St Colman's in medal haul

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

St Colman's in medal haul thumbnailEOGHAN Byrne pictured being presented with his silver medal at the Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships.

ST Colmans' Miceal McCaul, Jack O'Farrell, David Corkey and the 4x400 team all lifted gold at the Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships.

Meanwhile, Eoghan Byrne won silver and it was bronze for Conor O'Carroll.

It was a magnificent weekend for the College athletes and Miceal McCaul got the ball rolling on Friday night with a gun to tape victory in the 3000m, closely followed by the record breaking 4x400 team.

On Saturday Conor O'Carroll took a marvellous bronze in the inter boys 400 at his debut in the event.

Conor has another year in this age group and will be a force in this event at next year's championships. His performance has now put him on the senior 4x400 squad who will be competing in the All Ireland's in Tullamore, Co Offaly in two weeks time.

Next up was Eoghan Byrne who, after a injury ravaged winter, was slowly getting back into form and he duly delivered in the final of the 400m producing his second ever fastest time to gain the silver medal and automatic qualification to the Irish finals, but perhaps more importantly reversing the Down Schools result by relegating Aaron Hughes of Grosvenor Grammar into third place.

In the junior boys 800 Leo Magee was desperately unlucky not to make it to the All Ireland finals being beaten out of the bronze in the last 40m. However, he again reduced his PB for the third race running .

The senior boys 800m was always going to be a tactical affair. David Corkey was well place at the bell after a slow opening first lap, he tracked his conqueror from the Belfast open meet Andrew Hildritch down the back straight and made his move 70m from the tape where his strength and speed was too much for the opposition as he won quite comfortably.

It was a fitting end to his Ulster Schools athletics career where he has represented the College since year 8 and culminating with his first individual title.

St Colmans' final action of the weekend was in the 1500m, where the College was represented by Callum McDonagh in the Junior boys and Jack O'Farrell in the senior boys.

Callum's race went off at a hectic pace and the field was quickly spread out within two hundred meters. Callum did well to hang on to the pace and finished in 8th place just shy of his PB.

Jack, after breaking four minutes for the metric mile recently in Greystones, was the overwhelming favourite for this race. Jack produced a masterclass in the art of 1500m racing, an opening 800m of 2.09 gave him a good lead going into the third 400m of the race and a devastating change of pace from 800m to the 1100m mark gave him a 50m advantage as he took the bell.

He maintained this lead comfortably to give him his third Ulster Schools track title in as many years.


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