Strong XC, Track and Field Performances by NI and Ulster Athletes
24 January 2017
Celtic XC International, Cardiff
Conor Maguire’s (Monaghan Phoenix / Brian Pepperd) 3rd place finish in the U17 Men’s was the highlight of the NI & Ulster Team’s performance. Youth Academy Athlete Craig McMeechan (North Down AC / Francis Marsh) finished 6th in the Celtic U20 Men’s age group and still making huge improvements this season, Zak Hanna (Newcastle AC / Richard Rodgers) made it into the top 10 of the U23 Men with a 9th place finish. Other top 10 finishes were achieved by Miceal McCaul (St Colmans College / Rory Friel) 10th U17M Murphy Miller 10th U17W and Katie Moore 10th U23W both North Down AC / Francis Marsh.
Individual results can be found here https://www.fullonsport.com/result (Team Placings are yet to be published)
Athletics NI Sprint and Hurdles Open, University of Ulster Jordanstown
There was an excellent line up in the Men’s 60m Hurdles with the top four Irish Sprint Hurdlers present. World Championship 2015 competitor Ben Reynolds (North Down AC / Tom Reynolds) clocked a respectable 7.97 and 7.91 to take both races from Carrick on Shannon’s Gerard O’Donnell (8.08 & 8.04). Both athletes will be looking to edge closer to the European Indoor qualifying standard of 7.80 in their next races.
In the same race Youth Academy athlete Josh Armstrong (City of Lisburn AC / Michelle Rea) took 0.11 off his fastest hurdles time despite this being his first run over the new height and spacings. Also performing well at new hurdles spacing was Irish Schools Multi Event Champion Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC / Maureen McCauley) who came close to her best from December’s Schools International in Athlone with 8.76.
The best of the sprinters were round 1 men’s winner Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC / Alan Kennedy) in a time of 6.94, round 2 men’s winner Christian Robinson (City of Lisburn AC / Alan Kennedy) with 6.97 and the fastest woman Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn AC / John McAdorey) with 7.80.
NI and Ulster Age Group Championships and Open Pole Vault, University of Ulster Jordanstown
The group 1 competition with a start height of 3.20m made for a competitive contest that moved quickly through the heights. Youth Academy athletes Ellie McCartney (City of Lisburn AC) and Shane Martin (Ballymena & Antrim) were both close to PB’s with 3.40m and 4.20m respectively. The Jim Alexander coached pair will be looking to go better next weekend at the Irish U20 Championships in Athlone. The open men’s competition in the same group provided a good start to the season for Decathlete Peter Glass (Liverpool Harriers / Jim Alexander & Phill Snoddy) who cleared 4.50m and Alex Livingston (City of Lisburn / Brendan McConville & Jim Alexander) who equalled his PB of 4.20m.
There were a number of PB’s set by the age group athletes in group 2 with Harriet Dougan (Lagan Valley / Graham Moffett & Bryan McCorkill) clearing 3.00m to take the U17 title ahead of Erin Fisher (City of Lisburn / Annie Rose) with 2.70m. Katie Ritchie (Ballymena & Antrim / Graham Moffett) took the U18 title with 2.90m.