Welsh Athletics Junior Championships

Updated: Feb 16, 2018

10th and 11th February 2018 at NIAC

I’m not sure who were more tired The Athletes or The Coaches, over the weekend at the Welsh Indoor Junior Championship. Once again we had some awesome results with our sprinters and long jumpers.

A huge congratulations to Tiwaah Boateng, Double Gold medallist in the 60m (8.27) and 200m (27.68), along with her teammate Olivia Gillespie, Double Silver medallist in the 60m (8.44) and 200m (27.91). Both these girls ran with style and determination and put Newport Harriers in the top spot.

Erika Jarrett ran a personal best in both her 60m (8.31)and 200m (27.67) races. She qualified for both finals and narrowly missed out for a medal finishing fourth in each event. Next time Erika!

We had two entries for the U17 60m and 200m races, Ashton Burnett and Raheem Atkinson, this being their first Welsh Junior competition. With strong competition Raheem ran just outside his personal best and Ashton qualified for the final equalling his personal best (8.51) and finished in eighth place, well done boys. On the Sunday Ashton ran the 200m without his teammate and run a fantastic personal best of 24.52 and reached the semi-final. It was a gutsy performance but again the competition was very strong.

The U15 girls ALL ran personal bests in the 60m and 200m, we couldn’t have asked for more.

Fantastic sprinting girls!

Amelia Roach 9.17

Cordelia Goodger 8.75 - 30.06

Olivia Read 8.72 - 29.40

Isabel Haden 8.79

Cate Davies 8.85 - 29.92

Isabel won her 200m heat and with the shrieks of delight from her mother, Hannah, she made the semi-final with a personal best of 28.83.

Amelia Fettis smashed her personal best to win gold with 9m 70cm

Iwan Dark added 89 centimetres to his personal best to win silver and move to 4th on the UK rankings

Morgan Keen-Williams set new personal bests in the long jump 4m 44cm and shot with his first throw over 7 metres with the 4kg shot. An improvement of more than half a metre.

Ellie-May Wainwright also a personal best in the shot 7m 87cm and Cate Davies also adding almost half a metre to her best ever throw 7m 63cm

The U17 girls had a good day as well again with more PB’s. Jasmine Barraclough run an impressive 60m, qualifying for the final and again just missing out on a medal finished in fourth place with a time of 8.03. Mum ,Claire, I’m sure was shrieking as well! Tough Opposition in the under 17s saw Ama Boateng 8.36 and Megan Selway 8.44 both with personal bests. Megan also achieved 28.29 in the 200 metres.

Congratulations to U20 Kellen Jones winning a bronze medal in the long jump (6.57m) and also to U13 Cameron Eley winning his first bronze medal with a personal best jump of 3.96m.

More PB’s for our U15 Antonia Dawes 4.20m - Ellie Mae Wainwright 4.03m and U13 Jacob Powell 3.41m. Great jumping from you guys as well.

Ceri Griffiths switched on the burners over the last 200m to secure gold medal in the U13 Girls 800m in a new PB. In only her second ever track race Tessa Morgan won bronze medal in U20 Women 800m.

In U15 Girls high jump Bethan Morgan cleared a PB of 1.47 on her third attempt to take bronze medal.

While out of the medals, combined eventer Ellie-Mae Wainwright recorded PBs in 60m hurdles and shot put.

The weekend saw Fantastic sprinting, Impressive jumping, and some very happy coaches, exhausted but very Happy. A very big thank you to All parents, grand parents, bothers and sisters, coaches and officials for a very enjoyable day, and remember athletes keep training hard and the rewards will come.

Report by Sarah Priest with inclusions from Darryn Mcatee, KenGoodger and Kevin Williams

Full results can be found here for Day 1

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