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Dyfed Schools athletes in the Welsh Capital at the 2018 WA/WSAA Indoor Combined Events Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Monday, 22 October 2018 17:52


The Welsh Athletics & Welsh Schools Indoor Combined Events Championships took place last weekend at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cyncoed, Cardiff (Sunday 21st October).

It has not been long since the dust settled on the 2018 outdoor season, but the weekend just gone brought the opening fixture of the 2018-19 indoor season. The fixture fell earlier in the year to fall in line with the earlier date of the Schools Combined Events International in Glasgow on November 3rd. Many of those selected in 2017 were in action here hoping to head back to Scotland next month.

Under 18 and Under 16 athletes competed in a Pentathlon whilst the Under 14 athletes contested the Quadrathlon. 110 entrants along with parents, coaches and supporters arrived at NIAC on Sunday morning ready for competition at the campus facility which began on the track and over on the field at 11:00.

A group of athletes from Dyfed schools, 15 in total, entered the competition to test themselves against other top athletes from across all four corners of Wales, many gaining their first experience at indoor events. A number of new personal bests were recorded between them and experience gained as they train towards upcoming indoor and cross country fixtures over the coming months.



Here's a round-up of each one across all age groups:


It was a one-two podium position here at the end of the day for Dyfed athletes with Freddie Webber (Coedcae) and Osian Roberts (Bro Pedr) took gold and silver respectively after consistent performances throughout the competition.

Webber was ranked third in the Shot (7.86m) before recording 10.07 in the 60m Hurdles and winning the Long Jump with a leap of 4.61m. His 2.31.72 time in the final event was enough to take victory with 1498 points for the Llanelli athlete. It was a comfortable second for Carmarthen's Roberts by nearly 300 points from his nearest competitor. He was the fastest over the Hurdles in 10.02 just after throwing 7.28m in the Shot. Event 3 came soon after and a 4m plus jump 4.22m saw him runner-up behind his Dyfed teammate. Scoring 1366 points in the end, the 800m time of 2.35.15 contributed towards this tally.

Elsewhere, it was a ninth place finish for Jack Thomas (Queen Elizabeth) with 888pts. After recording results of 5.64m in the Shot, 11.88 in the 60m Hurdles and 3.39m in the Long Jump, his strongest event, the 800m saw him take control and cross in the second fastest time of 2.31.65.

The final athlete in this age group was James Sloyan (Model), who competing with the year 7 and 8 athletes, took the gold medal in the Under 13 Quadrathlon championships which featured five athletes. It was a close battle up there in the top three but his performances of Shot (6.22m); 12.99 (60m Hurdles); 3.33m (Long Jump) and 2.51.70 (800m) rounded off a successful day in a quality field.



This age group saw a number of experienced athletes return to battle again. Featuring in the U16B was Pembrokeshire's James Price (Haverfordwest High School) who was also ninth. The year 9 in Haverfordwest went in the 60m Hurdles first, clocking 10.44 with the 200m also featuring where he finished in 25.96. Either side was the two Long Jump and Shot field disciplines, jumping 4.29m and throwing 8.35m in the best of three. In the fifth and final event, the 800m was a strong event coming fourth out of the 18 competitors with a time of 2.17.58 to score 2115pts.




The three clubs in the district were out in force here with the largest number out of all the age groups. This included four Pembrokeshire up and coming future competitors. In fact, this was the most popular age group this year, with a big 43 on the start line for the championship.

There was an individual silver medal on completion of the day for Lucy Wintle (Y Preseli) after an impressive display. Her points tally was over 2,000 at 2058pts which was followed in third with Chloe Simmonite (Coedcae) who went into the top three on the last event thanks to the 800m performance to collect 1991pts.

Three of the next five positions also went to Dyfed athletes in a dominant display from the young stars! It was Jessica Lee (Dyffryn Taf) in fifth place on 1904pts and Lleucu Lloyd (Y Preseli) next in seventh with 1880pts. Lee picked up valuable points in fifth in the Long Jump with Lloyd also up at the top, in particular a strong third in the Shot. Just one place further back in eighth was Hannah Forkuoh (Coedcae) from the Llanelli club collecting 1834pts. There was second and third earlier on in the day over at the Long Jump and 60m Hurdles races.

Strength in depth was evident here as another two athletes from the Haverfordwest club - Maddy James (Pembroke) and Gracie Griffiths (Haverfordwest High School) occupied 22nd and 24th with 1303pts and 1287pts. Both finished off on a high note, recording good times in the 800m which saw them rewarded. All the times and distances from the U14G are below:

Lucy Wintle: Long Jump (4.02m); 60m Hurdles (10.05); Shot (7.80); 800m (2.32.89)

Chloe Simmonite: Long Jump (4.02m); 60m Hurdles (10.17); Shot (7.03m); 800m (2.32.61)

Jessica Lee: Long Jump (4.37m); 60m Hurdles (10.33); Shot (7.06m); 800m (2.45.03)

Lleucu Lloyd: Long Jump (4.04m); 60m Hurdles (10.11); Shot (7.65m); 800m (2.47.10)

Hannah Forkuoh: Long Jump (4.56m); 60m Hurdles (10.02); Shot (6.05m); 800m (2.55.40)

Maddy James: Long Jump (3.62m); 60m Hurdles (12.89); Shot (5.85m); 800m (2.39.70)

Gracie Griffiths: Long Jump (3.25m); 60m Hurdles (12.22); Shot (5.49m); 800m (2.42.53)



The Long Jump, 60m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot and 800m were the disciplines for the Under 16 girls which again had a strong turnout, in particular from the South Wales clubs. Competing alongside them was Llanelli AC's Amy Tucker (St John Lloyd) who finished up on 1445pts after five events. In competing order, her final results across the board were 3.17m (Long Jump); 1.20m (High Jump); 5.47m (Shot) and an encouraging 2.47.75 over on the track (800m).



Six athletes set off in the Under 18 girls' category, representing the Blaenau Gwent, Cardiff Archers, Cardiff AAC, Carmarthen Harriers and Pembrokeshire Harriers clubs.

Fourth place and 3023pts went to Beca Roberts (Bro Pedr) whilst Flavia Jenkins was closely in fifth (Dyffryn Taf) 2967pts. Two experienced athletes by now in this type of competition and both enjoyed another good day of results.

Jenkins' got off the mark with a 9.04m in the Shot with Roberts' best of 8.38m in the same event. Moving on to a quick 60m Hurdles, they both ran under 10 seconds with times of 9.37 and 9.55 respectively. The Long Jump and High Jump followed shortly after - Flavia jumped clearances of 4.87m and 1.50m and Beca closely behind with 4.82m in the sand before a new personal best was cleared in the high jump. 1.59m saw her rank second in the final discipline result on the countback rule.



Winning age group athletes went to all the following: Freddie Webber (U14B); Sophie Lisk (U14G); Zak Wall (U16B); Ellie-Rose Isaac (U16G); Ben Hillman (U18B) and Emilie Davies (U18G).

Click here for the full up to date results from Sunday along with the individual combined points totals. Da iawn i bawb / Well Done to everyone!