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Four NI athletes are bound for World Juniors

 

By Brian Hill

Four Ulster athletes have been included in a 19-strong Athletics Ireland team to compete at the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 10 to 15.

17-year-old Davicia Patterson of Beechmount Harriers races over 400m, an event in which she has consistently broken records this season.

A few days ago she went to sixth in the Irish Senior all-time list with a time of 52.88 seconds in Germany. This time means that the All-Ireland Schools champion is within striking distance of Stephanie Llewellyn's 1995 NI Senior record of 52.54.

North Down's Aaron Sexton has been named in the sprint relay team and will also contest the 200m. The NI Senior 100m champion broke his own NI Junior 200m record a month ago in 21.12s when taking the All-Ireland Schools title. The 17-year-old won the Commonwealth Youth Games 200m last year.

Commonwealth Games high jumper Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley is also included following a series of performances this year which have clearly established her as Ireland's best jumper.

Lecky's PB is 1.86m, achieved when winning the Scottish Indoor title in January. The Commonwealth Youth Games champion won the English Under-20 title recently with 1.84m.

City of Lisburn's Lauren Roy has been included in the sprint relay team.

Roy finished second in the All-Ireland Schools in a PB of 11.92 seconds and then followed up by taking the NI Senior title.

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