DONEGAL’S fledgling athletes are among the medals at the Schools Track and Field International at the Grangemouth Stadium in Scotland today.
The venue, just outside of Falkirk, played host to the best of the international talent from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales with athletes who feature prominently on the Donegal scene involved.
Scoil Mhuire Buncrana student Fergus Cox added to his Tailteann Games victory to take gold in the javelin when he threw a personal best of 58.85 metres.
Janine Boyle from St Columba’s College in Stranorlar – who had earlier finished in fourth place in the 200m in a time of 24.79 seconds – was part of the 4 x 100m Irish team that stormed to victory with the Finn Valley AC member giving the Irish team a solid start from the blocks.
Sommer Lecky (pictured above by Kieran Carlin) was the winner of the high jump with an impressive leap of 1.74 metres and whilst the Strabane Academy schoolgirl, who is a native of Castlederg, Co Tyrone, and part of Finn Valley AC, it was enough for gold.
Brendan O’Donnell from Lifford AC came in second in the hammer throw and will take a silver medal home – a first schools’ medal for the St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, student. O’Donnell threw an impressive 63.78 metres – his best throw to date – and led from the first round till the sixth only to lose out to George Marvel of England.
Loreto Convent, Letterkenny student Arlene Crossan, who is coached by Shauna Carlin, can be content with her third place with 5.84 metres in the long jump, while Aaron McGlynn, who studies at Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, came home in eighth place in the competitive 400m.
Thanks to Kieran Carlin of Finn Valley AC and John O’Donnell of Lifford AC for reports and photographs