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Quartet qualify for Welsh Schools' Athletics Championships

Quartet qualify for Welsh Schools' Athletics Championships

Zach Speakman, Kieron McNamara, Mollie Smithfield and Sean Hughes

A group of track and field stars at Rydal Penrhos have qualified for the national finals of a major competition.

No fewer than four pupils from the school will represent Eryri at the Welsh Schools’ Athletics Association Championships, which will be held next month.

The quartet booked their place at the national showcase thanks to standout efforts at the regional heat in Bangor, with Lower Sixth pupil Mollie Smithfield produced another memorable effort to come away with the 800 metres crows.

She will be joined at the event by Year 9 pupil Zach Speakman, who will test his skills against the best high jumpers in the country after a dominant display which saw him clear 1.60 metres.

Kieron McNamara comfortably won the Javelin event to qualify, while sprint king Sean Hughes will also be representing Eryri after finish a close second in the 100 metre sprint race.

Unfortunate to miss out was Elinor Davies, who came second in both the 100 and 200 metres, while Emily Madden came fourth in the highly competitive long jump.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “This was a fantastic result and full credit goes to all four of our pupils that have qualified for the national championships.

“They all worked incredibly hard in the lead-up to the regional event, and I am delighted that this has been reflected in their overall results.

“Special mention goes to Elinor, who can count herself extremely unlucky to be missing out after two very strong performances.”

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