NI Athletes medal at NI Ulster Indoor Age Group Championships
06 February 2017
There were a number of encouraging performances across a range of events at the NI & Ulster Age Groups Championships in Magherafelt at the weekend.
In many of the track events there were double golds across the board. Oriel’s U12 Amy Jo Kierans and Annalees Cormac Grotty took gold in both the 60m (8.99 & 8.63) and 600m (1.54.74 & 1.54.65). U14 Ben Campbell of Tir Chonaill was successful in the 60m (8.26) and the 60mh (10.07) to secure the top podium position. Eoin Sharkey of Tir Chonaill received one of each medal with a win in the 60mh’s (9.46), 2nd place in the 200m (25.39) and bronze in the 60m sprint race (7.87).
In the field events Finn Valley’s Keeva Johnston (U14) took the silver medal in both the High Jump (1.35m), just behind team mate Cara Wilkinson (1.40m) and the Long Jump (4.21m), which was taken by Michaela Galvin of Letterkenny (4.22m). Finn Valley also took the gold medals again in the boys Long Jump and High Jump events thanks to Joseph Gillespie (4.76m) and (1.50m).
Annalee’s Niamh McCorry had an impressive 9.95 sec run in the U15 girls 60mh’s to take 1st place, which was a staggering 0.56 of a second in front of 2nd place team mate Kate Donohoe. Niamh went on to take the gold in both the 800m’s (2.29.48) and High Jump (1.53m) events.
Last years’ U12 champion, Hannah Murray of Finn Valley cleared up again in the U13 girls 600m (1:51.42), and 60m (8.67) to take gold in each of these events. The U14 girls’ 60mh event top 3 was taken by Tir Chonaill team mates Niamh Moohan (8.69), Lucy McGlynn (10.01) and Rachel Gallagher (10.10). Both Lucy (8.47) and Niamh (8.69) also took 2nd and 3rd position in the 60m flat race just behind Glaslough’s Rachel Callery (8.40).
There was an impressive display in the girls U12 high jump, which saw a gold medal split 3 ways between, Annalee’s Kayla Bartly and Ellie Brady, and Ashleigh McArdle of Lifford Strabane all claiming the top spot on the podium jumping at 1.20m.
Matthew Willis (City of Lisburn) had two great runs in the U16 boys 1500m (04:32.96) and 800m (02:09.81) to take gold. The U16 girls’ long jump was dominated by Finn Valley’s Lauren Callaghan (5.32m), Michaela Byrne (5.07m) and Cate Smith (4.83m) with all 3 taking the podium positions. Lauren went on to win both the 60m’s (8.17) and 200m’s (27.28) with fellow team mate Michaela taking 3rd (28.59) in the 200m and the silver in the high jump (1.50m), behind Aine Wilkinson also of Finn Valley (1.55m). Cate took the bronze in the 60mh race in 9.94 seconds.
The Young Coach of the Year Award Winner Ollie Wakefield of North Down had an impressive jump in the U19 age category to take the gold with 6.15m.
Other highlight performances at the Indoor Championships were High Jumper Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford Strabane) jumped 1.70m as well as taking gold in the U19 Shot Putt (9.62m), Ballymena & Antrim’s Ronan Campbell ran 7.80 seconds in the U16 60m sprint, Liam Keane (Letterkenny AC) 5.69m in the U17 Long Jump and Bridget Mc Dyer (Finn Valley) had an impressive throw in the U19 Shot Putt (10.22m). U16’s Jordan Cunningham (City of Lisburn) was 1st in the Shot with an impressive throw of 11.44m and also took the bronze in the Long Jump (5.63m). Willowfield’s Dylan McBride took the 800m title in 2.11.01, Adrienne Gallen (Lifford Strabane) won the U14 girls Shot in 12.03m and Murphy Millar (North Down) took gold in the U16 girls 1500m with 05:00.16. Olivia Bowes (Lagan Valley) impressed in the Long Jump (4.90m) and Casey Mulvey (Innyvale) took the title in the U15 Shot (12.78m).
Results can be found HERE
View this weekends Photographs HERE