A mist hung over the Garron Tower campus for much of St Killian’s Sports’ Day last Thursday while most other places in the county sweltered under bright sunshine. But the conditions proved very favourable as no fewer than five school records were set or equalled.
Cameron Durrell, from Larne, shaved a full two seconds off Thomas McDonnell’s 18 year record for the 200m to set a new standard at 23.24 seconds, the outstanding performance of the day.
The Year 10 girls’ 4 x 100m relay record from 1987 was also broken by Hannah McCann, Caoimhe McNaughton, Rachel McLaughlin and Aimee McDowell. The new record is now 1.00.13.
Hannah however was unlucky coming .01 seconds off breaking the long-standing record for the 200m, a distance she conquered to win gold at Ulster level last month. Kevin Walsh, also from Glenravel, missed out on the Year 8 200m record by the same margin of 0.01 seconds.
Glenariffe’s Gabriel Leech however set a new mark of 25.85 in the Year 9 200m, breaking Ryan McIlroy’s record from 2009, while Michaela McAllister equalled another standard set seven years ago – 5.56 minutes for the Year 11 1500m.
Finally Ashylnn Rodgers broke another 2009 record, winning the Year 8 1500m in a time of 5.52 minutes a full 16 seconds inside Andrea Mulvenna’s seven year mark.
The following teams won in each Year group
- YEAR 8 – GLENARM
- YEAR 9 – GLENBALLYEAMON
- YEAR 10 – GLENARIFFE
- YEAR 11 – GLENAAN
But the overall winners with a total of 489 points were Glencloy.