District ‘A’ Track and Field Championships 2019 – Intermediate and Seniors

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Intermediate and Senior athletes who excelled at the recent District ‘A’ Track and Field Championships, held at the Mary Peters Track earlier in the month.

In the Senior Boys age group, in particular, the School enjoyed a gold rush as it secured first place in the overall team event, with gold medals coming from Joel Wyatt (400 metres hurdles; 75.51 seconds), Gareth Campbell (2000 metres steeplechase; 6 minutes 42.81 seconds), Jordan Brown (High Jump, 1.75 metres), and James McMaster (Shot; 10.28 metres; Hammer, 31.91 metres). Furthermore, additional success was recorded as Stephen Wright (800 metres; 2 minutes 00.05 seconds), Joel Harrison (400 metres hurdles; 78.76 seconds) and Andrew Hagen (200 metres steeplechase, 7 minutes 32.05 seconds), as well as the 4x 100 metres relay team (Michael Hewitt, Danny Armstrong, Joel Wyatt and Ben Gilmore; 49.00 seconds) and the 4 x 400 metres relay team (Gareth Campbell, Nathan McBride, Andrew Hagen and Stephen Wright; 3 minutes 41.20 seconds) each secured silver medals, while the aforementioned Jordan Brown followed up his gold medal in the high jump with a bronze in the long jump, with a distance of 5.28 metres.

In the Inter Boys’ category, meanwhile, the School enjoyed success to rival that of its Senior pupils, this time finishing second in the overall team event, as first place individual finishes came from Adam Sykes (100 metres; 11.06 seconds; 200 metres; 23.94 seconds), Dylan McBride (1500 metres; 4 minutes 09.93 seconds) and the 4 x 100 metres relay team (Lewis Hamilton, Nathan Stewart, Joseph McNaughton and Adam Sykes; 44. 51 seconds), while silver medals were claimed by Joseph McNaughton (400 metres; 56.00 seconds) and Robbie Dugan (Long Jump; 5.62 metres), who also claimed bronze in the triple jump, with a distance of 11.25 metres, along with Josh Patterson (Shot; 10.00 metres), and Shane Laverty, Hammer; 26.64 metres).

On the girls’ side, the standout Intermediate performance came from the 4 x 100 metres relay team, comprising Sarah McCreery, Victoria Lloyd, Rhea Stewart and Jenna Breen, who crossed the finish line in first place, in an impressive time of 51.73 seconds, to claim gold. In addition, Helena Rieske‘s gold medal performance in the Hammer (27.53 metres), backed up by a bronze in the discuss (20.91metres) was highly impressive, as was Jenna Breen’s first place finish in the 300 metres (41.56 seconds), along with silver in the 100 metres (12.39 seconds), as well as Sarah McCreery’s gold in the 300 metres hurdles, in a time of 51.36 seconds.

Amongst the Senior Girls, meanwhile, the highlight of the day was Tia Cashman-Hooke’s gold medal in the 100 metre hurdles, in 17.79 seconds, while impressive results were also achieved by Sophie Larmour (2nd, 100 metres; 13.38 seconds) and the 4x100 metres relay team, comprising Claire McKane, Tia Cashman Hooke, Neve Armstrong and Sophie Larmour, who were also placed second, this time in 52.74 seconds.

Well done to all of the School’s athletes who performed so well on the day; all at Grosvenor are incredibly proud of their efforts and wish them the best of luck as they prepare for the Ulster Schools’ Championships, which are due to take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May at the Antrim Forum.

The School's Senior Boys' 4 x 100 metres relay team celebrates following silver in a hard-fought race. 

The Senior Girs' sprint relay team celebrates a second place finish in their race.