Weekend Roundup- Track and Field and Mighty Oaks
05 February 2020
Finn Valley AC’s John Kelly started the 2020 season with a new Ulster record at the weekend as he competed in the Senior Men’s Shot competition in Reykjavik, Iceland, throwing 18.15m. Club Mate and Commonwealth Games athlete, Sommer Lecky competed in the Senior Women’s High Jump competition clearing 1.76m.
In Scotland, Grace Carson (Mid Ulster AC/ Loughborough Uni) claimed 1st place at the BUCS Cross Country Championships in the Women’s Short race, finishing in a time of 22:06, while Craig McMeechan (North Down AC/ Queen’s Uni) completed the Men’s Long event in 34:57 in 57th place.
In the Scottish Athletics Combined Events Relays & Masters Championships on Saturday 1st February, City of Lisburn AC’s Anna McCauley secured a new PB and 2nd place in the U20 Women’s Pentathlon. The Youth Academy graduate finished with 3827 points. The Northern Ireland Master's athletes shone, collecting a total of 9 medals. Omagh Harriers' Trevor McGlynn (M40) finished 2nd in the Men's 60m Hurdles in a time of 9.15s, while Newry AC's Joanne McCauley (F45) came 3rd in the Women's 400m final in 67.57s. City of Derry Spartans' Peter Fryer (M35) came 1st in the Men's High Jump, clearing 1.68m and Ballymena & Antrim AC's Rhonda Brady (M45) finished 3rd in the Women's 800m in 2:38.45. Multiple medal wins came from Patrick Crossan (St Anne's AC) and Kathryn McDevitt (Letterkenny AC). Patrick (M55) came 2nd in the Men's 200m in 26.31 and 3rd in the Men's 60m in 8.17s. Kathryn won the Women's 400m in 65.08, came 2nd in the Women's 200m in 28.23 and finished 3rd in the Women's 60m in 8.66s.
Meanwhile this weekend…
Northern Ireland’s Cross Country athletes took part in the annual Mighty Oaks Cross Country, which was held in memory of the late Irwin Speirs with a minutes silence before the day’s events began.
Image Credit to: Acorns AC
The U12 Boys winner was Luke O’Doherty (Mid Ulster AC) who finished in 2:46, while the Girls winner was Aisling Loughran (Carmen AC) who finished in 3:25. In the U14 Girls Aisling Smith (Ballymena & Antrim AC) took 1st place in a time of 6:40 with Ben Proctor claiming the Boys race in a time of 7:47.
St Malachy’s AC’s Eoghan Breen took 1st place in the Boys U16 race in a time of 12:58, with Omagh Harriers’ Eimear McCarroll the 1st place girl in a time of 13:36. In the Masters Men O65 Newry City Runners Pat Rocks took 1st place in a time of 23:42.
In the Senior Men’s event, Timothy Johnston (Mourne Runners) came 1st in a time of 23:33, ahead of Acorns AC duo of Vincent McKenna in 24:25 and Darrell McKee in 25:01. Acorns AC claimed the team title on their home turf with a total of 36 points, just ahead of 2nd place, Armagh AC with 40 points.
In the Senior Ladies’ event, the top spot went to Beechmount Harriers’ Helen Lavery who finished in 20:38, followed by Karen Wilton (Jog Lisburn) in 2nd place in 20:55 and Leanne Gibson (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) in 21:48. The team prize went to Victoria Park & Connswater AC who finished with a total of 25 points, ahead of Armagh AC who finished with 27 points.
Full results can be found on our website: www.athleticsni.org/Results