‘MILK It’ Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships 2015

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s athletics team which enjoyed success at the ‘MILK It’ Ulster Schools’ Track and Field Championships, held at the Antrim Forum on Saturday 16th May.

In the boys’ categories the team enjoyed success across all age groups, with the standout performance of the day coming from the Junior boys’ 4x100 metre relay team, comprising Ben Stevenson, Andrew Proctor, Jonny Little and Nathan Chan, which saw off stiff opposition from B.R.A. and Coleraine Academical Institution to secure gold with a blistering time of 46.73 seconds.

Elsewhere silver medals were secured in the relays by the Senior girls’ team, comprising Nicole Muirhead, Lucy Armstrong, Lois Hagen and Sophia Campbell, with a time of 51.33 seconds, the Senior boys’, made up of Zac McNabb, Gareth Thompson, Gareth Lammey and Adam Wilson, with a run of 45.76s, and the Junior boys’ team of Ben Gilmore, Fynn Bailie, Charlie McMullan and Ryan Downs in 48.35s. 

In the individual events silver medals were also achieved by Ben Gilmore, who placed second in the Junior boys’ 100 metres with a time of 11.94 seconds, and James McMaster in the Junior boys’ hammer, with a distance of 34.70 metres. Placing just one position further back in bronze, meanwhile, were Nicole Muirhead, in the Senior girls’ 200 metres, with a time of 28.25s, Gareth Thompson, in the Senior boys’ 100 metres, in 11.26s, Fynn Bailie in the Minor boys’ 100 metres, with 12.47s and the Minor girls’ relay team of Abigail Magill, Tia Cashman-Hooke, Anabelle Fallows and Caylan Blake in 56.12s. 

Unfortunate to just miss out on podium placings with 4th placed finishes in the individual events  were Nathan Chan (Inter boys’ triple jump), Sophia Campbell (Senior girls’ 100 metres), Lois Hagen (Senior girls’ 400 metres), Louise McAnea (Junior girls’ shot), and Emma Kee (Minor girls’ shot), although in Emma’s case her result did help the Minor girls’ team to an impressive second placed finish in the overall team event, with a final score of 16 points.

Well done to all involved within Grosvenor athletics who helped to make Saturday’s Ulster Championships such a successful day.  In particular, much credit is due to coaches Mr Andrew Gibson, Mrs Karen Kirk and Mrs Linda McIlvenny, without whose dedication and expertise such success would not have been possible.  The school will now have 19 competitors representing it at the prestigious Irish Schools’ Championships, to be held in Tullamore at the end of the month, and we wish each of these competitors the best of luck at this event - the pinnacle of school’s athletics within Ireland.  

Grosvenor's Junior boys' 4 x 100 metres relay team of (from left to right) Fynn Bailie, Charlie McMullan, Ben Gilmore and Ryan Downs which secured a silver medal at the Ulster Schools' Track and FIeld Championships 2015, held at the Antrim Forum on Saturday 16th May