The Irish schools’ teams travelled to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland on the 1st of December for the Aviva Schools’ International Combined Events.
The Irish team put in some excellent performances and Elizabeth Morland of Dunshaughlin Community College produced the most noteworthy of these. Morland finished a fantastic second in the under 16 event with a score of 3,446 points, only 95 points shy of the winner Kierra Baker of England. A victory in the long jump and an equal first in the 80m hurdles, running 9.17 secs set her on her way to a podium finish. She competed strongly in the high jump, clearing 1.57 cm and threw 8.66 cm in the shot putt and finished with a brave second place in the 800m, securing the silver medal.
The under 16 event proved to be a successful one as Niamh Kelly of Scared Heart Drogheda finished in a superb third place. Kelly finished on 3,242 points and with the backing of her team mates Laura Cussen and Vickie Cusack, the Irish team finished second behind a strong English team.
Niamh Quinn finished in eight place, which proved to be the best of the under 18 girls with 2,967 points. Amy McTeggart finished just five points behind her teammate in ninth place. Grace McKenzie of Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven was steadily climbing up the rankings until she was controversially disqualified in the last event of the day, the 800m. McKenzie was in third position with the Irish team in second. However the unfortunate disqualification led to both McKenzie and the Irish team dropping out of medal contention.
Sam Healy of Carrigaline Community School was the best placed of the Irish in the under 18 boy’s competition he finished in eight place. Ciaran Corrigan finished a mere 2 points behind Healy after the 5 events. Christian Robinson and Mark Rogers also performed well scoring above 3,000 points. The team finished in third place behind teams from Wales and England.
England dominated the under 16 boys competition occupying the top four places. Irelands Daniel Ryan finished with a score of 3,072 points enough to see him place sixth. His second place in the long jump was his best performance of the five events.
Results – SIAB Combined Events International, Emirates Areana, Glasgow.
Girls – U16: 1 K Baker (Eng) 3541 pts; 2 E Morland (Ire) 3446; 3 N Kelly (Ire) 3242. Other Irish - 9 L Cussen 2955; 16 V Cusack 2588. Teams – 1 England 9763, 2 Ireland 9643, 3 Scotland 8873.
U18: 1 O Montez-Brown (Eng) 3345. Irish – 1 8 N Quinn 2967, 9 A McTeggart 2962, 15 G McKenzie dsq; J Pennefether dns. Teams – 1 England 9742, 2 Scotland 9261, 3 Wales 8933, 4 Ireland 89332.
Boys – U16: 1 H Sutherland (Eng) 3385, Irish – 6 D Ryan 3071, 9 M Daton 2980, 15 J Murphy 2701, 16 A Conneely 2678. Teams – 1 England 3385, 2 Scotland 9015, 3 Wales 8779, 4 Ireland 8730.
U18: 1 D Omeregie (Wal) 3690. Irish – 8 Sam Healy 3217, 9 C Corrigan 3215, 11 C Robinson 3040, 12 M Rogers 3019. Teams – 1 Wales 10482, 2 England 10270, 3 Ireland 94671.