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GALLERY: King impresses in Poland as Milburn moves up to second in UK rankings

PLYMOUTH’S international hurdler David King claimed an impressive fourth place in a strong field at the Memorial Kamili Skolimowskiej meeting in Poland at the weekend.

King clocked 13.55 seconds to finish behind Jamaica’s Olympic champion Hansle Parchment (Jamaica), American Devon Allen and another Jamaican Damion Thomas.

It was the 35th time in King’s career that he has run in the 13.5s, which shows just how consistent he is.

Meanwhile, at the final South West League meeting of the season at Brickfields at the weekend, Tavistock’s Pheobe Milburn and City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields both improved their league records.

English Schools’ medallist Milburn smashed her personal best with a throw 46.95m, which moves her up to second in the UK under-15 girls’ rankings.

It was more than a metre-and-a-half further than her previous best.

English Schools champion Evans-Shield had recently set a new under-15 English discus record with a throw of 43.42m. Although she was not able to challenge that mark at Brickfields, her throw of 38.59m was still a new league record.

City of Plymouth’s Thomas Elliott enjoyed an encouraging debut in the under-17 400m hurdles. He used his sub-51 second flat speed to clock 60.74 seconds, which moves him straight into the UK top 20. He also came second in the high jump.

There was some fast sprinting again on show at Brickfields.

Plymouth under-20 hurdler Toby Clayden smashed his 100m flat PB with a 11.35-second run, which was just 0.01 slower than team-mate Henry Curtis had run to win the first under-20 race.

Hurdles specialist Curtis also won the 200m in 23.05 seconds.

Brook Adnitt claimed a 100m and 200m double in the men’s races with runs of 11.44 and 23.16 seconds.

The races of the day probably came in the under-17 girls’ 100m and 200m.

In the 100m, just 0.01 of a second separated Plymouth team-mate Lili Fern and Kinga Kudzia. Fern won in 12.66 seconds, with Kudzia clocking 12.67 seconds.

But Kudzia did triumph in a thrilling 200m in 26.37 seconds. Second place went to Torbay’s Estelle Roots in 26.91 seconds, with Fern third in 26.93 seconds.

In the under-17 boys’ sprint events, Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy clocked 11.58 seconds for second, with Jacob Michaelides third fastest in 11.77.

McCarthy was also second in the 200m in 23.34 seconds.

Tavistock’s Joe Wake triumphed in the under-13 boys’ 100m and 200m in 13.62 and 28.31 seconds, respectively.

Plymouth’s Francesca Clatworthy was quickest under-13 girl in the 100m with 13.95 seconds.

High jumper and multi-eventer Ella Isaias made her debut in the under-17 300m hurdles and clocked an encouraging 49.86 seconds. She was also second in the long jump.

There was a good senior/under-20 400m hurdles race, with Newton Abbot’s Hanna Ulvede running a PB of 66.48 seconds to hold off the challenge of Tavistock’s Joely Byetheway, who was just behind in 66.60 seconds, which was a season’s best for her.

City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey was a comfortable winner in the under-15 girls’ 800m in 2:26.16, with Erme Valley’s Bella May second and Tavistock’s Penny Jones third.

Plymouth’s Adam Dingley moved straight into the UK’s top 20 on his debut in the under-15 triple jump. Dingley leaped 10.93 to take second. He also won the high jump with 1.45m.

Team-mate Matthew Newton won the under-17 long jump with 5.68m, while Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn took victory in the under-15 girls triple jump with 9.66m.

There were also wins for Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker in the women’s/under-17 discus with 26.47m and Plymouth’s Zoe Crutchley in the senior hammer with 28.96m.

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