CITY of Plymouth youngster Jed Hutchings stormed to the top of the UK under-15 3,000m rankings with an eye-catching run at the Par Mini Series on Sunday.
Hutchings won the entire multi-age group race by 40 seconds, clocking a big PB of 9:10.6 minutes.
That time is 14 seconds quicker than any other under-15 has run in Britain this year.
His performance was even more impressive considering he had run a PB of 4:10.01 in the 1,500m at Millfield less than 24 hours earlier.
There were a number of other PB performances at Par at the weekend.
Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott, who is quickly making a name for himself as a sprinter having previously impressed at middle distance events, set a new 100m PB in Par. She clocked 12.8 seconds to take victory in the under-15 race, which ranks her 23rd in the country.
Northcott is also ranked 13th in the 200m and at Par she ran 26.6 seconds for that event.
Club colleague Jacob Lamboll set new PBs in both the 100m and 200m. He clocked 11.5 seconds for the 100m and 22.7 seconds for the 200m to finish as first under-20 in those events.
There were also 100m PBs for Plymouth’s under-13 athletes Leonie Dyer (14.3) and Omar Hammoudeh (14.2).
In the 200m, Harriet Beardsmore was first under-20 in 26.4 seconds, while fellow Plymouth athlete Lin Lognon was first under-17 in a PB time of 27.3.
Gregor Norster set a new best mark of 2:04.5 in the under-17 800m, while Noah Jones won the pole vault in 3.55m and Erin Muldoon came second in the under-17 high jump with 1.45m.
There were also plenty of impressive performances at the second Devon Open Series event of the season at Braunton on Sunday.
Tavistock’s under-15 athlete Phoebe Milburn threw the hammer over 42m for the first time – recording a new PB of 42.15m. She is third in the UK rankings, just one place ahead of club colleague Louisa Hess, who threw a PB of 39.94m on Sunday.
City of Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly continued her good season with an effort of 46.01m in the under-20 hammer. She is ranked eighth nationally with a best of 47.90m.
In the under-17 girls’ hammer, Plymouth’s Libby Fitzgerald took victory with 33.49m, with Tavistock’s Hannah Walker just behind in second with 31.42m.
Tavistock’s Josh Tyler threw over 15m for the second time this season to win the under-20 shot with 15.19m. He is ranked fourth in the UK.
Erme Valley’s Angus Harris came second in the under-15 javelin with a throw of 38.29m, which ranks him 16th in the UK. He also won the high jump in his age group with a big PB of 1.42m.
Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields has no-one in the under-15 age group nationally challenging her in the discus. She eased to another victory on Sunday with a throw of 38.60m.
Charlotte Walker (Tavistock) won the under-17 girls’ discus with 25.21m. She also set a PB of 5:13.06 in the 1,500m.
City of Plymouth’s Nicholas Maczugowski took victory in the under-15 boys’ discus with 33.19m. He was just edged out on countback in the shot with 10.80m, which was the same distance as Portsmouth’s Jack Holt.
Maczugowski is the UK’s number one under-15 80m hurdler but he had to settle for second place on Sunday as his team-mate Adam Dingley, who is ranked fourth in the UK, took victory in a PB time of 12.06 seconds, with Maczugowsk finishing in 12.15 seconds.
Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell triumphed in the under-13 girls’ 70m hurdles in 13.41 seconds. She also leaped a PB of 3.71m in the long jump.
Tavistock’s Rory Summers enjoyed a fine day. He triumphed in the under-15 boys’ 100m (12.25), 200m (24.60) and long jump with a PB of 5.58m. Dingley took third in the same competitive long jump event with 5.26m and ran 12.97 in the 100m.
Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler won the under-17 100m and 200m events in 11.58 seconds and 23.42 seconds, with Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy second in both.
Tavistock’s Ben Callard was first under-20 in the 100m with 11.67, while Plymouth’s Lili Fern ran 12.97 seconds in the under-17 girls’ 100m.
Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott was second in the under-17 400m in 52.08 seconds, while team-mate Kate Gray triumphed in the under-17 girls’ 300m hurdles in 48.79 seconds.
Adam Holland of Tavistock once again showed his endurance skills by winning the men’s 1,500m and 5,000m events in 4:21.34 and 16:48.34 respectively.
Erme Valley’s Bella May set a new PB on 5:15.58 in the under-15 girls’ 1,500m, while Plymouth’s Matthew Newton won both the under-17 long jump (5.60m) and triple jump (11.78m).
Full results of the Devon Open Series meeting can be found HERE.
Meanwhile, Plymouth’s international sprint hurdler David King claimed valuable points for Great Britain at the European Team Championships in Poland.
In poor weather conditions, King took second place in a time of 13.63 (-0.3), dipping on the line to take it ahead of Poland’s Damian Czykier. After two faulty starts, one of which saw King receive a yellow card, the field were underway, and King had a strong end to his race to finish behind Asier Martinez of Spain.