Young Ulster stars return with All Ireland schools’ medal haul

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Ulster athletes returned from the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullymore with a large collection of medals.

John Kelly from Royal and Prior took gold in the senior shot with 17.27 which was amazingly almost 5m clear of the runner-up. Scott McMurtry of BRA won the hammer with 47.70.

Andrew Mellon of Bangor Academy ran a blistering 47.93 for silver over 400 double winner Harry Purcell of Castleknock while there were bronze medals for Andrew Wright, Grosvenor at 1500, Andrew Creamer, St Pat’s, Cavan 110 hurdles, Harry Speers, Sullivan at steeplechase and Alex Livingston, Methody in pole vault.

In the senior girls there were gold medals for Stacie Cunningham, Kilkeel High at shot, Jacqueline Burns, Cookstown High in javelin, Kate McGowan, Abbey Vocational in 400 hurdles and Blaithnaid Patton, St Columba’s in triple jump.

Aislinn Crossey, Sacred Heart came second at 800 with other silvers going to Sarah Connolly, Glenlola at 100 hurdles and Hannah McCauley, Ballyclare High at triple jump.

In the intermediate boys there were victories for Robbie Marrs of RBAI with 1.85 at high jump, Matthew Dalton, BRA in discus and Jack Magee of Ballyclare High who won the javelin from Michael Gaffney of Campbell. Ciaran Barns from Belfast High came second in 400 hurdles.

There were intermediate girls wins for Amy Hamill of Oriel at 1500, Phoebe Tan, Methody in high jump and the Glenlola relay team. Megan Marrs of Strathearn took silver at 100 with other seconds going to Clodagh O’Reilly, Loreto at 3000, Toni Moore, Sacred Heart, Omagh in steeplechase and Lydia Mills, Ballyclare High at both long and triple jumps.

In the juniors Aaron Sexton, Bangor Academy won the 200 and was second at 100, Aaron McGlynn, Garn Scoil took the 800 with Shane Martin, BRA at pole vault, Brendan O’Donnell, St Eunan’s hammer and Oscar Vandall, Campbell, javelin and the Grosvenor relay team also striking gold.

Sommer Lecky of Strabane Academy in high jump, Ella McCambley, Belfast High in pole vault and Sarah McGlynn, Shimna in shot took junior girls gold. The Strathearn team won the intermediate girls title and Grosvenor finished second in the junior boys.

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