‘Irish Life Health Track and Field Championships’ 2017

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Dylan McBride, Year Nine, who produced an outstanding performance to secure gold in the Minor Boys 800 metres event at the ‘Irish Life Health Track and Field Championships’, held in Tullamore on Saturday 3rd June.

Willowfield Harriers athlete Dylan, who has already attained victory in 2017 at the Irish Schools’ Cross Country Championships, held in March, as well as May’s Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships, added yet another gold medal to his burgeoning collection as he produced a perfect display to outpace his competitors, despite the elite nature of the assembled field. Dylan’s time of 2 minutes 06.55 seconds not only saw him cross the finish line over two seconds ahead of his nearest rival, but also left him just 0.03 seconds off the existing Irish Schools’ record, set in 2015. Dylan’s impressive display confirmed his status as the outstanding Year Nine middle-distance runner in Ireland and he will now hope to emulate this success when he progresses to the Junior age group next season.

Elsewhere fellow middle distance runner Andrew Hagen, Year Eleven, followed Dylan’s triumphant performance with an impressive silver medal in the Intermediate Boys 1500 metres steeplechase as he finished in 4 minutes 39.19 seconds – over 5 seconds ahead of the bronze medal-winning competitor. Andrew’s outstanding achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that, as a Year Eleven pupil, he was competing against athletes a full year older than himself – with this in mind we have high hopes that Andrew can go one better this time next year, when he will be at the upper end of the Intermediate age category.

Whilst Dylan and Andrew were the only GGS athletes to bring home medals on the day, a number of impressive performances were recorded elsewhere, most notably from Holly Brannigan, who performed commendably to place fourth in the Senior Girls 400 metres despite, again, competing against athletes a year older than herself. So too the Minor Girls 4 x 100 metres relay team, comprising Neve Armstrong, Jenna Breen, Sarah McCreery and Grace McKimm, followed up its gold medal, Ulster record-breaking performance at the Ulster Schools’ Championships, two weeks earlier, with a personal best time of 53.23 seconds to finish just one place away from the podium.

In other events the School’s strength-in-depth was in evidence as laudable performances were recorded by the Senior Boys 4 x 100 metres relay team of Ben Stevenson, Jonny Little, Jack Kennedy and Andrew Proctor, who finished 5th in a time of 45.57 seconds, as well as Klint Depayso (5th, Junior Boys Long Jump; 5.49 metres), Nathan Chan (6th, Senior Boys Triple Jump; 12.52 metres), Joshua Patterson (6th, Junior Boys Discuss; 32.16 metres) and James McMaster (8th, Intermediate Boys Hammer; 34.46 metres).

Well done to all of Grosvenor’s athletes who performed so impressively against such high-level opposition on the day; especially Dylan and Andrew who proudly represented Grosvenor on the podium during the medal presentations for their respective events. In addition huge congratulations are extended to the School’s dedicated team of coaches, led by Head of Sports Studies Mr Gibson along with fellow P.E. teacher Mrs Kirk, without whose expertise and commitment the School would not enjoy such consistent success on the track and in the field on a year-to-year basis. 

We look forward to following the fortunes of our runners, jumpers and throwers again during what promises to be a very rewarding 2017/2018 season.

Grosvenor pupils Dylan McBride (second from left) and Andrew Hagen proudly display their respective gold and silver medals from the ‘Irish Life Health Track and Field Championships’ 2017, held on Saturday 3rd June, flanked by Dr. Vasey and  Mr. Gibson.

Year Nine pupil Dylan McBride proudly stand atop the podium following his victory in the Minor Boys 800 metres event at the ‘Irish Life Health Track and Field Championships’ 2017, held on Saturday 3rd June.

Year Eleven pupil Andrew Hagen receives his silver medal following an impressive second place in the Intermediate Boys 1500 metres steeplechase.