ATHLETICS: Plymouth’s Evans-Shields storms to the top of the UK discus rankings

CITY of Plymouth discus thrower Nubia Evans-Shields has stormed to the top of the UK under-17 rankings after smashing her personal best at the Exeter Open Meeting in midweek.

Evans-Shields, who has only just moved up the U17 ranks, threw 43.92m, which was half-a-metre further than she had ever thrown before.

She now tops the national rankings by a metre-and-a-half and is one of only two throwers – the other Scotland’s Meghan Porterfield – to have managed to throw over 38 metres this year.

Evans-Shields is ranked second on the UK all-time list at both U13 and U15 level and has now also moved onto the U17 all-time list.

Also, in the discus events at Exeter in mid-week, Tavistock’s Josh Tyler threw 37.89m to win the men’s competition. He also threw 14.18m to take victory in his main event, the shot.

In the high jump, City of Plymouth’s Ella Isaias finished as first female with a leap of 1.60m, while Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell smashed her PB to win the U15 girls’ event.

The evening also included a BMC meeting, which saw a number of the region’s middle-distance runners take part.

Tamar Trotters’ Mike Wilsmore had his first run out of the season, finishing second in the men’s 800m in 1:53.83. Third place went to Joshua Blake, who clocked a season’s best time of 1:55.94.

City of Plymouth’s under-17 athlete Gregor Norster clocked 1:59.89, while team-mate Daniel Newman ran 2:03.59.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder was joint third quickest woman on the night at 800m with an 2:16.94 run, while City of Plymouth’s Molly Shorey set a new PB for the two-lap distance of 2:22.15.

City of Plymouth U17 athlete Holly Reid ran the 1,500m for the first time this season and clocked an encouraging 4:54.41.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, Tavistock’s Great Britain U20 international Edward Fileman continued his good season by throwing 51.27m to win his age group as the Loughborough Field Fest on Wednesday. That was only the second time he had thrown over 51m. He set a new PB of 52.97m at the same venue in April.

Also at Wednesday’s Loughborough Field Fest, Lois Fileman threw a season’s best of 48.95m to finish fourth overall and second U23 in the women’s hammer event.

Elsewhere overseas, City of Plymouth’s Olympian David King finished fourth in the 110m hurdles at the World Athletics Continental Tour Irena Szewinska Memorial meeting in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Friday night.

King clocked 13.64 seconds into a head wind to finish behind American Jamal Britt, Poland’s Damian Czykier and South African Antonio Alkana. He did beat 2019 European indoor champion Milan Trajkovic and American Aaron Mallett in the final.

And in America, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Tank finished 12th in the women’s elite race at the Bolder Boulder 10k in Colorado. She clocked 35.53 minutes for the tough course. In the men’s race GB internationals Callum and Derek Hawkins came 10th and 12th respectively in 30.58 and 32.11 minutes.

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