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GALLERY: Athletics season gets off to a flying start at Brickfields

THE outdoor athletics season got underway in the region on Sunday when City of Plymouth AC hosted their annual Spring Warm-Up Meeting at Brickfields.

For a season opener there were some impressive performances and three athletes went straight to the top of the early UK rankings.

City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields was already leading the under-17 girls’ discus rankings having thrown 43.58m at a rare indoor meeting in Sweden while on international duty for England last month.

Conditions were not quite so perfect on Sunday, but she still threw 41.86m.

Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn is the early leader of the under-17 girls’ hammer rankings after she threw 49.16m at Brickfields. There was a PB for her team-mate Ella Patterson, who threw 41.55m to take second, with fellow Tavistock athlete Katelyn Milburn third.

Phoebe Milburn also won the under-17 girls’ shot with 10.17m, with Patterson second with a PB of 8.49m. Chloe Edwards won the women’s shot with 10.17m.

Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly won the women’s hammer with 47.78m, while Tavistock’s Hannah Walker was first under-20 with 30.50m.

Torquay’s Josh Taylor set an early UK lead in the under-17 100m hurdles with a 13.73 second run into a -2.5 wind.

Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott got her under-17 300m hurdles season underway with a 45.99 second run, which ranks her third nationally. That was quicker than she started last season with and she finished that one by finishing third at the School Games with a 43.26 second run.

Her club colleage Leonie Dyer set a new PB of 12.68 seconds to win the under-15 girls’ 75m hurdles and came second in the high jump with 1.30m, while Tavistock’s Harrison Crawford took victory in the under-13 boys’ 75m hurdles.

Tavistock’s Charlotte Doney had a successful season opener. She won the uner-15 girls’ 300m in 46.98 seconds, finishing just ahead of Plymouth’s Millie Westwood, who got a PB of 47.64. Doney also won the discus with 23.62m and took second in the 200m in 28.34 seconds.

Plymouth newcomer Joss Nicholls was another to catch the eye. He won the under-17 boys’ 100m in 11.79 seconds, just edging out Torquay’s Taylor, who ran a new PB of 11.88 seconds. Nicholls also won the 200m in 24.47 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s under-20 athlete Connell McCarthy won the men’s 100m and 200m events in 11.64 and 23.22 seconds, respectively. Club colleague Brook Adnitt was second in the 100m (11.98) and third in the 200m (24.07) and also came second in the 400m (52.23) behind fellow Plymouth athlete Gregor Norster, who triumphed in the one lap race in 51.45 seconds.

Another Plymouth athlete Evie Lacey took victory in the under-17 100m in a PB 13.98, triumphed in the long jump with 4.34m and also ran a PB of 29.05 seconds to finish second in the 200m. Kinga Kudzia was first under-20 woman in the 100m in 12.97 seconds.

Daniel Newman (City of Plymouth) won the 800m in 2:01.99, with Finley Bennett the first under-15 and Jacob Robinson the quickest under-17.

There was a good run by Plymouth’s under-13 athlete Elsie Goodspeed, who won the 1,500m in a PB time of 5:21.11, while Tavistock’s Anya McAuley was first under-15 girl. Matthew Bradley was second man in 4:24.10, while Plymouth University’s Zechariah Cohen took victory in the 3,000m in 8:50.72. Torquay’s under-15 girl Paige Quinn ran a quick 10.02.86 to go second in the early UK Under-15 3,000m rankings.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell won the under-15 girls’ 1,500m steeplechase in 5:59.76 and also triumphed in the javelin with a PB of 24.82m.

Plymouth’s under-20 athlete Noah Jones won the pole vault with 3.60m, while team-mate Ella Isaias claimed victory in the under-20 women’s high jump with 1.60m. Evie Underwood was first under-13 in the high jump.

Plymouth’s Charles Asante-Amoabeng was first senior man in the long jump, while Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn took the honours in the under-17 triple jump with 9.57m.

Veteran Ben Prout (M60) won the men’s javelin with 35.55m, while Ethan Mason was first under-17 and Tavistock’s Charlie Cleland first under-13.

Full results can be found HERE

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