The Athletics Club meets twice a week and Saturday mornings, beginning at the end of the Spring term. Everyone is welcome to experience the many different events using the school facilities and those at Thiepval. Friends’ compete on a regular basis with schools such as Grosvenor Grammar, Methody, Ballyclare HS and Dromore HS at venues such as Mary Peter’s Track and Antrim Forum. As a result of these competitions squads are selected for the District Championships.
The athletics season begins in with the Ulster School Combined Events Championships in the autumn. Due to the nature of the competition only Club based athletes with the experience of a wide range of events. Abby Tate is such as athlete and her hard work all year round resulted in her gaining 2nd place.
She automatically qualified for the Irish Championships, where she again represented Friends The competition took place in Athlone in late October. Abby finished 8th place overall, achieving a PB in 60m Hurdles and an impressive PB in her Shot Put, as well as her best ever performance in a Pentathalon. An excellent achievement after training long and hard for this event.
Friends’ pupils competed in the District Championships on Tuesday and Saturday, in the usual 2nd week in May. 25 athletes finish 4th, 5th and 6th place gaining valuable points for the school.
Mini Boys and Girls (Y8)
Isabella Connor, Ella Latuske, Susannah Kyle, Sushruth Ramesh, Connor Harvey
Minor Girls (Y9)
Clare Neeson , Minor Girls Relay
Junior Boys and Girls (Y10)
Holly Winters, Hannah Cochrane, Lara Kennedy, Rebekah Irwin, Matthew Cherry, Alex Murphy, Sam McKenzie, Peter Brown, Junior Girls Relay
Intermediate Boys and Girls (Y11&12)
Aimee McConville, Ellie Bamford, Kate Boomer, Ethan Terris, Jack Harte, Cameron Hanna
Senior Boys (Y13&14)
Sam Greer, Connor Taylor
The following athletes have qualified for Ulster Championships finals as a result of finishing in the top 3
Sophie Reid 3rd in the High Jump
Charlotte Snape 3rd in the Long Jump
Elsa McGall 2nd in the 100m
Katie McCleery 1st in 800m
Daisy Donnelly 1st in the Long Jump
The relay team of Daisy Donnelly, Charlotte Shape, Elsa McGall and Isabella Connor finished 3rd in the Relay
The Mini Girls had a particularly successful competition on Tuesday winning the Team title with 41 points
The Mini Boys have two athletes who also qualified for the Ulsters
Ben Martin 2nd in Shot
Luke McKenzie 3rd in the 100m
Samuel Dillon 3rd in High Jump
The Boys team finished 3rd with 17 points
In the Minor Events
Kate Annett 3rd in 100m
Jodi Morrison 2nd in Shot with a new PB and school record
Hannah Simpson 1st in High Jump with a new PB
The Girls team finished 3rd with 22 points
In the Junior Events
Michael Collim 3rd in 800m
Ella Brown 3rd in 800m
Mia Furey 1st in Javelin with a new PB
Sarah Kelly 3rd in 100m and 1st in 200m with a new PB
The Girls team finished 5th with 36 points
In the Intermediate Events
Aimee McConville 3rd in 100m
Sarah Kilpatrick 3rd in 800m and 3rd in Shot
Kate Erskine 3rd in High Jump
Cara Jeffrey 2nd in High Jump
Aoife Doyle 2nd in Discus
Abby Tate 2nd in 300mHurdles and 2nd in Long Jump
The Girls team finished 3rd with 49 points
Sam Gunn 3rd in Long Jump
Emma Greer 3rd in Senior Girls Triple Jump
Victoria Hunter 2nd in Discus
Chris Kane 2nd in High Jump
Sarah Ferris 1st in 800m
Joshua Armstrong 1st in 110m Hurdles
Tyla Eley 1st in Javelin
The Girls team finished 3rd with 24 points and the Boys 4th with 25 points
Ulster School Championships
The following week Friends’ athletes competed in the Ulster Schools Championships. On Friday night Josh Armstrong’s win in the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles was never in doubt. He added a gold to his collection of 7 career Ulster medals.
In the Senior Girls 800m Sarah Ferris fought bravely to hold on to 2nd place. This was just reward for dedication to winter training. After 3 career bronze medals it was fitting that in her final she gained her first silver medal.
At Junior level Mia Furey continued with success in the Javelin’ She finished 3rd with another PB and competes in the first Irish event.
She is joined by Jodi Morrison who was justifiably delighted with her 2nd place in the Minor Girls Shot. In the Mini Girls competition
As a result of their top 3 finishes these 4 athletes have qualified for the Irish Championships in Tullamore, which is a tremendous achievement for Friends' pupils
Katie McCleery showed the crowd a taste of what is to come. She won the Mini Girls 800m with seconds to spare. Next year she’ll be aiming to win gold again and this time qualify for the Irish Championships which only start at Minor level. She along with Hannah Simpson and Jodi Morrison are to be congratulated for setting new school records in their event.
