Three Welsh athletes claimed National titles in the space of 30 minutes on another busy weekend for Welsh athletes.
Cardiff AAC’s Jac Palmer (Adrian Palmer) led the way with a big new PB of 65.88m to claim his first National U23 Hammer title. It was a double celebration for coach Adrian Palmer, as Jac’s training partner Adele Nicoll (Adrian Palmer) claimed her 12th National Title, as she threw 16.24m for a clear victory.
In the U20 Men’s 1500m, European Youth Champion Jake Hayward (Paul Darney) claimed back to back titles, as he repeated his 2016 victory with a well-controlled tactical run to sprint clear of the field over the final 400m to win in a time of 3:57.97. Jake will now be chasing a qualifying mark for the European Junior Championships, and will also have half an eye on the standard required for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Bethan Rees (Mark Pinner), followed up her first Senior Welsh title last weekend with another magnificent performance to claim silver in the U20 women’s Javelin, throwing a season’s best of 48.60m.
Other notable performances on day one included Ceirion Hopkins from Neath Harriers jumping 6.86m for 5th in the U20 Long Jump, Kristian Jones (Glyn Hawkes) claiming the same position in the U20 Men’s 100m with a time of 10.53, while newly crowned senior 1500m Champion Cari Hughes (Andrew Walling) was an agonising 4th in the Junior Women’s 3000m. Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease) warmed up for the Commonwealth Youth Games with a 4th place finish in the Junior Women’s Shot Put, throwing a distance of 13.53m. In the U23 Women’s 100M final, Melissa Roberts (Matt Elias) claimed a credible 5th in a time of 11.91.
On day 2, a number of Welsh athletes gained top 8 finishes across a range of events. In the field, Osaze Aghedo (Steve Ingram) jumped 14.63m for 5th in the junior Men’s triple jump, while Macey Jones (Nigel Lewis) claimed 8th in the Junior Women’s equivalent jumping a PB of 11.64m. In the U23 Men’s Javelin, Cardiff AAC’s Richard Dangerfield (John Davies) threw a PB of 59.90m for 4th.
On the track, Rhys Harris (Nigel Lewis) ran 56.16 for 5th in the Junior Men’s 400Mh final, while Swansea Harrier clubmate Joe Brier (Neil Merry) ran 48.43 for 6th in the Junior Men’s 400m final. Tyler Williams (Kevin Williams) ran PB’s all weekend, including 21.89 to qualify for the Junior Men’s 200m final, finishing a credible 8th in the process. Another athletes who will be looking forward to the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games is Naomi Reid (Phil Banning), she warmed up for the Bahamas with a credible 8th place finish in the Junior Women’s 800m, running a time of 2:10.81.
Finally, Wrexham AC’s Amy Oduniaya (Dave Norton) produced a lifetime best performance to run 24.91 seconds for 6th in the U23 200m final, just ahead of fellow Welsh athlete Katie Jane Priest (Kevin Williams) who was 7th in a time of 25.12.
Welsh Athletics would like to congratulate all athletes, coaches and support staff who made the long journey to Bedford.