Luke Flynn, silver medallist in the
Galway Community Games U13 Cross Country Finals
Craughwell athletes took part in the Community Games cross-country for the first time in several years today in Tuam. Luke Flynn put in an exceptional performance in the U13 Boys 1200m to take the silver medal – one of his finest races to date.
Likewise, Clodagh O’Meara and Fauve Aylmer both had outstanding runs in the U13 Girls 1200m with Clodagh racing to the bronze medal when finishing 3rd and Fauve taking 6th place on very swampy terrain in the Palace Grounds. The athletes now look forward to the All-Ireland finals which will be held in early May.
Junior girls (Sarah Woods & Ciara Sheppard) at the start line
Craughwell AC had a very successful day yesterday when some of our finest cross country runners travelled up to Belfast for the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships. The competition took place in the "playing fields", Mallusk on what turned out to be, a beautiful, mild spring day. 10 athletes represented 2 schools (Presentation College, Athenry, & Calasanctius College, Oranmore). We must not forget that 1,000's of athletes have begun this battle to get to the All Irelands and to earn a place in this final is a great achievement.
The first Craughwell athlete to race was Liam Leen (minor boy), who as per his usual style, held a strong position from begining to end, to storm in through the shoots in 45th position. A proud moment for the Presentation College, Athenry as he also claimed, 6th Connacht runner to finish.
Junior girls were next and with the mud and rain from the previous day having played havoc on the ground, there were some last minute procrastinations over whether the largest spikes (pins) that could be found that morning, would indeed be of any benefit at all, and that wellies might in fact be the safest option. Winner of the Intermediate girls ran the entire race with one spike on and one spike off (having lost her spike early on in the race). Our junior girls; Ciara, Sarah and Freya eagerly and strongly pulled out from the madding crowd to push themselves up amongst the middle set of runners. Their finishing posiitons were; Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College), 53rd (6th Connacht girl in), Sarah Woods (Pres, Athenry), 69th and Freya Bohen (Pres), 75th.
We also had some fantastic finishes for the junior boys, with Kyle Moorhead charging to the finish in 38th place (7th Connacht), (Kyle has leapt a massive 64 places up from his placing in last years schools x country final). Both Oisin Davis and James Furey had fine finishes coming in 81st and 96th.
Ailbhe Miskella (Pres), who was our only intermediate girl (and having another year to run in this category) had a superb race to finish in 50th place and cross the line as the 5th Connacht runner.
Grainne McDaid (Pres), running in the senior girls race (almost the last race of the day), had to battle through some tough terrain and incredibly muddy conditions caused by the previous races and had a strong 61st finishing place.
This is the end of a very successful season for our Cross Country Craughwell athletes who have all proved their strength of character and determination to train hard for competition and endure whatever our Irish weather throws at them.
Senior Men's 4x200m relay teams who won silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Ben Garrard, Gavin Cooney, John Cormican, Jerry Keary
Craughwell AC had a super successful weekend at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Athlone with many exhilarating performances and heart-thumping moments through the 2 days of events. The club came away with a massive haul of 76 podium placings with 25 Connacht titles coming our way as well as 25 silver places and 26 bronze places and many many PBs from our super athletes.
With the best wine kept to last, the senior men’s 4x200m relay team provided one of the most exciting moments of the weekend when they took the silver medals in the final event of the weekend when splitting 2 incredible Carrick-on-Shannon teams which featured a number of international sprinters. But we had our own international in action on our team with Jerry Keary literally gobbling up the ground on the 3rd leg of the relay with giant strides, looking as though he was on springs such was the ground that he covered on each step. John Cormican marked his return to the sport after a couple of years absence with a fine performance in both the individual 200m where he ran 24.69 and in the relay where he ran the 1st leg, handing over to Gavin Cooney to Jerry Keary and to Ben Garrard. With Gavin and Ben having run an 800m just an hour earlier, it was a fine performance. In a nail-biting finish, with both Carrick-on-Shannon teams thundering down the finishing straight as if their lives depended on it, Ben held on to clinch the silver medal in the tightest of finishes in a time of 1.38.19 just 0.27s behind 1st place and 0.15s ahead of 3rd place. It was the tightest finish I have ever seen in a Connacht senior relay with all 3 teams separated by just 0.42s. Fair play to Carrick-on-Shannon for fielding 2 teams of that caliber.
