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GALLERY: City of Plymouth and Tavistock athletes win South West titles

CITY of Plymouth and Tavistock AC had multiple winners at the South West Inter-Counties Championships at Exeter on Sunday.

City of Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll added two under-20 men’s titles representing Cornwall. He won the 200m in a wind-assisted 21.90 seconds and the 400m in 49.30 seconds. Tavistock’s Joe Wheeler, also running in Cornwall colours, was second in the 400m in 50.34 seconds.

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler also won two gold medals in the senior men’s throwing events for Devon. He triumphed in the shot with 14.34m and the discus with 38.87m.

Plymouth’s two-time English Schools’ champion Nubia Evans-Shields continued her dominance in the under-17 girls’ discus event with a throw of 43.38m, which was her second best effort of the season. No-one else in the UK has thrown over 43-metres this season.

Tavistock thrower Phoebe Milburn also continued her good season by winning the under-17 girls’ hammer in 48.17m and taking bronze for Devon in the shot with 10.06m. Tavistock and Devon team-mate Louisa Hess was second to Milburn in the hammer with 42.88m.

There were also hammer titles for fellow Tavistock and Devon throwers Tegan Brown and Owen Fileman.

Brown threw 37.73m to win the under-15 girls’ competition, while Fileman threw a PB of 38.12m to triumph in the same age group’s boys’ event. Fileman also picked up a bronze in the discus with an effort of 31.86m.

Elsewhere in the throwing events, Tavistock’s Isabella Doney won silver in the under-13 girls’ discus and team-mate Evie Palmer took bronze in the under-15 girls’ javelin.

On the track, City of Plymouth’s Nicolas Maczugowski, competing for Devon, set two new PBs to win a gold and a silver medal in the under-17 age group.

He took victory in the 400m flat in a new best of 51.28 seconds. That came after he had already set a new PB in the 400m hurdles where he clocked 58.04 seconds to take silver.

Maczugowski has enjoyed a good week as he claimed a third PB in three days on Tuesday evening when winning the U17 200m at the Exeter Open Meeting in 22.92 seconds.

In the U20 women’s 400m at the South West Championships, City of Plymouth’s Harriet Beardsmore, competing for Cornwall, took gold in 59.27 seconds, while club colleague Mali Heard, representing Devon, won the under-17 girls’ 300m in 41.13 seconds.

Plymouth and Devon team-mate Joshua Blake triumphed in the senior men’s 800m in 1:55.96, with team-mate Dan Newman third in 1:58.70.

Blake then followed that up by setting a new PB of 1:51.85 at the BMC Meeting at Exeter on Tuesday evening. He was just edged out in that race by Olympic steeplechaser Phil Norman, who won in 1:51.50.

Tavistock’s Emma Ryder smashed her 800m PB at the BMC Meeting on Tuesday with a 2:11.74 run. That followed on from her winning the senior women’s title at the South West Championships on Sunday in 2:14.14.

City of Plymouth’s Kinga Kudzia, representing Devon, won the South West under-20 women’s 200m title in a wind-assisted PB of 25.58 seconds.

Club colleague Mackenzie Pike took gold in the under-17 boys’ 200m in wind-assisted PB of 23.15, with Andreas Isaias third in 23.61. Pike also took silver in the 100m with another wind-assisted PB of 11.35 seconds.

Lili Fern claimed bronze in the under-20 women’s 100m in 12.43 (w), while City of Plymouth club colleague Henry Curtis was third quickest overall in the under-20 men’s 100m in 11.26 seconds and Toby Clayden set a new PB of 11.13 seconds to take bronze in the men’s 100m.

Both Curtis and Clayden also won medals in the sprint hurdles events.

Curtis, competing for Cornwall, ran a wind-assisted PB of 14.32 seconds to take silver in the under-20 men’s 110m hurdles in a great battle with Team Bath’s Jake Cover, who just won in 14.16.

Clayden was second in the senior men’s 110m hurdles in a wind-assisted 15.39 seconds.

There was a very competitive under-17 boys’ 100m hurdles event, where less than 0.2 of a second separated the top three who all run under 14 seconds.  City of Plymouth Adam Dingley had to settle for bronze in 13.90, which was just 0.01 behind second-placed George Isgrove of Bristol, with Torbay’s Joshua Taylor winning in a new PB of 13.71 seconds.

In the jumps, City of Plymouth’s Ella Isaias won the under-20 women’s high jump in difficult windy conditions with a leap of 1.55m, while Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn claimed silver in the under-15 triple jump with a PB of 9.81m.

Full results can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, as well as Ryder and Blake’s impressive 800m runs at the BMC Meeting at Exeter on Tuesday, there was a victory for Erme Valley Harriers’ Nathan Brown in the 1,500m with a run of 4:05.63.

In the women’s 1,500m, City of Plymouth’s Holly Reid was third fastest under-17 girl in a PB time of 4:51.97, while Verity Tank was fourth in a PB of 5:04.45.

Elsewhere, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill eased to victory in the 3,000m steeplechase at the BMC Grand Prix at Stretford at the weekend with a comfortable 8:42.12 run. He has run 8:31.89 this season and came fourth at the British Championships.

Also at Stretford, Tavistock Run Project’s Oliver Smart set a new 1,500m PB of 3:52.51 to win his heat.

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