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McCartney and O'Connor break records during Tullamore test


Davicia Patterson
Davicia Patterson

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games heptathlete Kate O'Connor and Lisburn AC pole vaulter Ellen McCartney were in record-breaking form at the weekend's Irish Age Group Athletics Championships in Tullamore.

O'Connor (18), who is expected to take up a US athletics scholarship shortly, was competing for her St Gerard's school for the final time in Dundalk.

The multi-talented athlete added to her medal haul with another Irish Junior U20 record of 48.98m in the javelin. A busy O'Connor also took the 200m in a personal best of 24.88 seconds and the long jump with 5.98m.

Davicia Patterson is tipped for a 400m medal in this month's Euro Juniors in Sweden. At Tullamore, the Beechmount woman won the 200m with ease in her second best time of 24.55 seconds. North Down's Rachel McCann triumphed in the 400m in 55.54 seconds.

World Junior high jump silver medallist Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley, who is also Sweden-bound, took the high jump with 1.80m. Team-mate James Kelly won the shot with 16.72m, while Lisburn's Adam Hughes was third in the 400m (48.79 seconds).

In the U23 category, pole vaulter McCartney set another Irish record with a clearance of 4.01m which just bettered her previous best of four metres.

There were other successes in this age group with gold for Annadale's Callum Crawford-Walker in a tactical 800m (1.52.87) and Lisburn AC's Mark Burton in the triple jump (14.23m).

Ballymena's Craig Newell, who will be competing for Ireland in the Euro U23 Championships this weekend, just lost out in the 400m by 0.12 seconds to Clonliffe's Thomas Pitkin, who took gold in 47.78 seconds.

Ballymena's Michael McAuley was third in the 100m (10.84 seconds) and fourth in the 200m (22.12 seconds). Finn Valley's Oisin Galen took bronze in the 1,500m in 3.51.94.

Meanwhile, in the Night of 10,000m in Highgate, London, 34-year-old Irish Olympian Fionnuala McCormack showed her class once again with a superb fifth place in 32.05.20 behind winner Steph Twell of Great Britain, who took the European title in 31.08.13.

Letterkenny's Anne Marie McGlynn was 27th in 33.38.50, while Emma Mitchell of Banbridge was 33rd in 34.06.10.

The Northern Ireland 10,000m title was won by Eoin Hughes of Acorns in 32 minutes and 43 second,s with team-mate Vincent McKenna second in 32 minutes and 52 seconds.

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