Kate O’Connor of St Gerard’s in Dundalk won the senior girls heptathlon at the annual Somerset Schools AA/County AA and Open Combined Events Championships hosted by Millfield School in Street, England last weekend.
Competing in her first seven-event competition, O’Connor aged 16, picked up 802 points for her time of 15.30 secs in the 100m hurdles; 879 points for her 1.72m in the high jump, 635 points for 11.61m with the 4kg shot (another first), 806
points for 25.90 in the 200m, 756 points for 5.69 in the long jump (wind +3.9), 698 points for 41.59m in the 600g javelin and 784 points for a time of 2:22.94 in the final 800m – by some way the fastest of the competition. Her total of 5360 points was comfortably over the European Junior Championships standard of 5100.
In second place was Anna McCauley of City of Lisburn with 4699 points.
Elizabeth Morland of Cushinstown had also entered and ran 14.43 in the hurdles, but didn’t compete on the second day due to illness.
Daniel Ryan of Thurles CBS took third place overall in the open Decathlon with a total of 6,162 points. Highlights of his performance were an 11.41 100m, a 6.40m long jump and a 14.15m shot as well as a 3.70m pole vault.
Lisburn’s Peter Glass had accumulated 5,111 points with three events remaining but had to withdraw after a 41.50m effort in the discus.