Clounagh Junior High School students secured the greatest return of results in Ulster history within a weekend haul which included four internal records.
School records were smashed in the triple jump, hurdles, 800 metres and relay events by Ethan Williamson, Alberto Balde, Matthew Willis, Harry Anderson, Jay Lismore, Peter Douglas and Bobby Farquhar.
The Clounagh athletes returned home with extra individual medals but also a first Junior Boys’ Cup in school history.
“Ethan set two school records, in the 80 metres hurdles and triple jump,” said Clounagh’s Gary Jackson. “Matthew got silver in the 800 metres on the way to breaking a record established by Dean Smith in 1991.
“Harry, Jay, Peter and Bobby also set a record previously set in 1991.
“The students were also extremely impressive at the District finals.
“School records were set by Harry Anderson and Alberto Balde, the latter a time across 100 metres established in 1988 by Karl Gale.
“We have been enjoying one of our best years in the track and fields championships, with 25 students making progress out of the Districts across 20 events.
“Our minor and junior boys were ranked top overall.
“The Ulster haul of medals and points marked the greatest ever in our history, on top of the four school records and first Junior Boys’ Cup triumph.”
ULSTER: Harry Anderson, Jay Lismore, Peter Douglas, Bobby Farquhar (minor relay, fifth place); Daryl McCarten (junior high jump, seventh); Alberto Balde (junior 100 metres, bronze); Alberto Balde (junior long jump, gold); Matthew Willis (junior 800 metres, silver); Ethan Williamson (junior 80 metres hurdles, gold); Alberto Balde, Ethan Williamson, Daryl McCarten, Matthew Willis (junior relay, silver).
DISTRICT: Szymon Skulimowski (mini high jump, bronze); San Anderson (mini shot, bronze); Peter Douglas (minor shot, bronze); Jay Crozier (minor shot, gold); Anna Johnston (minor 800 metres, gold); Tory Wells, Anna Johnston, Ellen Wilson, Zoe Magowan (minor relay, gold); Mackenzie Calvert (minor shot, silver); Harry Anderson (minor 100 metres, bronze); Harry Anderson, Reece Millsopp, Jay Lismore, Bobby Farquhar (minor relay, silver); Alex Palinkas (minor long jump, silver); Ritchie Nelson (minor high jump, gold); Victoria Greenaway (junior long jump, bronze); Aimee Gale (junior shot, gold); Hannah Emerson (junior shot, bronze); Zoe Abraham (junior discuss, silver); Alberto Balde (junior long jump, silver); Alberto Balde (junior 100 metres, silver); Ethan Williamson (junior 80 metres hurdles, silver); Ethan Williamson (junior triple jump, gold); Daryl McCarten (junior high jump, silver); Alberto Balde, Ethan Williamson, Matthew Willis, Matthew Beattie (junior relay, silver).