The four round NI Youth Development League came to a conclusion at the Mary Peters track last Saturday with decidedly mixed fortunes for the City of Derry Spartans squads - the only local club to participate.
Not surprisingly the City of Lisburn U13/U15 squads romped away with their age group title, City of Derry finishing fifth.
However, at U17 level the Spartans Boys’ squad topped the table, edging out Lisburn with North Down a distant third.
A big showing last Saturday saw Shane McGowan complete a 400m/1,500m double “A” grade success; Diarmuid Doherty did likewise in the “B” category; Michael Surman and Sean Sweeney were the Discus kingpins and Michael also contributed valuable points in the 200m and High Jump.
Matt Doherty won the “A” 800m and Michael Melarkey won the “B” grade; Stephen McGahey chipped in with 200m “B” points and Shane McGowan even won the “B” High Jump to boost the overall points total for the small Spartans squad.
There was local success in the Open events with a Women’s 200m one-two from Jenny O’Brien and Tamara Boyle.
Amy Jackson won the 400m, Cathal Logue returned to dry land after the previous weekend’s Aquathon success in Galway by taking the men’s 1,500m and sprinter Jack McCloskey was runner-up in the 200m.