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Young Harriers Shine on the Track–Athletes Headed to All-Ireland Competition

nbhyouth1Over the past few weekends no fewer than 20 young Harriers competed in the NI & Ulster Track & Field Championships.

The first event saw 11 children aged 12 and under making the trip to Stranorlar, Co Donegal to compete on the new Finn Valley track. There were good performances by Julia Uprichard in the long jump and 600m, Mollie O’Hare, Brianna Catney and Lauren Cox in the 60m and 600m, Jessica Potter in the javelin, Damian Marquess in the 600m and high jump, Isaac Jarmin in the 60m, and Fionn Nagle, Tony McCambridge, Thomas Reid and Brendan McCambridge in the 600m. Many of the children were competing in this event for the first time and achieved top ten finishes.

Next up were the U14’s & 15’s at the Antrim Forum. Beth Kennedy placed fifth in the 75m hurdles. Georgia Adrain finished 8th in the 80m hurdles despite sustaining a leg injury. This forced her to withdraw from the high jump but she battled through the pain barrier to finish 12th in the long jump. There were great performances from Odhran Catney competing in the 80m sprint, shot put and long jump. Last up were the sprinters and the first medals in the championships.

Caitlin Maguire who was only forth fastest in the semi finals smashed her personal best by almost half a second to take gold and become U15 100m Ulster Champion. This was shortly followed by Micheal McGreevy who in only his 3rd race ever took bronze with a massive personal best of 12.38 seconds. Caitlin then just missed out on a medal in the 200m finishing fourth in her fourth race of the day.

On the penultimate day Rebecca Marquess took some time off studying for her GCSE’s to compete in the 100m. Although she was competing against the senior women that included Amy Foster, she ran well just missing out on a medal in fourth place.

nbhyouth2The last day saw the last three competitors. Katie O’Hare was first up in the 1500m and ran well in 5minutes 47 seconds, however was given no recovery time and was still out of breath competing in the high jump. Adam McCollough was next up in the 100m and ran well in his first race ever. Last up was Conor McQuillan in the 3000m who just missed out on a medal.

Congratulations to Caitlin Maguire, Micheal McGreevy, Rebecca Marquess and Conor McQuillan who have all qualified for the All Irelands in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

(Thanks to John Marquess for the write up)