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Juniors through to final

Monday 19 August 2013

Cardiff's Welsh Athletics Under 15 League team completed the qualifying series at Cwmbran yesterday, 18th August, and safely secured a place in the all Welsh final to be held in Brecon on 15th September.

A team that was heavily depleted, especially in the under 11 age group, through holidays finished in second place but included a number of excellent performances including Sarah Omoregie's hat trick of wins in the under 15 girls' 100m, 75m hurdles and shot put. Double winners were James Kennett, Jay Morse and Thomas Hanson.

Cardiff's individual event winners were:

Under 13 girls:  Sofia Vella (800m):  Abi Fisher (1500m).

Under 15 girls:  Sarah Omoregie (100m race 1, 75mH race 1, shot put);  Bethan Register (300m);  Lauren Evans (75mH race 2);  Niamh Galton (high jump);  Tia Meddick (javelin).

Under 13 boys:  James Kennett (100m race 1 and 200m race 3);  Thomas Hanson (200m race 1 and javelin);  Daniel John (800m);  Callum Russell (1000m walk);  Jay Morse (shot put and discus).

Under 15 boys:  Iestyn Jones (300m race 2);  Rhodri Davies (pole vault);  Jordan Fender (long jump);  Owain Thomas-Jenkins (javelin).  

Over the season Cardiff were the winners of the overall under 13 and under 15 age groups (boys and girls) but had to concede second place to the Cardiff Archers in the under 11 age group.

The final league positions were:

1.  Cardiff Archers (32 league points)
2.  Cardiff AAC (28)
3.  Newport H (24)
4.  Cwmbran H (20)
5.  Hereford & County AC (16)
6.  Aberdare Valley AAC (9)
7.  Blaenau Gwent AC (8)
8.  Rhondda AC (7)

To view the results from Sunday click on RESULTS.

The team managers report as follows:

Under 11 boys and girls

Athletes of the day:

Boys: Ben Vincent for his continuing enthusiasm and dedication and attaining a PB in 800 m and javelin.

Girls: Elen James for running fantastically well in the relay, which she had never done before, and for trying her hardest with everything she has done this season.

With the majority of our U11’s team building sand castles and swimming in various locations in the world, we were left with the Famous Five who were ready, willing and able at the final fixture of the Welsh Junior League at Cwmbran.

Our boys’ team - The Terrific Two - Ben Vincent and Kai Scurlock - were eager to do themselves and the club proud and, more importantly, generally have a fun filled athletic day.

Kai maintains a great record with his multi talents in sprints, throwing and long jumping.  Keep up the good work Kai.  Ben also is so enthusiastic in trying to better previous performances, doing so well again in his 150m and getting a PB in 800m as well as having fun with the javelin.

Our young ladies - The Tremendous Three - Catrin Hocking, Elen James and Eryn Oakley - were all determined to do their very best and continue to progress in their events; onward to their Olympic dreams of 2024.

Catrin was very determined on the track, and continues to give 110% with her performances as well as throwing the shot as far as she can. Well done Catrin.

Our middle distance runners Elen and Eryn continue to do very well in the 800m. Amazingly, even though they were in different races, they both finished in 3mins21!

They also leapt wonderful distances in the long jump, which unfortunately had to be interrupted for the relays, and threw great distances in the javelin. Jessica Ennis watch out - these girls have got you in their sights!

With so few athletes we could only enter a mixed guest team in the relay.

The Fabulous Four - Elen, Eryn, Kai and Ben - ran (and then ran again!) their legs off, and more importantly enjoying themselves, romping home in 4th position with BIG smiles on their faces! With so much happening for these young athletes on the day, their batteries were starting to run out by now so Elen’s dad was on hand for a more than welcome piggyback ride back to the car!

Well done to our Famous Five in Cwmbran and to all of our other athletes that have competed in this league. You all should be very proud of yourselves as the U11’s team has finished in a very respectable 3rd position out of 8 teams.  You have all helped the Cardiff AAC U15’s team achieve an overall position of 2nd which means we will compete in the final in Brecon on 15th September.

Many thanks to all of our young stars that have shone so brightly this season; and your parents for their support,


Under 13 Girls

Athlete of the day: Abi Fisher.

Overall, the Under 13 Girls finished in 1st place...!!! A phenomenal achievement, considering the team was missing three recent Welsh Champions.

Like so many times this season, the endurance girls stole the show again. Even missing two Welsh Champions, they managed to secure maximum points in both the 800m and 1500m. In the 800m, it was Sofia Vella who romped home well clear of the field, having paced her race to perfection to win in a time of 2:36.40. Following close behind was Alisha Hayes, who won the B race to give Cardiff full points.

The 1500m provided by far the best race of the day! Abi Fisher and Annwen Gammon were locked together for the majority of the race and it was only in the final home straight that Abi managed to pull away to a new PB time of 5:03.33, taking more than 10 seconds off her previous best. Only a few meters behind was Annwen, who also ran a PB, with 5:06.27.

