Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS -

DYFED, one of the eight dis­tricts within Welsh Ath­let­ics, held the an­nual Dyfed Pri­mary Schools Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships at Car­marthen Leisure Centre’s ath­let­ics track last Wed­nes­day, fol­low­ing on from the su­perb cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships held at the United Coun­ties Show­ground in early April that had more than 1,200 par­tic­i­pants.

Ron Moun­sey from sponsors McDon­ald’s has been a great sup­porter of school ath­let­ics and cross coun­try in Dyfed for a num­ber of years and said: “We at McDon­ald’s are very proud to once again be spon­sor­ing pri­mary schools ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tions in Dyfed this year.

“It is a priv­i­lege to see so many young chil­dren tak­ing part in sport and en­joy­ing the com­pe­ti­tions that are on of­fer in West Wales.”

On a warm and sunny Wed­nes­day evening, the 32nd an­nual event at­tracted more than 300 ath­letes from 40 schools and hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors and teach­ers from all cor­ners of Pem­brokeshire, Car­marthen­shire and Ceredi­gion.

Cllr Gareth John (Deputy Mayor of Car­marthen) and Gareth Mor­gans (Car­marthen­shire direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren ser­vice) helped with the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards to the top four in each event.

The event pro­gramme in­cluded 14 com­pe­ti­tions over three hours, and tak­ing the in­di­vid­ual gold medals were Mia Thomas (Bro Banw), Ai­den Jones (Saron), Casi Greg­son (Car­reg Hir­faen), Rho­dri Roberts (Iau Llan­gen­nech), Ellie-May John (Gwen­l­lian), Mac­sen Too­good (Teilo Sant), Marged Jones (Y Dder­wen), Rhys Davies (Y Dd­wylan), Yas­min Burgess-Wil­liams (Llan­dovery Col­lege), Cai Al­lan (Bro Pedr), Erin Jones (Llan­gadog) and James Sloyan (Model).

Ys­gol Llan­gadog and Ys­gol Teilo Sant were the vic­tors in the 4x100m sprint re­lay.

For the first time the over­all win­ning shield went to Ys­gol Gyn­radd Llan­gadog, who scored well in a num­ber of dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing the shot, hur­dles, 100m and re­lay. They won the 2019 ti­tle with 34 points.

Ys­gol Iau Llan­gen­nech, Llanelli, took the run­ners-up spot for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion with 26 points, and Ys­gol y Dder­wen (23) took third spot with a num­ber of top plac­ings within their squad.

Ys­gol Teilo Sant, Llan­dovery Col­lege, John­stown School, Ys­gol Rhys Pritchard, Tenby Ju­niors, Ys­gol Grif­fith Jones and Model School were all in the top 10.

Dyfed Pri­mary Schools will next head to Swansea Univer­sity’s ath­let­ics track for the an­nual in­ter-dis­trict match with West Glam­or­gan Pri­mary Schools on Wed­nes­day, July 17 (5.15pm). The first four in the Dyfed cham­pi­onships have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the dis­trict at the event.

Ath­let­ics in schools is con­tin­u­ing over the com­ing weeks for sec­ondary pupils with the stag­ing of the Ceredi­gion, Bri­anne, Pem­brokeshire and Llanelli Sec­ondary Schools area matches, which lead on to the Dyfed Cham­pi­onships in Car­marthen over a two-day com­pe­ti­tion in June.

Ys­gol Gyn­radd Llan­gadog cel­e­brate cham­pi­onship vic­tory.

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