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ME­NAI Track and Field cel­e­brated the crowning of seven na­tional ti­tlewin­ners at the Welsh Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in New­port.

The two out­stand­ing ath­letes of the week­end were 12-year-old Chloe Grif­fith from Caernar­fon who won gold in the un­der-13 girls 100m in a new pb of 13.04, silver in the long jump and gold again in the 200m, break­ing the Cham­pi­onship record, which has stood since 2010, in a fan­tas­tic time of 26.49.

Natalie Owen from Bethesda was the out­stand­ing field ath­lete for Me­nai, smash­ing the Cham­pi­onship record in the U13 girls discus with a best throw of 28.34m.

She threw 19.89m in the javelin to win gold and claimed silver in the shot putt with 8.39m.

Me­nai’s other Welsh cham­pi­ons were:

Samia Jones – U13G 1500m and bronze at 800m.

Huw Griffiths – U13B discus, silver shot-putt.

Cliff Sch­wabauer – U17M 400 m hur­dles.

Gethin Hughes – U20M triple jump cham­pion and silver in the 110m hur­dles.

Iwan Parry – U20m long jump cham­pion and silver high jump.

There were silver medals for Oliver Bar­ba­ressi in the U17m 1500m and Cai Linton Davies U17m 800m.

The other ath­letes who com­peted and set sea­son and per­sonal bests were: Anya Wil­liams, Swyn Ed­wards, Eden Pot­ter, Cai La Trobe Roberts, Alex Burgess and Gethin Roberts and Matt Thomas.

Me­nai Track and Field sprints coach and club net­work of­fi­cer Barry Ed­wards said: “With 17 medals achieved at the Na­tional Track and Field Cham­pi­onships, this is a clear in­di­ca­tor of the hard work, suc­cess, and ded­i­ca­tion from all par­ents, coaches and ath­letes.

“Spe­cial recog­ni­tion to the two ath­letes who set new cham­pi­onship record per­for­mances who are fol­low­ing the foot­steps of GB superstars Adele Ni­chol, and Han­nah Brier.

“All the par­ents and coaches, from un­der-11s to the se­niors, play a cru­cial role in the de­vel­op­ment of the ath­letes, and spe­cial recog­ni­tion to coaches Steve Livett, Al­wyn Roberts, Andy Walling and Mick Lee who de­velop and nur­ture the stars of to­mor­row and en­sure ath­let­ics in the re­gion is kept to the high­est of stan­dards.”

Me­nai’s young ath­letes were also crowned 2016 Welsh Ath­let­ics U15 League Plate cham­pi­ons.

Af­ter the first few events Me­nai found them­selves trail­ing Llanelli by around 30 points with last sea­son’s win­ners Bre­con in hot pur­suit.

A flurry of solid per­for­mances from a well-bal­anced team of both ex­pe­ri­enced and debu­tant ath­letes saw Me­nai claw their way back to be within a hand­ful of points by the mid­point stage.

A tense pe­riod fol­lowed, as re­sults trick­led in, the out­come of which saw Me­nai steadily creep ahead.

Once Me­nai had their noses in front they pressed home their ad­van­tage and by the end of the day had pow­ered clear of the field to end the day 189 points clear of their even­tual near­est ri­vals Bre­con.

Fi­nal stand­ings: Me­nai T&F 993, Bre­con AC 804, Llanelli 795.

Some of the young Me­nai Track and Field ath­letes who ex­celled at the Welsh Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships

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