Athletics

Region’s athletes among the medals at South West Inter-Counties Champs at Exeter

CITY of Plymouth AC, Tavistock AC and Erme Valley Harriers all had athletes winning medals at the South West Inter-Counties Championships at Exeter on Sunday.

After becoming English Schools’ champion the week before, Tavistock AC’s Joe Wheeler had no problems adding the under-15 300m title to his collection. Wheeler was able to run two seconds slower than he had done at Birmingham to win at Exeter.  Wheeler also added a silver in the 100m behind his Cornwall team-mate Micho Tao.

Club colleague Edward Fileman, another English Schools’ medallist, had made his England debut on the Saturday at the SIAB International in Wales, where he won a bronze in the discus with a PB throw of 51.70m, but he was also in action the following day at Exeter. He won the under-17 discus for Devon with 48.75m and took silver in the hammer with 52.42m.

Possibly the performance of the day, came from City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields in the under-13 discus. She improved her PB by more than a metre with a 33.91 throw, which increases her lead at the top of the UK rankings. It also puts her 12th in the all-time list for that event.

Evans-Shield also won a bronze medal in the under-13 shot, where Tavistock’s Louisa Hess took second with a PB throw of 7.48m. Hess also claimed bronze in the discus.

Plymouth team-mate Lili Fern picked up a gold and a silver medal for Devon. She won the under-15 girls’ 100m in a PB time of 12.32 seconds. She also took second in the 200m in 26.37 seconds.

There was also a gold and a silver medal for Tavistock’s Lois Fileman and City of Plymouth’s Rosie Northcott. Lois Fileman won the under-20 hammer with 42.63m and claimed second in the discus with a PB throw of 35.11m.

Rosie Northcott took victory in the under-13 girls’ high jump with 1.35m and clocked a PB time of 12.49 seconds to take silver in the 70m hurdles.

Sister Poppy Northcott and Tavistock’s Jamie Bulbring both returned with a gold and a bronze medal.

Poppy Northcott, competing for Cornwall, easily won the under-13 girls’ 800m – an event where she is ranked in the UK’s top five – in 2:22.30. She also set a PB of 28.18 seconds to secure bronze in the 200m.

Bulbring took the honours in the under-17 girls’ 300m in 41.65 seconds and came third in the 100m in a wind-assisted PB time of 12.45 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly threw a new lifetime best of 48.38m to take gold in the under-17 hammer. Team-mate Charlie Shipton won the senior men’s hammer with 36.58m, while Hayley Harvey claimed victory in the senior women’s 800m in 2:16.81.

Tavistock’s Jade Kinsey and Bradley Stevens were also track winners. Kinsey picked up gold in the senior women’s 400m in 59.38 seconds, while Stevens was victorious in the men’s 2,000m steeplechase in 6:29.91, which was a new PB.

There was also a gold medal for Erme Valley’s Ella Isaias, who won the under-15 high jump with 1.55m.

Tavistock’s Tilly McDowell ran a new best time of 5:26.58 to finish as runner-up in the under-17 1,500m steeplechase, while colleague Elyse Kedzior-MacDonough was second in the same age group’s 1,500m flat in a PB time of 5:04.04.

Team-mate Nicolas Maczugowski picked up two silvers. He equalled his PB of 22.96m in the under-13 discus and threw 9.26m in the shot.

There was a hurdles PB and a silver medal for City of Plymouth’s Henry Curtis, who ran 13.86 seconds in the under-17 100m event.

Another City of Plymouth athlete to win a silver medal was Ben Foster, who threw 12.93m in the under-17 shot.

Erme Valley’s Bronwyn Harris was second in the under-17 discus with 26.17m, while Tavistock’s Sam Lake picked up a silver in the senior women’s 5,000m.

There were bronze medals for City of Plymouth triple jumpers Toby Clayden (under-17 boys, 12.21m) and Matthew Newton (under-15 boys, 11.02m) and club colleague Brook Adnitt in the senior men’s 100m (11.18 seconds).

Full results can be found HERE.

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