Excellent Performances at the Down Schools Track and Field Championships
Excellent Performances by St Colman's athletes at the Down Schools Track and Field Championships.
A small but talented team from St Colman's contested the Down Schools Track and Field Championships yesterday at a sunny but blustery Mary Peters track.
The College set two championship records Miceal Mc Caul in the Inter boys 3000M and the Senior Boys 4 x 400M.
Miceal set out his stall very early in the race , taking the lead from the gun, and lapped the whole field before breaking the tape in a time of 9.05 , a new personal best and a new championship record , a record which had stood for 17 years. It was very windy during Miceal's race and on a calmer day Miceal could easily have broken 9 minutes.
Conor O'Carroll proved to be the surprise of the day when winning the inter boy's 400M . Contesting this event for the first time , he showed great maturity in the way he paced his heat , winning in a time of 57.83. In the final he again got his tactics right, leaving plenty in the tank for the last 120M, and storming home to win comfortably in a time of 56.22
Earlier in the senior boys 800 the College had a 1,2, in the shape od David Corkey and Tom Magee, David took the lead down the back straight on the first lap and never relinquished it, easily winning in a time of 2.02, Tom Magee simply followed David and was rewarded with a second place finish in his debut over this distance.
Jack O'Farrell was the class act in the Senior Boys 1500M, setting a pace from the gun that no one else could follow, and despite the best efforts of NI international Peter Gracey, Jack came away with a very comfortable victory indeed .
Our 4 x 400 team on paper was very strong, but could they produce the goods on the day !!
Our lead off man was David Corkey and an opening lap of 54 put a lot of distance between the College and the opposition, next came in Finn McIllroy , making his debut for the College track team, a scorching lap of 52 second all but put the race to bed as we built up a sizeable gap over Grosvenor Grammar, Eoghan Byrne cruised a 53 second lap, leaving Jack O'Farrell the simple task of getting the baton home for the win and a new championship record.
That was Eoghan Byrne's third 400 0f the day, he had earlier won his heat in a fast time , but was pipped in the final on the line in a time of 51.8. However a Gaelic match the night before , was hardly good preparation for the busy schedule he had in front of him at the Mary Peters track.
In the Inter boys 800, Aidan O'Hare was desperately unlucky not to qualify for the Ulster Finals as he was just beaten into 4th place in a very tight race, however he was rewarded with a new 11 second personal best of 2.06.
Ruairi O'Hagan also making his debut for the track team had a solid run in the the very high class Inter boys 1500. next year he will move up to 3000M a distance much more suitable to his talents. Ruairi has been the find of the season for the College , he had a great cross country campaign this year and we look forward to seeing him progress even more next year.
On Saturday Jack and Miceal will contest the Irish Milers Club 1500M in Greystones Co Wicklow, Miceal is going down a distance , hopefully to gain a bit more speed in order to help him to break 9 mins for the 3K. at the Ulster Schools Finals, Jack having already run 4.03 indoors this year hopes to break the magical 4 mins for the metric mile.
The Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships take place on the 18th and 19th of May which will be our next big Schools Championships, followed by the Irish schools on the 2nd of June . We wish all our qualifiers from yesterday the best of luck going forward into these Championships