Maximum points, yet again, for the endurance girls, who will look to do the same in the Final.

Still on the track, the ever present Evie Poyner got the team started again with a very good 2nd place in the 1K Walk.

In the sprints, the girls had their best result of the year with a welcome return for Lana Culliford in the 100m as she grabbed a fantastic PB with 13.87s. Newcomer Megan Hodgson had a great start to her day, taking the other points for Cardiff, the girls finishing 4th and 5th overall. In the 200m, it was again Lana who was Cardiff's best, coming 3rd overall. Taking the other points was none other than Sofia Vella, dropping down to the 200m after her fantastic win earlier in the 800m.

There were completely contrasting fortunes in the hurdles. Lana, silver medallist at the recent Welsh Championships, clipped the second hurdle, finishing a poor 5th by her brilliant standards. It was left to debutante Megan Hodgson to step in, with a very good 12.81s for second in the A race. Megan Edwards ran the 200m for the first time this year, in a very good 31.60s, whilst Ella McCormack ran a very good 100m and 200m. An under strength 4x100m relay team managed a very good 3rd place.

In the field, the throwers grabbed their usual hatful of points. There were huge PBs for both Halle Meddick and Thea Willis in the Javelin, with Halle 2nd overall and Thea 4th. In the Shot as well, both girls had solid performances, with Thea this time 3rd and Halle 4th.

A good result in the discus too as Alice Cuddihee came out top for Cardiff, with a throw close to her PB. In the absence of the injured Bethan Gammon, it was twin sister Annwen who picked up Cardiff's other points in the discus.

In the High Jump, capping off a great debut in a Cardiff AAC vest was Megan Hodgson with a fantastic height of 1.30m and following very closely behind was Ellie-May Stonehewer with 1.25m. Ellie had earlier finished 3rd overall in the long jump, where Emma Hocking got Cardiff’s other points.


Under 13 Boys

Athlete of the day: Daniel John.

Like the girls, the Under 13 Boys also finished in 1st place overall. The smallest team this year, they managed to come out on top, despite missing so many….

Never has choosing the Athlete of the Day been easier as the winner had the best day of his season by far. Daniel John started his day with a fantastic run in the 100m in a time of 13.84s, making him Cardiff’s 3rd fastest athlete in this age group. This was made more remarkable by the fact that his best event was to come, the 800m. With Alfie Davies, they gave us the closest race of the day, as the two Cardiff athletes made a one-two for the team, separated by less than half a second. With the year 6 Daniel going sub-2:30 for the first time, in 2:27.44. Well done to both athletes for giving us a race to remember..! In the 1500m, Morgan James was slightly below his best but still gained a lot of points coming 3rd. Morgan had earlier finished in 3rd place in the Discus B competition, bagging more points in the process.

In the sprints, who else? Thomas Hanson and James Kennett got the points in both the 100m and 200m, with Thomas running a PB in the 100m in a time of 13.01s. He’ll be looking to cap off a brilliant season in the Final by going sub-13 seconds.

Earlier in the day Callum Russell showed what a team player he is by winning the 1K Walk and, in the process, earned his place in the WJL Final. The boys won the match by 14 points and Callum’s win in the 1K Walk was worth 16 points alone…!!! In the hurdles, Cameron Fisher put his hands up to cover for missing team mates and his 3rd place earned a further 12 points for Cardiff. Without the efforts of Callum and Cameron, this win would not have been possible.

In the field, it was almost complete domination in the throwing events, the boys getting 70 out of a maximum 72 points. In the javelin, it was Cardiff’s number 1 sprinter Thomas Hanson, who won the competition with a huge 30.66m throw. Jay Morse made it another Cardiff one-two, with a new PB of 24.04. In the discus, it was another Grade1 throw for Jay, making it four out four Grade 1 throws this year in the WJL. Jay wasn’t done yet! He went on to win the Shot Put with 8.28m. Right behind Jay was Morgan Jenkins, in his first competition in a Cardiff vest, the year 6 Morgan winning the B competition with a great throw of 7.58m.

It was a tough day in the jumping events with Jonathan Gibson and Oliver Cooper missing and an injury during practice to Adam Mohsin ruled him out of both the high jump and long jump. In the HJ, it was Cameron again who grabbed a huge amount of points finishing 3rd in the A competition. In the Long Jump it was an excellent debut for newcomer Thomas Vass who finished 2nd in the A competition, going over the 4 meter mark whilst Morgan Jenkins added to his tally by finishing 2nd in both the LJ and HJ B competitions.

Other successes included three PBS for Caerwyn Phillips, Huw Jones and Rhys Eames in the 1500m. The 4x100m relay team, missing two of its regulars, still came home in 2nd place.

As a final comment on both the Under 13 Boys and Girls: the win was only possible as a result of the number of athletes that filled in, in unfamiliar events, to cover for absent and injured team mates... Well done to all the Under 13s…., This was a great TEAM effort!!!


Under 15 girls

Athlete of the day: Niamh Galton.

