Young throwers end athletics season on a high at Tavistock

TAVISTOCK’S young hammer thrower Phoebe Milburn ended her season in style as her club hosted their final autumn athletics series meet.

Milburn threw a new personal best of 38.89m on Wednesday evening and finished 2020 ranked sixth in the UK at under-15 level. She was also second in the shot with 9.16m.

Her club colleague Louisa Hess ended up 10th in the national under-15 hammer rankings with a best of 36.82m. She threw 34.81m on Wednesday in the final event of the year after the season was extended until the end of October.

Plymouth’s Libby Fitzgerald and Tavistock’s Lucy Wilkinson, who are ranked 30th and 32nd in the country in the same age category, threw 28.19m and 27.13m, respectively, on Wednesday.

City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields finished 2020 as the runaway leader of the under-15 girls’ discus rankings.

She threw more than three metres further than anyone else in the UK with a best of 37.19m. In her final meeting she comfortably won with a throw 31.80m.

Tavistock’s Ben Rogers and Anna Wilkinson won the under-20 men’s and under-13 girls’ discus events with new PBs.

There was also a PB of 9.81m for Tavistock’s Matthew Jenkins to win the under-15 boys’ shot, while team-mate Katelyn Milburn took victory in the under-13 girls’ shot and City of Plymouth’s Matthew Newton claimed the honours in the under-17 shot.

Katelyn Milburn also won the under-13 girls’ long jump with a PB of 3.78m. Club colleague Georgia Buckingham jumped a PB of 4.19m to win the under-15 age group.

On the track, the host club’s Kristyna Cade set a new PB of 5:12.7 to win the under-17 1,500m.

City of Plymouth’s Daniel Newman won the under-20/senior men’s 800m in 2:10.4, with Tavistock’s Dan Luckham running a PB of 2:11.0 to finish as first under-17.

Plymouth’s Verity Tank set a new best time of 2:31.1 to win the under-15 girls’ 800m, with Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker not far behind in 2:33.7.

Exeter’s Daisey Rowe won the under-13 girls’ 800m in 2:26.8, with Plymouth’s Isabella Morris second.

There were sprint doubles for Plymouth’s Prisca Ajiye and Tavistock’s Grace Wonnacott.

Ajiye won the under-13 girls’ 100 and 200m in 14.8 and 30.3 respectively, while Wonnacott triumphed in the under-15 events with runs of 14.3 and 30.1.

Erme Valley’s Samantha Miller won both the under-17 girls’ 100m and 400m in 14.2 and 69.3 seconds.

Tavistock’s Bart Grainger (under-15 boys, 12.7) and Ligaya Coatham (under-20 women, 14.0) were also 100m winners, while Plymouth’s Eli Evans-Shields was quickest under-11 girl over 75m.

Tavistock’s Annabella Hess won the under-17 girls’ 300m in 45.6, while Erme Valley’s Rose Bruynseels ran a PB of 13.9 seconds to finish first under-13 girl over the 70m hurdles.

Full results can be found HERE.

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