ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: Maczugowski secures English Schools’ top six finish

CITY of Plymouth’s Nicholas Maczugowski capped a fine season with a top six finish at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Bedford at the weekend.

Maczugowski, representing Devon, took sixth spot in a strong junior boys’ pentathlon event with 2,606 points.

He clocked 11.77 seconds for the 80m hurdles, threw 11.81m in the shot, leaped 5.58m in the long jump and matched his PB of 1.50m in the high jump before finishing with a 2:24.37 800m.

The pentathlon is one of four events that Maczugowski is ranked in the UK’s top 10 for this year. The others are are 300m, 80m hurdles and discus. He is also ranked 20th in the shot and 31st in the long jump.

His club colleague Adam Dingley came 35th in the pentathlon at Bedford with 1,954 points. He just lost ground with the shot and 800m but he produced his second best high jump performance with 1.47m, leaped 5.10m in the long jump and clocked 12.28 in the hurdles.

The pair helped Devon finish fifth team in that age group.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott enjoyed a good day at the Duchy Minors event at Carn Brea on Sunday.

She won the under-15 75m hurdles, 200m and 300m events and set one new PB and equalled another.

Northcott’s new life-time best came in the 200m where she clocked 26.0 seconds, which ranks her 25th in the UK at that event.

She ran 12.0 seconds for the 75m hurdles, which matched her previous best, and ran 42.2 seconds for the 300m, which is another event where she is in the country’s top 25.

Club colleague Kate Gray was also first in three events – 100m, 200m and 300m – in the under-17 age group at Carn Brea. The 300m hurdles specialist clocked a new 100m PB of 13.7 seconds, ran 28.3 seconds for the 200m and 44.7 seconds for the 300m.

Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell and City of Plymouth’s Saskia Brisley came first and second, respectively, in the under-13 70m hurdles and javelin.

Both clocked the same time – 13.2 seconds – for the 70m hurdles, but Trowell was given the win. It was the same order in the javelin.

Omar and Lamara Hammoudeh both claimed sprint victories in Cornwall. Omar won the under-12 100m in 14.2 seconds. He was also second in the under-12 long jump. Lamara took victory in the U11/U10 75m in 11.5 and the 150m in 22.8 seconds. She also took second in her long jump event.

A number of the region’s field specialists impressed at the Last Ditch Throws event at Par on Saturday.

Tavistock’s English Schools’ medallist Phoebe Milburn produced her second best throw of the season with 45.45m to win the under-15 hammer. Club colleague Louisa Hess, ranked sixth in the UK, set a new PB of 41.23m to finish second under-15, with team-mate Ella Patterson 32.35m third.

Tavistock’s Hannah Walker was second under-17 with 39.05m, with Plymouth’s Libby Fitzgerald third with 34.95m. Hannah Walker also threw 33.66m in the 4k hammer, which was won by Plymouth’s under-20 athlete Hannah Gellatly with 45.89m.

Tegan Brown, also of Tavistock, was first under-13 in the hammer with 30.04m. She was also first in her age group in the shot with 8.48m.

Phoebe Milburn was also first under-15 in the shot with 9.66m, with Katelyn Milburn second with a new PB of 8.12m.

City of Plymouth’s English Schools’ champion and English record holder Nubia Evans-Shields comfortably won the under-15/under-17 discus with 37.25m.

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler threw the 7.26k shot for the first time in competition and he won with 14.01m. He also took victory in the men’s  2k discus with 37.78m.

Away from the track, Tavistock AC under-20 athlete Joe Beaton was won September’s Tavy 5k on Saturday with a 16.38 minute run.

He was nearly two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, with Joel Heatley taking second in 18.20 minutes and Okehampton’s over-60 veteran Stephen Sincock third in 19.32.

Tavistock’s Hannah Worth was first women in 20.37 minutes, with Launceston’s Benedicte Holtan Carter second (21.26) and Tavistock’s Helen Orme third (21.40).

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