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GALLERY: Young throwers set new league records as Armada athletes impress again

TALENTED young throwers Phoebe Milburn and Nubia Evans-Shields warmed up for this weekend’s English Schools’ Track & Field Championships by setting new South West Athletics League records at Brickfields on Sunday.

Tavistock AC’s Milburn broke her own under-15 hammer record with a throw of 44.36m, which was just three centimetres off her PB.

City of Plymouth’s Evans-Shields’ record came in the under-15 discus with a throw of 37.42m. The Plymouth College pupil has thrown 41.14m this year and leads the UK rankings by nearly 11-metres.

Both Milburn and Evans-Shields will be part of the Devon Schools’ team that will be competing at the national finals in Manchester this weekend.

Erme Valley’s Angus Harris will also be in the county team and he warm-up for his English Schools’ debut by winning the under-15 javelin with a throw of 37.52m.

City of Plymouth’s Dan Pearce was a points machine for the Armada team on Sunday at Brickfields. He won the men’s javelin, shot, high jump and 400m hurdles and came second in the triple jump. He threw 43.66m in the javelin, 10.98m in the shot, leaped 1.80 in the high jump, 11.71m in the triple jump and ran 60.74 seconds in the 400m hurdles. He also ran in the 100m, clocking 12.52 seconds.

Plymouth’s Brook Adnitt claimed a sprint double in two thrilling senior men’s races. Running into a strong head wind, he clocked 11.53 seconds in the 100m to edge out Newquay & Par’s Aidan Patton by 0.16 of a second.

The 200m was even more competitive with Adnitt winning in a season’s best time of 23.02, with Patton second in 23.11 seconds and Newton Abbot’s para junior international Ethan Kirby third in PB time of 23.26.

The under-17 boys’ 200m was equally as thrilling with a great battle between Cornwall’s Micho Tao and City of Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott, who will both be at this weekend’s English Schools’ Championships. Tao, ranked in the UK’s top 10 at both 100 and 200m, edged victory in 22.77 seconds, with 400m specialist Elliott setting a new PB of 22.92.

In the under-17 100m, Tao won in 11.42, with Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy second in 11.56 and team-mate Mackenzie Pike third in 11.87.

Plymouth’s sprinting strength was shown in the women’s events, with under-17 athletes Kinga Kudzia and Lili Fern both setting new 200m PBs.

Kudzia ran in the senior race and clocked 26.06 seconds to finish second, while Fern took victory in the under-17 A race in 26.16 seconds, with team-mate Lin Lognan third in 27.36 and Kate Gray winning the other race in 27.61.

Fern also ran 12.80 seconds in the 100m, Kudzia 12.95 and Lognan 13.44.

Gray, meanwhile, who will be at the English Schools’ Championships this weekend, won her specialist event – the 300m hurdles in 46.83, which was close to her PB. Tavistock’s Joely Byetheway was third in the senior 400m hurdles in 68.96.

In the under-13 boys’ sprint events, Tavistock’s Josh Allot won race two of the 200m in 28.88 seconds, with Plymouth’s Omar Hammoudeh third in 29.88. In the 100m, Hammoudeh was second overall in 14.19 with Allott third in 14.23.

City of Plymouth twins Jacob and Ben Harrison took first and second in the under-20 800m with 2:01.52 and 2:02.60, respectively. Club colleague Gregory Norster was third behind them and first under-17 in 2:04.03.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder took victory in the women’s 800m in 2:15.79, while Erme Valley’s Bella May won the under-15 girls’ 3,000m in 11:30.35. Plymouth’s Abbie Chapman was second in 11:45.86, while Tavistock’s Sam Lake was third in the senior women’s 3,000m in 11:39.33.

City of Plymouth’s Matthew Bradley was second in the 5,000m in 16:15.75. The race was won by North Devon’s para-athlete James McKibbin, who ran a new PB of 15:58.25 to increase his lead at the top of the UK T20 rankings.

Tavistock’s Lois Fileman won the women’s hammer in 45.68m, while team-mate Harry Tomlin was first under-20 in the javelin with 42.64m.

Results can be found HERE.

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