Athletics Report 2022
The NEBSSA Athletics area heats took place at the Antrim Forum on Wednesday 27th April. Athletes from Ballymena Academy were excited to be back and competing again after missing 2 seasons of athletic competitions due to Covid. From the 80 plus athletes that Ballymena Academy had entered, over 50 individual athletes and the majority of relay teams, made it through to the NEBSSA Finals on Friday 13th May, again at the Antrim Forum.
Ballymena Academy athletes competed and represented the school well with the following individuals and relay teams medalling on the day.
Gold medal winners
• Emma Carroll – U13 Girls 100m
• Dylan Harrison – U14 Boys 100m
• Pearce Kane – U14 Boys 800m
• Anna Humphreys – U14 Girls 100m
• Katie Hilditch – U14 Girls 800m
• Charlie Hargy – U15 Boys Shot
• Lily Murdoch – U15 Girls 300m
• Connor McKenna – U16 Boys Triple Jump
• Matthew Cahoon – – U16 Boys Shot
• Kristen Kelly – U16 Girls Javelin
• U14 Boys Relay Team
• U14 Girls Relay
• U15 Girls Relay
• U16 Boys Relay
Silver medal winners
• Bella Morrow – U14 Girls High Jump
• U13 Girls Relay Team
Bronze medal winners
• Matthew Browns – U14 Boys 800m
• Charlie Hargy – U15 Boys 200m
• Rachel Graham – U15 Girls 300m
• Tom Wylie – U16 Boys 100m
• Robbie Matther – U16 Boys 200m
• Craig McQuillan – U16 Boys 800m
• Amy Moorehead – U16 Girls Triple Jump
• U16 Girls Relay Team
This meant that Ballymena Academy came away with the following overall trophies.
o 3rd overall in U13 Girls
o 3rd overall in U14 Girls
o 3rd overall in U15 Girls
o 3rd overall in U16 Girls
o 2nd overall in U14 Boys
o 1st overall in U16 Boys
o The Girls were subsequently awarded the trophy for 2nd overall, on points, throughout the whole competition.
District Athletics Championships
The District Athletics Championships took place at the Antrim Forum on Wednesday 4th May. Ballymena Academy had a large representation, at the competition, with 101 individuals and 10 relay teams competing. Of these athletes 20 individuals and 5 relay teams qualified for the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships.
Ulster Secondary Schools Athletics Championships
The Ulster Championships took place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May at the Antrim Forum Athletics track.
The sun was shining and it added to, what was, a very enjoyable and successful day for Ballymena Academy athletes. The results are as follows:
Emma Carroll – 8th in the Mini Girls 100m.
Katie Hilditch – 5th in the Minor Girls 800m.
Bella Morrow – 7th in the Minor Girls High Jump.
Minor Girls 4x100m relay team – 5th in Ulster.
Evie McKeown – 7th in the Junior Girls Javelin.
Charlotte Thompson – 5th in the Senior Girls 1500m.
Senior Girls 4x100m relay team – 1st in Ulster.
o The team was made up of Emmie Booth, Tory Hopkins, Susie Brown and Etain McGuckian.
Dyland Harrison – 8th in the Minor Boys 100m.
Zac Topping – 7th in the Minor Boys Shot.
Minor Boys 4x100m relay team – 6th in Ulster.
Ryan Berry – 11th in the Junior Boys 1500m.
Peter Cochrane – 1st in the Junior Boys Triple Jump.
Charlie Hargy – 2nd in the Junior Boys Shot.
Tom Wylie – 6th in the Intermediate Boys 200m.
Matthew Cahoon – 7th in the Intermediate Boys Javelin.
Matthew Cahoon – 3rd in the Intermediate Boys Shot.
Sam Booth – 2nd in the Senior Boys 100m.
Freddy Young – 2nd in the Senior Boys Javelin.
Jamie Paul – 1st in the Senior Boys Pole Vault.
Senior Boys 4x100m relay team – 2nd in Ulster.
o The team was made up of Freddy Young, Tom McMaster, Conor Drain and Sam Booth.
Congratulations to all of the athletes that competed at the Ulster Championships and we wish the following athletes all the very best as they travel down to Tullamore to compete in the All Ireland Schools Athletics Championships on Saturday 4th June.
Senior Girls Relay Team.
Senior Boys Relay Team.
Peter Cochrane – Junior Boys Triple Jump.
Charlie Hargy – Junior Boys Shot.
Matthew Cahoon – Intermediate Boys Shot.
Sam Booth – Senior Boys 100m.
Freddy Young – Senior Boys Javelin.
Jamie Paul – Senior Boys Pole Vault.
Irish Secondary Schools Athletics Championships
Congratulations to the following pupils who competed at the Irish Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, at Tullamore, on Saturday 4th June.
Charlie Hargy – 5th in the Junior Boys Shot – 11.09m
Peter Cochrane – 5th in the Junior Boys Triple Jump – 10.55m
Jamie Paul – 3rd in the Senior Boys Pole Vault – 3.80m
Matthew Cahoon – 6th in the Intermediate Boys Shot -12.14m
Sam Booth – 6th in the Senior Boys 100m – 11.5secs
Freddy Young – 7th in the Senior Boys Javelin – 41.0m
Senior Boys relay – 6th in Ireland – 45.24 secs
Senior Girls relay – 4th in Ireland – 52.7 secs
Ulster Interprovincial Athletics Squad
Following on from his success at both Ulster and Irish level, Matthew Cahoon has been selected onto the Ulster Interprovincial Athletics squad to compete in the Shot in the Tailteann Games on Friday 24th June at Tullamore. Congratulations to Matthew on this fantastic achievement.