Despite the weekend’s varied weather conditions, there were club records, PBs and medals galore at the Mary Peters’ Track on Sat/Sun 2/3 September where the provinces best mullti-eventers were competing in the NI & Ulster Combined Events Championships.
Performance of the day came in the Senior Women’s Heptathlon, in which Sarah Connolly produced PBs or near PBs across all seven events, resulting in a massive improvement of over 370pts to new lifetime best of 4837pts that propels her to 21st in the UK rankings.
The highlight of the seven events was a huge breakthrough in the high jump where she increased her PB by an incredible 8cm to 1.78m, placing her =12 in the UK rankings. Not surprisingly these performances were also a huge increases to her own senior women’s heptathlon & high jump club records.
Brothers, Lexx & Troy McConville were both sitting in gold medal position going into the final event of their respective competitions but were overhauled on the dreaded last distance race.
Lexx scored 1742pts to take silver and set another new club record in the U13 Pentathlon while older brother Troy also set a club record with a score of 4276pts in the U17 Boys’ Octathlon, missing out on gold by an agonising 3pts and having to settle for silver. Isaac Hart took a break from his 400m training to also compete in the U17 Octathlon and was rewarded with an excellent score of 3702pts to take the bronze medal.
Niamh Fenlon demonstrated her excellent all-round ability by scoring 1895pts to win bronze in the U13 girls’ Pentathlon and in doing so, set a new U13 club record.
Rose McGreevy & Katie Kimber took part in the U15 Girls Pentathlon and scored 1667 & 1599 to finish 14th & 16th respectively, while Kurt Simpson finished 5th in the Senior Mens Decathlon with a total score of 3648pts.