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ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Welsh medals for Edwards, while PBs go at Brickfields and Tavistock

CITY of Plymouth’s Jonathan Edwards picked up two bronze medals at the Welsh Senior Championships in Cardiff at the weekend.

Edwards came third in his main event, the hammer, with a throw of 60.21m and he also made the podium in the discus with a 48.53m effort.

It was a busy weekend for athletics in the region, with Brickfields hosting round three of the Southern Athletics League Devon & Cornwall Division on Saturday and Tavistock holding the third Devon Open Series meeting of the season on Sunday. Both events saw a host of personal and season bests.

City of Plymouth’s Ella Isaias claimed three PBs at the Southern Athletics League event. She improved her high jump best to 1.63m, which won the event and moved her joint 12th in the UK under-17 rankings. She also won the long jump with a new best of 4.82m and came second in the shot with a PB of 8.10m.

Under-20 hurdles specialist Henry Curtis finished with new PBs in the 100m flat and long jump. He ran 11.21 seconds to win the B race 100m and leaped 6.18m to take third in the long jump. Curtis was also second in the 200m in 22.79 seconds.

Under-17 Connell McCarthy won the B 200m in a PB time of 22.68 second. McCarthy also took victory in the non-scoring 100m race in 11.26 seconds, with club colleague Jacob Michaelides finishing second in a PB 11.43.

Brook Adnitt came second in the A 100m in 11.26 seconds.

Plymouth’s Kinga Kudzia claimed a 100 and 200m double. The under-17 athlete ran 12.80 seconds for the 100m and 26.33 seconds for the 200m. Team-mate Lin Lognon was second to her in both races, clocking 13.34 and 27.67.

Victoria Weir showed her distance running prowess by winning both the 3,000m and 1,500m. She ran 9:54.32 for the 3,000m and 5:07.94 for the 1,500m.

Matthew Bradley was also busy. He triumphed in the 2,000m steeplechase in 6:27.78 and came second in the 5,000m in 16:33.83. Jacob Harrison won the 5,000m in a PB time of 15:42.74.

Tavistock’s Joely Byetheway came first in the 400m hurdles and 400m flat. She clocked 67.92 for the hurdles and 62.85 for the flat. Olivia Travers was second in the hurdles in a PB time of 71.08.

Toby Clayden triumphed in the 110m hurdles in 16.12 seconds and came second in the triple jump in 12.52m

Youngster Joe Wheeler eased to victory in the men’s 400m in 51.58 seconds, while Noah Jones triumphed in the pole vault, Lucas Moses won the men’s 400m hurdles and Zoe Crutchley took victory in the women’s hammer.

The combined City of Plymouth/Tavistock/Erme Valley team were again dominant in the relay events.

Meanwhile, conditions might not have been as ideal for fast times at Tavistock the following day for the Devon Open but there were still some impressive displays.

City of Plymouth’s under-15 duo of Nicolas Maczugowski and Poppy Northcott shone in the 300m.

Maczugowski, in the UK’s top six and fresh from his medal at the England Championships last weekend, took victory in the boys’ race in 37.88 seconds, while Northcott, running over the distance for the first time this season, ran a PB of 42.11 seconds, which ranks her in the UK top 20.

Maczugowski was also second in the long jump with 5.36m and second in the shot with 11.34m.

Tavistock’s Rory Summers won the long jump with 5.39m. He was also fastest in the under-15 100m and 200m. He clocked 12.27 seconds in the 100m and 24.26 seconds in the 200m. Adam Dingley ran a PB in 200m of 26.98 seconds. He also set a PB in the high jump of 1.53m to take second and jump 5:01m in the long jump.

Probably the best race of the day at Tavistock was the under-17 boys’ 100m where five runners who have all run under 11.8 seconds this season went head-to-head. Although a strong -3.5 wind put paid to fast times the race was a classic with just 0.4 of a second separating all of them.

Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy, who has run 11.13 seconds this season, took victory in 11.89, with Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler second in 11.92, Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott third in 11.94, Plymouth’s Jacob Michaelidos fourth in 12.04 and Tavistock’s James Wheeler fifth in 12.28.

The joint senior/under-20 men’s 100m was also tight. Plymouth’s Brook Adnitt won in 11.60, with Exeter’s Kit Oliver-Stevens second in 11.64, Plymouth’s Henry Curtis third in 11.69, Joe Bacon was fourth in 11.70 and Zachary Griffiths-Moreton fifth in 11.96.

The 200 and 400m races were also strong. McCarthy clocked 23.26 and Elliott 24.00 in the under-17 event, while Adnitt ran 23.48 to take second in the men’s race, with under-20 athlete Curtis third in 23.81.

Elliott, Adnitt and Curtis also joined Bacon and Oliver-Stevens in the 400m race. Bacon won in 50.20m Oliver-Stevens was second in a PB time of 50.46, Elliott was third and first under-17 in 51.05, Admitt, running the distance for the first time in four years, clocked a PB of 52.15, while sprint hurdler Curtis ran a PB of 54.52.

In the under-13 boys’ sprints, Omar Hammouden took victory in the 100m event in 14.72 seconds, while Tavistock’s Josh Allott triumphed in the 200m in 29.43. Allott also won the long jump with a leap of 4.38m and the 75m hurdles in 13.27 seconds.

Wheelchair racer Doaa Shayea made her first appearance of the season and clocked 21.15 seconds for the 100m, 43.87 for the 200m and 90.22 for the 400m.

Plymouth’s Ruth Green was first under-20 woman in the 200m in 28.48, while Tavistock’s Georgia Buckingham was first under-17 in 30.34 and Plymouth’s Leonie Dyer was second under-13 girl in 30.32. Dyer also won the 70m hurdles in 13.06 seconds, while Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell was joint second fastest with 13.33 seconds.

Tavistock’s Joely Byetheway took victory in the women’s 400m in 64.01 seconds, while Erme Valley’s Lottie Humphrey was first under-17 girl on her debut at the event with a 66.54 run.

Plymouth’s Molly Shorey was a convincing winner of the under-15 girls’ 800m with a time of 2:28.71. Second place went to Erme Valley’s Bella May in 2:38.01.

Plymouth’s Ella Isaias was first under-17 girl over the two-lap distance in a time of 2:33.39. She also won the high jump with 1.60m.

Tavistock’s Josh Blake was second in the men’s 800m in 2:10.32, while Erme Valley’s Joe Battershill came third in the Devon Championships 5,000m race in 16:01.91.

Plymouth’s pole vault specialist Noah Jones won the under-17 men’s high jump in 1.70m. He also ran a PB in the 100m of 13.03 seconds.

English Schools’ medallist Phoebe Milburn was once again victorious in the under-15 girls’ hammer. She threw 44.06m, with team-mate Louisa Hess second with 38.36m.

Milburn also won the shot with 9.54m and Hess came second in the under-15 discus with 18.57m. Club colleague Ella Patterson won the discus event in 19.52m after national champion and UK leader Nubia Evans-Shields, who has thrown 41.14m this year, failed to record a mark.

Tavistock’s Tegan Brown set a new PB of 30.21m to win the under-13 girls’ hammer. She also won the shot with a throw of 8.11m.

Plymouth’s Evie Bee came second in a tight under-15 javelin event with a throw of 21.07m, which was just 11cm off winning. Club colleague Matthew Newton triumphed in the under-17 long jump with 5.51m, while Tavistock’s Charlotte Doney was second in the under-13 girls’ long jump with 4.00m.

Full results can be found HERE.

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