Dewi Griffiths (coach: Kevin Evans) will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Serbia next month.
Griffiths finished fourth (seventh overall) in the U23 men’s category at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool on Saturday, automatically securing a place on the GB & NI team.
It will be the second time he has represented GB & NI at the Europeans, having finished a respectable 38th in Hungary in 2012.
Just finishing outside the automatic qualification places was Welsh-qualifiedCharlie Hulson (Paul Roden), who was fifth in the U23 category.
(Pictured: Griffiths no. 1045 has been in excellent form this season)
Hulson could still be given one of two available spots on the U23 team when British Athletics make their selection later this month.
Elsewhere in the senior/U23 combined race were Owain Jones (30th – 30:21),Jonathan Hopkins (32nd – 30:22), Josh Griffiths (46th – 30:45) and Rowan Axe (71st – 31:23).
Mike Ward narrowly missed out on a qualification place in the junior men’s race, finishing 9th in 20:49.
Liam Lloyd was 14th in 21:02 just ahead of Jac Hopkins (16th – 21:04), who chose to step up from U17, with Lloyd Heckler (33rd in 21:34), Nathan Jones (35th in 21:36), Jonathan Tobin (50th 22:01), Gwynant Jones (71stin 22:35), Paul Tobin (81st in 23:08) and Jacob Griffith (92nd in 24:06).
In the women’s U20 race Ffion Price (15:47) was the top-placed Welsh runner in 17th, from Rebecca Evans (28th – 16:23) and Georgia Morgan (44th – 17:44).
Elsewhere there was an excellent third-placed finish for Menai Track and Field’sIolo Hughes (pictured above) in the U17 men’s race and Wales’ only winner of the day came in the U13 boys’ race where Brecon AC’s Luke Davies (pictured below) took a superb victory.