ATHLETICS ROUND-UP: City of Plymouth athletes produce UK-leading performances

CITY of Plymouth athletes Poppy Northcott, Nicolas Maczugowski and Nubia Evans-Shields all produced UK-leading outdoor performances at the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Open Meeting at Yeovil over the bank holiday weekend.

Evans-Shields was already top of the under-17 girls’ discus rankings with an indoor best of 43.58m and an outdoor best of 41.86m, but she improved her outdoor best by exactly a metre at the weekend.

Northcott, having opened her season the week before at Brickfields, moved to the top of the under-17 girls’ 300m hurdles rankings with a 44.41 second run.

Maczugowski, meanwhile, went straight to the summit of the under-17 boys’ 400m hurdles list with a 56.49 second run at Yeovil. He also clocked 51.51 seconds for the 400m flat on the second day of the meeting.

Fellow Plymouth under-17 athlete Adam Dingley sits second in the early season 100m hurdles rankings after winning that event at Yeovil in 13.98 seconds. He also came second in a rare running of an under-18 110m hurdles race – an event on the Commonwealth Youth Games programme – in 15.08 seconds.

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler set a new shot PB of 15.19m to win the men’s event at Yeovil. That puts him in the top eight under-23s in the early national rankings.

His club college Clive Thomson, an over-70 athlete, threw 30.75m in the hammer to win his event and put himself in the top five for his age group in the country.

Another Tavistock athlete, Charlotte Doney, won the under-15 girls’ discus in 25.29m and she also ran 13.91 and 13.93 seconds in two 100m races over the two days and clocked 47.02 seconds in a 300m race. Isabelle Doney ran a new 100m PB of 14.47 seconds.

City of Plymouth’s Kinga Kudzia was second under-20 woman in the 100m and 200m on the Monday meeting with 12.58 and 26.06 second runs.

Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell was third under-15 girl in the 1,500m steeplechase in 5:59.19.

City of Plymouth’s Emily Bee has gone straight in at number six in the early women’s 100m hurdles rankings with a 14.24 second run at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet in America. That was a new legal PB, although she did run a wind-assisted 13.93 seconds to win the Devon champions in 2021.

At the Day of 5,000m and 3,000m PBs meeting at Par, City of Plymouth’s Barnaby Hutchings ran a UK-leading time of 9:36.0 to finish as first under-15 boy in the 3,000m, while under-17 club colleague Holly Reid was first female in 10.37 minutes.

On the road, Tavistock Run Project’s Jim Cole produced an impressive run to win the Fast Friday 10k at Exeter in 32.08 minutes.

Tavistock AC’s Ben Neale was third in 32.38 minutes, while club colleague Nikki Kelly was second woman in 36.52 minutes. Tamar Trotters’ Jenny Jeaves was first F55.

The opening 2023 Armada Summer 5k Series run, which should have been held on Wednesday, was postponed due to Storm Noa. It will now take place next Wednesday at Saltram House.

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