Impressive performances from NI Athletes at weekend events
18 April 2016
Agnew Destroys PBs at Firmus Meeting
Youth Academy athlete Jack Agnew (Torque Racing Club/Heather Ardis) was the star of the first Firmus Open Meeting at the Mary Peters Track on Thursday night. The T54 wheelchair athlete, still an U17, has clearly made huge improvements over the winter as he took almost a second off his 100m PB and over two seconds off his 200m PB with 15.88 and 28.34 respectively. The 200m performance is particularly impressive and based on 2015 senior UK rankings, moves him from 11th to 6th in the most competitive wheelchair class.
There was an excellent turnout at the competition with record numbers competing across all events. There were notable performances from 2015 World Student Games Finalist, Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC/Alan Kennedy) who won the 100m in10.93 and Commonwealth Decathlete Peter Glass (City of Lisburn AC/Phillip Snoddy) who beat his 6 year old PB with 11.12 for second.
Impressive performances from Reid and McGuigan in USA
At the Longhorn Invite in Texas Leon Reid (Birchfield Harriers/James Hillier) had his fastest season opener in the 100m with 10.41 and had a solid run of 20.81 in the 200m. Dempsey McGuigan (Shaftsbury/Alan Bertram) who set a huge personal best of 69.59m last weekend backed this up with a win for Ole Miss (68.47m).
Wet and Windy Weekend Doesn't Stop NI Athletes at Irish Unis
North Down AC training partners Adam McComb and Andrew Mellon battled all the way to the line in the most dramatic race of the weekend. The Brendan McConville coached pair both improved their outdoor bests with McComb retaining his title in 47.84 to Mellon's 47.85.
John Kelly (Finn Valley AC/John Kelly Snr) in his first year as a senior is now within 1.5m of the NI senior Shot Put record following his gold medal performance of 16.16m. IUAA indoor 60m champion Jonathan Browning (Ballymena and Antrim/Melanie Browning) battled the difficult conditions to take Silver in the Men's 100m in 10.76 behind Marcus Lawler who won in 10.58.
There was a third gold medal for NI Athletes as Mellon and Browning helped Queens to the 4x100m title alongside the Phillip Snoddy coached duo Ben Maze and Gareth Thompson (both City of Lisburn AC). Garbhan McKenna (Shercock AC/Tom Reynolds) kicked off the weekend’s action taking silver in the 110mH in a time of 14.92 behind fellow European Junior 2015 competitor Matthew Behan who won in 14.52.
Laura Frey (Lagan Valley) won silver in the Pentathlon and bronze in the 400mH as Kathy Hetherington (North Down AC/Jackie McKernan) took bronze in the discus with 42.19m. Queens athlete Neil Johnson took silver in a windy 5000m with 15.06.47.