Other commendable performances with top 8 finishes were
The Mini Girls team finished 3rd in the Ulster team points
Elsa McGall 4th in Mini Girls 100m
Sophie Reid 5th in Mini Girls High Jump
Mini Girls Relay 8th
Hannah Simpson 6th in Minor Girls High Jump
Sarah Kelly 5th in Junior Girls 200m
Abbie Tate 4th in 300m Hurdles
Sam Gunn 5th in 2000m Steeplechase
Aa a result of her 3rd place finish in the Intermediate Girls 800m, Sarah Kilpatrick was invited to run in the Belfast International Meet. Several under age events were staged before the International and local events.
Irish School Championships
The competition on a national level in Ireland is exceptional. At Tullamore all Friends’ Irish Schools finalists gave their best performances of the season.
Josh Armstrong had a top 4 finish in the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles Sarah Ferris went one better than last year finishing 6th in the Senior Girls 800m Mia Furey in her 1st Championships and with a personal best performance finished 7th in the Junior Girls Javelin Jodi Morrison left her best throw to last to gain a 5th place in the Minor Girls Shot
Ulster Mini Team Championships
The Mini Girls and Boys Mini teams, as a result of their District performances in 1st and 3rd place qualified for the Mini Ulster Team Championships.
Ben Martin earned points for his performance in the shot.
The girls were awarded a total of 15 points with Emma Fraser (6th in shot) Sophie Reid (3rd in high jump) Katie McCleery (1st in 800m) and Daisy Donnelly (3rd in Long Jump) gained top 6 places.
This placed them 4th before the finale of the relay. However, they just failed to score the necessary points, missing out on a bronze medal by 1 point.
For dedication to practise and her 5th place performance in the Irish School Championships Jodi Morison was awarded the trophy for the Club Member of the Year.
This concluded the end to a very successful athletics season. Talent is most definitely evident in the junior school, and with continued commitment the future is bright.
Cross Country Report 2018
Congratulations must go to all the athletes who competed in the District and Ulster Cross Country Championships, which started off in the usual venue of Ormeau Park in February. Results from the District were as follows.
The outstanding individual successes were
Hannah Cochrane 3rd in Junior Girls
Katie McCleery 1st and Ella Latuske 3rd in Mini Girls
Rachel Collins 4th and Sarah Ferris 6th in Senior Girls
Minor Girls finished 8th
Mini Boys finished 10th
Junior Boys 6th
The following teams won bronze medals for 3rd place team finishes and qualified for the Ulster Finals.
Minor Boys – Edward Walls, Stephen Lyster, Ethan Ross, Patrick Moore, James Black, Ethan Mehaffey and Leo Kennedy
Junior Girls – Hannah Cochrane, Andrea Cox and Sarah Kelly
Senior Girls – Sarah Ferris, Rachel Collins & Emma Greer
Inter Boys – Omar Al-Qaryooti, Abdullah Alktiesh, Jack Netherton, Calvin Mehaffey and Andrew Elwood.
The Senior Boys team of Conal McKee, Nathan Howe, Joshua Lindsey, Jack McGall, Conor Taylor and Jonathan Edwards won silver medals for 2nd place team finishes and also qualified for the Ulster Finals.
The Mini Girls team led by Katie McCleery won gold medals for 1st place team finishes and qualified for the Ulster Finals. Katie was joined by Ella Latuske, Anna Warwick, Elsa McGaw, Charlotte Snape & Kate Callaghan.
In more pleasant conditions than previous years the Friends’ qualifiers to the Ulster Finals at Mallusk.
In the Intermediate Boys event Jack Netherton was the first Friends’ boy to finish in 39th place and in the Senior Boys it was Joshua Lindsey in 44th place.
In the Senior Girls race, Sarah Ferris kept up her consistently high standards finishing 17th, with Rachel Collins close behind in 23rd.
Hannah Cochrane led home the Junior Girls finishing just outside the medals in 4th place followed by Sarah Kelly in 28th and qualified as an individual for the Irish Championships.
However, it was the Mini Girls who stole the show. Katie McCleery had a tremendous dual at the front and was pipped for the gold, losing out by 1/100th of a second. Ella Latuske made it two athletes inside the top 10 with her 9th place finish and Anna Warwick added to the points in 39th.
In the team event the Mini girls team of Katie McCleery, Ella Latuske, Anna Warwick, Brooke Cunningham, Charlotte Snape & Kate Callaghan. Elsa was unable to compete and Brooke stepped in having recovered from her injury.
They finished 1st winning gold medals and were therefore crowned Ulster Mini Girls Champions.
Hannah Cochrane was the Friends’ representative at the finals in Waterford in March and finished 11th in a field of some 68 athletes. A terrific achievement.
CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR Jodi Morrison
OLIVIA HUGHES TROPHY Ella Brown