NI and Ulster Senior Championships: Rampant Reynolds jumping for joy
North Down’s Ben Reynolds set his second Northern Ireland hurdles record in the space of a week at the rain-drenched Antrim Borough Council sponsored Senior Athletics Championships at the weekend.
Clockwise from left: Action from the women’s 100m hurdles event at the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships at the weekend; Ballymena and Antrim’s Nathan Lyons in the high jump and Raheny Shamrocks’ Zoe Brown in the pole vault event
PRESSEYEBY BRIAN HILL
NI AND ULSTER SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 20-year-old fulfilled pre- race expectations when he defied the atrocious weather to set new figures of 13.98 secs in the 110 metres hurdles to slice 0.14 secs off his seven day old record. This is the fifth Northern Ireland athletics record in less than a month.
Reynolds said: “I am pretty pleased particularly as the weather conditions weren't good. When I ran 13.81 secs recently with a 2.2 metres plus wind I knew I was in good shape so it was just a matter of producing the result”.
Several other athletes also defied the weather to produce good performances.
Ciara Mageean got a European Junior qualification time when winning the 1500 metres with ease in 4.23.07.
GB Junior Katie Kirk successfully defended her 400 metres title with a new PB of 55.03 secs when she won a close dual with Ballymena's Jo Patterson.
Team-mate Joanna Mills took the 100 metres title in 12.19 secs while North Down's Hannah Lewis continued her successful come back with a double victory in the 200 metres (25.02 secs) and the long jump (5.79 metres).
Mid Ulster's hammer thrower Andrew Doyle improves with every competition.
This time the Irish Schools’ champion added 1.63metres to his PB to set new figures of 64.25 metres which ranks him fourth in the UK Under-20 list. In the Women's event the ever consistent Gaby McNally of Ballymena won with 51.57 metres.
Ballymena's Dean Adams won the 100 metres (10.87 secs) while one lap specialist Jason Harvey took the 200 metres (22.23 secs). Shercock AC's Craig Lynch was an easy 400 metres winner in 49.53 secs.
In a close 1500 metres tussle Letterkenny's Daniel Mooney snatched the title in 3.51.72 which was a mere 0.23 secs ahead of Derry's Conor Bradley.
European Cup bound Alan Kennedy won the triple jump (14.39 metres) while schoolboy Ciaran Dolan of St Michael's was a surprise winner in the long jump (6.85 metres).
Meanwhile, in the big New York athletics meeting Derry's Jason Smyth was some way short of his recent 100 metres record when he finished 5th in 10.60 secs against a strong headwind.
In the Watford BMC meeting there were two impressive PB's by Letterkenny athletes.
Firstly, 20-year-old Darren McBrearty won his race in new figures of 3.42.68 while Irish Schools champion Ruari Finnegan ran a time of 3.51.24. Annadale's Eddie McGinley excelled in the 5000 metres when he took over 9 secs off his PB with a time of 14.14.67.
In the Women's 1500 metres Commonwealth Games athlete Kelly McNeice ran a season's best time of 4.16.40 while Newcastle's Kerry Hary was timed at 4.19 .66.
Finn Valley's Noel Collins continued his good form with his 2nd fastest 1500 metres time of 3.47.07.
There were also useful runs in the 800 metres by Garth Hill (1.53.94) and Steven Morrow (1.54.34)