Athletics

Records go at both the Devon and Cornwall Schools’ T&F Championships

THERE were championships records and a number of UK top-10 performances at both the Devon and Cornwall Schools’ Track & Field Championships at the weekend.

At the Devon Schools’ Championships in Exeter, City of Plymouth’s Adam Dingley broke the intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles record that had been held by Olympian David King.

Dingley set a new personal best of 13.56 seconds, which was 0.04 inside the previous championship record. The Ivybridge Community College pupil’s run has moved him up to fourth in the UK under-17 rankings.

There was also a Devon championship best performance for Tavistock College hammer thrower Phoebe Milburn in the intermediate girls’ event.

She threw a new personal best of 49.73m to move up to fifth in the UK U17 rankings and beat her Tavistock AC club colleagues Louisa Hess and Hannah Walker in an impressive competitive where all three athletes recorded PBs and UK top 21 performances.

Mount Kelly pupil Hess took silver with 43.64m and Tavistock College’s Walker was third with 42.20m.

There were also UK top 10 performances at Exeter from Plymouth College’s Nubia Evans-Shields, Ivybridge Community College’s Owen Fileman and Tavistock College’s Nicolas Maczugowski.

Last year’s English Schools’ junior girls’ champion Evans-Shields as expected eased to victory in the intermediate girls’ discus with a throw of 38.93m, which, although below her UK-leading PB of 43.92m, is more than any other English U17 athlete has managed this year.

Fileman set a new PB of 34.94m to win the junior boys’ discus, which moves him up to eighth in the UK under-15 rankings. He also won the hammer with a PB of 32.68m, which ranks him 14th nationally.

Maczugowski equalled his 400m hurdles PB to win the intermediate boys’ race in 58.12 seconds, which keeps him ranked eighth in the UK at U17 level. He has only done two competitive 400m hurdles races and clocked exactly the same time in both. He also claimed a shot PB of 11.51m to take bronze in that event.

Plymouth College’s Jed Hutchings is ranked in the UK’s top 10 at the U17 3,000m with a 8:47.98 run. He did not have to run nearly that fast to win at the weekend, clocking a comfortable 9:26.37.

England U15 and U16 footballer Mia Endacott, daughter of Commonwealth Games 100m medallist Katherine Endacott, might not train for athletics but she showed her talent by winning both the junior girls’ 100m and 200m events at Exeter. She ran 12.77 seconds for the 100m and 26.31 seconds for the 200m. Those times put the Eggbuckland pupil in the UK’s top 40 for both events. Tavistock’s Evie Palmer was third in the 100m in a PB of 13.31.

There was also a gold double for Tavistock College’s Tegan Brown at junior girls’ level. She is ranked eighth in the UK at the U15 hammer and she won that event on Saturday with a throw of 34.96m and also set a PB in the shot with 9.21m.

School and club team-mate Orla White won the junior girls’ discus with a PB throw of 22.85m, while Plymouth’s Evie Bee took silver in the junior girls’ javelin with 23.69m.

In the junior boys’ events, Eggbuckland’s Diego Lerro moved into UK’s top 30 at the shot with a gold-medal winning throw of 10.94m, while Mount Kelly’s Ruben Gansfield claimed victory in the long jump with 5.25m.

Mackenzie Pike, Rory Summers, Gregor Norster and Ashden Page joined Dingley, Hutchings and Maczugowski in winning intermediate boys’ titles.

Devonport High School for Boys’ Pike claimed victory in the 100m in a wind-assisted PB of 11.50 seconds. He also won silver in the 200m in 23.35, where Andreas Isaias came third in 23.68.

Mount Kelly’s Summers took gold in the 400m in 52.46 seconds, while Norster secured the 800m title in 2:06.06.

Coombe Dean pupil Page, one of the non-club athletes competing, showed his natural ability to win the high jump with a leap of 1.70m.

In the intermediate girls’ events, Mount Kelly’s Kate Gray won both the 300m hurdles and 300m flat. She clocked 47.40 second in the hurdles and PB of 43.26 for the flat.

Molly Shorey, who is ranked in the UK’s top 20 in the U17 3,000m, took silver behind Innes Fitzgerald in that event on Saturday with a 10.21.37 run. City of Plymouth club colleague Molly Gilbey was third in 11:31.61.

Also in the intermediate distance events, Plymouth High School’s Verity Tank took second in the 800m in PB time of 2:27.00, while Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker came third in a strong 1,500m race in 5:14.25 and came second in the discus.

In the senior girls’ events, Devonport High School’s Harriet Beardsmore won the 400m in 60.28 and came second in the 200m in 26.09 seconds.

Kinga Kudzia took silver in her second competitive run over the 400m hurdles. She clocked 69.01 and also ran 26.16 seconds to take third in the 200m.

There were senior girls’ wins for Ella Isaias in the high jump with 1.60m and for Kristyna Cade in the 1,500m, while Lili Fern claimed silver in the 100m with a wind-assisted PB of 12.30 seconds.

There was a gold for Plymstock CC’s Thomas Elliott in the senior boys’ 400m with a 52.76 run, while in the senior boys’ field events, Noah Jones won the pole vault with 3.90m and Matthew Newton claimed victory in the triple jump with a new PB of 12.42m and also won bronzes in the shot and javelin.

There was a Devon title for Daniel Salmon in the minor boys’ long jump, with Oliver Nahavandi-Pour taking bronze in that event and also the 200m. Oliver Green claimed silver in the minor boys’ javelin, while Lilly Mahoney took silver in the minor girls’ shot.

Full results can be found HERE.

At the Cornwall Schools’ Championships, City of Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll set a new record in the senior boys’ 400m with a 49.6 run.

Lamboll has run 48.7 this season which ranks him in the UK’s top 10. He also won the 200m at Carn Brea in 22.5 seconds, with Connell McCarthy second in 23.3.

McCarthy was involved in an incredible 100m senior boys’ final where the top four all clocked exactly the same time – 11.3 seconds (see picture at the top of the page).

Tavistock AC’s Joe Wheeler was given the win, with City of Plymouth’s McCarthy second and club colleague Henry Curtis third, with James Wheeler given fourth.

Saltash pupil Curtis ran a season’s best time of 14.7 seconds to win the senior boys’ 110m hurdles. He is ranked in the top 20 nationally at that event.

Torpoint student Poppy Northcott is ranked in the top six in the U17 girls’ 300m hurdles and at Carn Brea she showed her flat speed to win the intermediate girls’ 200m in a PB equalling 26.0 seconds.

City of Plymouth club colleague and Saltash pupil Holly Reid claimed victory in both the intermediate girls’ 300m (47.6) and 1,500m (4:55.9).

Tavistock AC’s Harry Tomlin took gold in the senior boys’ javelin with a season’s best throw of 46.60m.

There was a silver medal in the intermediate boys’ 400m for Thomas Saunders with a 55.9 second run, while Tavistock AC’s Charlotte Doney ran a 200m PB of 28.1 to claim bronze in the junior girls’ race. Club colleague Grace Wonnacott was second in the intermediate girls’ 100m with 13.7 seconds.

Torpoint pupil Josh Bloxham won the junior boys’ 800m in 2:17.3.

Full results can be found HERE.

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