Craughwell AC's Senior Women's and U19 Girl's 4x200m relay teams
who won gold and silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Back: Shauna Tobin, Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Sinead Treacy, Jessica Heneghan
Front: Sinead Gaffney, Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid
Our senior women’s team were also impressive in their 4x200m with the team claiming the Connacht title with a comfortable victory in a time of 1.54.85. The team featured Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney Jessica Heneghan and Grainne McDaid and it was great to see them back in relay action as bar 1 had not run a relay in many years. With each of the team having medaled previously at National level in different juvenile age groups, it was lovely to see them competing so well on a senior relay team.
In the individual senior events, Sinead Gaffney put in an impressive performance to win the Connacht 800m title in a time of 2.25.17 with Grainne McDaid taking the bronze medal. Peter O’Sullivan had a strong run to take the silver medal in the Senior Men’s 1500m in 4.22.25 while Gavin Cooney raced to bronze in the Senior Men’s 800m in 2.14.13. Paul Armstrong made his debut at Connacht level with a fine performance to take the gold medal in the Senior men's high jump with a clearance of 1.60m and the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.39m.
Ben Garrard was one of the top performers for the club on the day with gold medals in the U19 Boys high jump and long jump and then a scintillating finish to win the Connacht 800m title on the line in 2.02.93. Laura Cunningham matched this achievement with 3 individual golds in the U18 Girls grade – taking victory in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Aoife Walsh took the silver medals in both the high jump and long jump with Shauna Tobin taking the bronze in both events. The same three U18 girls partnered with Siona Lawless to take the gold medals in the U18 Girls 4x200m and with Aisling Keady to take the silver medals in the U19 Girls 4x200m.
Top 3 in the U18 Girls High Jump at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aoife Walsh (2nd), Laura Cunningham (1st), Shauna Tobin (3rd)
Jerry Keary was in flying form in the jumps taking victory in the U18 Boys high jump with an impressive clearance of 1.90m and in the long jump and adding bronze in the 200m. Siona Lawless took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls long jump and 60m sprint while Leanagh Gilligan took double silver in the U16 Girls high jump and long jump. Chloe Casey heaved the shot putt out to 13.06m to win the Connacht U16 title. Ciara Sheppard had a strong run to take bronze in the U16 Girls 1500m while Ryan Gallagher took bronze in the U16 60m hurdles and silver in the U16 long jump with an impressive 5.31 with Garvin Surlis taking 5th place. The U16 Girls raced to silver in their 4x200m relay with Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Leanagh Gilligan and Ava Power.
A strong U15 squad saw impressive performances in the relays with both Connacht titles coming to the club. The girls were particularly impressive when taking victory in a time of 1.53.75 with Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornait Coen and Aine Kelly while the boys also had a convincing victory with Shaun Gilligan, Gavin Lee, Robert Urquhart and Paschal Walsh.
In the individual stakes, Ellie Cronin sailed over 1.55m in the high jump to take the Connacht title, with Aine Kelly 3rd and Ava Finn 4th. Chloe Farragher took double silver in the long jump and 60m sprint, with Aleisha Larkin also qualifying for the National finals with a 4th place finish in the 60m sprint. Paschal Walsh took an impressive silver in the 60m with Shaun Gilligan 4th, a position shared by Jack Fitzgerald in the 60m hurdles. Lughaidh Morgan took a fine silver medal in the U15 long jump and Liam Leen and Sean Cotter placed 2nd and 4th in a quality U15 800m race.
