Hard work starting to pay off for Coleraine High athletes

COLERAINE High School athletes have been working hard throughout the winter and are now being rewarded with success in their respective competitions.

In the recent District ‘C’ Cross-Country Championships, the team travelled the short distance to the University of Ulster playing fields in Coleraine to take part in their first championship of the year.

The Minor team, consisting of Jessica McPeak, Martha Snookes, Naimh Tweedie, Acacia Chambers, Ellie Earl and Zara McLaughlin ran a brilliant strategic race to win the Minor age group and qualify for this Wednesday’s Ulster finals.

First home in a field of 85 runners was the impressive Niamh Tweedie who finished in second, followed closely by Jessica McPeak in fifth, Martha Snookes, ninth and Acacia Chambers eleventh.

In the Intermediate section Deborah Gilliland ran an excellent race to finish fourth and in the Senior Girls event Rosie Alcorn and Lauren Taggert ran superbly to join Deborah and the Minor team at the Ulster finals in Mallusk.

Alice Harkness, who is currently a member of the Northern Ireland U17 football squad was called into the U18 Schoolgirls team to play a match against Australia.

This promising young goalkeeper did her future prospects no harm with the Northern Ireland team securing a handsome win over their southern hemisphere opponenets.