Annabelle wins 800m in style
A SUPER win in the 800m in a useful time of 2.27m, where she had to make her own running, capped a very successful day for St Vincent's School and Blackrock AC athlete Annabelle Morris at the Irish Schools Athletics Combined Events Championships staged at Athlone Institute of Technology last Saturday.
Competing in the Intermediate Girls Pentathlon, Annabelle battled her way to an Irish Bronze medal despite a continuance of the bizarre jumping problems that have cost her so many points this year. Annabelle's valiant efforts saw her chosen immediately after the event for the Irish team which will travel to Glasgow in a month's time.
The four-girl team appears to be extremely strong as included with Annabelle will be Saturday's winner and runner up, Dunshauglin's Elizabeth Morland, possibly the top pentathlete in Europe at this level, and the extremely talented Sara Connolly from Glenlola Collegiate Grammar School in County Down.
After an expected sluggish start in the shot put of 7.51m, a fine 9.29 secs in the 60m Hurdles saw Annabelle get within three metres of Morland, the fastest in this year's European Youth Olympics. Not getting near the board again in the Long Jump for a poor 4.69m, and a slightly better than recently 1.53m in the High Jump took its toll on Annabelle's points total, but kept her in a medal position. The 800m sealed the podium finish.
Annabelle can look forward with pride to donning the green vest in December at the Emirates Arena against the English, Scottish and Welsh. In the meantime, this former Ireland Long and Leinster High Jump champion will hope to consign to history the recent blips in her performance in these events.