Craughwell AC's U15 High Jumpers at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aine Kelly (3rd), Ellie Cronin (1st), Ava Finn (4th)
In the U14 age group, Rian Kearney led the way with an impressive leap of 4.87m to take victory in the long jump and added a silver medal in the shot putt. Conor Hoade also had a good day with victory in the 60m hurdles, silver in the high jump and 4th place in the long jump. Lukas Schukat took bronze in the high jump while Robert Urquhart took 4th place in both the high jump and 60m hurdles. Jack Kinane took the Connacht title in the U14 Boys 1000m race walk, a feat repeated by Anna Molloy in the U14 Girls event. Rebekah Flynn took bronze in the high jump with Saoirse Pierce in 4th place while Eve Ayo finished just outside the National qualifiers with a 5th place finish in the U14 60m sprint. Both the boys and girls relay teams placed 3rd in their event with Saoirse Pierce, Rebekah Flynn, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer racing to bronze in the girls 4x200m and Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney and Liam Mulveen (with subs Oisin Keane and Fabian Fleetwood) doing likewise in the boys 4x200m.
Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Relay Squad at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
In the U13 Girls grade, Clodagh O’Meara had an exceptional run when taking silver in the 600m in 1.54.23. Rosemary Maduka was impressive in the shot putt when taking the silver medal there while Jade Moorhead had fine performances with bronze in the long jump and 4th place in the high jump. Alicia Locteau and Erin Kelly went close to the podium with 5th place finishes in the high jump and long jump. The boys put in some star performances when taking one-third of the qualifying positions for the Nationals finals. Cian Lavan led the way with 3 individual bronze medals in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.
Evan Hallinan was also impressive with victory in the high jump, silver in the hurdles and 4th place in the long jump. Calvin Ryan and Odhran Gilligan took 4th place in the shot putt to qualify for Nationals while Daniel Galvin went close with a 5th place finish in the 600m in 1.52.40. The U13 boys relay team of Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and Killian Walsh raced to the silver medals in their 4x100m.
In the U12 grade, Evan Moran was the star performance with triple gold in the 60m sprint, 60m hurdles and 600m. Darragh Kearney was strong also with bronze in the 60m and silver in the shot putt. Adam Jordan took bronze in the high jump while Tomas Fitzgerald and Ben O’Dwyer also qualified for Nationals with 4th place in the long jump and shot putt, with Cormac McFadden just missing out by 7cm with 5th place in the long jump. In the girls’ events, Chloe Hallinan won a brace of silver medals in the hurdles and high jump and placed 5th in the long jump. Grace Lynch took bronze in the long jump with Isabella Fitzgerald doing likewise in the high jump while Niamh Duffy threw impressively to win the Connacht title in the shot putt. The girls relay team put in an incredible run in their 4x100m to take the Connacht title with Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan and Aoibhe Donnellan with the boys taking the bronze medals in their 4x100m with Jamie Collins, Eoin Spellman, Darragh Kearney, Evan Moran and Conor Gilligan.
Full results of the 2 days are here.
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First lady over 50
First male over 50
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First male over 60
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Looking forward to welcoming you all on the 19th of March.
Maeve Curley, bronze medallist in the National Senior 3k race walk
at the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown Dublin
Massive congratulations to Maeve Curley on winning the bronze medal in yesterday's National Senior 3k race walk at the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown. Maeve was one of the most successful juvenile athletes in the club winning many National medals in race walk and representing Ireland on a number of occasions. The last couple of years have been relatively quiet for Maeve on the competitve front, wth a year out of the sport in 2016 and intermittent injuries in 2014/15 although Maeve still competed at a high level winning silver in the National senior championships in 2015 and indoor and outdoor Universities track & field titles in 2015.
So its wonderful to see Maeve back competing and achieving at the highest level of senior competition in Ireland. Maeve placed 3rd in a time of 14.18.26 just 12 seconds off the pace of the top 2 - former world youth champion Kate Veale of West Waterford and Farranfore's Emma Prendiville. Maeve's podium place follows a similar placing a week earlier in the Universities Track & Field finals where she won bronze in the 1500m race walk in a time of 6.45.14.
