On saturday 17th May, a small team of athletes competed in the Ulster Secondary Schools Athletic Championships at the Antrim Forum. The two boys and one girl had qualified from the District Championships where ten athletes had competed earlier in the month.
Ross Fallowes had qualified in both the junior boys long and triple jump, Stephen Coulter had qualified with a second place in the senior boys high jump. In the girls section Becky Webb had progressed through in the senior girls javelin.
Ross Fallowes in the District C championships came third in both his events with a best triple Jump of 10.08 metres and a best long jump of 5.09 metres. With a lot of practice in between competitions Ross worked hard at his technique and was certainly on top form going into the Ulster finals on saturday. In the long jump he improved his best with a leap of 5.45 metres to secure first place and become Ulster Champion. Ross then went onto the triple jump and again his hard work had paid off with a improved performance in the finals of 10.85 metres. This was enough for Ross to gain second place and pick up the silver medal.
Stephen Coulter in the senior boys high jump had worked hard in practice despite juggling exams. His best jump of 1.60 had been good enough to win silver in the District C Championships and in the Ulster Finals he jumped an improved 1.66 to win a silver medal at the Ulster Championships. Along with Ross they both will compete at the end of the month in the Irish Schools Championships in Tullamore Co. Offlay.
Becky Webb competed well on saturday at the Antrim Forum and win a best throw of 22.02 metres in the senior girls javelin finishing sixth in Ulster.
Our success at this level comes on the back of other successes this season. Over 40 athletes qualified for the NEBSSA finals and the majority of them won medals. The stand out moment from the day was Thomas Hunter’s performance in the Year 11 triple jump. He jumped 12.45 to win the event and break the NEBSSA record.
The following day the year 9 boys and girls teams competed in the team championships at CAI and both teams came through successfully to win their respective competitions to qualify for the District C finals on wednesday winning seven of the fourteen events.
Well done to all the athletes who have represented their school this year and we look forward to junior sports day on June 11th where on current evidence some existing school records are under threat.