Friends’ provides every opportunity for all pupils to participate in athletics. The Club runs two days a week after school on Monday and Wednesday, and on a Saturday Morning. We avail of the excellent facilities at Thiepval in addition to those at school. Competitions with other school like Grosvenor Grammar, Methody, Dromore HS, Wallace and Ballyclare HS are held on Saturdays and during games when possible. It is a vibrant club where all pupils can work at their favoured events in an effort to improve personal best performances.
Athletics Report 2019
At the beginning of every season the athletics report normally begins with news of the Ulster Schools Combined Event. Unfortunately, Abby Tate, who in the past had performed so well in this event did not return in time due to an ongoing injury. However, she later gained a well-deserved place on Ulster University’s Speed-Power Academy, one of only 12 places open to 15- 21 year-old athletes across Northern Ireland. This is an exceptional achievement for her.
Friends’ pupils competed in the District Championships on Tuesday and Saturday, in the usual 2nd week in May. 28 athletes finish 4th, 5th and 6th place gaining valuable points for the school.
Mini Boys and Girls (Y8)
Alfie Shawe, Ava Mehaffey, Tom Archbold, Josh Mulholland, Derbla O’Donoghue
Minor Girls (Y9)
Madison Sanderman, Omar Akhonzada, Elsa McGall, Anna Warwick,
Junior Boys and Girls (Y10)
Clare Neeson, Toby Curran, Sophie Kidd, Rebecca Elliott, Tom Rowlatt-McCormick
Intermediate Boys and Girls (Y11&12)
Cara Bradley, Alex Murphy, Phoebe Cotton, Peter Brown, Emile Geneviere, Rebecca Irwin, Lara Kennedy, Matthew Cherry, Aimee McConville, Holly Winters and the girls relay team
Senior Boys (Y13&14)
Kyle Gormley, Jack Harte, David Martelli, Sam Scorer
The following athletes qualified for Ulster Championships finals as a result of finishing in the top 3
Joel Barron 2nd in Shot
Tom Archbold 3rd in 100m
Harry Scott 2nd in 800m
Ava Mehaffey 2nd in 800m
Jessica Butler 3rd in Shot
Sophie Shanley 1st in High Jump with a new PB
Both of the Relays teams also won medals
Boys team finished 3rd – Tom Archbold, Harry Moore, Harry Scott and Nicholas Cheung
Girls Team finished 2nd – Sarah Black, Derbhla O’Donoghue, Ava Mehaffey and Jenny Waring
Luke McKenzie 1st in 100m
Daisy Donnelly 3rd in Long Jump
Charlotte Snape 2nd in Long Jump with a new PB
Sophie Reid 2nd in High Jump
Grace Fleming 3rd in Shot
Katie McCleery 1st in 800m with a new PB and extending her new school record
Not to be outdone both of the Minor Relays teams also won medals
Boys team finished 2nd – Luke McKenzie, Joel Barron, Ben Martin and Kacper Kedziora
Girls team finished 2nd – Daisy Donnelly, Elsa McGall, Charlotte Snape and Isabella Connor
Patrick Moore 3rd in High Jump
Annabelle Millen 3rd in Discus
Jodi Morrison 1st in both Shot & Discus
Katie Annett 1st in 100m
Michael Collim 3rd in High Jump
Abby Tate 1st in Long Jump with a new PB and 2nd in 300mHurdles
Mia Furey 1st in Javelin
Sarah Kelly 1st in 200m
Sarah Kilpatrick 3rd in 800m
Hannah Cochrane 2nd in 300m and 3rd in 1500m
Sam Le Seelleur 2nd in Javelin
Kyle Gormley 3rd in Javelin
Justin Baines 2nd in High Jump
Ethan Terris 3rd in Long Jump
David Faulkner 3rd in 100m
Cara McEwen 1st in 100m and 2nd in Javelin
Aoife Doyle 2nd in Discus
The Mini Girls had a particularly successful competition on Tuesday winning the Team title with 26 points, the Minor Girls 2nd with 37 points, the Junior Girls 3rd with 40 points, the Intermediate Girls 4th with 52 points and lastly the Senior Girls joint 3rd with 19 points
The Mini Boys team finished 3rd with 20 points, the Minor Boys 3rd with 23 points and the Senior Boys joint 3rd with 34 points
Ulster School Championships
The following week Friends’ athletes competed in the Ulster Schools Championships.
