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Lecky breaks 34-year high jump record

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Lecky breaks 34-year high jump record thumbnailCastlederg athletics prodigy Sommer Lecky has made history by setting a new Northern Ireland junior high jump record at the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships at Antrim.

CASTLEDERG athletics prodigy Sommer Lecky made history at the weekend by setting a new Northern Ireland junior high jump record at the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships at Antrim.

The performance bettered Ursula Fay's 34-year-old Northern Ireland junior record by one centimetre and she also equalled the Irish junior high jump record of 1.85m at the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships at Antrim.

The 16-year-old athlete's leap also equalled Deirdre Ryan's Irish U20 record set in 2001, as she added three centimetres to her previous best set two weeks ago.

Lecky, who attends Strabane Academy and trains with Finn Valley Athletics Club, will compete in for Northern Ireland in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July.

"Its a great start to the outdoor youth season," said Sommer's dad, Adrian. "Conditions were ideal on Saturday.

"Her training suggested she was on form for a big jump, but probably not as early as this. But you take it when it comes along.

"She dedicates herself to it, she loves training. She is sitting the first year of her A-Levels at the moment, so she is juggling the two.

"Sommer usually doesn't get too excited or give too much away, but on Saturday she bounced up out of the matt with a big smile on her face clapping her hands."

Having already achieved the consideration height of 1.82m for the Commenwealth games, the new record jump "could open a few doors in regards to other competitions," according to Adrian

But young Sommer has time on her side, and taking the long-term view on her progress is something that Adrian has praised Sommer's coach, Niall Wilkinson, for.

"There's no rush. Niall has always focused on the long-term goal rather than her short-term gain. At the minute though, he'll find it hard to keep Sommer back!" joked the proud dad.

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