Congratulations to Grosvenor Grammar School pupil Jenna Breen, Year 11, who performed superbly to claim a hat-trick of titles whilst representing Ulster Under 17s at the Irish Interprovincial Track and Field Championships 2019, held at Santry, Dublin, on Saturday 22nd June.
Sprinter Jenna, who three weeks earlier claimed gold in the 300 metres at the Irish Schools’ Championships, emulated this success by again securing first place in the same event, this time in a championship record time of 39.39 seconds – a truly phenomenal feat. Not content with her day’s work, however, Jenna later backed up her earlier victory by securing gold in the 4 x 300 metres relay, as well as in the shorter 4 x 100 metres relay, where, notably, she made up an incredible eight metre deficit to anchor her team to gold – a fitting conclusion to a fantastic day.
Furthermore Jenna’s fellow year 11 pupil Dylan McBride went one step better than his performance at the Irish Schools’ event, where he claimed bronze in the 1500 metres, by this time finishing as runner-up in a personal best time of 4 minutes 04.27 seconds – another fine performance which adds to the glut of medals that Dylan has won whilst representing the School over the past four years.
Elsewhere Grosvenor’s representation was completed by Nathan Stewart, Year 12, who finished 6th in the 100 metres, and Helena Rieske, Year 11, who placed 10th in the Hammer.
Well done to all of Grosvenor’s competitors on the day – merely to be selected for this elite event was an accomplishment in itself. As a result of their success, Jenna and Dylan are now in line to represent Ireland at a Schools’ International, due to take place on 20th July in Swansea – all at Grosvenor wish them the best of luck and hope that they can round off an already outstanding season with more medals to bring back to Marina Park.