A day of personal bests at NI & Ulster Age Group Championships:


PBs at NI & Ulster Age Group Championships (by Athletics NI):

Over 500 athletes turned out to the Mary Peters Track on Saturday 11th June, for the NI & Ulster Age Group Track & Field Championships. Despite the events starting with poor weather conditions, there was a great atmosphere on the track.

The Steeplechase event started of the NI & Ulster Championships with Cáelainn McQuaid of Omagh Harriers and Glaslough’s Emma O’Hanlon Geary battling it out to be the U17 victor. However Cáelainn just steamed ahead to take the gold medal in 07:49.30 with Emma following behind in 08:27.60 for silver.

Jack Agnew was the athlete of the day, with impressive PB’s also from Youth Academy athletes Kate O’Connor (St Gerard’s AC), Lauren Roy (Ballymena & Antrim AC), and Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC). Jack U17 maintained his first place title in the 100m Wheelchair with just over a 3 second lead on second place winner, U16 Harry Turkington (19.49). Josh Graham (U16) followed closely behind Harry in 19.54, with U14 Andrew Greer taking the 100m in 21.06. The line-up was the same for the 400m Wheelchair event, where Jack stormed to the finish in 50.9 seconds. This PB for Jack now ranks him 40th in the World Senior T54 Rankings.

Kate O’Connor (St Gerard’s AC), had a great start to the Championships on Saturday, with an impressive 40.47m throw in the U17 Javelin, 16.78m ahead of second place Oriel AC Isabelle Doyle (23.69m). Kate continued her winning streak through to the U17 Long Jump, where she jumped a PB of 5.69m, just 1cm ahead of her Irish Schools PB of 5.68m the week previous. Lagan Valley’s Olivia Bowes took the silver with 5.13m. Olivia continued her podium positions by taking first place in the U17 100mH ahead of Annalee’s Abbie Sexton.

In the 200m U17 Girls Lauren Roy of Ballymena & Antrim took a 2.97 lead over silver medallist Molly McCormack of Shercock AC, to knock 0.58 of her previous PB time of 25.73 to a new PB time of 25.15 seconds. Lauren also took gold in the 100m event ahead of Annalee’s Abbie Seaton (13.37) and Emily Forte of Lagan Valley (13.42).

City of Lisburn’s Anna McCauley, claimed victory in the U16 100m, 200m and Long Jump events with North Down’s Rachel McCann and Aine Kerr (5.24m) achieving second position. In the 200m Anna took first in 25.86, with Rachel McCann in second (26.49). Jayne Drury of Shercock took third in the 200m (26.86) and first in the 80mH (13.55). However, success seemed to keep on coming for Anna as she took the gold in the 100m race (12.66 seconds) and the Long Jump (5.30m). Both these track events where just shy of her PB’s which she achieved at the Irish Schools Championships just the week before.

The U15 80mH was won by Tara Meier of 3 Ways AC (12.38), however City of Lisburn’s Holly Mulholland was close on her heels in 12.56. In the U15 100m’s Lauren Callaghan of Finn Valley stormed ahead of Ballymena & Antrim’s Alice Rogers (13.37) to take the top podium position in 13.19 seconds. Whereas in the Reece McClean of Upper Bann took the lead in 12.31 to achieve the first place win just in front of Orangegrove’s Aaron McCord. City of Lisburn boys Matthew Wilson (11.95), Simon Jackson (11.99) and Christopher Larmour (12.08) dominated the top three podium positions for the U17’s.

Olivia Cuskelly of Lifford Strabane threw an impressive 42.15m in the U15 Girls Hammer, 8.9m’s ahead of second place Hollie Galbraith of City of Lisburn (33.25m). Finn Valley’s Yvonne Boyle took the bronze in 28.48m, however redeemed her position to take the gold in the U15 discus (25.85m). Angel Durose and Ross Henderson of Lifford Strabane took the gold in the U14 Hammer, whilst Ryan Stewart (Lifford Strabane) took the U15 title.

Unattached Zara Dowds threw 22.99m in the U16 Hammer to take the winning position, but just lost out to Amy Kimber (Unattached) in the Javelin event by 1.61m. Amy went onto maintain her winning streak and took victory in the U16 Discus (21.69m), ahead of both Eabha Devin (City of Derry) and again Zara Dowds.

Charlie Worth of Finn Valley took the podium position in the U16’s Hammer (34.70m) and Javelin (31.07m), with Lifford Strabane’s Connor Breslin taking first in the U17’s hammer (48.48m).

The Long Jump again had a large number for entries with Finn Valley’s Amy McMenamin (4.73m), Joseph Aidoo of Letterkenny (4.43m), Finn Valley’s Cate Smyth (4.97m) and Jonathan Cochrane of Ballymena & Antrim (5.35m) claiming first place in the U14 and U15 age groups. Jonathan went on to take the win in the U15 triple Jump in 12.26m, however just lost out in the 200m to fellow team mate Ronan Campbell by 0.51 of a second.  Amy (28.81) just lost out to Unattached Katie Kimber (28.61) in the U14 200m. In the 80m event Katie Kimber came in second (11.04) to City of Lisburn’s Katie Monteith (10.64).

The U16 boy’s long jump was won by Pauric Harrold of Finn Valley (5.63m) and Kyle Magwood of Banbridge (5.67m) took the first position in the U17. Pauric also took first place in the 200m (24.03) ahead of North Down’s Isaac Hart, however he just lost out on maintaining his three win hat trick in the 100m (11.92) to Ballymena & Antrim’s Peter Wright (11.83).

The Annalee Girls Roisin Kellegher and team mate Niamh McCorry took first and second in the U14 high jump event. Niamh lost out on the first place position in the 75mH (12.29) to City of Lisburn’s Ella Armstrong (12.17).

