CONSISTENCY across five disciplines gave Amy McTeggart of Our Lady’s College Greenhills, Drogheda a narrow victory in the inter girls’ pentathlon at the Aviva All Ireland Schools Combined Events Championships held in Santry.
McTEGGART started well with a solid 13 second run in the hurdles, giving her 675 points and third place. In the shot put, she was second, again picking up valuable points.
Another third place in the long jump, followed by victory with a 1.64m leap in the high jump put her marginally ahead on points going into the final 800m race.
From the start of the race, the pace was set by Niamh Quinn of Scoil Chriost Rí in Portlaoise and although McTeggart trailed on the opening lap, a big effort in the final 200m saw her snatch second place behind Quinn.
Her points total of 3,089 added 200 to her winning total at the Leinster Championships.
For second place, the Munster champion Grace McKenzie of Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven also improved her total, as did Quinn of Scoil Chriost Rí Portlaoise, who had finished second behind McTeggart at the Leinster Championships.
Just 195 points separated the three medal winners.
Almost as close was the boy’s inter contest where all but one of the qualifiers scored more than 3,000 points over six disciplines.
Despite the best efforts of Leinster champion Mark Rogers of St Joseph’s Drogheda, it was Sam Healy of Carrigaline Community Schools who won out in the end. Key to Healy’s victory were wins in the hurdles, long jump and an absorbing high jump, where he soared over 1.95m and only narrowly missed out at 2.00m.
For second place, Rodgers had impressed with a 1.90 in the high jump and by winning the final 800m race, leapfrogged Christian Robinson of Carrickfergus GS for the silver medal.
Elizabeth Morland of Dunshaughlin CC reversed the result of the Leinster Championships when she beat Niamh Kelly of Sacred Heart Drogheda for the title. Morland improved on her shot, long jump and high jump and held her own in the hurdles and 800m to beat Kelly by 128 points.
With six scoring events for the boys, all three medal winners in the boys’ junior competition went over the 3,000 point barrier, with Daniel Ryan of CBS Thurles the winner. Leinster champion Luke Bellintani of Belvedere improved his points total to 2,901 for sixth place.
Beating Leinster champion Paul Byrne of Pres Carlow for the senior boys’ title was Adam Hill of Sullivan Upper.
Katie O’Donoghue of Pres Athenry won the girls’ senior title for a second year.
Girls - Junior: 1 Elizabeth Morland (Dunshaughlin CC) 3006; 2 Niamh Kelly (SH Drogheda) 2878; 3 Laura Cussen (Col Choilm Ballincollig) 2707. Inter: Amy McTeggart (OL Greenhills Drogheda) 3089; 2 Grace McKenzie (Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven) 2969; 3 Niamh Quinn (Scoil Chriost Rí, Portlaoise) 2894. Senior: Katie O’Donoghue (Pres Athenry) 2709; 2 Claire Robinson (Regent House) 2529; 3 Jessica Drohan (Col Oriel) 2318.
Boys - Junior: 1 Daniel Ryan (CBS Thurles) 3329; 2 Jack Murphy (CBC Cork) 3194; 3 Samuel Samson (St Mary’s Galway) 3090. Inter: 1 Sam Healy (Carrigaline CS) 3752; 2 Mark Rogers (St Joseph’s Drogheda) 3626; 3 Christian Robinson ( Carrickfergus GS) 3555. Senior: 1 Adam Hill (Sullivan Upper) 3295; 2 Paul Byrne (Pres Carlow) 3010; 3 Rob Nagle (Col Chriost Rí) 2752.