Devon Open meeting at Brickfields producing a number of UK top 10 performances

THERE were a host of stand-out performances at the second Devon Open meeting of the season at Brickfields on Sunday

A number of athletes produced UK top 10 displays, while there were also some big personal bests.

English Schools’ champion Nubia Evans-Shields threw over 42 metres for the first time this season with an effort of 42.10m to win the under-17 girls’ discus event. She is one of only two athletes in the UK at that age group to throw over 42 metres this year.

City of Plymouth team-mate Poppy Northcott lowered her 300m hurdles PB with a 44.83 second run to move up to sixth in the UK U17 rankings. She also ran 12.63 seconds to win the 100m.

Club colleague Kate Gray, ranked in the national top 20, came second to Northcott in the 300m hurdles on Sunday.

Nicolas Maczugowski marked his return from injury by making an impressive debut in the U17 boys’ 400m hurdles. The City of Plymouth athlete clocked 58.12 seconds, which moved him straight into the UK’s top eight. He also clocked a quick 52.71 seconds on his 400m flat debut.

Continuing the impressive longer distance hurdles displays at Brickfields was Plymouth coach Neal Edwards, who extended his lead at the top of the M50 400m hurdles rankings with a 60.48 second run.

In the senior men’s 400m hurdles, Plymouth’s Alasdair Carpenter won in 64.38.

Jed Hutchings was another City of Plymouth athlete to clock a PB and a UK top-10 performance on Sunday. He won the 3,000m in 8:47.98, which ranks him ninth in the U17 rankings.

Adam Dingley is ranked fourth in the UK U17 100m hurdles rankings, but he concentrated on the flat sprint events on Sunday and ran a new 200m PB of 24.59 seconds. It was his first time under 25 seconds. He also ran 11.81 seconds for the 100m, which was also a PB, albeit wind-assisted.

Fellow hurdler Henry Curtis also concentrated on the sprint events. He won both the U20 100m and 200m events in 11.33 seconds and 23.36 seconds, respectively.

Team-mate Connell McCarthy was second in the 100m in 11.45 seconds, while senior Brook Adnitt ran a season’s best 11.46 seconds in the 100m and won the 200m in 23.24.

There was PB for Plymouth’s Harriet Beardsmore in the U20 women’s 400m. She clocked 58.31, which ranks her 33rd in the UK. She also clocked a wind-assisted 26.51 in the 200m.

Toby Clayden clocked 16.15 seconds to win the men’s 110m hurdles, while Tavistock’s Olivia Divall won the U13 girls’ 75m hurdles in 13.72 seconds and Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell came second in the U15 girls’ 75m hurdles in a wind-assisted PB of 13.03 seconds.

Ella Isaias equalled her PB to win the U20 high jump in 1.65m. She is ranked joint 16th in the UK.

Tavistock’s Tegan Brown had another good day in the throws winning the U15 hammer, discus and shot.

She is ranked in the UK’s top 10 in the hammer and threw 34.22m in that event at Brickfields on Sunday. In the discus she managed 20.44m and threw 8.39m in the shot.

Team-mate Hannah Walker won the U17 hammer and shot with throws of 39.41m and 8.77m, respectively.

There was a PB for Erme Valley’s Angus Harris in the U17 javelin with an effort of 35.72m.

Tavistock’s Isabelle Doney won the U13 discus with a PB of 17.04m, while club colleague Matthew Jenkins took victory in the U17 shot with a new best of 9.42m and Plymouth’s Matthew Newton came first in the U20 shot with a PB of 9.42m.

The wind did put pay to a lot of legal PBs in the 100m events. One of those was Plymouth’s Omar Hammoudeh, who ran under 14 seconds for the first time with a 13.76 second run, and among the others were Tavistock’s Joe Wake (12.31) and Plymouth’s Dave Oldfield (12.45) in the U15 100m.

Plymouth’s Lili Fern clocked a wind-assisted season’s best in the U20 women’s 100m of 12.34 seconds.

In the youngest age group, U11, Lamara Hammoudeh won the girls’ 75m (11.18), the 150m (22.60) and the long jump (3.44m), while team-mate Jazz Jackman took victory in the girls’ 600m in 2:01.11.

Plymouth’s Dan Newman took victory in the 800m in 2:06.77, while there was a PB of 2:27.41 for Verity Tank to come second in the U17 800m.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart ran a season’s best 1,500m time of 3:54.34 at the BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity in Manchester at the weekend.

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