Athletics

Tremendous showing from the region’s athletes at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships

ATHLETES from the Armada region shone at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Birmingham at the weekend.

One or two medals from the prestigious event is usually an impressive year, but, but this time around athletes returned with five individual gongs, a relay podium place and three more top six placings.

Tavistock AC’s Joe Wheeler, who was representing Cornwall, led the way by becoming junior boys’ 300m champion.

Wheeler set a new PB and went to the top of the UK rankings with a 36.01 second run to take victory at Alexander Stadium.

There was a silver medal for City of Plymouth AC and Plymstock School’s Sammie Harris in the senior girls’ 100m hurdles.

Harris had fallen badly and broken her arm in last year’s final and she found herself drawn in the same lane for this season’s final. But, despite being nervous, the Devon athlete kept calm to take second place in 14.23 seconds.

Club and county colleague Emily Bee, of Plymouth High School, came close to joining her on the podium. Bee had won silver in last year’s intermediate final and just 0.1 of a second denied her a medal in the older age group this time around. She finished fourth from lane one in 14.41.

Harris and Bee then teamed up with Torquay’s Megan Webber and Exeter’s Emily Tyrell to win a 4x100m senior girls’ relay bronze medal. It was Devon’s first relay success in years.

Also winning an individual silver medal was Tavistock AC and Ivybridge Community College pupil Edward Fileman. He took second in the intermediate boys’ discus. He threw 49.18m and was only eight centimetres off winning.

Another silver medal went to Plymouth College pupil Chloe Olford in the senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase. Olford clocked 5:06.97 seconds, which was a personal best by five seconds.

But possibly the most impressive PB came from City of Plymouth and Ivybridge Community College pupil Noah Jones in the junior boys’ pole vault.

Jones was believed to be Devon’s first pole vault competitor in 30 years and he smashed his outdoor PB by 40cm and his overall PB by 27cm to win bronze with a jump of 3.50m. He was only denied silver on count-back.

Tavistock Run Project and Mount Kelly College athlete Oliver Smart came sixth in a strong intermediate boys’ 1,500m. Smart had to run two races in two days. He clocked 4:05.12 in the heats to secure a place in the final, where he ran 4:07.73 in a more tactical race that came down to a 500m sprint.

There was also a sixth place finish for Erme Valley Harriers and Devonport High School’s Ella Isaias in the junior girls’ high jump. Isaias leaped 1.59m in Birmingham.

City of Plymouth AC and Coombe Dean’s Ben Foster finished 10th in the intermediate boys’ shot, while club colleague and Mount Kelly’s Hannah Gellatly was 11th in the intermediate girls’ hammer.

City of Plymouth and Plymouth High’s Mali Heard just missed out on reaching the final in the junior girls’ 200m. She set a new PB of 25.84 seconds to finish third in her heat, but only the top two progressed.

Club colleague Lili Fern ran 12.56 seconds in the heats of the junior girls’ 100m, while Luke Cressey (SB 110m H) was sixth in his heat and Danny Filewod (IB 400m H), Henry Curtis (IB 100m H) and Holly Mather (SG 400m H) were all seventh in their heats. Lois Fileman threw 40.54 in the senior girls’ hammer.

Full results can be found HERE.

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