PLYMOUTH’S Nubia Evans-Shields claimed a second successive discus title at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships in Manchester at the weekend.
Having won the junior girls’ gold medal last year, the Plymouth College pupil became intermediate girls’ champion this season.
Representing Devon, she threw 40.30m in Manchester, which, although was below her UK-leading best of 43.92m, was enough to win by nearly a metre, ahead of Cheshire’s Charlotte Braka, who threw a lifetime best to take silver.
Evans-Shields should now get the chance to earn England honours at the SIAB International in Belfast.
She eased through the heats with a new PB of 44.47 seconds before agonisingly finishing fourth in the final with a 44.65 second run.
Fellow City of Plymouth athlete Kate Gray, wearing a Devon vest, clocked 47.25 seconds in the heats of that event.
Also within touching distance of the podium were Phoebe Milburn, Tegan Brown and Jacob Lamboll, who all came fifth in the country’s top junior championships.
Tavistock College’s Milburn had won a medal the previous year in the junior girls’ hammer and she was not far away from repeating that in her first season in the intermediate girls’ category. She threw 48.28m in Manchester in a high-class competition where the top five had all thrown over 50m this season.
In the same hammer competition, Milburn’s Tavistock AC team-mate Louisa Hess (Mount Kelly) finished 10th with 42.26m.
In the junior girls’ hammer event, Tavistock AC and Tavistock College athlete Tegan Brown threw a PB of 38.83m to finish fifth on her debut at the championships.
City of Plymouth runner Lamboll, representing Cornwall, was another athlete to set a new PB in Manchester as he came fifth in the senior boys’ 400m. He clocked 48.61 seconds in the final, having progressed through the heats with a 49.29 second run. Tavistock AC’s Joe Wheeler, a previous English Schools’ champion at 300m, did run under 50 seconds for the first time in the heats of the 400m, clocking 49.95 seconds.
Devonport High School for Girls’ Ella Isaias claimed a third successive top six finish at the English Schools’ Championships with a new PB of 1.66m in the senior girls’ high jump.
There were top eight placings at the prestigious event for City of Plymouth hurdler Henry Curtis and Tavistock AC thrower Owen Fileman.
Curtis, competing for Cornwall, reached the final of the senior boys’ 110m hurdles, where he came seventh in 14.78 seconds, having run 14.85 in the heats.
Ivybridge Community College’s Fileman was eighth in the junior boys’ discus with 32.04m.
Eggbuckland Community College’s England youth footballer Mia Endacott came agonisingly close to reaching the junior girls’ 200m final. She finished fourth in a tight heat in 26.20 seconds, which ranked her 10th overall.
City of Plymouth’s Jacob and Ben Harrison, competing for Cornwall, both set new 1,500m PBs in the heats of the senior boys’ category. Jacob clocked 3:59.08, which was the first time he had been under four minutes, while twin brother Ben clocked 4:00.19 in a different heat.
Another City of Plymouth athlete Molly Shorey came 12th overall in a highly-competitive intermediate girls’ 3,000m, which was won by her Devon team-mate Innes Fitzgerald. Shorey clocked 10:11.88.
Club colleague Mali Heard clocked 41.51 seconds in the heats of the intermediate girls’ 300m, while Gregor Norster ran 2:03.10 in the intermediate boys’ 800m and Connell McCarthy, running for Cornwall, clocked 11.48 seconds in the senior boys’ 100m hurdles.
In the intermediate boys’ 100m hurdles, Adam Dingley, who is ranked seventh in the UK with 13.56 seconds, ran 14.76 seconds in the heats in Manchester having been out injured prior to the championships.
Eggbuckland Community College’s Diego Lerro came 12th in the senior boys’ shot with 10.42m, while Nicolas Maczugowski ran into the final barrier in the intermediate boys’ 400m hurdles.