Athletics

ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Battershill medals at Ivy League Champs, while Peyton-Jones impresses at Duchy 20

ERME Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill claimed a silver medal in the 3,000m at the Ivy League Championships in New York.

Battershill, who is the UK’s top ranked under-23 athlete with a season’s best time of 7:55.99, helped Harvard University to a one-two in the indoor competition, finishing behind team-mate Kieran Tuntivate.

Both are ranked within the NCAA’s top 25 for the distance with sub 7:56.00 runs, but the Ivy League Championships turned out to be a tactical race with Tuntivate winning in 8:28.90 and Battershill just behind in 8:29.16.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Harriers’ Alex Peyton-Jones produced a good run to finish third in the Duchy 20 race on Sunday.

The event is a popular run for athletes preparing for the London Marathon.

Peyton-Jones clocked 2:08.27 to finish behind Mile High pair of Carl Murphy and Aaron Benney, who took first and second.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison Engledew won the female 60-64 category, while Tamar Trotters’ Richard Morton was first male 65-69, with Tavistock’s Ian Jones second.

East Cornwall’s Rosalie Goldsworthy was first female in the 40-44 age category, with Looe Pioneers’ Mandy Gibson second. East Cornwall’s Sharon Daw was second female 50-54.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Erme Valley’s Simon Fitze won the rearranged Exeter Half Marathon Day Two event with a personal best time of 1:19.43.

The race should have been run on February 9 but was postponed due to Storm Ciara.

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