Busy Weekend For NI & Ulster Athletes at AAI Games & Combined Event Championships

24 June 2019

Busy Weekend For NI & Ulster Athletes at AAI Games & Combined Event Championships

Sportfile: Laura Frey (Lagan Valley AC)

It was an exciting weekend of athletics, with NI & Ulster athletes taking part across a variety of events, including the National Combined Events and AAI Games in Morton Stadium and the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial Championships in Santry.

Lagan Valley AC’s Laura Frey took 2nd place in the Senior Women’s Heptathlon with total points of 4369, just behind leader, Agathe Guillemot (Bigouden AC) on 5350 points.


Finn O’Neill (City of Derry Spartans) came 1st in the U15 Boys Pentathlon with 3886 points, while Diarmaid O’Donnell (Lifford Strabane) came 3rd with 3312 points. Veronica O’Neill (City of Derry Spartans) was 2nd in the U14 Girls Pentathlon with 2830 points while Niamh Fenlon (North Down AC) was 2nd in the U15 Girls Pentathlon with 2898 points. 

Molly Curran (Carmen AC) won the Young Women’s Heptathlon with 4172 points and multiple PBs, with Niamh McCorry (Annalee AC) taking 3rd place in 3969 points. Eoin Sharkey (Tir Chonaill AC) came 3rd in the Young Men’s Decathlon with 4871 points.


Commonwealth Games athlete, Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St Gerard’s) competed Junior Womens Heptathlon events, completing the 100m Hurdles with a PB of 14:41s (w/s -1.9), she then threw 12.34m in the Shot Put. City of Lisburn AC’s Anna McCauley competed in the same competition, gaining a new season’s best of 1.69m in the High Jump. Troy McConville (North Down AC) and Ethan Williamson (Lagan Valley AC) competed in the Junior Men’s Decathlon events, gaining multi PBs between them.

Jason Smyth (Derry Track Club) came 1st in the second series of the Men’s 100m races, in a time of 10.85, which was his fourth race of the week after running a time of 10.72 in Lee Valley on Wednesday 19th June. Michael McCauley (Ballymena & Antrim AC) won the Men’s 200m B race in a season’s best time of 21.77s. North Belfast Harriers’ Caitlin Maguire came 1st in the second series of the Women’s 100m event in a time of 12.41s.

Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) won the Women’s High Jump event clearing a new season’s best of 1.84m while Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC) returned to competition after an achillies injury with a jump of 7.26m, before competing in the Team Trophy at the Mary Peters Track on Sunday and jumping 7.43m.

Full results can be found on the Athletics Ireland website here.


Elsewhere this weekend….

Ulster Schools athletes competed in the Tailteann Schools Interprovincial Championships on Saturday 22nd June in Santry. The Ulster Boys team came 2nd overall with 92 points, while the Girls team came 3rd overall with 86 points.

Irish Schools Champion, Katie Monteith (Sullivan Upper) took 1st place in the Girls 200m in a time of 24.49s, and 2nd in the Girls 100m in 12.46s. She then went on to compete in the Girls 4x100m relay team, with Jenna Breen, Issy McGrugan and Etain McGuckian. The girls took 1st place in a time of 47.80s. Katie and Jenna then went on to compete in the Girls 4x300m relay team with Megan Ferry and Victoria Lightbody, where they also claimed 1st place in a time of 2:47.61s. Grosvenor Grammar Schools' Jenna Breen won the Girls 300m in a time of 39.39s breaking the Meeting record of 39.46, which was set in 2008 by Joanna Mills (Ballyclare High School).

Victoria Lightbody (Wallace High School) claimed a gold individual medal in the Girls 800m in a time of 2:21.81, while Oliver Swinney (Dominican Portstewart) came 1st in the Boys 100m in 10.94s. Daniel Scott (Craigavon High School) came 1st in the Boys High Jump, clearing 1.85m, while Joshua Knox (Belfast High School) came 2nd, clearing 1.80m. Joshua then went on to take 2nd place in the Boys Triple Jump competition, with a jump of 12.94m.

In the Girls Throws competitions, Casey Mulvey (St Claire’s Ballyjamesduff) came 1st in the Girls Discus with a throw of 37.10m, while Megan Lenihan (Hazelwood College) came 2nd, throwing 36.80m. Casey then came 3rd in the Girls Shot Put, throwing 14.34m.

Ava Ross (St Louis Monaghan) took 2nd place in the Girls 3000m Walk in a time of 15:58.14, whiel Ballymena Academy’s James Wright took 2nd place in the Boys Javelin, throwing 53.88m. Shane Breslin (Abbey VS Donegal) threw 13.10m in the Boys Shot Put to take 2nd place, Joseph Mawhinney (Ballymena Academy) threw 35.38m in the Boys Discus to take 3rd place. Portadown College’s Adam, Badger took 2nd place in the Boys Long Jump, jumping 6.46m and Rory Carson (Sullivan Upper) came 3rd in the Boys 200m in 22.78s.

In the middle distance events, Dylan McBride (Grosvenor Grammar) came 2nd in the Boys 1500m in a time of 4:04.27 and Callum Morgan (St Malachys Belfast) came 2nd in the Boys 300m in 8:58.98. In the Boys 800m, Downpatrick High School’s Cameron McCaughey came 2nd in 1:59.93, with Royal School Armagh’s Joseph Haynes coming 3rd in the 1500m Steeplechase event in a time of 4:47.21.

Cara Laverty (Thornhill College) came 2nd in the Girls 1500m in a time of 4:42.38s, with Dominican College, Belfast’s Rosie Roberts taking 3rd place in the Girls 3000m in 10:36.55.

The Boys 4x100m relay team of Oliver Swinney, Jonathan Cochrane, Rory Carson and James Wright came 2nd in 43.22s, while the 4x400m team of Conor O’Carroll, Carl Logan, Finlay Stewart and Adam Lamont took 3rd place in a time of 3:41.03.

Full Results came be found here.

Additional event previews from this weekend will be coming soon, including the Irish Milers Meet, the European Games in Mink and more…

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