Dowson reaches new heights in Youth Development League


Sophie Dowson, 17, cleared 3.75m in the Youth Development League at Eton to improve her pole vault best by 13cm.

Dowson, who now competes for Blackheath and Bromley AC, placed second to Jessica Robinson, the UK’s leading young vaulter. Dowson’s new PB moves her to sixth in the UK under-20 standings.

Sale Harriers’ vaulter Lucy Wolfenden, 14, also entered the national rankings, clearing a personal best height of 2.60m to win the Youth Development League match at Spinkhill, Derbyshire.

Jamie Bongart threw the javelin 54.31m for eighth place in the British Universities Championships at Bedford. The performance also places Bongart eighth in the UK U23 rankings. Ellie Edwards, 19, ran a personal best of 12.41 to reach the 100m semi-finals.

Lia Radus, 14, set 300m and 800m bests of 47.88 and 2:20.98 respectively in the Mile End Open, winning her heat in both events.

David Stone, 14, won the 1,500m in the Eastern Young Athletes League at Stevenage in a time of 4:40.4.

Brothers Jack and Bini Bloom both gained 800m PBs at the Watford Open Graded Meeting. Jack, 15, was timed at 2:14.73 while Bini, 12, recorded 2:26.01. Aidan Raphael, 16, recorded 57.21 for 400m.

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