GOLD and Bronze in Manchester...


Lecky returned to winning ways to take gold in the women’s high jump.

The former World U20 silver medalist got over for a season’s best of 1.78m.

The Finn Valley AC woman staved off old foe Pippa Rogan, who had a best of 1.75m with Zara Tyas third (1.72m).

Laverty was the bronze medalist in the U20 800m.

Laverty was a double gold medalist in the 800m and 1500 and the Irish Juvenile Championships and the Finn Valley AC woman took third in Manchester, coming with a strong finish to cross the line in 2:12.47.

Laverty recently broke Noelle Harron’s 1988 Finn Valley AC record over 800m when she ran 2:09.30 in Belfast. 

Her finish here might have been higher had she not got caught in a roadblock midway through the race.

Finn Valley’s James Kelly was fourth in the senior men’s shot, a best of 16.69m not enough to get among the medals, with the bronze going the way of Youcef Zatat (17.13m)

Lauren Callaghan was fifth in the U20 long jump, leaping to a best of 5.35m.

Sean McGinley bagged three golds at the Irish Juveniles, winning 800m, 1500m and 3000m steeplechase in the last couple of weeks. In Manchester, a strong charge in the U20 1500m looked as if it might yield a medal, but he was edged out of the medal positions, finishing sixth in 4:09.50.

There was a team bronze for the NI&Ulster 4x400m relay team, which included Finn Valley’s Hannah Murray. 

Finn Valley AC’s John Rogan was also with the Ni & Ulster team as a coach. 





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