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Evans-Shields extends her lead at top of UK rankings with new PB at Tavistock Autumn Series

THE UK’s leading under-15 discus thrower Nubia Evans-Shields smashed her personal best at the second Tavistock Autumn Series meeting on Sunday.

The City of Plymouth athlete, in her first year at under-15 level, went into the competition already leading the national rankings by more than one-and-a-half metres with 35.45m. But she shattered that mark at the weekend with a new best throw of 37.19m. Nobody else in the country in that age category has thrown over 34 metres this year.

But Evans-Shields was not the only UK leader competing at Tavistock on Sunday.

Yate’s Owen Merrett showed why he is the runaway leader of the under-17 hammer rankings with a throw of 65.26m, while Taunton’s Tom Heal moved to the top of the under-17 1,500m steeplechase list with a 4:32.01 run.

Once again the throwing events were strong at Tavistock.

Cornwall’s British indoor medallist Patrick Swan won the men’s shot with a throw of 15.65m.

Also in the shot, Tavistock’s Harry Tomlin won the under-17 event with a throw of 12.66m, which was just two centimetres of his PB.

City of Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski did set a new PB of 10.93m to win the under-15 shot. That was more than 50cm better than his previous best.

Erme Valley’s multi-eventer Ella Isaias won the under-17 girls’ shot with a PB of 9.54m, while Tavistock’s Owen Fileman triumphed in the under-13 boys’ competition with 7.26m. Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn threw 9.28m to finish second in a strong under-15 girls’ shot, with team-mate Louisa Hess third with a PB of 8.69m.

English Schools’ international Edward Fileman, of Tavistock, moved up to fourth in the UK under-20 discus rankings with a PB throw of 47.69m. He is the leading first year in that three-year age category.

Owen Fileman, who tops the under-13 hammer rankings, is also fourth in the discus list after setting a new PB of 24.73m. He also won the hammer with 25.29m.

City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly broke her hammer PB with a new mark of 46.49m, which ranks her eighth in the UK under-20 rankings in her first year at that level.

There was also a new PB for Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn, who won the under-15 girls’ hammer with 38.66m. She is ranked sixth in the UK. Not far behind is her team-mate Louisa Hess, who is ranked 10th. Hess threw 35.58m to take second on Sunday.

The strong wind ruined the sprinters’ chances of legal personal bests, which was a shame with tough competition in the boys’ under-15 and under-17 age groups.

Cornwall’s Micho Tao ran a wind-assisted 11.04 seconds to win the under-17 boys’ 100m, ahead of Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler (11.39) and Henry Curtis (11.56). Tao also won the 200m with an extremely quick 22.54, albeit wind-assisted.

Five under-15 boys ran under 12.55 seconds for the 100m – City of Plymouth newcomer Mackenzie Pike (12.24), Newton Abbot’s Byron Povey (12.33), Tavistock’s Rory Summers (12.37), Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski and Thomas Sanders (12.54).

Pike was also quickest in the 200m with 24.72 seconds, finishing just ahead of Summers and Maczugowski.

Plymouth’s Lili Fern won the under-17 girls’ 100m and 200m events in 12.71 seconds and 26.72 seconds, respectively.

Club colleague Mali Heard took victory in the under-15 girls’ 200m (27.20) and 300m (43.75).

Erme Valley’s Andreas Isaias won the under-15 boys’ 300m in 41.75 seconds.

Plymouth’s Brook Adnitt took victory the senior men’s 100m in 11.33 seconds, while Tavistock’s Ella Whitford was quickest under-15 girl in 14.42.

City of Plymouth’s Omar Hammoudeh dominated the under-11 sprints, winning the 75m in 11.2 seconds and the 150m in 23.04.

Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler took the honours in the under-17 400m in 52.32 seconds, while club colleagues Freddie Whybrow (2:02.88) and Nell Maguire (2:04.53) triumphed in the under-11 600m.

In the middle distance races, City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey once again impressed, despite the windy conditions, to win the under-15 girls’ 1,500m in 4:52.72. In more favourable conditions she has run 4:48.11 and sits in the UK top 20.

Erme Valley’s Jamie Frost was first home in the under-20/senior 1,500m in 4:36.39. He had earlier in the day finished second in the under-20 800m with a 2:14.59 run.

Tavistock’s Joe Dix was second in the under-17 800m with 2:13.59, while colleague Jacob Holland was first under-15 boy.

Another Tavistock athlete Charlotte Walker took the honours in the under-15 girls’ 800m in 2:35.20, while City of Plymouth’s Isabella Morris was first under-13 in 2:39.79.

Tavistock’s Rory Summers was second in the under-15 boys’ long jump, with Plymouth’s Adam Dingley leaping a PB of 4.87m for third. Erme Valley’s Rose Bruynseels was third under-13 girl with a jump of 3.66m.

With no pole vault to compete in, City of Plymouth’s Noah Jones took part in the under-17 high jump and leaped a new PB of 1.60m to take second place.

Full results can be found HERE.

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