Region’s athletes impress at county championship events

THERE were some eye-catching performances at county championship events over the weekend.

At the combined Devon County AA and Devon Schools’ Championships at Exeter there were a host of personal bests from Armada athletes.

City of Plymouth’s Emily Bee has returned home from her first year studying in America with a bang and came away with two Devon titles and PBs.

She ran a storming 100m hurdles race to beat big under-20 rival and fellow UK top-seven ranked athlete Emily Tyrrell in a time of 13.93 seconds. Unfortunately, the wind was just 0.1 above the legal limit, but she did get a legal PB in the high jump, where she leaped 1.70m to ease to victory and move into the UK’s top 10 in that event also.

The under-15 boys’ 80m hurdles was a thrilling affair with three of the UK’s top 14 going head-to-head. Both City of Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski and Adam Dingley ran under 12 seconds, with Maczugowski triumphing in a new PB of 11.71 seconds, with Dingley second in 11.95. Torbay’s Josh Tyler was third in a new best time of 12.23,

Maczugowski also won the under-15 discus with 36.60m, with Tavistock’s Owen Fileman second with a PB of 27.35m. Maczugowski also took second in the shot with 11.37m.

Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell bagged the under-13 70m hurdles title in 13.21 seconds.

Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn set a new PB and moved up to second in the UK under-15 hammer rankings with a big throw of 44.39m. Team-mates Louisa Hess (37.21m) and Ella Patterson (32.27m) joined her on the podium. All three are ranked in the UK’s top 13. Milburn and Hess also came first and third, respectively, in the shot.

Plymouth’s Wales international Jonathan Edwards threw a season’s best of 60.37m to win the men’s hammer. He also won the men’s discus with 45.15m and shot with 14.65m.

Tavistock’s Edward Fileman, who is ranked second in the under-20 discus rankings, eased to victory in that event with a throw of 49.51m, with team-mate Josh Tyler third with 36.13m.

Ivybridge Community College’s Fileman, a silver medallist at the last English Schools’ Championships, also won the under-20 hammer with 53.69m, which ranks him seventh nationally.

Tyler won the under-20 shot with a best of 14.58m, with Fileman second.

Lois Fileman enjoyed success in the senior/under-23 women’s hammer with 46.78m, while Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly, who will have her eyes on the English Schools’ Championships, won the under-20 event with 46.56m.

Tavistock’s Hannah Walker set a new PB of 37.24m to triumph in the under-17 girls’ hammer, ahead of Plymouth’s Libby Fitzgerald (32.62m) and Tavistock’s Lucy Wilkinson (30.21m). Hannah Walker also came second in the shot.

Charlotte Walker took victory in the under-17 girls’ discus with PB of 27.95m and came second in the under-17 1,500m and third in the 3,000m.

Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields continued her domination of the under-15 discus with a throw of 37.94m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Angus Harris produced a PB of 38.80m to win the under-15 boys’ javelin, which keeps him in the UK’s top 17.

Plymouth’s Evie Bee topped the podium in the girls’ under-15 javelin with a PB of 22.99m, while Tavistock’s Tegan Brown claimed top honours in the under-13 shot.

Tavistock and Mount Kelly’s Ben Callard produced a big PB to win the under-20 long jump with 6.71m. That puts him in the UK’s top 25 in his first year at under-20 level. Callard also came second in a wind-assisted 100m in a quick 10.93 seconds.

Club team-mate Rory Summers, who is ranked 13th in the UK, triumphed in a competitive under-15 long jump with 5.47m. Adam Dingley took second with 5.19m, with Tavistock’s Bart Grainger and Oliver Facey third and fourth with 5.00m. Summers also won the 100m (11.78) and 200m (PB 23.97) events.

Grainger was second in the 100m and triumphed in the 300m in a PB of 40.48 seconds.

Plymouth’s Toby Clayden took the under-20 triple jump title with a new best of 12.42m, while colleague Matthew Newton was second in the under-17 event with 11.60m. He was also second in the long jump, while Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn won the under-15 girls’ triple jump.

Ella Isaias claimed the under-17 girls’ high jump title with 1.60m, with Erin Muldoon second with 1.50m. Tavistock’s Olivia Divall claimed honours in the under-13 high jump, while team-mate Oliver Facey finished second in the under-15 high jump with a PB of 1.50m.

Plymouth’s Kate Gray took the under-17 girls’ 300m hurdles title in 47.60 seconds. She then went considerably faster the following day at Lee Valley to move up to the sixth in the national rankings.

