Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships 2013
Despite challenging weather conditions at last weekend’s Ulster Schools Track & Field Championships there were many outstanding performances.
Exceptionally high standards were achieved by competitors and new records were set throughout the Championship.
John Kelly of Royal & Prior Raphoe set a new record of 16.12m in the Senior Boys Shot breaking the previous record of 15.59 held by Andrew Doyle of N.W. Regional College.
In the Junior Boys Hammer Stephen McCrory (Belfast Royal Academy) set a new record of 50.43m, breaking the previous record of 47.24 set by David Todd of RBAI in 1983.
In only its second year the Intermediate Girls Steeplechase event was won by Karen Gallagher of Royal & Prior. Karen improved on last year's winning time to set a new best of 5mins 54.79 secs.
Roseanna McGukian (Ballymena Academy) dominated the Intermediate Girls 200 & 300m taking both titles and running an impressive 25.28 in the 200m final. Training partner Megan Marrs (Strathearn) also had a busy day winning the 100m and later talking silver in the 80m hurdles. Megan faced stiff competition in the form of Kate McGowan (Abbey Vocational) who ultimately took gold in a time of 11.75s.
Aislinn Crossey (Sacred Heart Newry) was another athlete who doubled up. Aislinn won gold in both the Senior Girls 400 & 800m. Also on the track, Paddy Colhoun (Methodist College Belfast) picked up his 6th consecutive Ulster Schools 100m title and then came through strongly on the anchor leg to help his school to victory in the Senior Boys 4x100m relay.
Winning field event performances came from Josh McIlroy (Ballymena Academy) and Jack Magee (Ballyclare High School) who achieved new PB’s in the Intermediate Boys Shot (14.55m) and Javelin (52.44m) respectively. It was a close battle between two Ballyclare High girls in the Intermediate Girls triple jump again. Hannah McAuley’s 10.98m was just enough to take the gold ahead of Lydia Mills who jumped 10.86m.
In the middle and long distance events a notable performance came from Zoe Carruthers (Friends School) in the 3000m on Friday night. After a tactical race Zoe came through strongly in the last 100m, to take her first Ulster Schools title in 10.58.73. Zoe picked up another medal, this time silver in the 1500m on Saturday.
This year, for the first time, the event timetable included two T54 wheelchair races. The races were over 100m & 200m with 2 athletes competing in each race. Jack Agnew of Belfast Royal Academy won both races against Luke Marshall from Methodist College Belfast.