Aviva Irish Schools Track and Field Finals
Abbey Vocational School Athletes win Team and Individual title's in Tullamore

Saturday, 02 June 2012

On Saturday last at the All Ireland schools finals in Tullamore,Donegal Towns, Abbey Vocational school athletes, dominated a number of individual disciplines and their Under 17 Girls team were crowned National team champions.


Kelly McGrory, in the first set of hurdle races of the day ran an excellent time of 44.19 secs to record an impressive victory. The 300m hurldles, a demanding event, found the Laghey girl leading coming into the home straight and, while tiring, keeping her composure and technique to extend the gap as she negotiated the final three barriers. Later in the afternoon she paired up with school mate Kate McGowan, who earlier in the morning had recorded 5.50m for 2nd place in a closely fought long jump competition. The 80m hurdles sprint event demands that the athletes clear eight,2'6'' [old money] hurdles, spaced 8 metres apart. This race was closely fought over the opening four barriers. Kate's more aggressive style then came into play and she pulled away from the field to record a second victory for the school in yet another PB time of 11.58secs. Kelly finished 3rd in 12.03secs. At the end of the afternoon Kelly and Kate accompanied by Emma Brady and Niamh McGrory combined for yet another victory and a 50.20secs time for the 4 x 100m relay. At the start of the afternoon the six 800m races are run.The Senior Boys event found Karl Griffin, running tacktically for the opening 400m -reached in a time 57.8secs. Midway down the back straight Karl went to the front and over the final 250m wound up the pace to record one of the most spectacular wins of the day -time 1min52.95secs.


In the field events it was Royal and Prior Raphoe's, John Kelly who was making the headlines. He pushed the 5k shot out to 16.58m- nearly 70cm farther than his Ulster winning distance of two weeks ago. John was pushed all the way by Belvedere Colleges, Jaguar who got a 16m plus putt for silver. Later in the evening the St Johnstonn lad added a Javelin silver medal when he recorded a best throw of 47.58m.


Other good performances
Gairmscoil Chu Ulad, Ballinamores Jade Leeper was literally a few centimetres short of winning two bronze medals when she threw the Junior Shot 9.31m and Discus 30.07m. Abbey Voc's Clare Brady recorded a similar 4th place finish in the Senior Pole Vault -best 2.20m. Hannah Campbell, St Catherine's Killybegs , fought her way into a bronze medal position when she cleared 2.40m in the U17 Pole Vault. Tania Carr, Loreto Letterkenny, in the Junior Girls High Jump cleared 1.50m for another 4th place finish. Royal and Prior's Shaun Woods, drawn in the most unfavourable lane 8, finished 5th in a PB time of 50.40secs. This closely fought event had three athletes dip under the 50 secs barrier. Emma Brady, AVS, experienced some difficulty with her run up and filled 7th place in the Under 17 Triple Jump -best 10.13m.Mark Boyle, AVS , was 6th in the Junior Boys 800m -time 2mins11.11secs; St Catherine's Killybegs Mark McGuiness,was also 6th in the U17 Boys 3,000m -9mins 24.11secs; AVS's Caolan Callaghan was 6th in the Junior Boys Long Jump -5.49m while schools mates Katie Hoad filled 7th place in the U17 Pole Vault, Ciara Crawford U17 walk 8th and Jessica Quinn U15 walk 10th, Chloe Masterson was 9th in the U15 Hammer. Scoil Colmcille's Eva Mc Mullan 12.95secs was 8th in the Junior 100m finals and Sarah Timony filled a similar position in the U15 walk.


At the end of the day when the calculators were produced to determine the overall prestigious age group team awards, Abbey Vocationals Under 17 girls team had totalled 45points with St Brigids, Killarney 33pts and St Marys New Ross, 25pts filling the mkinor placings.


Abbey Vocational School 4x100m Relay Team Winners

Emma Brady, Kelly McGroty, Kate McGowan, Niamh McGrory


Abbey Vocational School Intermediate U17 Team Irish Schools Team Winners

L-R:Ciara Crawford, Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Kelly McGrory,

Jessica Quinn, Katie Hoad, Niamh McGrory


A lot of silverware


Danny Lawlor leads Karl Griffin in the SB 800m at Tullamore


Senior Boys 800m Medal Winners


Hnnah Campbell (centre)

Medal Winner in the Inter PoleVault




Irish Schools U17 Team Champions


Karl Griffin inteviewed for upcoming Schools Finals TV Programme


Karl Griffin Wins Senior Boys 800m


Kate McGowan, Abbey Vocational School leads her Team to victory

in the 4x100m Relay