Day 1 Round-Up – 2023 Welsh U13/U17/U20 Championships
Today saw the first day of the 2023 Welsh U13/U17/U20 Championships, hosted at Newport Stadium
Evie Aitchison (Neath Harriers) took the first track win of the day in the U17 300m hurdles finishing in 46.79s.
Thomas Williams (Wrexham AAC) was victorious in the first field event in of the day, throwing 65.57m in the U17 hammer throw to break the Welsh Record for the age category and Jac Palmers Championship Best Performance from 2012.
Joseph Beresford (Swansea Harriers) comfortably took victory in the U20 400m hurdles in 59.15s, whilst Reuben De Vall (Swansea Harriers) took the U17 title and Huw Williams (Menai Track & Field) took silver, both finishing in 1:03:21
Aharon Graham-Mulvaney (Cardiff Athletics) took home two medals; silver in the U20 Men’s 400m with a time of 52.32s, as well as bronze in the U20 Men’s Long Jump. He will look to take home two more tomorrow where he will compete in the U20 Men’s Pole Vault and U20 Men’s 200m.
It was a close final in the U17 men’s 400m final, but it was Gethin Griffith (Menai Track & Field) who took victory in a time of 49.98 seconds, followed by Callum Fox-Byrne (Colwyn Bay AC) with 50.13 seconds. Harry Bradley (Newport Harriers) completed the top three with 50.94.
After taking silver at the Welsh Senior & U15 Championships in June, Josh Grist (DSW Para Academy) upgraded his medal to gold in the U17 ambulant shot put, with a winning distance of 6.12m.
The day finished with the 100m finals. An extremely close final saw Connor Evans (Neath) take the U15 boys 100m title with a time of 13.24 seconds. Just 0.07 seconds separated silver and bronze, it was Joshua Thomas who took silver with 13.32 and Jacob Maund (Bridgend Athletics) claimed the bronze with 13.39.
It was a Cardiff Archers clean sweep in the U17 women’s 100m final. Nell Desir (Cardiff Archers) claimed the title in 12.05, she was followed home by Aliyah Afolabi (Cardiff Archers) with 12.32, having stepped up from the U15 category. Whilst Megan Taylor (Cardiff Archers) completed the podium positions with a time of 12.54.
In the final event of the day, William Hawker (Rhymney Valley) was victorious in the U20 men’s 100m, running 11.17. Next home was Morgan Hubbarde (Cardiff Athletics) with 11.51 and Ewan Jones (Menai Track & Field) claimed third with 11.62.