Athletics

Battershill smashes his PB to move to the top of the British U23 rankings

Will Battershill smashed his 3,000m PB in Boston on Saturday (picture by Brian Panoff)

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill smashed his personal best for the 3,000m on Saturday night in American to move to the top of the UK under-23 rankings.

Battershill clocked 7:55.99 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, which also ranks him in the top five of the senior British rankings.

It was also more than 10 seconds quicker than he had ever previously run for the distance in a competitive race.

Steeplechase specialist Battershill, who is studying at Harvard University, has enjoyed a great start to the year, breaking PBs in all three of his indoor outings in 2020.

His 3,000m time on Saturday evening has put him third on Harvard’s all-time list. He already tops the all-time rankings for the 3,000m steeplechase.

Elsewhere, City of Plymouth’s international David King equalled his season best time of 7.77 seconds to take fourth place in the 60m hurdles at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow.

King was only beaten British rival and world champion Andy Pozzi, Kuwait’s Yaqqub Mohamed Al Youha and Cyprus’ Milan Trajkovic. The Plymouth athlete is ranked second in the UK behind Pozzi.

Meanwhile, the Westward Cross Country League meeting that should have been held at Redruth on Sunday was postponed due to Storm Dennis.

However, February’s Tavy 5k did go ahead on Saturday and Tavistock Run Project’s Lewis Mills was first home in 19.04 minutes.

Second was Plymouth Musketeers’ over-40 athlete Lee Herbert, with Tavistock AC’s Jodi Fisk enjoying a good run in the tricky conditions to finish third overall and first women in 19.25 minutes.

Tavistock AC’s under-17 athlete Charlotte Tilney was second women in 21.49 minutes, with club colleague Nikki Kelly just four seconds behind in third.

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