Irish Schools titles for Megan, Roseanna and Josh

Sun 3 June 2012--admin

At a cool and breezy Irish Schools at Tullamore yesterday there was a great haul of medals from the City of Lisburn junior squad, with Josh Jordan, Roseanna McGuckian and Megan Marrs all winning their first Irish Schools titles.

Junior Boys

Josh Jordan was the first Lisburn champion of the day thanks to a 42.14m PB in the hammer. Josh was out of the medals with one throw remaining but produced an incredible 2m PB in the final round to clinch his first Irish Schools title. Ben Fisher had a fantastic outing at his first Irish Schools, winning a bronze with a run of 12.30s in the 80m hurdles. Matthew Dalton was delighted to throw a PB of 12.00m twice during his shot competition. This left him 5th and as a Junior still next year will be back looking for a medal in 2013. Tom Baird ran well for 8th in the 1500m in a PB of 4:31.02.

Inter Boys

Aaoron Dalzell went in both sprints and ran electric-timed PB’s in both. His 200m in 22.83s left him fourth and his 100m in 11.39s placed him 5th – two great runs. Jonathan Hill was 5th in the triple jump with 12.17m as his good season continues. There was also a 5th place for Michael Logan at discus with 35.23m with Ronan Jenkinson another 5th in 43.39m at javelin. Both these throwers will be still Intermediate next year.

Senior Boys

Adam Hill earned a high jump silver here with an excellent 1.85m, well deserved after a very consistent season. Josh Atkinson threw a 42.00m PB for bronze in the discus and later came 5th at shot with 11.76m.

Junior Girls

Once again this season, Megan Marrs stood out even at this level with a superb brace of Irish Schools titles. The first came in the high jump where she had a great first time PB clearance of 1.64m and a short while later she ran a PB of 11.43s to comfortably win the 75m hurdles, missing the record by an agonising 0.02s. Roseanna McGuckian is also having a fantastic season and she ran a PB of 12.31s in the 100m to take silver and an hour later was back to run a great race to win the 200m in 25.57s. Jessica McMaster brought home two Irish Schools medals after a pair of super performances, a silver in the triple jump with 9.61s and and bronze in the long jump with 5.14m.

In the javelin Lara Creighton produced a great 25.08m throw in round four to earn a silver and earlier placed 6th in the pole vault where Robyn Kelly was 8th. Sarah Woods was in 3rd place after the third round cut-off in the javelin but eventually had to settle for 4th place with 22.70m but will be very competitive next year when she is still in this age group. Natalja Ritchie was another athlete to produce a PB here, her 27.32m placing her 6th – a good performance at her first Irish Schools.

Inter Girls

After coming close a couple of times this year Erin Quinn had a good run to break her 300m PB here with a run of 42.66m which left her 5th. Aoibhin McManus has jumped the distances several times this year which would have earned a medal here but had to settle for 5th place with a 5.19m effort her best. Anna McIlmoyle lost out on a medal only on countback in the high jump. The winner jumped 1.65m but remarkably the next 7 athletes all cleared 1.55m. Anna’s second time clearance at 1.55m placed her joint 4th.

Senior Girls

Libby Rose ran a 400m hurdles PB of 65.15s in one of the first track finals of the day to place 4th and later was 5th in the 100m hurdles in 65.15s. Caris Greenwood was just outside the medals in 4th place in the discus with 35.56m with school-mate Amanda Mitchell a very respectable 7th in 25.34m. Meanwhile Kathryn Wallace’s 36m effort placed her 5th in the hammer.

Zoe Carruthers went in the invitational U16 one mile race where she placed a fine 3rd in 5:24.76.