MOR­GAN SHINES IN DUBLIN RACE

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FIVE Dyfed Schools ath­letes joined their Welsh team-mates as a squad of 36 made the jour­ney to Dublin for the SIAB Schools Cross Coun­try In­ter­na­tional.

The end-of-sea­son in­ter­na­tional at Santry Demesne gave an op­por­tu­nity to test home form against the cream of cross-coun­try tal­ent from across the UK and Ire­land.

Teams of eight from Welsh Schools, English Schools, Irish Schools and Scot­tish Schools bat­tled it out in the un­der-15 ju­nior and un­der-17 in­ter­me­di­ate races.

Welsh Schools pupils wear­ing the red vest were se­lected fol­low­ing the Welsh Schools Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bre­con.

Frank Mor­gan (Bro Myrd­din) and Rhys Llewellyn (Haver­ford­west High) were the first to run in the sec­ond race of the af­ter­noon, the Ju­nior Boys.

Welsh Schools cham­pion Mor­gan pro­duced one of Wales’s top in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances on the day, fin­ish­ing in ninth po­si­tion (13:23) over­all and lead­ing the Welsh squad, hav­ing en­joyed valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence at the event in 2018.

Llewellyn, mean­while, was mak­ing his de­but on the in­ter­na­tional stage and bat­tled right to the end on his first out­ing to finish the 4,000m course in a time of 14:36 in 31st.

Llanelli’s Adam Beer (Glan y Môr), hav­ing won the Welsh Schools and Welsh Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in the space of 10 days in Fe­bru­ary, was in­volved here.

He was joined in the In­ter­me­di­ate Boys by Iori Humphreys (Ys­gol Harri Tudur), who has been as suc­cess­ful over the busy cross-coun­try sea­son and con­firmed his place in SIAB af­ter a top-10 finish in Bre­con.

Beer fin­ished 21st (19:27) and Humphreys in 32nd (20:41) over the long­est dis­tance of the 2019 in­ter­na­tional.

Dafydd Jones (Bro Myrd­din) was se­lected to com­pete for Welsh Schools in the 4x1500m re­lay.

Jones clocked the sec­ond fastest lap out of the 16 ath­letes in­volved, run­ning a time of four minutes 25 sec­onds.

This year’s squad was very much spread from schools across Wales’s four re­gions, with run­ners in­volved from lo­ca­tions such as Barry, Cow­bridge, Caer­philly, Cardiff, Brid­gend, Car­marthen, Pem­brokeshire, Powys, Ban­gor, Den­bighshire and Flint.

It proved to be a suc­cess­ful day for Wales’s up-and-com­ing stars, with the best re­sult of the day com­ing in the Ju­nior Girls’ race.

The girls fin­ished sixth to come away with team bronze be­hind Eng­land and Scot­land.

There were also strong show­ings from the other promis­ing age groups. Sev­eral now look ahead to the Lon­don Mini Marathon on the fi­nal Sun­day of April as well as be­ing el­i­gi­ble for next year’s Schools In­ter­na­tional in Scot­land.

Next up in the cal­en­dar will be the SIAB Track & Field In­ter­na­tional for ath­letes in the un­der-17 age group at Swansea Univer­sity on Satur­day, July 20. Car­marthen Har­ri­ers Frank Mor­gan and Dafydd Jones with coach Carol Jones.

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