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England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships inc BMC Round-Up

09/01/2023 00:00, I Mewn Blog /

Welsh athletes enjoyed a highly successful weekend at the England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships at the EIS in Sheffield.

Cardiff AC’s Lauren Evans finished fourth overall in the senior pentathlon with 3917 points. Finishing with an outright 800m PB of 2:22.66, she collected gold in the incorporated Welsh championships. Behind USA’s Kaitlin Smith, Germany’s Laura Voss and England’s Jordanna Morrish, she was also given the England silver medal as the second-placed domestic athlete.

She had earlier been close to her best with 8.59 in the 60m hurdles, which was second best overall. She then high-jumped 1.69m, achieved 5.45m in the long jump and threw 11.14m in the shot.

Grace Morgan of Cardiff Archers was ninth with a PB tally of 3490, matching her position from last year in these championships. The Welsh silver medallist was fourth best in the 60m hurdles with 8.73.

Cardiff AC’s Ben Hillman placed 16th with 4560 in his first senior heptathlon, also picking up Welsh gold. That came courtesy of a big PB of 2:25.68 in the 800m and another best in the 60m hurdles (9.17).

The Welsh junior title went to Jessica Lee, who was sixth in her pentathlon with 3509 - her debut U20 score. Her high jump was particularly good as she matched her outright PB of 1.66m. As well as finishing top in that event, she won the long jump with 5.91m.

The junior men’s Welsh gold went to Iolo Grant of Cardiff Archers, who was sixth overall, amassing 4440 in his first heptathlon with the under-20 shot and hurdles. He finished top in the 60m hurdles with 8.34 and also set PBs in the 60m (7.24) and pole vault 3.00m.

Also moving up to the age group was Aharon Graham-Mulvaney of Cardiff AC, who was 12th with 4060 in taking the Welsh silver after ending with a 1000m PB of 3:00.17.

In the BMC races held within the programme, Menai Track & Field's Osian Perrin showed he has returned to fitness coming fourth in a high-class 3000m A race behind winner Phil Sesemann and world 1500m champion Jake Wightman. His 7:57.11 was his second fastest ever. Brecon’s Jack Organ set an outright PB of 1:54.16 as he finished second in the 800m C race.