Rebecca Carr and Annabelle Morris were the Blackrock AC flag bearers at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships staged in Tullamore Stadium last Saturday and Sunday.
Rebecca, gold medallist at Leinster in the under-17 Girls Long Jump a fortnight previous, squared up to the might of the nation and reached the final jump off with ease.
In what was a very hot contest, Rebecca jumped 5.09m which, though below her personal best, was a creditable effort in what were quite blustery conditions. It did not land Rebecca a medal on this occasion but saw her take a fine fifth place in Ireland.
Annabelle, who had been in the wars with a serious throat infection up to the Saturday morning, decided to take her chance at the 11th hour and acquitted herself quite well.
Although she had taken a gold and two silvers at the Leinsters, Annabelle was delighted to take bronze alone on the Saturday in the under-16 Girls High Jump with a jump of just 1.55m, well short of her best.
She was called away from the High Jump to run the 80m Hurdles, but the Leinster gold medallist was disappointing only finishing sixth, having jumped somewhat sluggishly and high over her hurdles.
Annabelle decided to give it a try again on Sunday where the under-16 Girls 250m Hurdles awaited her. A gruelling race at the best of times, Annabelle coasted through her semi final looking quite strong. But in the final, her lack of fitness told when the pressure came in the home straight. She succumbed to fifth place in a time two and a half seconds outside her best. Annabelle will now take six weeks rest and come back joining Rebecca for an Autumn campaign.