Lifford-Strabane AC woman Adrienne Gallen set a new Irish schools record at the weekend.
Gallen, a student at St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, won gold in the Junior Girls Hammer at the Irish Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore.
Gallen reached out to a stunning 57.24 metres – breaking the previous best by over three metres.
The record of 54.00 metres was set by European Youth Olympic bronze medallist Jade Williams in 2015.
Gallen, a daughter of former athletics star Sharon Foley-Gallen, also took a silver in the shot put, throwing 11.75m.
Her club-mate Jude McCrossan (Deele College) won the intermediate boys hammer with a final round throw of 47.65m, edging out Lifford-Strabane AC training partner Ross Henderson, a student at the Royal and Prior (47.37m).
Ellie McCurdy, also of Lifford-Strabane AC won gold in the junior girls javelin, throwing 39.17m.
Dara Kirk, in the intermediate boys javelin, and Ella Costello, in the minor girls 75m hurdles, took bronze for the Lifford-Strabane club.
There was gold for Abbey Vocation School’s Niamh Moohan in the intermediate girls hurdles, powering home in 11.55 seconds.
Finn Valley AC’s Blaine Lynch – who attends Omagh CBS – was the silver winner in the junior boys javelin, as he threw 45.46 metres and Ethan Mullan, of Finn Valley AC and competing for Limavady GS, won silver in the minor boys shot put, reaching 11.99m.
Royal and Prior student Lauren Callaghan, an athlete at Finn Valley, was the silver medalist in the senior girls triple jump with a 11.31m best, while Finn Valley AC’s Michaela Byrne, a student at St Catherine’s VS in Killybegs, took bronze in the intermediate girls triple jump with a leap of 10.81m.
Loreto College, Milford’s Patrick McDaid won silver in the junior boys 800m, finishing in 2:05.00.
Lucy McGlynn from Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon left with silver in the junior girls hurdles, beaten only by Ella Scott from Cork.
Amber Ní Ghallchóir from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair was a silver medallist, too, taking second in the minor girls shot put, as did Mia McCalmont from Abbey VS in the senior girls 3000m, her time of 10:05.74 beaten only by Sarah Healy from Killiney.
Darragh Kirk of Mulroy College collected bronze in the intermediate boys javelin with a best of 51.88m and Eoin Sharkey from St Columba’s College, Glenties won bronze in the intermediate boys 400m hurdles.Tags: