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ATHLETICS: Milburn and Evans-Shields extend UK leads, while Dingley also joins them at the top

PHOEBE Milburn and Nubia Evans-Shields extended their leads at the top of the UK rankings at the weekend, while Adam Dingley joined them at the summit with a new hurdles personal best.

City of Plymouth’s Dingley clocked the UK’s fastest time for the under-17 100m hurdles with a 13.53-second run to take victory at the Yate & District Sprints and Hurdles meeting.

He will be hoping to go even faster this weekend at the first Devon Open meeting of the season. He also still has his eyes on trying to achieve the under-18 110m hurdles qualifying time for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Fellow Plymouth athlete Evans-Shields is edging closer to the Youth Games qualifying mark in the discus as she extended her lead at the top of the UK under-17 girls’ rankings with a throw of 43.79m at the Great West Open – Ken Trickey Memorial at Exeter. That is more than eight metres further than anyone else in her age group has thrown so far this year.

Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn also impressed at Exeter with a big hammer PB of 52.66m, which leaves her more than four metres clear of anyone else in the under-17 girls’ rankings. She also won the shot at Exeter.

Club colleague Charlotte Doney won the under-15 girls’ hammer with a throw of 26.45m at Exeter and also won the discus with 23.96m. Second place in the discus went to Isabelle Doney with a PB of 20.35m.

Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly won the women’s hammer with 40.24, while club colleague Evie Bee took victory in the under-17 javelin with 23.51m.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Isabella Trowell leaped to a new PB of 9.78m on her way to victory in the under-15 girls’ triple jump. That ranks her sixth in the early UK under-15 rankings, while Katelyn Milburn was second U17 event with 9.61m.

A number of the athletes who competed at Exeter on Sunday were also in action at Par on Saturday in the Clive Marsh Spring Warm-Up.

Phoebe Milburn won the under-17 hammer event there as well with a throw of 50.55m, with club colleague Louisa Hess second with 41.72m and Ella Patterson third with 40.79m.

Fellow Tavistock athlete Tegan Brown opened her season in style with a PB throw of 44.09m to win the under-15 hammer event and go straight in at second on the UK rankings.

Patterson won the under-17 discus with 24.49m, while Charlotte Doney took victory in the under-15 discus with 23.05m. She was also first uner-15 in the 300m in 45.2 and set a season’s best of 13.9 seconds in the 100m.

Josh Tyler, another Tavistock athlete, took honours in the men’s shot with a PB of 15.35m and also won the discus with 39.33m.

Katelyn Milburn won the under-17 triple jump with 9.75m and also set a PB of 4.49m in the long jump.

Plymouth’s Ella Isaias set a season’s best leap of 1.65m to finish second in the under-20 high jump.

On the track, Plymouth’s Kinga Kudzia enjoyed an encouraging debut in the under-20 women’s 100m hurdles, winning in 16.8 seconds.

Team-mate Connell McCarthy was first under-20 in the 100m and 150m with 11.4 and 16.6 second runs, respectively. Brook Adnitt clocked 11.6 and 17.1 in those events.

Fellow Plymouth athlete Thomas Elliott won the under-20 300m in 36.3 seconds, while Tavistock’s Seth Taopo ran a season’s best 12.5 seconds in the under-17 boys’ 100m and club colleague Erin Cockle was quickest under-13 girl with a 14.0 second run.

Further afield, City of Plymouth’s Emily Bee enjoyed an impressive debut at 400m hurdles for Youngstown University at the Bison Classic in America. She clocked 63.84 seconds to go in at sixth spot in the early UK women’s rankings.

She also clocked 14.34 seconds to finish third in the 100m hurdles. She is currently ranked seventh in the UK at the sprint hurdles.

The delayed opening Armada Summer 5k Series run takes place at Saltram House tonight. It should have been held last Wednesday but was postponed due to the bad weather. Full details on the Armada Summer 5k Series can be found HERE.

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