Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS -

A TEAM of 75 Welsh Schools ath­letes en­joyed home ter­ri­tory as the tra­di­tional show­piece event of the schools track and field cal­en­dar was hosted by Welsh Schools this year.

All roads led to the Swansea Univer­sity Sports Vil­lage and wel­comed ath­letes, of­fi­cials and coaches from Wales, Eng­land, Ire­land and Scot­land to the SIAB Bri­tish Schools Track & Field In­ter­na­tional.

The ma­jor­ity of ath­letes se­lected were from the mid­dle age group (Years 10 & 11 in un­der-17 cat­e­gory), with a hand­ful of out­stand­ing juniors (un­der-15s) given the op­por­tu­nity to gain ex­pe­ri­ence of this level of com­pe­ti­tion for the first time.

It was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Welsh young­sters, in par­tic­u­lar those mak­ing their de­but in a Welsh vest, to test them­selves against the best at this level.

Welsh Schools picked up five sil­ver medals and six bronze medals, com­pris­ing eight in­di­vid­ual medals and three from boys’ and girls’ re­lays.

Medals were pre­sented by mem­bers of Welsh Schools and the SIAB In­ter­na­tional Ath­letic Board.

A to­tal of 15 ath­letes were se­lected from the Dyfed dis­trict, which featured Car­marthen, Pem­brokeshire and Llanelli club ath­letes.

Harry Davies (St Michael’s) won a sil­ver medal in the dis­cus, finishing ei­ther side of the English duo with a throw of 51.77m.

Dafydd Jones (Bro Myrd­din) was in­volved in a thrilling fin­ish to the 1500m steeple­chase, with the Welsh­man win­ning bronze by two tenths of a sec­ond on the line in 4.34.15.

Adam Beer (Glan y Môr) broke the Llanelli AC un­der-17 800m club record, run­ning a sub two-minute time in a tac­ti­cal race.

Iwan Glynn (Bro Myrd­din) helped the Welsh quar­tet fin­ish third in the 4x400m, while Jessica Lee (Dyf­fryn Taf ) was the youngest mem­ber of the un­der-17 Welsh team.

Re­sults: Lili Church (high jump, 1.61m); Jessica Lee (100m, 13.01, long jump 5.33m and 4x100m); Ka­sia Cook (3k walk, 18.42.99); Beca Roberts (triple jump, 11.19m); Nia Williams (shot put, 10.62m); Iwan Glynn (400m, 50.71 & 4x400m); Dafydd Jones (1500m steeple­chase, 4.34.15).

Pem­brokeshire Har­ri­ers in ac­tion were Ella Win­tle, Joseph Reynolds, Tyree Thomp­son, Michael Jenk­ins and Dy­lan Phillips.

SIAB is set to re­turn next July when English Schools wel­come their Welsh, Irish and Scot­tish equiv­a­lents.

The busy end-of-sea­son in­ter­na­tional matches come thick and fast at this time of year. The Welsh Ath­let­ics Out­door Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional was held in Cardiff last week, where Welsh teams went up against the likes of Eng­land South, Eng­land Midland, Eng­land North, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and Guernsey.

Welsh Schools SIAB 2019 team mem­bers and man­age­ment.

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