2019 Dyfed Secondary Schools Athletics Championships / Pencampwriaeth Athletau Ysgolion Uwchradd Dyfed 2019 - Carmarthen-Caerfyrddin
Friday Evening 7th June and Saturday 8th June saw the big Dyfed Scondary Schools Athletics Championships return to the Carmarthen Leisure Centre Athletics Track in Johnstown with spaces at the Welsh Schools Championships up for grabs.
It saw approximately 350 athletes from Pembrokeshire, Brianne, Llanelli and Ceredigion taking the spotlight and several hundred parents and teachers attend throughout the weekend to support the young athletes. Whilst there were plenty of club runners from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, Llanelli and Swansea present, it was also the opportunity for the less experienced schoolchildren to take part in a major competition.
The top finishers in each event from the four area championships that were held in May at Carmarthen, Llanelli and Haverfordwest qualified to compete and represent their area at the two-day weekend programme on the track and in the field.
24 hours before the West Wales Championships at Swansea, the Pemberton Athletics Track outside Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli hosted the first of four area matches as the six schools made the short journey across town to the home of Llanelli Athletics Club for their first visit to the venue in seven days. Next up back down the A484 six days later saw Carmarthen Leisure Centre Athletics Track in Johnstown host the first of two at the venue, the Brianne Championships was first to take place.
The brand newly named school Haverfordwest High on the Prendergast Campus in Haverfordwest was the venue for the ten Pembrokeshire Schools in the penultimate fixture. Then to round off a great two weeks, eight Ceredigion Schools travelled South for their six-hour match using the facilities at Carmarthen Leisure Centre.
More than 60 events completed over eight hours of competition
The action got underway at a rain-soaked Carmarthen on Friday evening (7th June) where the first 5 events of the 2019 championships was held ahead of the big day. These included the 300m and 400m distance hurdles, 1000m Walk, 3000m along with the hammer in the field. Unfortunately the Pole Vault was cancelled due to unsafe conditions in West Wales.
Around 14 hours later for the school athletes, parents and teachers, all roads from Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire led to the Carmarthen Leisure Centre in Johnstown early on Saturday morning (8th June) where the first set of events began at 10.00am on the field with the track hurdles heats a short time after. Thankfully the heavy rain cleared just in time and gave way to a bright and breezy Saturday for the remainder of the disciplines.
The races kept on coming and after a series of heats, time trials and straight finals, the competition came to a close at 17:30 at the end of a long but exciting eight-hour timetable.
Some of the event disciplines completed throughout the morning and afternoon on the running track were the 100m/200m/300m/400m sprints, sprint hurdles, 800m, 1500m and steeplechase. The ever popular events were back on the field with a number of athletes contesting the long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot, javelin and discus on all four corners of the venue.
We are at the forefront of the sport in Wales and for that we can thank the talents of the pupils in the Dyfed Schools, the commitment and skill of the teaching PE departments throughout the three counties and the support many receive from coaches in the athletics clubs. Our thanks go to all the officials, teachers and helpers who made sure that the event ran smoothly and on time, in front of and behind the scenes including: all area teacher judges on track, timekeeping, jumps and throws, Welsh Athletics officials, St John Ambulance, Leisure Centre stewards and the Carmarthen Harriers parents on refreshments and administration duties. The meeting could have not gone ahead without these people.
Dyfed Team selected for the Welsh Schools Championships next month in Cardiff
The Dyfed Schools team for the Welsh Schools National Track and Field Championships to be held on Saturday 6th July at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, has been selected straight after the Dyfed Championships and letters have been posted to all the athletes selected. All reply slips must be sent back straight away within a week, as reserves can be called if an athlete is unavailable. Athletes should be made aware that those finishing in first positions on the weekend are not automatically selected.
Please note that Year 7 athletes do not go forward to the national championships. The Cardiff event is only for year 8 and above with ONE athlete selected per event in the junior age group (8&9) and middle age group (10&11). More than one can be selected for Seniors (12&13) and a second middle can be entered if they have reached the standard set by WS.
The event on July 6th will feature teams from Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & Vale, Dyfed, Eryri, Glamorgan Valleys, North East Wales, Powys and South East Wales at a championships which will again form as part of the Urdd's Gemau Cymru Multi-Sport Festival in the Welsh Capital and up in North Wales at Y Bala.
Friday 7th June & Saturday 8th June @ Carmarthen - RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE / CANLYNIADAU AR GAEL YMA
Results from the weekend can be viewed by clicking below. It opens an Excel Spreadsheet.xls and results have been separated by age group, click the tabs at the bottom to choose the category that you're looking for:
Unfortunately the year 7 girls and middle boys 200m finals results have not come into results and therefore not available at the present time.
2019 Event Results Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org