Junior athletes shine in Cardiff

The first day of the Junior Championships in NIAC was a busy one with over 300 athletes competing.

Deeside’s Mia Roberts dominated the under 17 & under 20 women’s 3000m race, taking the win in a lifetime best time of 10.05.66.

Cardiff Archer Aimee Callow won the under 15 girls 800m setting a new championship best in the process in a time of 2.16.41, the previous championship best was set by Jade Williams in 2007.

In the under 20 men’s 400m it was Joe Brier (Swansea Harriers) who took the title with a run of 49.21, just outside of the championship best.

Amelia Reynolds (Cardiff AAC) broke the Championship record in the under 20’s 400m to take the title. She ran a PB of 56.63.

Ella Wintle (Pembrokeshire Harriers) took home two gold medals – the first in under 13 girls 60m Hurdles and the second in the 60m in a time of 8.67.

The 60m heats were a great watch in all age categories. Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff AAC) a championship best time in the under 17 men’s race, clocking 6.99. In the under 20’s final Callum Davies (Swansea Harriers) set a new championship best in a time 6.86, replacing Kristian Jones’ time of 6.91 set last year.

Hannah Brier (Swansea Harriers) defended her Welsh title in the under 20’s 60m final matching her PB of 7.37, setting a new championship best and equalling her own Welsh record in the process. There is no doubt that there is more to come from the Swansea Harrier this year and beyond.

Off the track, the Swansea Harriers dominated the under 15 boys pole vault with PB’s all round. Dylan Ward took the gold medal clearing 2.50m, silver was claimed by Williams Trott clearing 2.40m and bronze went to Dylan King with a vault of 2.30m.

Between the action, Welsh Athletics’ Darran Williams and Derek Crowder were presented with a Meritorious Award and Award of Honour respectively for their contribution to athletics in Wales.

Day 2 of the Junior Welsh Championships saw another busy day of athletics.

On the track, it was the turn of the 200m and 1500m runners. Notable performances included Amelia Reynolds picking up her second gold medal of the weekend, this time in 200m where she claimed another PB of 24.57.

After taking gold in the under 15 girls 300m (on the weekend of the senior championships) Macey Morris (Newport Harriers) claimed gold in the 200m to complement her silver medal from the 60m on Saturday.

Moli Jones (Colwyn Bay) added to her medal collection on day two having taken gold in the under 17 60m in a time of 7.73 on Saturday, she took the win in 200m in a 25.77.

Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff AAC) claimed his second medal of the weekend, this time picking up silver in a fantastic 200m race clocking 22.88. The gold medal here went to Iwan Robinson-Booth (Cardiff AAC) in 22.85.

James Jones (Deeside AAC) took gold in the under 15 men’s 1500m race, his second gold medal of the weekend (his first was in the 800m on Saturday). Brothers Benjamin Reynolds (Cardiff AAC) and Jacob Reynold (Cardiff AAC) took silver and bronze respectively.

Colwyn Bay athlete Michael Parry also took home double gold over the weekend, firstly in the under 20’s 800m (1:57.85) and then the 1500m in 4:07.72.

On the field, Toks Akanbi-Mortimer (Rhymney Valley AC) took the first gold of the day in the under 13 boys high jump equalling his PB of 1.40m. He also claimed the silver medal in the boys shot put. Toks medalled twice on day one, picking up a gold in the long jump with a PB of 4.50m and bronze in the 60m Hurdles.

Lauren Evans (Cardiff AAC) claimed her second Welsh title of the weekend in the under 20’s long jump with a PB of 5.53m. Lauren’s first win of the weekend was in the 60m Hurdles on Saturday in a time of 8.97. Lauren also claimed silver in the high jump.

Ben Hillman (Cardiff AAC) enjoyed a championship best in the under 15 boys long jump with a distance of 5.98m.

Thank you to all volunteers, officials, coaches and staff for making these championship events a success.

Diolch.

Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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