Two Dalriada pupils proved themselves as the best in Ireland with success in the Irish School’s Athletics Championships on Saturday in Tullamore Co.
Offaly. Thomas Hunter of Year 12 proved himself to be the best Triple Jumper in Ireland at his age when he took Gold in the Intermediate event. His 1st round jump of 13.61 metres proved too much for his fellow competitors who struggle to match this. Indeed Thomas had three 13 metre plus jumps while no one else in the field managed to break the 13 metre barrier. Such was the quality of his jumping he would have been very close to taking a medal in the senior event but it also demonstrated that he is one of the best U18 Triple Jumpers in Ulster and Ireland despite being only 16.
In the Junior Triple Jump event Luke Pollock of Year 10 won the Bronze medal in a very tight contest. Luke fought throughout the competition getting into the final jump off in 6th place, indeed he was convinced that he had not made it as he had taken off his spikes and packing up to go home. However in the final two jumps he first produced a Personal Best of 10.87 metres to go into second place. On Luke’s final jump he again broke his PB and even more impressive broke the 11 metre barrier with an 11.03 effort. The second last competitor produced a big jump of 11.05 to secure the silver leaving Luke with a hard fought Bronze and third in Ireland. Of the 48 jumps in the competitors only four broke the 11 metre barrier.
The two medals gained on Saturday added to two gained the previous year at the Irish Championships. Dalriada have secured four medals in two years all in jumps. Success in triple jump, one of the most technical of athletic events, has become a regular occurrence at Irish, Ulster and District level over the last number of years. The school is immensely proud of these boys to have achieved so highly this year and indeed of all our athletes who have gained success in their various competitions this season so far.
The next major event for our athletes will be our Junior Sports day on June 10th with again this year a number of our long standing school Sport Day records looking vulnerable.