(Picture: Brett Morse won the men's discus with a throw of 63.52m)
Welsh Athletics national performance coach Scott Simpson was “delighted” with his side’s display at Sunday’s Loughborough International.
The men’s team finish 3rd in the annual international season opener that pits teams from Loughborough students (past and present), Great Britain Juniors, England, Wales, Scotland and a British Universities team.
In the men’s match, Loughborough claimed victory ahead of England, but Wales triumphed over rivals Scotland (6th), GB Juniors (4th) and British Universities (5th).
The women’s team finished 6th but with combined scores would have placed 4th ahead of Scotland and British Universities.
The Welsh team boasted 10 individual podium finishes (plus Rhys Williams competing for Loughborough), 12 personal best performances, four Commonwealth Games ‘A’ standards and one Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard.
Simpson said: “I’m delighted for the team. There were some excellent individual performances and the third place finish for the men’s team is our best for a number of years.
“It was a fantastic start to the 2013 summer season for Wales’ athletes, and I would like to extend my congratulations to them, their coaches and their support teams.
“It promises to be an exciting three months ahead.”
Welsh highlights included a fabulous personal best for Rhys Williams (Adrian Thomas / Wynford Leyshon) to take victory in the 400m hurdles in a European leading time of 48.90 seconds.
Tom Marshall (James Thie) secured the Welsh team’s only track victory of the day, running a personal best in the 1500m of 3.44.84.
He was followed home by Welsh Olympian Gareth Warburton (Darrell Maynard) who, running as a guest in this “over distance event”, slashed over four seconds off his previous best with a 3.46.53 clocking.
Other victories came from Welsh captain Brett Morse (Andy Brittan) in the men’s discus with a throw of 63.52m which is yet another CWG ‘A’ standard to back up his UK-leading throw from last week, and Lee Doran (David Parker) in the javelin, who, returning after surgery at the end of 2012, was very pleased with his 74.23m effort, that secures him a CWG ‘B’ standard.
Sally Peake (Scott Simpson) secured her Commonwealth Games ‘A’ standard with a second place finish in the pole vault with 4.25m, while there was a further CWG ‘A’ standard from 2010 silver medallist Carys Parry, who finished 3rd in the hammer with 63.81m, in her season opener.
There was also a huge personal best in the men’s 3000m race for Welsh senior debutant, Rhys Glastonbury (Craig Winrow), who secured a 3rd place finish with 8.11.93 clocking.
Among the many other personal best performances on Sunday, there were a fine pair for 200m duo Mica Moore (Lawrence Moore) who ran 24.54 in the match race and Rachel Johncock (Michael Afilaka) who sped to 23.88 in the A guest race. 17-year old, Ryan Lee (David Norton), set another 400m personal best of 48.10 and who went on to represent GB juniors (with Welsh compatriotsOwen Smith (Caroline Sayer) – 4x400m and Dewi Hammond (Matt Elias) – 4 x 100m) in the 4 x 400m relay event, while another rising star, David Omoregie (Mike Guest), stormed to a personal best of 13.68 in an U20 men’s 110m hurdles guest race where he achieved the European Junior qualification time at the age of just 17.
A total of four Welsh athletes achieved Great Britain International honours at the match – Aidan Reynolds (David Parker) competing in the Javelin, adding to the three relay runners mentioned above.