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Paletta triumphs in college XC event.

Byline: GARETH HUGHES

WREXHAM'S talented young Gina Paletta made an impressive start to her spell in the United States when she won the Cascade Collegiate cross-country event in McIver State Park, Oregon.

She covered the 6k course in 21m 51s to win by 16 seconds and her time was just eight seconds outside the course record set in 2006.

Her clubmate Matthew Williams continued his outstanding season by setting a new Welsh record of 50.11m in the under-15 boys' discus at the York open meeting.

And yet another Wrexham athlete in winning form was all-rounder Amanda Wale, who took gold in the W40 class at the British Masters' heptathlon championships in Oxford, totalling 4,405 points.

This Sunday is the inaugural Anglesey Sandman triathlon, involving some of the forest trials which will be used next week for the Commonwealth 55k trail championships. It is being organised by Always Aim High Events, who staged the successful Snowdonia Slateman tri in May.

The 350-strong field is expected to include athletes from all over the UK and Europe, and Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies, the event ambassador, said it would help open the area to new participants and visitors.

Entries will be accepted on the day of the race but entrants and spectators are reminded that the road from Newborough Square to the forest venue will be closed to everyone except local residents from 11am to 4.30pm.

Tomorrow, Denbigh Harriers are reviving the nine-mile Llyn Brenig trail race on Denbigh Moors, which starts at 1pm.

Also tomorrow, the annual North Wales Junior Fell-Running Championships return to Llandudno's Great Orme and organiser Mike Blake would welcome further offers of help in officiating and marshaling.

The Fox Trot mountain race in Colwyn Bay, held for the for the first time last year, was scheduled to take place tomorrow but has been called off.

Cybi Striders, who are currently undergoing a revival, have had their belated application to affiliate to the Borders Road-Running League accepted.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 16, 2011
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