Friends’ fortunes were mixed. However, Ava Mehaffey and Harry Scott both won silver in their Mini 800m events and Luke McKenzie was impressive in the 2nd place run in the Minor Boys 100m.
As a result of his 2nd place finish Luke McKenzie is Friends’ only representative at the Irish Championships in Tullamore, which is a tremendous achievement.
Other commendable performances with top 8 finishes were
Mini Boys Relay team finished 4th
Ethan Ferris finished 6th in Senior Boys High Jump
Mini Girls Relay team finished 8th
Katie McCleery finished 6th in minor Girls 800m
Daisy Donnelly finished 6th in Minor Girls Long Jump
Sophie Reid finished 4th in Minor Girls High Jump
Minor Relay team finished 5th
Katie Annett finished 4th in Junior 100m
Jodi Morrison finished 7th in Junior Shot
Annabelle Millen finished 6th Junior Discus
Hannah Cochrane finished 8th in Intermediate 300m
Abby Tate finished 4th in 300m Hurdles and 6th in Long Jump
Mia Furey finished in 5th in Intermediate Javelin
The Minor Girls team finished 3rd in Ulster with 15pts.
As a result of their performances in 300m Hurdles and Javelin, Abby Tate and Mia Furey were selected as reserves for the Ulster Inter Provincial squad.
Irish School Championships
The competition on a national level in Ireland is exceptional. Luke finished 8th but can take great pride in his performance and hopefully has got a taste for this level of athletic competition.
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. 17 schools took part. Harry Scott convincingly won the 800m and Ava Mehaffey was 2nd in her 800m race. The girls relay team finished 5th.
For dedication to practise throughout the year, her performances at District and Ulster level and competing for Ulster in the Inter Provincials Championships, Abby Tate 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 2019
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.
In the Boys Team Competitions
The Minor and Junior boys both finished finished 5th and the Intermediate Boys 6th
The Mini Boys: Harry Scott, Gethin Mageean, Jack Mulholland, Tom Archbold, Rory Simpson, Alfie Shaw, Harry Barbour and Luke Benson finish 3rd in bronze medal position and have qualified for the Ulster Championships.
Individual qualifiers were
Joel Barron who finished 10th in Minor Boys
Stephen Lyster and Edward Walls who finished 11th and 14th in Junior Boys and Jack Netherton and Joshua Lindsay who finished 6th and 11th in Senior Boys events
In the Girls Team competitions
The Mini Girls: Ava Mehaffey, Fay Hatwell, Emma Smyth, Keira Fitches, Derbla O’Donoghue and Charis Faulkner finished 2nd in silver medal position and the Minor Girls: Katie McCleery, Ella Latuske, Charlotte Snape Anna White, Anna Warwick and Kate Callaghan followed their winning success last year winning gold. Both qualify for the Ulster Championships’.
Individual Qualifiers were
Sarah Kelly who finished 9th in the Intermediate Girls event
Sophie Kidd and Sophia Hortiguela-Conn who finished 10th and 15th
The outstanding individual successes were
Minor Girls were Katie McCleery 1st and Ella Latuske 2nd and in Mini Girls with
Ava Mehaffey also 1st
In more pleasant conditions than previous years the Friends’ qualifiers to the Ulster Finals at Mallusk.
In the Mini Boys race Harry Scott was the first Friends’ runner to finish with the team finishing a creditable 12th.
In the Minor Boys Joel Barron was 47th out of 122 athletes, in the Junior Boys Stephen Lyster was 54th out 127 athletes and in the Senior race Jack Netherton was 29th out of 64 competitors.
In the girls’ competition Ava Mehaffey repeated her excellent form by winning the Ulster title to add to the districts in the Mini Girls race. The Mini Girls team finished 6th overall.
However, it was the Minor Girls who followed up on their team success last year by winning the team gold. Katie McCleery was crowned Ulster champion and Ella Latuske made it two athletes inside the top 10 with her 7th place finish and the others finishing 37th, 39th, 43rd and 62nd. With the first 3 finishes to count Friends’ had a total of 45 pipping rivals Loreto College, Omagh by 21 points
This win for the Minor Girls team meant they had qualified for the All Ireland School Cross Country Championships at Clongowes Wood. Co. Kildare. With much excitement the girls and parents made the trip down in early March. There were high hopes of a top team finish. However, it was not to be. Two of the team struggled with their breathing and a mix up at the finish resulted in Katie McCleery, who all felt finished 11th, was not recorded. Ella Latuske was placed 20th and the team 7th with 151 points. Still a marvellous achievement.