ATHLETICS: Records tumble at county championships in Exeter and Carn Brea

THERE were a number of championship records, titles and personal bests achieved by Armada athletes at county events at the weekend.

The Devon Track & Field Championships were held at Exeter and more than 30 records were broken on the day.

City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields and Tavistock’s Phoebe Milburn are both currently topping the UK rankings in their events and they showed why by setting new county records at Exeter.

Evans-Shield broke the previous under-17 girls’ discus best, which had stood for 25 years, by a massive five metres with a throw of 43.62m. She currently leads the national rankings by seven metres.

Phoebe Milburn tops the UK under-17 girls’ hammer rankings by more than four metres and she smashed her own county record on Sunday with a throw of 52.49m. She also won the shot with a PB of 10.51m.

In a high-class under-17 girls’ hammer competition, Tavistock team-mate Louis Hess threw 43.75m to take silver and Ella Patterson set a new PB of 42.19 to take bronze. Patterson also won silver behind Evans-Shields in the discus.

Another Tavistock thrower, Tegan Brown, also claimed a new record as she broke Milburn’s under-15 girls’ hammer mark with a PB of 45.09m on Sunday, which keeps her in the UK’s top three. Brown also won the discus.

City of Plymouth under-17 hurdlers Nicolas Maczugowski and Adam Dingley both set PBs and championship records at Exeter.

Maczugowski actually broke two county records with PB marks. In the under-17 400m hurdles he knocked more than a second off his previous best to run under 55 seconds for the first time. He clocked 54.95 seconds to stay in the UK’s top three and break the Devon Championship record that had stood for 24 years. He also ran a new 400m flat best of 50.34 seconds, which was also a county record.

Maczugowski was pushed all the way in the flat race by Tavistock’s Rory Summers, who took second in a new PB of 51.09m.

Dingley broke the under-17 100m hurdles record with a PB run of 13.22 seconds. His big Devon rival Joshua Taylor also clocked 13.22 seconds but Dingley got the victory on the line. The pair are both in the UK’s top three.

Dingley also set a new PB and won gold in the 100m flat with 11.54 seconds.

Tavistock’s Thomas Hennessey moved into the UK’s top four as he broke the Devon championship record by nearly three seconds for the under-13 boys’ 1,500m with a run of 4:40.90.

Erme Valley’s Isabella Trowell broke her own under-15 1,500m steeplechase record with a big PB run of 5:46.96. City of Plymouth’s Finley Bennett broke the under-15 boys’ record with a 5:58.00, while team-mate Bella May was first under-17 girl in that event in 5:52.46.

Tavistock’s Charlotte Walker broke the under-20 3,000m record with a PB run of 10:35.28, while team-mate Sam Lake set a new F40 5,000m record with a 19:57.24 run.

Erme Valley’s Matthew Gilvear was first male under-20 in the 3,000m with PB time of 9:31.67, while Plymouth’s Finley Eales took gold in the under-13 800m and Tavistock’s Zoe Bigham bagged silver in the under-13 girls’ 1,500m in 5:13.51, which ranks her in the UK’s top 32.

In the spirits, City of Plymouth’s Kinga Kudzia won the under-20 100m and 200m events in 12.50 and 25.74 seconds, respectively. Team-mate Mali Heard was second in the 200m in 26.36 and won the 400m in 60.08.

There was also a one-two for City of Plymouth in the men’s under-20 100m, with Zachary Griffiths-Moreton winning in 11.59 seconds, with Andreas Isaias second in 11.80 and Tavistock’s Ashton Gifford-Groves third in 12.07. Isaias did win the 200m in a PB time of 23.42 seconds, with Griffiths-Moreton just 0.06 behind in second.

Fellow Plymouth sprinter Joss Nicholls set a new PB to win the under-17 200m in 23.63 seconds, while club coach Neal Edwards (M50) won the masters’ 200m in 25.21 seconds and also took victory in the men’s 400m hurdles in 62.60 seconds.

Gregor Norster won the under-20 400m in 51.82 seconds, while Lucia Gifford-Groves won the women’s 400m in 59.56 seconds.

Tavistock’s Josh Tyler set a new PB to win the men’s discus with 15.60m, which ranks him in the UK’s top 15. He also won the discus with 40.13m.

There was a throw double for fellow Tavistock thrower Owen Fileman. He took gold in the under-17 hammer with 31.58m and also claimed the discus title with a throw of 25.25m.

Plymouth’s Hannah Gellatly broke the championship record in the women’s hammer with a PB throw of 48.56m. Team-mates Zoe Crutchley (29.01m) and Chloe Edwards (28.34m) joined her on the podium. Edwards won the women’s shot in a F35 record of 11.23m.

There was also a masters’ championship record for Tavistock’s Clive Thomson (M70), who threw 30.56m to win the hammer, while Tavistock’s Hannah Walker claimed in the under-20 women’s hammer title with 31.85m and also won the shot.

Tavistock’s Evie Palmer moved up to 13th in the UK under-15 javelin rankings as she claimed a new PB of 30.99m to take gold, with Plymouth’s Leonie Dyer third with 23.62m.

Dyer did win gold in the under-15 75m hurdles with a wind-assisted PB of 12.10 seconds.

Riley Brown (Tavistock) took gold in the under-13 boys’ javelin with 22.99m and he also claimed a silver in the shot.

Erme Valley’s Angus Harris opened his season with a good throw of 40.17m to take silver in the under-17 javelin.

In the jumps, Tavistock’s Katelyn Milburn claimed two gold medals in the under-17 age group. She won the triple jump with 10.16m and the long jump with 4.72m. She also took bronze in the shot.

Erme Valley’s Luke Hayes claimed gold in the under-15 long jump, while Tavistock’s Nell Maguire topped the podium in the under-13 high jump.

Full results can be found HERE.

At the Cornwall County Championships at Carn Brea, City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott set a new record on her way to winning the under-17 400m hurdles in 44.8 seconds. She is ranked second at the moment in the UK rankings.

Tavistock’s Joe Wake also impressed at Carn Brea. He won both the under-15 boys’ 100m and 200m in PB times. He clocked 11.8 seconds for the 100m and 24.6 for the 200m.

There were also two sprint titles for City of Plymouth’s Connell McCarthy and Jacob Lamboll.

McCarthy claimed the under-20 100m and 200m crowns in 11.3 seconds and 22.7 seconds, respectively.

Lamboll, who is now at university in Cardiff, won the men’s 200m in 22.00 and the 400m in 49.4 seconds.

There was also a double for Tavistock’s Erin Cockle. She bagged gold in the under-13 girls’ 100m in a PB time of 13.3 and in the 200m with 28.3.

Team-mate Charlotte Doney won the under-15 girls’ 300m in 45.7, with Isabelle Doney taking silver in a PB time of 46.5. Charlotte also took silver in the 200m in a PB time of 27.7 and in the discus with 26.63m.

Plymouth’s Holly Reid was first under-17 girl in the 3,000m in 10:44.6, while team-mate Maddie Turley claimed the same age group javelin title with a throw of 21.63m.

Tavistock’s Jasmine Gray was second woman in the 1,500m in 4:58.7, while Plymouth’s Jazz Jackman came third in the under-13 70m hurdles.

Results from the Cornwall County Championships can be found HERE.

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