Junior Star Kate O'Connor Breaks NI Heptathlon Record
02 May 2017
Up and coming star Kate O’Connor (Coach: Michael O’Connor) stamped her mark on the Northern Ireland & Ulster athletics scene over the weekend with a record breaking Heptathlon performance.
The 16 year old bettered the long standing Northern Ireland record of 5065 points when she secured victory with 5360 points at the Somerset School Combined Events Championships in England.
This was the St Gerard’s AC athlete’s first heptathlon at senior level and despite the challenging weather conditions, Kate also bettered Olympian Jazmin Sawyers' Championship record.
At the Donegal Track & Field Championships, Finn Valley AC’s James Kelly (Coach: John Kelly Snr) recorded a new personal best of 18.12m in the 5kg Shot Put.
There were further notable performances by local athletes at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Track & Field Championships in Bedford, England. Gloucestershire University student Mollie Courtney, Loughborough’s Megan Marrs and Brunel University’s Sarah Connolly were all in action over the 100m hurdles. Mollie excelled with a 13.76 (-2.2) finish for 2nd place and the associated silver medal, with Megan running 14.18 (-2.2) for 7th place. Although Sarah did not make the final, she produced a personal best performance of 14.90 (-0.8) in her semi-final before going on to take 7th place in the Long Jump, following a 5.48m jump.
Sarah McKeever (Cardiff University) claimed 2nd place in the Pole Vault, jumping 3.80m, while University of Ulster athlete Jack Magee was also in good form – he threw 54.41m in his Javelin qualification before going on to record a personal best of 56.43m for 7th place in the final.
Full results from the BUCS T&F Championships are available here: www.bucs.org.uk/page.asp?section=19704§ionTitle=Results