Jude McCrossan of Lifford Strabane jumped 1.46m to take the gold medal in the U14 boy’s event, whilst City of Lisburn’s Erin Maguire had fierce competition from Finn Valley’s Abby Meenan, Aine Wilkinson and Caitlin McGonagle. However Erin prevailed and took the winning position on the podium with her 1.45m jump, as well as first in the U15 Javelin event (28.22m) and 200m (27.25).

Lagan Valley’s Ethan Bryce took the gold in the U15 high jump (1.70m), however he just lost out to unattached athlete, Eoin Sharkey (13.30) in the 80mH event by .06 of a second. Eoin also took the win in the U15 250mH (39.53), 1 second ahead of Olympians Henry Bose (40.50). Lagan Valley’s Tori McCord (1.50m), Ethan Williamson (1.65m), City of Lisburn’s Ethan McIlroy (1.83m) and Anna Stanfield (1.45m) all took the gold in their relevant age categories. U16 Ethan Williamson won the 100mH (15.03) ahead of Conall O’Neill of City of Derry (15.17).

North Down’s Zac Moraghan took the title in the U14 75mH (12.33) followed closely behind by Ryan O’Kane of Finn Valley in 12.71. Ryan (10.91m) and Innyvale’s Casey Mulvey (12.88m) won the U14 shot putt. However, Casey (24.54m) and Ryan (25.61m) both just lost out in the U14 Discus to Ballymena & Antrim’s Katie McCullough (25.39m) and James Wright (30.18m). Katie (32.70m) and James (41.47m) also took the gold in the U14 Javelin, however James (10.39) just lost out on his three event win to Lagan Valley’s Tony Craig (10.11) in the 80m’s. Tony continued as a means to go on and took the first place position in the U14 200m (25.56), ahead of North Down’s Zac Moraghan (27.38) in second and Dylan McBride of Willowfield Harriers (28.07) in third. Dylan did not let this get him down, as he went on to claim victory in the U14 800m event (2:15.85).

Beechmounts Davica Patterson took the titles in both the 400m (58.47) and 800m (2:23.37), just ahead of second place winners Lauren Crossan of Finn Valley (400m-1:00.49) and Ballymena & Antrim’s Rachel Brown (800m-2:24.90). North Down’s Megan Briggs (2:25.62) and Murphy Miller (2:19.35) claimed the victory titles in the U14 and U15 girls 800m event. David Smith of Letterkenny (2:08.56), Shercock’s Aine Corcoran (2:21.51), Stefhan Gabbidon-Lyttle of Ballymena & Antrim (2:03.79) and Omagh’s Sean Corry were the 800m gold medallist in their respective age groups.

Unattached Laoise McGonagle (8.96m), Emily Brennan of Glaslough (7.36m), Letterkenny’s Edward Grant (11.24m) and Omagh’s Adam Giles (11.35m) were the winners of the shot putt for the U15, U16 and U17 age groups. U15 Ronan Campbell of Ballymena & Antrim and U17 Sarah McGlynn of Lagan Valley took the podium position in both the shot putt and Discus. Ballymena & Antrim’s Darragh Ferguson (32.21m) and Matthew McCullough (28.17m) both won the U16 and U17 Discus events.

Finn Valley’s Bethany Lecky jumped 9.20m in the U15 girls triple jump, with City of Lisburn’s Iona MacPherson (10.95m) and Kerry Annett (10.300m), Luke Pollock from Ballymena & Antrim (11.49m) and Lagan Valley’s Jai Benson (12.12m) all taking the first place podium position in their relevant age categories. Luke went to win the 250mH title in 34.67, with City of Derry’s Conall O’Neill in second (34.87). U15 Darragh Kirk of Lifford Strabane had a great throw in the Javelin of 36.66m.

U17 boys Ballymena & Antrim’s Adam Neilly took first place in both the 200m (23.91) and 400m (51.06). Thomas Mullen of Lifford Strabane took the 200m silver medal in 54.89, but reclaimed victory in the 300mH (41.20). In the 250mH girls U15 event Eimear Kelly of City of Derry took the gold medal (39.17), just ahead of Ballymena & Antrim’s Erin McMahon (40.17). Finn Valley’s Sinead Gallagher (37.38) had a great 250mH race and took the gold 1.76 seconds in front of second place Harriet Dougan (39.14) from Lagan Valley. Eadaoin Galligan of Innyvale took the U17 girls 300mH title in 54.83 seconds.

There was 8 entries spread over the four age groups in the 2k and 3k walk events, Glaslough’s Ava Ross taking first in 11:15.09 and fellow team mate Eimear McColgan (14:06.70) in second for the U14 girls. Finn Valley’s Isabel Conaghan took the gold with 14:03.20 for the U16 girls where team mate Lauren McDaid took the U17 girls title in 13:50.50. The U17 boy’s event was won by Reuben Burns in 14:53.30 and the 3k champion was Aimee Brennan of Glaslough Harriers (19:44.44).

There was a strong entry in the U16 3000m event on Saturday with 11 competitors battling it out for the podium positions. Lagan Valley’s Alex Boyd prevailed and took the gold medal in 9:39.32, just ahead of Jack Moore of Omagh Harriers (9:43.89). Finn Valley’s Aoife McGrath (11:15.80), Aoife Cochrane of East Down (12:15.59) and Burren’s Jack O’Farrell (9:23.00) took the titles in the U16 and U17 races.

This weekend will see the NI & Ulster Senior Athletes incorporating the U18 to U20 age group athletes take to the Mary Peters Track once again for another athletics filled day.