Woodies DIY Championships and Aviva Tailteann Games

Katie Kirk

Aviva Tailteann Games  

Strong performances in both Track and Field secured a plethora of podium places for local athletes at the 2013 Aviva Tailteann Games on Saturday.

The Ulster girls enjoyed success throughout the Games with notable performances in the sprints. The 4x100m team secured gold and set a new Games Record of 47.81 whilst the 4x300m team also claimed gold in 2.44.76.

There was double success for Strathern’s Megan Marrs taking both the 100m and 80mH titles in 12.16 and 11.67 respectively. Ballymena Academy’s Roseanna McGuckian also topped the podium on two occasions taking the 200m in 24.80 and the 300m in 40.23.

The Ulster boys also claimed several podium places throughout the Games. Wallace High School’s Ikenna Nzweni took gold in the 100m in 11.36 and bronze in the 200m in 22.98. The medal count remained the same but the events were reversed as Sullivan’s Chris Jordan took gold in the 200m (22.89) and bronze in the 100m (11.44). St Columb’s Martin McGeady had a strong run to take took the 400m title in 51.03.

Relay success continued at the Ulster Boys 4x100m team took gold in 43.82 and the 4x400m secured silver in 3.34.11.

Local throwers were out in force with Campbell College’s Ronan Jenkinson setting a new Games record in the Javelin with a throw of 57.14. Ballyclare’s Jack Magee continued Ulster successes in the event securing silver with a PB throw of 53.52m. In the Discus, Belfast High School’s Andrew Barkely improved upon his Ulster School’s performance throwing a PB of 44.30 to finish second behind St. Fintan’s Eoin Sheridan (51.70).

In the Girls Javelin, Cookstown’s Jacqualine Burns threw a SB of 36.84 to take gold. PBs were the order of the day for Lurgan College’s Michaela McNally who claimed 3rd place with a throw of 40.24 in the Hammer (4kg) and Kilkeel High School’s Stacie Cunningham threw 10.51 to take bronze in the Shot.

Local triple jumpers also claimed their place on the podium, in the girl’s event Ballyclare’s Hannah McCauley won gold with a best jump of 11.02m, school mate Lydia Mills claimed silver with a jump of 10.88m. Sullivan’s Mark Burton also took bronze in the boys Triple Jump clearing 12.48m.

Ashfield’s Alex Catherwood took bronze in the girl’s high jump clearing 1.60m just ahead of Methodist College’s Phoebe Tan (1.60m).

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Woodie’s DIY Junior and U23 Championships

Tullamore Stadium provided the perfect venue for the Woodie’s DIY Junior and U23 Track and Field Championships on Sunday 30th June. Despite challenging weather conditions, local athletes put in strong performances and many secured podium places throughout the Championships.

There was double success for the Kirk siblings as Conall secured victory in the Junior Men’s 800m in 1.54.71 and Katie returned to racing for the first time this year after injury and took the U23Women’s 800m title in 2.13.04. This win saw Katie enjoy continued Championship success following her 2012 win in the U20s 400m.

Newry AC’s Aislinn Crossey continued a strong season winning the U20s 800m title in 2.11.14. Aislinn has already achieved the European Junior Championship standard on several occasions, including at last week’s Mary Peters Track International Opening Event. 

St Malachy’s Paddy Robb and Ben Branagh both put in strong performances; Paddy finishing 3rd in the Junior 1500m with a PB of 4.06.38 and Ben finishing 2nd in the Junior 5000m in 16.29.23. Annadale’s Ryan McDermott had a strong run in U23 5000m finishing third in 15.21.83. Banbridge’s Emma Mitchell claimed silver in the U23 Women’s 5000m in 19.35.71.

In the Junior Women’s 1500m, Yasmin Wilson took silver in 4.53.27 behind Emerald AC’s Amy O’Donoghue. The 3000m Steeplechase saw Finn Valley’s Dalton McGuigan win gold in 10.11.15.

North Down’s Mark Patterson continued his return to form taking bronze in the U23 800m in 1.53.73, following his SB of 1.51.42 at the Mary Peters Track International last Tuesday. Club mate, Adam McComb also took bronze in the U23 400m crossing the line in 48.58 just ahead of Lagan Valley’s Ben Maze (48.59).

Following her successes at the Aviva Tailteann Games, City of Lisburn’s Megan Marrs finished second in the Junior Women’s 100m with a PB of 12.03 behind Bandon AC’s Patricia Healey (11.80).

There was success for City of Derry’s Mark McGarvey in the Junior Men’s 100mH taking the title in 14.77. Rebecca McAllister of Ballymena & Antrim followed suit with a win in the U23 100mH in 15.68. Club mate Christine McMahon claimed silver in the U23 400mH finishing in 62.72 behind DSD’s G. Coveney who took gold in 59.89. City of Derry’s Jenny O’Brien claimed bronze in the Junior 400mH in 65.74.

Local athletes fared well in the U23 throws events; North Down’s Kathy Hetherington claimed silver in the U23 Discus with a PB throw of 42.44 bettering her previous PB by over a metre. Finn Valley’s Dempsey McGuigan also took silver, throwing 62.15 in the U23 Hammer behind Crusaders AC’s C. McCullough (67.02).

In the Junior Triple Jump, City of Lisburn’s Jonathan Hill claimed silver (12.04) behind Bandon’s S. Howard (13.42).

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