SCHOOL ACES GET TIME IN SPOT­LIGHT

Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS -

SCHOOL teams had their mo­ment in the spot­light as the NASUWT Cymru Wales Cup and Plate fi­nals took place at the Pen­lan Arena Track in Bre­con.

It is ar­guably the big­gest grass­roots com­pe­ti­tion for secondary schools in the sum­mer term.

The Cup com­pe­ti­tion has been or­gan­ised each year since 1988, while the Plate fi­nal was added in 2007.

A to­tal of 36 schools from across the eight dis­tricts in Wales qual­i­fied to field 62 teams in the fi­nal.

Each district had one team in the Cup com­pe­ti­tion and one in the Plate.

It was split into two age groups, un­der-14s and un­der-16s.

Ev­ery sin­gle point was im­por­tant, with more than half of the com­pe­ti­tions com­ing down to the last re­lay event.

Six schools from the Dyfed district won or came sec­ond in their re­spec­tive age groups in the district fi­nal at Haver­ford­west High School and trav­elled to Bre­con look­ing to com­pete with the best in the coun­try in a com­pe­ti­tion with in­ter­na­tional ath­letes on show.

Ys­gol y Pre­seli and Ys­gol Coed­cae both came sec­ond in their re­spec­tive Cup and Plate com­pe­ti­tions in the un­der-14 girls’ event, with both fin­ish­ing strongly with a top-two fin­ish in the re­lays.

Haver­ford­west High School fin­ished fourth out of the eight teams in the un­der-16 girls’ Cup, while the first of the Queen El­iz­a­beth High School teams were run­ners-up in the Plate.

The un­der-14 boys’ Cup saw Ys­gol Aber­aeron se­cure a top-four fin­ish, and that re­sult was matched by the QE High boys in the same po­si­tion in the Plate.

The Car­marthen school were sev­enth in the un­der-16 boys’ Cup fi­nal and they were joined in the same age group by Plate fi­nal­ists Ys­gol Dyf­fryn Taf, who were in the run­ners-up spot at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion.

A per­for­mance to note came from Mor­gan Bat­ten (Dyf­fryn Taf), who threw a new cham­pi­onship best per­for­mance of 48.02m in the un­der-16 boys’ javelin.

Ys­gol Coed­cae’s Ju­nior Girls fin­ished as run­ners-up to Cardiff High School.

Queen El­iz­a­beth High School were rep­re­sented in three of the four age groups.

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