Saturday 7th July, 2018 - Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Blisteringly hot conditions greeted the athletes for the National Schools Championships. Despite this there was an excellent day of athletics with no fewer than 8 new Championship Best Performances along with 2 new Welsh Age Group records, these are listed below, congratulations to all the new record holders:
Will Lovejoy (Monmouth/South East Wales) – Junior Boys 300m 36.36s (Welsh Record)
Jacob Reynolds (Y Gwyndy/Glamorgan Valleys) – Junior Boys 1500m 4:13.94
Samia Jones (Syr Hugh Owen/Eryri) – Junior Girls 1500m 4:33.15 (Welsh Record)
Lowri Broughton (Glantaf/Cardiff & Vale) – Junior Girls Triple Jump 10.31m
Bethany Moule (Dwr-y-Felin/Afan Nedd Tawe) – Middle Girls Javelin 48.69m
Daniel Murathodzic (St. Illtyd’s/Cardiff & Vale) – Middle Boys Long Jump 6.72m
Naomi Reid (Y Pant/Glamorgan Valleys) – Senior Girls 800m 2:13.68
Megan Stratton-Thomas (Olchfa/Afan Nedd Tawe) – Senior Girls 3k Walk 16:01.11
As we have come to expect at this event the quality of competition was of the highest as athletes battled for individual medals, team points and places on both SIAB Track and Field and WSAA Under 20s teams for forthcoming International matches.
There were some significant event doubles achieved over the course of the day, congratulations go to:
Ella Wintle (Ysgol Y Preseli/Dyfed), Junior Girls 100m and 200m Champion.
Carys Poole (Gwyr/Afan Nedd Tawe), Junior Girls 75mH and Long Jump.
Zac Price (Ysgol David Hughes/Eryri), Middle Boys 100m and 200m.
Sasha Didcote (Prestatyn/North East Wales), Middle Girls 200m and 300m.
James Vincent (Whitchurch/Cardiff & Vale), Senior Boys 1500m and 3000m.
Tomos Slade (Gower College/Afan Nedd Tawe), Senior Boys 110m H and Long Jump.
Alicia Samuel (Dyffryn Aman/Dyfed), Senior Girls 100m and 200m.
In addition to individual competition there is a keenly contested team event which again this year went to the wire. The final team positions were as follows (overall competition):
1st. Cardiff & Vale 566
2nd. Afan Nedd Tawe 547
3rd. Dyfed 539
4th. Glamorgan Valleys 369
5th. South East Wales 348
6th. Eryri 321
7th. Powys 237
8th. North East Wales 228
The age group competition winners were:
Junior Boys: Afan Nedd Tawe 99
Junior Girls: Dyfed 94
Middle Boys: Cardiff & Vale 96
Middle Girls: Afan Nedd Tawe 111
Senior Boys: Cardiff & Vale 119
Senior Girls: Dyfed 100
The WSAA also awards a series of trophies to recognise outstanding performances achieved at the Championships, this year’s recipients are listed below:
Guto Nyth Bran Cup (Boys Field Event) – Daniel Murathodzic (St. Illtyd’s/Cardiff & Vale)
TSB Cup (Girls Field Event) – Bethany Moule (Dwr-y-Felin/Afan Nedd Tawe)
Welsh Academicals Cup (Boys Track Performance) – Will Lovejoy (Monmouth/South East Wales)
JDB Williams Cup (Girls Track Performance) – Naomi Reid (Y Pant/Glamorgan Valleys)
Kirsty Wade Trophy (Middle Distance Performance) – James Vincent (Whitchurch/Cardiff & Vale)
Colin Jackson Cup (Hurdles Performance) – Grace Morgan (Radyr/Cardiff & Vale).
The thanks of all at Welsh Schools go to everyone involved in producing another memorable day of competition as well as our partners at Welsh Athletics and Gemau Cymru. We would also extend particular thanks to all those who Officiated or volunteered on the day, without your commitment we would not be able to provide these quality experiences for our young athletes.
Thanks to Steve Jones (WSAA) for the report on Saturday's Championship