ATHLETICS: Youngsters Maczugowski and Northcott impress at pentathlon events

TAVISTOCK’S Nicolas Maczugowski and City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott both impressed at pentathlon events at the weekend.

Maczugowski claimed victory in the under-13 boys’ competition at the Hertfordshire County Open Pentathlon Championships at Hemel Hampstead, while Northcott took the honours in the under-13 girls’ event at the Newquay & Par Five-Star Pentathlon in Cornwall.

Despite heatwave conditions in the South East of England, Maczugowski scored an impressive PB total of 1,568 points, which puts him second in the UK rankings, just eight points behind Essex’s Al-Ameen Salaam.

He might have gone to the top of the listings had the heat not taken its toll on the Tavistock youngster in the 800m.

He ran a PB time of 13.0 seconds in the 75m hurdles, leaped 4.05m in the long jump and 1.39m in the high jump and threw 9.66m in the shot before the sweltering conditions hit him as he ran 2:53.9 in the 800m.

Closer to home, Northcott took part in her first official pentathlon and showed she could have a future as a multi-eventer by dominating the competition in Par.

She ran 12.8 seconds for the 70m hurdles, leaped 4.37m in the long jump and a PB 1.33m in the high jump, she threw 5.97m in the shot before running an impressive 2:25.0 minutes for the 800m at the end of the day’s competition.

Northcott currently tops the UK 600m rankings and is in the top five for both the 800m and 1,200m.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Ben Foster claimed a massive discus PB at the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League match at Cardiff on Sunday.

Foster threw 40.46m, which beat his previous best by seven metres, to move into the UK’s top 25 in that event. He is already ranked 13th in the shot and he threw 14.04m in Cardiff to take victory.

Tavistock’s Lois Fileman claimed an A string win in the under-20 women’s discus in Wales with 32.06m.

There was a PB for City of Plymouth under-17 hammer thrower Hannah Gellatly, who took second place with a throw of 46.35m, which moves her into the country’s top 20.

There were steeplechase PBs for Tavistock athletes Bradley Stevens and Tilly McDowell. Stevens clocked 6:32.18 minutes to win the under-20 A race, while McDowell ran 5:29.92 to finish second in the under-17 girls’ 1,500m steeplechase, which lifts her into the UK’s top 25.

Elsewhere, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill was an easy winner in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Oxford/Cambridge v Harvard/Yale match at Cambridge’s Wilberforce Stadium.

Harvard student Battershill reached the NCAA Championships in America and has run 8:44.36 this year, which is 15 seconds quicker than any other under-23 UK athlete has run, but he only needed to run 9:24.20 to claim full points by a massive 13 seconds on his second appearance in the Oxford/Cambridge v Harvard/Yale match.

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