Tavistock’s Joely Bytheway was second in the senior 400m hurdles and was also third in the flat event, which was won by Plymouth’s Harriett Beardsmore, who edged out Emma Ryder. Beardsmore was also second in the 200m with a PB of 26.31 seconds.

Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott, who is 11th in the UK rankings, triumphed in the under-17 400m in 51.23 seconds.

Club colleague Mali Heard crossed the line first in the under-17 300m in 43.01, with Tavistock’s Annabelle Hess just behind in 43.34 and Ella Isaias third in 44.00.

Plymouth’s Jed Hutchings showed why he is in the UK’s top three in the under-15 1,500m by clocking 4:11.59 and winning by nearly 30 seconds.

There was a thrilling finish to the under-15 girls’ 1,500m race with Exeter’s Isla Bryson just pipping Plymouth’s Molly Shorey on the line. Both runners clocked under 4:48.00, with Bryson coming home in 4:47.41 and Shorey 4:47.99.

Tavistock’s Annika Neiderau claimed an impressive double by securing both the under-17 3,000m and 1,500m steeplechase titles. She won the 3,000m in 10:50.96 and the steeplechase in 5:53.41.

Plymouth’s Molly Gilbey took the under-15 3,000m crown in 11:08.63, with Erme Valley’s Bella May second.

Dan Newman, of City of Plymouth, took victory in the senior/under-20 men’s 800m in 2:01.62, with Tavistock’s Emma Ryder winning the senior women’s two-lap event in 2:15.46. Plymouth’s Gregory Norster was second in the under-17 800m in 2:05.24, while Isabella Morris enjoyed success in the under-15 girls’ half-mile.

Plymouth team-mates Lili Fern and Kinga Kudzia enjoyed two good battles in the under-17 girls’ 100m and 200m events. Both clocked the same time in the final of the 100m (12.76 seconds) but Fern was given the win, but Kudzia made sure of victory in the 200m with a PB of 26:12, with Fern second.

Brook Adnitt took the men’s 100m and 200m titles, while Plymouth filled the top three spots in a tight under-17 100m with Jake Weir winning in 11.76, Jacob Michaelides taking second in 11.77 and Mackenzie Pike third in 11.78 – all PB times. Weir also ran a new best to take gold in the 200m in 23.58 seconds.

Omar Hammoudeh ran a PB of 14.02 to finish second in the under-13 boys’ 100m. He was also third in the 200m.

Full results of the Devon Championships can be found HERE.


There were also some impressive performances at the Cornwall Schools’ Championships at the weekend.

Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott claimed the 100m and 200m under-15 girls’ titles. She clocked a new PB of 12.7 seconds in the 100m, which ranks her 17th nationally, and ran 26.8 in the final of the 200m having run 26.4 in the heats.

Club team-mate Connell McCarthy ran PB times of 11.5 seconds and 23.0 seconds to take silver in the under-17 100m and 200m events behind UK number three Micho Tao. McCarthy is now in the UK’s top 25 at 200m.

Jacob Lamboll set a new 400m PB of 50.1 to claim honours in the under-20 400m. He also won the 200m in 22.9 seconds.

Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler, who was the English Schools’ 300m champion two years ago, won the under-17 400m in 51.9 seconds.

Holly Reid, of City of Plymouth, claimed an unusual double, triumphing in the under-15 girls’ 300m in 45.7 and the 800m in 2:25.9. Team-mate Katie Blair was third in the two-lap race.

Club colleague Henry Curtis, another athlete who will be hoping to compete at the restricted English Schools Championships, won the under-20 110m hurdles in 15.3 seconds, while fellow Plymouth athlete Abbie Chapman was third in the under-15 1,500m.

Tavistock’s Josh Cavey set a new PB to win the under-17 high jump in 1.75m, while club team-mate Fearne Brett took victory in the under-15 girls’ high jump with 1.37m.

Harry Tomlin, of Tavistock AC, took the under-20 javelin title in 44.65m.

Full results of the Cornwall Schools’ Championships can be found HERE.

Elsewhere, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank clocked 16:15.88 to finish 22nd in a strong NCAA Championships 5,000m final in Eugene. That event came less than 48 hours after she had run a PB of 32:50.57 to finish ninth and claim All-American honours in the 10,000m.

Away from the track, Adam Holland, Joe Dix and Jo Meek were among the prize winners at the Marilyn’s Meldon Madness fell race at the weekend.

Holland, who also ran the 1,500m and 3,000m and the Devon County Championships, was first overall in 38:54.0.

Dix was fourth overall and first under-18 in 39:38.0, while Meek was first female and ninth overall in 42:04.0.

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