ATHLETICS: Evans-Shields moves into top five of all-time with massive throw

YOUNG Plymouth discus star Nubia Evans-Shields joined a very select band of athletes at the weekend by throwing more than 41 metres.

Evans-Shields smashed her personal best with a 41.14m effort at the Par Mini Series in Cornwall.

That not only extended her massive lead at the top of the UK 2021 under-15 rankings – no-one else has managed over 30 metres – but also puts her fifth in the all-time British list for that age group.

She is one of only six under-15s ever in the UK to have ever managed to throw over 41 metres.

The last time anyone in that age group achieved it was three years when Zara Obamakinwa managed it.

Obamakinwa and Sophie Mace are the only two athletes to have thrown further than Evans-Shields this century.

The meeting at Par at the weekend produced some impressive displays for the region’s athletes.

Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn, who is ranked second in the UK under-15 hammer rankings, set a new PB of 41.86m to take victory ahead of her team-mates Louisa Hess, who threw a PB of 38.17m, and Ella Patterson, who managed a PB of 35.37m. All three are in the country’s top 10.

In the under-17 hammer, Tavistock’s Hannah Walker took victory with a PB throw of 36.11m, with City of Plymouth’s Libby Fitzgerald second with 35.88m.

There was a PB for Plymouth’s Hannah Gellaty in the under-20 hammer event. She managed 47.90m.

In the men’s hammer, Plymouth’s 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete Jonathan Edwards managed his best throw for four years with a 60.34m effort, while Tavistock’s Josh Tyler was first under-20 man with 43.86m.

Tyler won the shot with a PB of 15.31m, which ranks him fourth nationally, while team-mate Edward Fileman threw a PB of 13.01. Fileman, ranked second in the UK under-20 discus rankings, won that event with 49.39m, with Tyler managing 40.66m.

Plymouth’s Nicholas Maczgowski won the under-15 boys’ discus with 30.82m and took victory in the shot with 10.73m.

There was a new pole vault PB for Plymouth’s Noah Jones, who leaped 3.60m, which ranks him third in the under-17 rankings. He also set a new best in the 400m hurdles (63.1).

Plymouth’s Kate Gray set new PBs in both the 300m hurdles (47.7) and 300m flat (44.4), while club colleague Matt Summer ran 56.7 in the senior men’s 400m hurdles.

There was a PB for Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll in the under-20 400m with a 50.1 second run, while team-mate Thomas Elliott set a new best of 51.2 to move up to fifth in the under-17 400m rankings.

Harriett Beardsmore ran a PB of 60.2 seconds to win the under-20 400m, while Holly Reid achieved a new lifetime best in the under-15 girls’ 800m of 2:25.3. She also ran 45.6 for the 300m.

Plymouth’s Maczgowski had a busy weekend as he also competed at the South West Athletics Academy Spring Junior & Senior Open at Exeter on Sunday.

The UK-leading under-15 80m hurdler ran under 12 seconds for the third time this year despite poor weather conditions, clocking 11.87 seconds to take victory ahead of team-mate Adam Dingley, who clocked 12.29 seconds.

Maczgowski ran a season’s best of 12.55 seconds to finish second in the 100m, while Dingley won the long jump into a strong wind with 4.90m.

Tavistock’s Ben Callard won the under-20 long jump with 6.22m, while Plymouth’s Toby Clayden also leaped over six metres with 6.15.

Plymouth’s Lili Fern took victory in the under-17 100m in 12.69 seconds. She also came second in the 200m in 26.95, while Mackenzie Pike (11.74) and Jake Weir (11.76) had good runs in the under-17 boys’ 100m.

Team-mate Henry Curtis triumphed in the under-20 110m hurdles in 15.21 seconds, while Ella Isaias won the under-17 high jump in 1.55m and came third in the 80m hurdles with 13.31.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Poppy Tank continued her good season in America for taking fifth in the PAC-12 Championships 5,000m in Los Angeles.

Tank ran under 16 minutes for the second time this season, clocking 15:49.69. Her time on Sunday did beat the old track record.

Elsewhere in America, Victoria Weir ran 4:37.48 at the Lewis & Clark Meet in Portland.

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