybridge CC, junior girls’ 100m), Mali Heard (Plymouth High School, junior girls’ 200m), Ella Isaias (Devonport High, junior girls’ high jump), Estelle Hodges (Ivybridge CC, intermediate girls’ 80m hurdles & relay), Hannah Gellatly (Mount Kelly, intermediate girls’ hammer), Sammie Harris (Plymstock School, senior girls’ 100m hurdles & relay), Emily Bee (Plymouth High School, senior girls’ 100m hurdles & relay), Chloe Olford (Plymouth College, senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase), Lois Fileman (Ivybridge CC, senior girls’ hammer), Noah Jones (Ivybridge CC, junior boys’ pole vault), Oliver Smart (Mount Kelly, intermediate boys’ 1,500m), Ben Foster (Coombe Dean, intermediate boys’ shot), Edward Fileman (Ivybridge CC, intermediate boys’ discus), Luke Cressey (Tavistock College, senior boys’ 110m hurdles).

The Cornwall team includes: Molly Mather (Torpoint CC, senior girls’ 400m hurdles), Joe Wheeler  (Launceston College, junior boys’ 300m & relay), Henry Curtis ( Community School, intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles).

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