Athletics

ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Region’s athletes open season in style

LAST year’s UK-leading under-15 discus thrower Nubia Evans-Shields opened her 2021 season in style by setting a new personal best at the Yeovil Spring Field Festival.

The City of Plymouth athlete claimed victory with an impressive throw of 37.40 metres, which is 10 metres further than anyone else in the under-15 age group has achieved so far this year in Britain.

She then backed that up by throwing 32.47m the following day at the South West Athletics Academy Spring Junior Open at Exeter.

Club colleague Libby Fitzgerald enjoyed an impressive debut at under-17 level at Yeovil. She won the hammer with a PB throw of 32.50m.

Hannah Gellatly, another City of Plymouth thrower, was first under-20 in the hammer with 43.88m.

In the men’s events at Yeovil, Tavistock’s Ben Callard, who has just moved up to under-20 level, smashed his PB to win the long jump with 6.49m, while Josh Tyler was second in the under-20 shot (14.50m) and third in the discus (39.57m).

There were a number of personal bests set by the region’s athletes at the South West Athletics Academy meeting at Exeter.

City of Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski stormed to victory in the 80m hurdles in a time of 12.37 seconds, which puts him at the top of the early UK rankings. He also threw a new best mark in the under-15 shot (11.15m) and was just two centimetres off his PB in the discus (31.32m), finishing second and third respectively in those events.

Team-mate Adam Dingley was second to Maczugowski in the hurdles with a time of 13.12 seconds, while he set a new PB, albeit wind-assisted, in the long jump with a 5.37m leap.

Tavistock’s Rory Summers was third in the same long jump event with 5.29m, while he won both the under-15 75m in 9.82 seconds and the 150m in 19.36 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s Holly Reid was first under-15 in the girls’ 1,200m in 3:58.64, while Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell won the under-13 girls’ 70m hurdles, came third in the long jump and fourth in the 600m.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s international hurdler David King continued his early season build-up by finishing sixth in the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Level Drake Relays meeting in Iowa.

King clocked 13.71 seconds in the final of the 110m hurdles. He did run 13.58 seconds in his season opener at the start of this month, which leads the early UK rankings.

FULL ROUND-UP AND PICTURES OF TAVISTOCK’S SPRING WARM-UP MEETING TO FOLLOW

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