Junior athletes impress at Irish Life Health Tailteann Games!

Lauren Roy is considered as a potential medallist ahead of the AAI Juvenile Championships!

Multi-Event star Kate O’Connor sets new NI U18 record:

Kate O’Connor (Michael O’Connor) was again the star performer as local athletes performed well at a number of high profile events over the weekend.

Competing at the Irish Life HealthTailteann Games in Santry, Dublin (Saturday 24th June 2017), St Vincent’s Dundalk student Kate bettered her own Northern Ireland Under 18 Shot Putt (3kg) record when she threw 14.54m.  The multi-event star then went on to win the Javelin (500g) competition with a record breaking 47.63m effort, before clocking 25.38 for 200m.

Also in Santry, Lauren Roy (Slemish College) was just outside her 100m best when she recorded 12.11 (-0.5) for 2nd place – Anna McCauley (Methodist College) followed in 3rd place with a new personal best of 12.20 (-0.5).  Anna’s 1.71m (2nd place) in the High Jump was also a personal best performance.

There was also a 4:47.27 (3rd place) 1500m personal best for Murphy Miller (Strathearn) at the event.  Erin Fisher (Methodist College) equalled her Pole Vault best of 3.10m to secure Joint 2nd place with fellow NI athlete Harriet Dougan (BRA), who also finished on 3.10m.  Iona MacPherson (Belfast HS) leaped to 10.93m (-0.2) for 3rd place in the Triple Jump.  Jade Williams (Bailieborough CS) won the 3kg Hammer event with a 57.92m (1st place) throw.  Rachel McCann (Sullivan Upper) ran a 300m personal best of 40.23 (2nd place).

Cormac O’Rourke (St Malachy’s Belfast) won the 800m in a personal best of 1:56.14 (1st place), while in the 1500m, fellow Lagan Valley AC athlete Alex Boyd, competing for Regent House, recorded 4:07.64 (1st place) for victory.  In the 3,000m, St Colmans Newry athlete Jack O’Farrell ran a huge personal best of 9:06.18 for 3rd place.  There was also a podium place for Grosvenor Grammar student Andrew Hagen, who ran 4:39.15 (3rd place) in the 1500m Steeplechase.  Adam Hughes (Regent House) won the 400m in 51.47 (1st place).

In the Relay competition, there were podium places for Ulster teams.  The 4x100m Girls recorded 48.09 for 2nd place and 4x300m Girls took 3rd place in 2:46.95.  The 4x100m Boys 44.73 for 3rd place, while the 4x400m Boys claimed 2nd place with a 3:35.44 finish.


Elsewhere this weekend…

Crusaders AC athlete Jason Harvey (Nick Dakin) recorded a 400m hurdles season’s best whilst competing at the Meeting à thème Quatrache de Saint-Egreve in France.  Jason crossed the line in 51.20 for 2nd place.

Note:  This article was compiled for use by Athletics NI.