Hereford 1, Hereford 2, Newport and now Cwmbran. Different venues, same result. 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st again…! The Under 15 Girls capped off a fantastic season, winning in Cwmbran by a mile, despite not fielding any athletes in the Walk or Pole Vault! This effectively meant starting the day on -48 points…

As for Athlete of the Day, it seemed harsh to choose one athlete when the team was so dominate everywhere. In the end, it was Niamh Galton, for her fantastic Grade 1 PB in the High Jump. Niamh now goes out expecting a PB every time she puts her spikes on and she still has ambitions of jumping even higher before the end of the outdoor season. Also in the HJ, and winning the B competition was long jump specialist Catrin Lord. Earlier in the day Catrin had been slightly below her best but still finished in 2nd place in the long jump; with Katy Green winning the B competition, to give Cardiff almost maximum points in the jumping events.

Still in the field, there was a fantastic Cardiff one-two in the shot for Sarah Omoregie and Tia Meddick, both with Grade 1 throws. Sarah set a great PB, throwing over 10m for the first time. Tia went one better in the javelin, winning a very close competition with an excellent 27.84m throw. In the hammer and discus, absentees meant that endurance runners Belinda Wallace and Amber Harding stepped in to get the points for the team in the discus, while Laura Coates and Elishka Coupar got the Cardiff points in the hammer.

On the track, yet again there were maximum points in the 75m Hurdles for the seemingly unbeatable Lauren Evans and Sarah Omoregie. There were maximum points too, in the 300m, for the equally dominant Bethan Register in a time of 45.20s, whilst Angel Powell’s 47.50s was good enough to win the B race.

In the sprints, an injured Rebecca Kennet was missed and Sarah Omoregie added to her points tally by take 2nd place in the 100m, whilst Bethan Register did likewise, taking 2nd place in the 200m. Catrin Lord, in the 100m, and Michaella Gulley in the 200m got the other points for Cardiff.

The endurance events also gave the team plenty of points. In the 800m, despite being slightly off their bests, Gwenno Waddington took 2nd place and Elishka Coupar 3rd. Similarly, in the 1500m, Amber Harding’s run was good enough to take 2nd place overall, whilst Belinda Wallace was only a whisker outside her PB, to win the B race.

A great first place in the 4x100m, the last race of the day, was the perfect end to a fantastic season… Well done to all…

We can now look forward to an even stronger showing in the WJL Final, in Brecon on the 15th September!!


Under15 boys

Athlete of the day:  Owain Thomas Jenkins – for his excellent throwing, not just in this but also previous fixtures.

With a depleted team going into this fixture, with so many of our athletes on holiday and our Team Manager Linda Exton having a well earned rest, it was great to see some less familiar names showing up with great performances in Cwmbran. Cardiff’s Under 15 boys completed their mission and finished in 1st place overall in their league with 1089 points.

Notable performances came from:

Rhodri Davies, who had a great performance, securing a win in the pole vault and attaining a grade 3 jump of 3.00m.

Jordan Fender had a brilliant win in the long jump, with a Grade 3 jump of 5.31m, as well as running well in the 300m, coming 3rd in a time of 40.20.

Joe Alder continues to have a great season, taking second place in the 800m in a grade 3 time of 2:12.15.

James Vincent smashed his PB in the high jump with fine jumping and a grade 4 jump of 1.54m finishing in 2nd place only on technicalities and gaining valuable points for the team.

Owain Thomas-Jenkins continues to impress with his throwing, winning and attaining a grade 3 throw of 40.20m in the javelin. He also came 2nd in the hammer, with a throw of 25.08m.

Matthew Cottington hit the track well, coming 2nd in both his 100m & 200m heats.  He also performed well in the discus, coming 3rd.  Closely following in the sprints was Jack Murray, running well and finishing 3rd in both of his heats for the 100 & 200m  

We also had a fine win in the 300m with Iestyn Jones doing himself and the team proud, winning in a grade 4 time of 39.80.

Ieuan Jones continues his great track season where he is in fine form, finishing 2nd in the 1500m and bringing home more valuable team points.

Our U15’s boys’ relay, comprised of Joe Alder, Jamal Abdilahi, Jack Murray and Matthew Cottington, came 3rd.  Special thanks go to James Vincent for standing in at the last moment for the B team when we found out that our original relay runner had disappeared!

Thanks to our other young men, Matthew Pile, Josef Williams, Jamal Abdilahi, and Aeron Evans, for attending and being part of the team on the day and giving their best in everything they did.

As usual special thanks to those who entered events outside of their preferred disciplines but “had a go” for the benefit of the team.  All their efforts paid off!

A big “thank you” again also goes to all the parents who came forward to help out with official duties. Well done again!

We all look forward to the Cup Final now in Brecon on 15th September. We need to have our strongest team available and fill all of the events to attain the highest points total possible. There will be great competition; however we are more than capable of doing very well with a BIG team effort.

And from the club, many thanks to the team managers who have worked hard to look after these teams. Your contributions are gratefully appreciated.