Youth Athletes Gain Huge Medal Haul At National Championships
02 April 2019
Northern Ireland & Ulster athletes travelled to the AIT, Athlone on Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st March for the Irish Life Health National Indoor Age Group Championships Day 1 & 2. Athletes had previously qualified from the NI & Ulster Indoor Age Group Championships, which were held in Abbottstown on 23rd & 24th February 2019.
It was an excellent weekend of athletics for the NI & Ulster athletes with a total of 43 individuals making it to the podium. 8 of the young athletes came home with multiple medals across both track and field events, with an additional 20 track medals and 15 field medals for the province.
Youth Academy athlete, Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC) had an impressive medal haul, winning gold in the U19 Girls Long Jump for her 5.53m jump; gold in the U19 Girls 60m Hurdles in a PB time of 8.83 and a Bronze in the U19 Girls 60m Sprints, in a PB time of 7.66.
City of Lisburn AC’s Victoria Lightbody gained an impressive Championship Best with her gold medal in the U16 Girls 800m with her time of 2:13.01. Her club teammate, Katie Monteith took home two gold medals and two impressive new PBs, by winning the U17 Girls 60m Sprint in a PB time of 7.65 and the U17 Girls 200m- in a new PB of 24.75. Victoria and Katie are now ranked 5th and 3rd (both events) respectively on the Power of 10 rankings.
Rising Stars Coleraine Athlete Oliver Swinney is continuing his rapid improvement in the short sprints. Swinney narrowly missed the CBP when breaking the seven second barrier in the U17 60m event in 6.99, a time that ranks him 6th in the Power of 10 UK rankings.
Also taking home a number of medals was the multi-eventer Finn O’Neill (City of Derry Spartans) who won gold in the U15 Boys 800m in a time of 2:09.29 and Silver in the U15 Boys High Jump after clearing a PB height of 1.65m.
Spartan teammate, Cara Laverty won 2nd in the U17 Girls 1500m in 4:50.65 and 2nd in the U17 Girls 800m in a PB time of 2:15.03. Cranford AC’s Oisin Kelly won 1st in the U16 Boys 1500m in a time of 4:21.70 and 2nd in the U16 Boys 800m in a time of 2:07.19.
Erin Friel (Olympian Youth AC) also picked up double medals, when she gained Silver in the U12 Girls 600m in 1:51.58 and a Bronze in the U12 Girls 60m Sprint in 8.80secs. Lucy McGlynn (Tir Chonaill AC) won two Bronze medals in her events, finishing the U16 Girls 60m sprint in a time of 7.95 and the U16 Girls 200m in a time of 26.21.
On the track it was the girls who shone brightest, with a total of 13 girls winning medals and 7 boys:
Renee Crotty (Annalee AC) 1st U15 Girls U15 800m- 2:19.99
Murphy Miller (North Down AC) 1st U18 Girls 800m- 2:14.10 PB
Niamh Moohan (Tir Chonaill AC) 1st U16 Girls 60m Hurdles- 8.92
Veronica O’Neill (City of Derry Spartans) 2nd U14 Girls 60m Hurdles- 9.37 PB
Holly Mulholland (City of Lisburn AC) 2nd U18 Girls 60m Hurdles- 8.92 PB & Heat time of 8.87 PB
Daniella Jansen (Finn Valley AC) 2nd U18 Girls 400m- 59.33
Rachel McCann (North Down AC) 2nd U19 Girls 400m- 56.47 PB
Riona Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 2nd U13 Girls 60m Sprint- 8.26
Jenna Breen (City of Lisburn AC) 2nd U16 Girls 200m- 25.52 PB
Aela Stewart (City of Derry Spartans) 3rd U18 Girls 800m- 2:18.60
Aine Kerr (Finn Valley AC) 3rd U19 Girls Long Jump- 5.23m
Eimear Kelly (City of Derry Spartans) 3rd U18 Girls 60m Hurdles- 8.96
Mai McCalmont (Tir Chonaill AC) 3rd U19 Girls 1500m- 4:47.53
Sean McGinley (Olympian Youth AC) 1st U17 Boys 1500m- 4:07.51 PB
Oliver Swinney (Rising Stars) 1st U17 Boys 60m Sprint- 6.99 PB
Ben Campbell (Tir Chonaill AC) 2nd U16 Boys 60m Hurdles- 8.46
Odhran Hamilton (Armagh AC) 2nd U17 Boys 800m- 1:59.59 PB
Diarmaid O’Donnell (Lifford Strabane) 2nd U15 Boys 60m Hurdles- 9.17
Gearoid Lynch (Shercock AC) 2nd U15 Boys 800m- 2:09.71
Christopher Kearns (Finn Valley Ac) 3rd U19 Boys 60m Hurdles- 9.62
It was also an exciting couple of days for the field events, which saw 8 girls and 6 boys taking home medals along with a number of PBs:
Kate Fenlon (North Down AC) 1st U13 Girls Shot Put- 12.38m PB
Erin Fisher (City of Lisburn AC) 1st U19 Girls Pole Vault- 3.30m PB
Emma McDaid (Olympian Youth AC) 1st U12 Girls Shot Put- 9.10m PB
Beth Hammond (North Down AC) 2nd U15 Girls Shot Put- 11.47m PB
Ava Anderson (Tir Chonaill AC) 2nd U13 Girls Shot Put- 11.48m
Niamh McCorry (Annalee AC) 2nd U17 Girls High Jump- 1.55m
Lauren Callaghan (Finn Valley AC) 2nd U18 Girls Long Jump- 5.38m
Aoife Giles (Cranford AC) 2nd U16 Girls Shot Put- 11.59m
Adrienne Gallen (Lifford Strabane AC) 3rd Girls U16 Shot- 11.48m
Tom Poulter (Ballymena & Antrim AC) 2nd U17 Boys High Jump- 1.75m
Joshua Knox (City of Lisburn AC) 2nd U18 Boys High Jump- 1.85m =PB
Daniel Scott (City of Lisburn AC) 2nd U16 Boys High Jump- 1.83m =PB
Kurt Wright (Rising Stars Coleraine) 3rd U15 Boys High Jump 1.65m
Kasper Adamski (Tir Chonaill AC) 3rd U15 Boys Shot- 14.21m
Jack Murphy (Glaslough Harriers) 3rd U19 Boys Pole Vault- 3.20m
For the full results, please see here. Day 3 of the Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships will take place this weekend, 6th April 2019, which will include the Team Relay Championships.
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