Well done Maeve! And well done also to Ballinasloe's Veronica Burke who placed 4th in the same race in a close finish.
In the beginning - Glasgow 2008
I have updated a roll of honour of medallists in the Scottish Indoor Track & Field:-
Some interesting snippets:-
- We have won a total of 17 medals in these championships - 12 jumps and 5 track
- Jerry Keary becomes the first person from the club to win medals on 2 different trips to Scotland
- Evan Hallinan becomes the first boy from the club to win 2 medals on same trip
- 5 of the medals were won in the U13 grade
- 4 of the medals in the U14/15 grade
- 5 of the medals in the U16/17 grade
- 3 of the medals in the U18/20 grade
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The provisional program for the Connacht Indoors is available at the following links:-
Note that its not possible to guess times of individual events until the list of entries is published. So for example ithe first long jump is at 10am on Saturday. If there are 20 participants, it will take approx an hour. If there are 40 participants, it will take approx 2 hours. I will update this page with some guesswork if the entry list is published beforehand.
The victorious Craughwell AC U13 4x200m relay teams with team managers Helen Hallinan and Mairead Lavan
On a marvellous night of athletics at the AIT Grand Prix, the cool calm and clinical Craughwell U13 relays stole the show in the opening events of the night when winning both relays with an exquisite display of sprinting and baton changing from all members of the 2 teams.
The girls were on the track first and with Katie Scully handing off to Jade Moorhead to Aoibhe Carr to Fauve Alymer the team combined to build a substantial lead over the other teams and win in style. Ablely backed up by substitute Clodagh O'Meara, the team ran an impressive time of 2.02.
The boys were up next and put in an equally powerful display of sprinting with Evan Moran handing off to Evan Hallinan to Conor Gilligan and to Cian Lavan, recording a time just under the 2 minutes and winning by a substantial margin and again with a very strong substitute Eoin Spellman waiting on the wings should anyone get injured.
It was a super experience for the athletes and a great honour for both them and the club to take part and come away with 2 victories. In the 3 years since this event was part of the progam, this is the second time the club took both victories, winning both races in 2015 and 2017 and placing 3rd and 4th last year.
And well done to AIT on putting on a tremendous show yet again with a dazzling array of international stars in action. And hopefully we will all be back again next year for the yet another amazng night of athletics!
And if you missed the action, you can get it here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwV5Jw7OxM. The relays are the first event but unfortunately don't seem to have been on the live stream. I have a video of them and will upload it later.
Jerry Keary, Aoife Walsh and Ben Garrard at day 1
of the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow
A large group of athletes made the trip to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the Scottish Indoor Track and Field Championships for the U20, U15 and U13 age groups. It was the largest group ever from the club to travel to Scotland since our first trip in 2008 when 27 athletes made the short journey across the waters. This time 23 athletes made the trip and the group was nicely supplemented by 6 athletes from the club’s fit4youth group with Ailvhe Martyn, Kate Craven, Alison Coye, Lauren Stewart, Andrea Treacy and Gearoid Treacy all taking part in the local 5k Park Run. The entire group were exceptionally well behaved for the whole trip and are a real credit to their parents and to ther club and performed with distinction in their events in Scotland.
At the track and field, the club came away with 4 medals, several top 8 performances and many personal best performances. Saturday kicked off the with the U20 Womens Long Jump where Aoife Walsh was taking part ... Aoife had very impressive first and second jumps which looked to be over the 5m mark but with tiny breaks and a conservative 3rd jump of 4.32m placed her 13th in the competition. Jerry Keary was next in action in the U20 Mens Long Jump and recorded a massive PB of almost 50cm to leap 6.19m on his first jump and in the process set a new club junior indoor record eclipsing Daniel Callanan-Forde’s 6.15m record from last year. Jerry however had to pass on his remaining jumps due to a slight niggle picked up in round 2 but his 6.19m was good enough to place 5th overall.
