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Good outing in Scotland

Friday 7 December 2012

Good performances from Cardiff athletes Harry Hillman, Tom Trotman, Ryan James and Claire Taylor helped the Welsh Schools team at last weekend's SIAB multi events international in Scotland. Harry, Tom and Ryan helped the under 16 boys' team to a bronze medal as did Claire in the under 18 girls' team.

Harry Hillman got off to a super start in the hurdles, scorching to an 8.58 seconds clocking – a new Welsh under 15 best, 0.08 seconds quicker than his run at NIAC in November. That time ranked him joint third with 841 points. Tom Trotman was twelfth overall with a 9.20 seconds time and Ryan James fifteenth on 9.45.
 
In the long jump, Tom was the highest placed Welsh athlete, his 5.92m performances placing him third. Harry ranked ninth with his 5.65m with Ryan on 5.00m.
 
The 200 metres was a better event for the Welsh quartet.  Ryan used his experience in the sprints to good advantage, clocking the joint second fastest time of 23.84 seconds. Tom was fifth with 24.09 and Harry sixth (24.22 seconds).
 
In the shot put the best put was a huge 15.30 metres, and there were three more boys over 12 metres.  Tom was the best of the Welsh, four his 11.53m ranking him fifth. Ryan claiming eleventh (10.37m) and Harry had to settle for 8.87m.
 
In the 800 metres Harry (2:13.35) and Ryan (2:13.58) produced very similar runs but Tom, like many combined events athletes, finds the endurance event tough clocking 2:30.75.
 
Harry headed the team in the final standings, finishing eighth on 2992 points. Tom  finishing twelfth on 2847 while Ryan, who has made arguably the biggest improvement in the last nine months, will have learned from his international appearance, finishing fourteenth with 2792.

Claire Taylor was the second highest scorer in the Welsh under 18 team with 2990 points coming seventh overall. She placed sixth in three of the five events (shot put 8.66m; 60mH 9.27; high jump 1.54m), 10th in the 800m (2:41.65) and 14th in the long jump (4.68m).

The best performer of the Welsh contingent was David Omoregie who was the outright winner of the uner 18 boys' age group with 3690 points.

The full results can be viewed by clicking on RESULTS.