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GALLERY: Some hot battles at Tavistock AC’s Mid-Summer Meet

THERE were some good battles at Tavistock Athletic Club’s Mid-Summer Meet on Wednesday evening.

One of the most competitive contests came in the under-17 boys’ sprint events, where Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler and City of Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy could hardly be separated, with both running exactly the same times in the 100m and 200m.

In the 100m, both clocked a wind-assisted time of 11.2 seconds, but Wheeler was given the win.

They both ran in separate heats of the 200m but still came out with the same time – 23.1 seconds, which was a PB for Wheeler. And City of Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott was only 0.1 of a second behind the pair with a PB run of 23.2 seconds.

The joint under-20, under-17 and under-15 female 200m was an equally competitive event.

City of Plymouth’s under-15 athlete Poppy Northcott was given the win with a wind-assisted time of 26.4 seconds, which was the same time as under-20 club rival Harriet Beardsmore and just 0.1 of a second ahead of under-17 club colleague Lili Fern.

The wind just denied Fern a PB in the 100m, which she won in 12.3 seconds, while Beardsmore took victory in the under-20 400m in 60.7 seconds.

The under-15 boys’ 200m was also pretty competitive, with Bristol’s Mackenzie Ritson (23.3) just edging out Tavistock’s Rory Summers (23.5), while in the under-13 girls’ 200m, Tavistock’s Isabelle Doney set a new PB to win in 31.2 seconds, with team-mate Zara Kinsey second in 32.1, which was just 0.1 of a second ahead of Mollie Hawken-Gray in third. All three set new PBs.

In the under-13 girls’ 100m, City of Plymouth’s Francesca Clatworthy took victory in a PB of 14.0, with Charlotte Doney second in a new best of 14.3. Tavistock’s Joe Wake was fastest under-13 boy in 13.6 seconds.

Tavistock’s Ruben McAulay (48.3) and Penny Jones (49.4) were winners in the under-15 300m.

Erme Valley’s Thomas Carter took victory in the under-11 600m (2:00.8) and 150m (23.2), while Tavistock’s Eloise Patrick was first under-11 girl in the 600m (2:06.3).

Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley was first home in the 1,500m in 4:15.4, while Tavistock’s Fynn Baker was first under-15 in 4:47.3 and Annika Neiderau was first under-17 girl in 5:03.5.

Home athletes Evie Palmer and Joshua Allott enjoyed success in the under-13 sprint hurdles. Allott also won the under-13 high jump.

Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski and Adam Dingley continued their good battles in the under-15 age group. The pair have been locking horns all season in the 80m hurdles, where they are both ranked in the top seven nationally, but on Wednesday they went head-to-head in the jumps.

Dingley won the long jump with 5.32m, with Maczugowski second with a PB of 5.20, while the positions were reversed in the high jump. Maczugowski took victory with a PB of 1.50m, while Dingley also claimed a new best with 1.35m.

Ella Isaias was first under-17 in the high jump, with City of Plymouth team-mate Erin Muldoon second with 1.45m.

In the under-17 long jump, Plymouth’s Matthew Newton was the boys’ winner (5.37m), while Tavistock’s Georgia Buckingham took the honours in the girls’ event with a PB of 4.13m.

Home athlete Katelyn Milburn set a new best of 4.31m to finish at top in the under-15 girls’ long jump. In the under-13 girls’ long jump just one centimetre separated Tavistock colleagues Nell Maguire (3.64m) and Olivia Trimble (3.63m) as they finished second and third.

In the throwing events, UK under-15 discus number one Nubia Evans-Shield continued her impressive season with another throw over 40m. She produced an effort of 40.37m, which was the third meeting this year she had thrown more than 40m.

Tavistock’s Hannah Walker set a new hammer PB of 40.14m to move up to 21st in the under-17 UK rankings, while Charlotte Walker won the under-17 discus with 26.94m. She was also second in her category in the 1,500m.


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