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