Welsh Athletics Indoor International
The National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff was buzzing on Sunday for the Welsh Athletics Indoor International which saw Wales under 18 & 20’s take on England. The event also incorporated the 4 x 200m Clubs Relay & under 15 & Senior 3000m Welsh Championships.
Wales saw some fantastic performances – with a total of 8 event winners and 13 personal best performances – 5 of those achieved by the hurdlers.
Cardiff AAC’s Naomi Reid put in a fantastic performance in the 800m – claiming a PB to clock a time 0.02 outside of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CWYG) qualification time.
Amelia Reynolds (Cardiff AAC) ran a meeting record of 24.51 in the 200m to take the 5 points for Wales.
In the shot put – Sarah Omoregie came away with a fantastic throw of 15.36 successfully reaching the CWYG mark. Sarah was also crowned the female ‘Athlete of the Match’.
Closing the match in thrilling style were the men’s 4x200m relays –the saw the Welsh men (Ben Paris, Joe Brier, Tyler Williams & Iwan Robinson-Booth) take the victory in this notoriously exciting event.
The overall event was won by England Athletics with a total of 243 points to Wales’ 162 points.
Outside of the international match; James Jones (Deeside AC) and Aimee Callow (Cardiff Archers) came away with Welsh Records in the under 15 races 3000m Welsh Championships, Adele Nicoll (Birchfield) achieved a Welsh under 23 indoor record with a distance of 16.09 in the shot. Pole Vaulter Sally Peake cleared 4.26 to achieve the Commonwealth Games “A” standard and Oliver Barbaresi (Menai Track and Field) finished 3 seconds outside of the CWYG qualification standard in the 3000m with a personal best of 8.38 and Four-time European para athletics bronze medallist Jordan Howe (DSW Para Academy) opened up his season in Wales over 60m, stopping the clock at a lifetime best of 8.16.
Elinor Kirk (Swansea Harriers) was the first female over the line in a time of 33:29. Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) ran his fastest 10k since 2015, while clocking 30.03 for 8th in the Men’s event.
Scottish National Combined Events
Ben Gregory (Birchfield) broke his Heptathlon personal best for the second time this indoor season to extend Welsh Athletics’ National Record to 5834.
Jac Hopkins (Swansea Harriers) continued his fine winter with a new 3k PB, clocking a time of 8.08.37.
European Indoors, Belgrade
21-year-old David Omoregie (Cardiff AAC) represented Great Britain in the 60m hurdles at the European Indoor Championships alongside his training partner Andrew Pozzi. David clocked a time of 7.71 in his heat but did not qualify for the final, Andrew Pozzi went on to be crowned European Champion.
England Race Walk Championships, Coventry
Cardiff AAC’s Bethan Davies took the win in the England Athletics 10km Race Walk Championships, fresh from securing her second IAAF World Championships qualifying time in Adelaide.