North Devon athletes to represent South West at championships

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Nine athletes from North Devon have been selected to represent the region at the English Schools’ Athletics Championships.

The North Devon Athletics Club members qualified as members of a strong Devon team at the South West Schools’ Athletics Championships in Exeter.

In the 1500m Steeplechase, Evee May Banbury qualified in the inter girls category and Martika Gallagher in the senior girls.

They were joined on the field by inter girl Emma Sharpe, who qualified for the discus, and Maia Dart for the javelin.

The long jump saw Emily Tyrrell qualify for the junior girls and national-standard heptathlete Isabel Wakefield who had already met the benchmark prior to the competition, for the inter girls,.

Max Whitecross also excelled in the senior boys long jump, setting a new personal best of 6.60m.

The jump means he will be a reserve for the South West team.

But it was twin sisters Megan and Caitlin Gallagher who again set the track alight.

Megan sailed through her 300m Hurdles heat, going on to become South West champion in a winning time of 44.22 seconds.

This was a tenth below her former personal best of 44.32, set at Exeter the previous weekend.

Meanwhile, her sister Caitlin fought a nail-biting battle in the triple jump, overcoming a series of no jumps to win with a distance of 11.04m, 14cm ahead of the English Schools’ qualifying standard.

The nine athletes will compete for national titles at the English Schools’ Championships in Gateshead on July 8 and 9.

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