All Ireland Age Groups Day 2 and 3 Round-Up
15 July 2019
Junior athletes from across Northern Ireland and Ulster descended once more on Tullamore for Day 2 and 3 of the All Ireland Age Group Championships. Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July was a tremendous two days for the athletes, who took home a total of 32 Field Medals and 27 Track Medals.
On top of his game on Saturday, was Lifford Strabane AC’s Ross Henderson who earned an incredible 3 bronze medals. Ross began his day with the U17 Boys Shot, throwing a distance of 11.99m for 3rd place, then he continued his success for 3rd place in the Hammer with a throw of 45.78m, before finishing with a 33.17m throw in the Discus to pick up another bronze.
His club mate, Adrienne Gallen (Lifford Strabane) took home two medals, winning the U16 Girls Discus with a throw of 31.64m and she came 3rd in the Shot, throwing 10.97m.
City of Derry Spartans’ multi-eventer Finn O’Neill had a double gold winning day, as he won the U15 Boys 250mH in a time of 34.87s, as well as clearing 1.70m in the High Jump to take the win. Joining him in double-medal glory is Rising Stars, Coleraine athlete Kurt Wright who came 2nd in the U15 Boys 100m in a time of 12.21s and 2nd in the High Jump, clearing 1.63m.
Loughview AC’s Catherine Martin earned silver in the U16 Girls 3000m, crossing the line in 10:51.97, as well as a bronze in the 1500m, finishing in 4:52.27. Tir Chonaill AC’s Alex Anderson came 2nd in the U15 Boys Hammer, throwing 42.73m and came 3rd in the Discus, throwing 36.38m.
There were a further 16 gold medals across the Track and Field for NI & Ulster athletes, including 6 track medals: Ava Ross (Glaslough Harriers) in the U17 Girls 3k Walk, who finished in a time of 15:22.62 and Jenna Breen (Ballymena & Antrim AC) in the U16 Girls 200m, who finished in 25.26s. East Down AC’s Kirsti Foster took gold in the U15 Girls 1500m in a time of 4:48.28 as Harriet McCrossan (Lifford Strabane AC) won the U15 Girls 250m Hurdles in 36.79s. Caolan O’Hare (3 Ways AC) won the U15 Boys 1500m in 4:17.48 and Willowfield Harriers’ Dylan McBride won the U17 Boys 1500m in 4:13.67.
The 10 gold medals in the field events went to: Joseph Gillespie (Finn Valley AC) for the U16 Boys Triple Jump, with a distance of 12.00m (w/s -2.1) and John Paul Murray (Lifford Strabane AC) in the U19 Boys Javelin, throwing 42.25m. His club mates Jude McCrossan (Lifford Strabane AC) won the U17 Boys Hammer with 51.03m and Cormac O’Donnell (Lifford Strabane AC) won the U16 Boys Hammer with 45.78m, with Ellie McCrudy (Lifford Strabane AC) winning the U15 Girls Javelin with a throw of 37.56m. Tir Chonaill AC had plenty to celebrate with Shane Breslin winning the U17 Boys Shot with a throw of 12.73m and Anna Riebling winning the U19 Girls Pole Vault with a clearance of 2.35m. Molly Coffey-O’Connor (Clones AC) won the U15 Girls Discus throwing 36.39m and Michael Watters (Mid Ulster AC) won the U14 Boys Long Jump, with a distance of 5.56m (w/s +0.8). Jack Kell (AthleticsNI Unattached) concluded the gold medals with his own in the U15 Boys Hammer, throwing 54.16m.
Additionally, there were 4 silver medals in the field events. Diarmaid O’Donnell (Lifford Strabane AC) came 2nd in the U15 Boys Long Jump, with 5.37m and Daire McDevitt (Tir Chonaill AC) came 2nd in the U15 Boys Triple Jump, with 10.74m (w/s -2.0). Ballymena & Antrim AC’s pair, Daniel McCullough and Katie McCullough won silver in their respective events, with Daniel throwing 37.42 in the U19 Boys Javelin and Katie throwing 35.47m in the U17 Girls Javelin.
On the track, athletes won another 7 silver medals including Eoin Sharkey (Tir Chonaill AC) in the U18 Boys 400m Hurdles, who came 2nd in 58.09s and club mate, Lucy McGlynn (Tir Chonaill AC) who finished the U16 Girls 250m Hurdles in 36.12s for silver. Daniella Jansen (Finn Valley AC) came 2nd in the U18 Girls 400m in 57.93s and Beechmount Harriers’ JJ Gracey took silver in the U18 Boys 3000m in 9:07.23. Amy Jo Kierans (Oriel AC) finished the U14 Girls 200m in 26.78s for 2nd place, while Cara Laverty (City of Derry Spartans) finished in 4:44.14 in the U17 Girls 1500m and Jack Moore (Carmen Runners) finished in 4:04.92 in the U19 Boys 1500m, both earning a silver medal.
Bronze medals were evenly split, with athletes earning 10 on the track and 9 in the field. Lifford Strabane AC added to their medal haul, as Harriet McCrossan took bronze in the U15 Girls 200m in 26.62s. Annalee AC’s Conall Mooney finished the U15 Boys 250m Hurdles in 35.08s and North Down AC’s Niamh Fenlon finished the U15 Girls 250m Hurdles in 37.99s, both earning their bronze medals. Etain McGuckian (Ballymena & Antrim AC) came 3rd in the U16 Girls 100m in 12.80s and Finlay Stewart (City of Lisburn AC) came 3rd in the u16 Boys 250m Hurdles in 33.83s, while Ryan Canning (Letterkenny AC) finished the U17 Boys 300m Hurdles in 41.52s. Oisin Kelly (Cranford AC) compete in the U16 Boys 1500m, earning bronze in a time of 4:21.37. Joel Chambers (Willowfield Harriers) claimed bronze in the U16 Boys 3000m in 9:33.59, as Sean McGinley (Olympian Youth & AC) claimed his medal in the U17 Boys 3000m in 9:13.13 and Sorcha Mullan (Omagh Harriers) finished in 11:00.03 to take bronze in the U17 Girls 3000m.
Finn Valley AC took home an impressive 4 additional bronze medals, with Declan Slevin in the U17 Boys High Jump, clearing 1.60m; Michael McGonagle in the U16 Boys Hammer, throwing 44.86m; Ethan Mullen in the U15 Boys Shot, throwing 15.19m and Yvonne Boyle in the U18 Girls Discus, throwing 27.71m. North Down AC athletes won another 2 bronze medals as Amy Kimber threw 32.78m in the U19 Girls Discus and Beth Hammond threw 11.12m in the U15 Girls Shot Put. Niamh McCorry (Annalee AC) took bronze in the U17 Girls Shot Put, throwing 12.34m; Elvis Okoh (Letterkenny AC) came 3rd in the U15 Boys Triple Jump, jumping 10.63m (w/s -1.4) and Roisin Kellegher (Annalee AC) cleared 1.55m in the U17 Girls High Jump to claim her bronze medal.
Congratulations to all those who took part in Day 2 of the All Ireland Age Group Championships! Full Results can be found here.
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