Record Breaking Performances at U20 & U23 Championships

08 July 2019

Record Breaking Performances at U20 & U23 Championships

Commonwealth Games heptathlete Kate O’Connor (Dundalk St Gerards AC) and Pole Vaulter Ellie McCartney (City of Lisburn AC) were in record breaking form at this weekend’s Irish Life Health U20 & U23 Championships in Tullamore.

Kate added to her medal haul with a Championship U20 record of 48.98m in the Javelin. She currently holds the Senior and U20 NI Javelin record of 49.46m. She also gained a new PB of 24.88s in her heat of the 200m and in the Long Jump, jumping 5.98m. 

Ellie continued her impressive season by adding to her Irish U23 record with a clearance of 4.01m in the Pole Vault.


Beechmount Harriers’ Davicia Patterson won gold in the U20 Womens 200m with ease, in her second best time of 24.55s while North Down AC’s Rachel McCann took home the gold in the U20 Women’s 400m, in a time of 55.54s.

World Junior High Jump Silver Medallist, Sommer Lecky (Finn Valley AC) took gold in the U20 Women’s High Jump, clearing 1.80m. Her teammate, James Kelly won the U20 Men’s Shot Put with a throw of 16.72m.

Paul Sexton (Annalee AC) came 1st in the U23 Men’s 400mH in a time of 55.10 and Mark Burton (City of Lisburn AC) came 1st in the U23 Triple Jump with a jump of 14.23m, In the U23 Men’s 800m, it was an NI & Ulster Podium, with Callum Crawford-Walker (Annadale Striders) taking 1st place in 1:52.97, Roland Surlis (Annalee AC) in 2nd in a time of 1:53.25 and Andrew Milligan (North Belfast Harriers) in 3rd in a time of 1:54.78.

In the U23 Men’s 400m, Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Craig Newell took 2nd place in a time of 47.90, with Shane Irwin (Finn Valley AC) in 3rd in 48.19. City of Lisburn AC’s Sarah Woods took 2nd place in the U23 Women’s Javelin event, throwing 27.24m and Bridget McDyer (Finn Valley AC) came 2nd in the U23 Women’s Weight for Distance, throing 5.32m.

Springwell Running Clubs’ Niamh Carr came 3rd in the U20 Women’s 800m in a time of 2:16.67, and Sarah Kelly (Inishowen AC) came 3rd in the U20 3000m in 10:33.60, while Letterkenny AC’s Niamh Kelly took 3rd place in the U23 Women’s 3000m in 10:05.77.

In the U20 Men’s 400mH, Annalee AC’s Oisin McCorry took 3rd place in 56.65, with Adam Hughes (City of Lisburn AC) taking 3rd in the U20 men’s 400m in 48.79.

Michael McCauley (Ballymena & Antrim AC) took 3rd place in the U23 Men’s 100m in 10.84, while Oisin Gallen (Finn Valley AC) came 3rd in the U23 Men’s 1500m in 3:51.94 and Ethan Dunne (Loughview AC) came 3rd in U23 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase in a time of 10:41.63

 Full results can be found here.


Elsewhere this weekend…


The NI and Ulster 10,000m Championship title was won by Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) in 32:42.10 with team mate Vincent McKenna second in 32:52.20 and Letterkenny AC’s Conor Gallagher in 3rd place in 33:54.20.


Kerry Bamber (Ballymena Runners) took the Women’s title, which was also the club’s first track Championship medal, in a time of 38:00.40, while Aisling Murray (Carmen AC) came in 2nd in a time of 39:18.20 and Eimear McCracken (City of Lisburn AC) took 3rd in 40:56.20.


Meanwhile in the Night of The 10k PBs in Highgate, London, 34 year old Irish Olympian Fionnuala McCormack showed her class once again with a superb 5th place in 32:.05.20 behind GB winner Steph Twell who took the European title in 31:08.13.

Letterkenny AC’s Anne Marie McGlynn was 27th in 33.38.50 while Emma Mitchell (Team Nike) was 33rd in 34.06.10. Fionnuala Ross (Armagh AC) came 21st in the Women's B Race in a time of 34:25.78.

In the Men's B race, Newcastle & District AC's Ryan Forsyth came 8th in a time of 29:01.27, while his clubmate, Eoghan Totten took 6th place in the D race in a time of 30:21.50.

In the E race, Declan Reed (City of Derry Spartans) came 8th in a time of 31:15.63 and Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) came 11th in a time of 31:19.14.


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