ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Plymouth hurdler Harris wins medal at first overseas event

CITY of Plymouth’s Sammie Harris enjoyed a medal-winning performance on her debut competing overseas.

The 18-year-old was invited to take part at the Kuldiga Catherine’s Cup in Latvia at the weekend.

She was up against many of the top sprint female hurdlers from Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus.

Harris, back from a dislocated shoulder, comfortably qualified for the 60m hurdles final with a 8.75 second run before clocking a new personal best of 8.59 seconds to win silver behind Belarus’ Sviatlana Parakhonka.

Her time ranks her second in the UK under-20 rankings, just behind rival Marcia Sey, who clocked 8.54 at Lee Valley on the same day.

Harris’ City of Plymouth team-mate Emily Bee made her debut in a senior/under-20 60m hurdles event at the weekend’s Non Thomas New Year Open in Cardiff where she finished as fourth under-20 in 8.99 seconds. Bee also clocked 8.15 seconds for the 60m flat.

Meanwhile over in America, Plymouth’s senior international hurdler David King made his 2020 debut in the Olympic-Deve 60m hurdles race at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in Iowa City.

King clocked 7.91 seconds in the heats and 7.95 in the final to take fourth place behind top America hurdlers Aaron Mallett (7.59), Daniel Roberts (7.67) and Devon Allen (7.73).

The Non Thomas New Year Open in Cardiff where Bee competed also included the South West Masters’ Championship.

City of Plymouth’s Simon Anderson was first over-55 in the 1,500m in a time of 4:47.30. He was also first South West athlete and came third overall in the 800m over-55 race where he clocked 2:18.32. His team-mate Stephen Burns was second South West athlete in the 800m in 2:20.23.

In the non-masters 800m events, City of Plymouth’s Dean Smith clocked 2:02.44, while Hayley Smith ran 2:18.85.

In the field events, Charlie Shipton came third in the senior shot with a 8.59m throw, Lee Shipton was third in the under-20 shot with 9.65m and Plymouth team-mate Matt Gilbert came fifth in the high jump with a 1.75m leap.


Plymouth College’s Chloe Olford produced an impressive run to beat Great Britain under-20 international Molly Canham to win the senior girls’ race at the Devon Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Stover.

In the same event, Great Britain pentathlete Annabel Denton came fourth, with fellow Plymouth College athlete Talia Sullivan fifth, while Ivybridge Community College’s April Oakshott was seventh.

There was a good run by Plymouth College youngster Molly Shorey who was making her debut in the junior girls’ category. She finished second behind England Schools’ international Scarlett Livingstone, who is a year older. Devonport High School’s Molly Gilby also impressed finishing third, with Plymouth High School’s Verity Tank sixth and Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker seventh.

There was also a medal in the intermediate girls’ race for Mount Kelly College’s Amelia Riggott, who came third. Plymouth College’s Izzy Page was fourth in the same race, with Devonport High Schools’ Emil Cornish taking eight.

In the minor girls’ race, Ivybridge’s Maddy Jones came third, just ahead of Tavistock’s Lara Dix, who was fourth, with Plymouth High School’s Isabella Morris sixth.

In the boys’ races, there was a silver medal for Ivybridge’s Tom Jones in the junior category. He finished just five seconds behind Will Pengelly. Tavistock’s Ewan Dix was seventh in the same race.

In the minor boys’ event, there was a fourth-placed finish for Tavistock’s Flynn Baker.

At the Cornwall Schools’ Cross Country Championships, City of Plymouth athlete Holly Reid took second place in the junior girls’ race behind Bodmin’s Georgina Clarke.


Tamar Trotters’ Bex Ezra backed up her win at the January Jaunt 10k by taking third place at the First Chance 10k at Exeter on Sunday.

Ezra clocked 37.29 minutes to finish behind Falmouth’s Ruth Barnes and Hereford’s Katie Synge-Curtis.

Tavistock Run Project’s Rachael Malthouse was fifth women and first in the F35 category with a 38.29 minutes run.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison Thorn was first F45, finishing in 39.19 minutes, while Tavistock’s Helen Orme was second F45.

Erme Valley’s Allister Bristow was also among the prizes. He took second in the M45 category with a 35.21 run. Tavistock’s Richard Drage was first M60, while team-mate Allan Herdman was first M65.

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