Records for Sexton, McCartney and Mulholland at Irish Schools (article by Athletics NI):
Northern Irish athletes made the most of near perfect conditions in Tullamore on Saturday (4th June 2016). There was an impressive intermediate girls’ pole vault record by Ellie McCartney (Belfast HS / Jim Alexander) of 3.60m with all three medallists beating the schools record set by McCartney last year of 2.95m. This was a double record for Ellie as this height betters her NI U18 record of 3.55m set at the Ulster Schools.
Star of the boys’ sprinters was Aaron Sexton (Bangor Grammar / Roger Sexton) who set a new intermediate record in the 100m of 10.86 (1.3) and took gold in the 200m in 21.85 (-0.3) both PBs and European Youth qualifiers. Holly Mulholland (Lismore / Jo Savage) ran a huge personal best to win the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles on a photo finish dip with 11.36 (1.9) beating the previous record of 11.41 from 2004.
One of the most anticipated head to heads was in the Senior Girls 100m Hurdles. Megan Marrs (pictured left) just missed Sarah Lavin’s record from 2012 with an impressive second half to move past Moreland over the final barrier and take the victory in 13.78 (-1.2). The headwind wind suggests that Marrs’ own NI U20 record of 13.72 is likely to go soon.
There were double victories for Youth Academy Multi-Eventer Kate O’Connor (St Vincent’s Dundalk / Michael O’Connor) and Rising Stars athlete Ethan Williamson (Clounagh J.H.) O’Connor won the inter Javelin in 40.78m before winning a dramatic long jump with a final round PB of 5.68m. Williamson won the junior Triple Jump with a PB of 11.77m before taking over half a second off his 80m Hurdles PB to win in 11.63 (0.1). EYOF bronze medalist Sommer Lecky (Strabane Academy / Niall Wilkinson) jumped a seasons best of 1.78m to win the inter girls high jump.
Other NI Gold Medallists:
Harriet Platt (Strathearn) TJ – 9.96m
Davacia Patterson (Hunterhouse) 800m – 2:15.06
Glenlola Collegiate 4x100m Relay 50.06
Phoebe Tan (Methody) 1.66m
Lydia Mills (Ballyclare High) 11.39m
Jakob Swann (Bangor Grammar) 800m – 2:09.11
Conor Crowe (St. Pats Keady) 100m 11.58
Shane Martin (BRA) PV 4.00m
Stephen McCorry (BRA) Hammer 52.68m