ATHLETICS: Tavistock’s Brown sets a new PB to win national medal

TAVISTOCK’S Tegan Brown produced the best performance of her short career to claim a medal at the English Athletics U15 & U17 Championships in Bedford at the weekend.

Brown threw a new personal best of 43.86m to win bronze in the under-15 girls’ hammer competition. She was more than five metres clear of the fourth placed athlete.

It was her second PB within the space of a week and she has improved her best this season by more than 13 metres.

Club colleague Phoebe Milburn just missed out on also making the podium in Bedford.

Milburn broke her own PB in the under-17 hammer competition with a throw of 50.36m but had to settle for fourth place in a strong final. Fellow Tavistock thrower Louisa Hess came ninth with 42.84m.

City of Plymouth’s Adam Dingley reached the final of the under-17 boys’ 100m hurdles where he finished seventh in 13.81 seconds. He had run 13.72 seconds in his heat to secure his spot in the showpiece final.

In the heats of under-17 boys’ 200m, Plymouth athlete Nicolas Maczugowski clocked 23.12 seconds, but he did not finish in his heat of the 400m hurdles event, where he is ranked in the UK’s top eight.

Milburn and Dingley will both be competing at this weekend’s School Games National Finals in Loughborough.

Also selected to compete at that prestigious competition in the under-17 girls’ 300m hurdles is City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott.

She did not travel to Bedford at the weekend, but instead opted to compete closer to home at the Newquay & Par Sprint & Jumps Meeting in Cornwall.

Northcott will head to Loughborough in confident mood after setting two new PBs at Par.

She set a new 200m PB – and a Cornwall record – of 25.3 seconds, which ranks her in the UK’s top 30, and also ran a PB of 40.7 seconds in the 300m, which puts her 22nd in the rankings. She is already ranked in the top eight at the hurdles.

Tavistock’s Charlotte Doney also had a good meeting at Par. She set new PBs in winning the girls’ U15 100m, 200m and triple jump. She ran 13.4 seconds for the 100m, 27.9 seconds for the 200m and leaped 9.01m in the triple jump.

City of Plymouth’s Leonie Dyer also set a PB in the U15 girls’ 100m with a 13.6 second run.

Plymouth’s Jacob Lamboll was quickest U20 man over the 100m and 200m events. He clocked 11.4 seconds for the 100m and 22.0 for the 200m.

Club colleague Omar Hammoudeh set a new 200m of 28.7 seconds to win the U13 boys’ race. He was also quickest in his age group at 100m with 13.9 seconds.

Mollie Hawken-Gray was fastest U13 girl at the 100m and 200m with runs of 14.3 seconds and 29.9 seconds. Tavistock’s Isobelle Doney was just behind her in the 200m with a 30.3 second run.

Plymouth’s Lamara Hammoudeh won the U11 girls’ 75m, 150m and long jump, where she set a new PB of 3.96m.

Meanwhile, City of Plymouth’s Daniel Newman and Verity Tank were among the athletes to set new PBs at the Exeter BMC Meeting on Tuesday night.

Newman finished third in the men’s A 800m in 1:55.89 behind Somerset athletes Sam Gentry and Matt Hogg.

There was also a new best for Tavistock veteran Alistair Peers, who clocked 2:15.50 for the two-lap distance, while Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell battled hard to win her 800m heat in 2:32.26.

Under-17 athlete Tank set a new 1,500m PB of 5:04.37, while U15 club colleague Isaac Lamerton ran 4:45.21 over the same distance.

At the Loughborough BMC Grand Prix, Erme Valley international Will Battershill came third in the men’s 5,000m in a new PB of 13:56.83.

Away from the track, City of Plymouth’s Tom Blackford and Molly Shorey claimed victories at the Peter Tavy Plod on Monday afternoon.

Blackford finished first overall in 31.24 minutes, with Nick Farmer second in 32.01 and Plymouth Harriers’ David Goodspeed third in 32.43.

Fourth overall was City of Plymouth’s Finley Squires, who was first under-18 in 33.44. He was just ahead of club colleague and fellow junior Shorey, who won the women’s title for a second year running in 33.50.

Charlene Shorey was second woman in 34.40, with fellow City of Plymouth competitor Abbie Chapman third female.

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