Dyfed athletes represent Wales

By County Echo Reporter in Athletics

THERE were several Dyfed Schools athletes representing Wales at the SIAB Schools International, hosted by Irish Schools at the Morton Stadium, Dublin.

The nations of Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland were represented - and looking to improve on the medal tally of 14 achieved last year in Kent. Wales’ team of 72 athletes collected 24 medals this time.

Both the boys and girls teams came third in their gender, and as a result Wales were placed third overall, ahead of Scotland.

The majority of athletes were selected from the Middle age group (under 17s), but there were a small number of outstanding juniors (under 15s) also given the opportunity to gain experience of this level of competition for the first time.

In amongst them, there were 12 athletes selected from the Dyfed Schools team.

An individual medal was won by Ben Thomas (Strade), who battled well and held onto his silver position right to the end (4.29.31) in the 1,500m steeplechase.

Alicia Samuel (Dyffryn Aman) secured a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay (49.46) and also ran a quick time in the non-scoring 100m (12.86). Eli Onyewu (Dyffryn Aman) was also a silver medallist, finishing second in the boys’ relay (42.11).

At only 13 years of age, Lili Church (Aberaeron) was one of the team members as an outstanding junior athlete, and on her debut at international level she cleared 1.55m in the high jump alongside her Dyfed teammate Thea Jenkins (Dyffryn Taf) who also cleared the same height.

Caleb Nicholas (Preseli) also jumped well, with a big performance of 1.75m.

Meanwhile, Mollie Dainton (Coedcae) and Owain Nicholas (Bro Gwaun) both contested the difficult 3,000m walk and they both came away with finishing times of 17.17.93 and 18.23.22 respectively.

William Lloyd (Preseli) competed in the 400m hurdles, and he came away with a good individual result of 58.00 seconds.

Three Carmarthen Harriers athletes were in throws action on the field, with Danielle Jones (QE High) throwing consistently in the discus for a best of 35.08m.

Joshua Thomas (QE High) came into the team and threw beyond the 50 metre mark in the boys’ javelin (50.12m) and Joe Worrall (Newcastle Emlyn) competed in both the discus and shot competitions and achieved bests of 48.49m and 11.43m.

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