Laura Cunningham - bronze medallist
in the U20 Womens High Jump
at the Scottish Indoor Track & Field Championships
Jerry Keary - bronze medallist
in the U20 Mens High Jump
at the Scottish Indoor Championships
Many of the clubs’ secondary schools’ athletes headed to Sligo yesterday for the Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals. Calry Community Park lived up to its reputation as being one of the “muckiest”, toughest cross country courses. Yesterday possibly beat all other years on the mud scale!!!
Arriving to Sligo the weather was beautiful with bright sunny skies, and one would have thought clean, dry fields. This wasn’t to be the case. There are plenty of weary muscles today as legs had to work twice as hard to pull the feet up out of the mud at every step of the way. Endurance runners are hardy and brave, and none of this phased them as they hit the battle field.
First to run were the Minor girls, with Emily Miskella (17th), Molly Sullivan (21st), Rebecca Flynn (29th), Ava Finn (31st) and Emma Jane Moran (46th) all from the Presentation College Athenry. With so many of the girls in the top 30, it was a pity to see the narrow margin that left them missing out in qualifying as a team for the All Irelands. Other athletes running include; Chloe Farragher (32nd)-St Brigids, Loughrea, Lauren McNally (44th) – St. Raphael’s, Loughrea and Hannah Hynes (56th) - Calasanctius College, Oranmore.
The Minor boys were next and Liam Leen charged out into the lead where he dominated the entire race, until the last 150m where he was just overtaken on the home straight by two athletes. Somewhere along the course his shoe came off and he was seen crossing the finish line (shoe in his hand). His fine performance earned him a bronze medal and qualification to the Schools X Country All Irelands. Conor Hoade also had a fine race coming in at 37th place. Presentation College, Athenry took the bronze team medal.
As if it wasn’t muddy enough, with two races completed the Junior girls had a tough race ahead with conditions underfoot extremely slippery. At one part of the course, you could see athletes actually sliding down the hill that they had battled to climb. The first Craughwell girl over the line was Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College), who I would say ran her finest race to date. Ciara has been struggling with an injury over the past 6 months, and only recently came back to regular training. She has put in a tremendous effort over the past few months, which really paid off today in Calry and coming in 15th place earned her a place in the Schools All Irelands. There were other great performances from Sarah Woods (25th), who held her position throughout the race (and who is going from strength to strength with each race she has run this season), and Freya Bohan (30th) who helped the Presentation College Athenry to a Bronze Medal and a qualification to the All Irelands in Belfast next month.
In the Junior boys’ category, the Connacht Silver Team Medal was won by Presentation College Athenry and again saw superb performances by our Craughwell boys, with Kyle Moorhead leading the team coming in at 17th place, followed by Oisin Davis, 28th place (Oisin has recently been spotted running up and down Caherquin Rd. with his dad which has earned him this fine place in the team finish) and James Furey 71st.
Connacht Schools X Country Silver Team Medallists (Pres, Athenry) Intermediate girls, included Ailbhe Miskella and Catherine Noonan, who both ran extremely well to finish in 10th and 23rd positions.
Sean Noonan and Finbarr McFadden featured strongly on the Intermediate Boys Pres team, and held their places in the top 30 and top 40 throughout the race, to charge to the finish line, with Finbarr coming in at 26th place finish and Sean 43rd. Their team narrowly missed out on a place in the All Irelands coming 7th (with the first 6 teams going through). Missing from the Craughwell Boys was Patrick Noonan who unfortunately fell sick this week.
Ciara O’Boyle, Grainne McDaid and Aoife Greene all took well-earned breaks from Leaving Cert study to travel up to Sligo and run in the Senior girls’ race. All athletes performed extremely well coming in at 9th place (Grainne), 15th place (Aoife Greene) and 25th place (Ciara O’Boyle).
Taking into consideration the extreme conditions all athletes showed great determination and strength.
Let’s not forget to thank all the parents who travelled up and supported the athletes.
Cool as a breeze Finish Line thankfully !!!
Well Damian certainly appears to be showing his ability and making a name for himself as a freshman in McNeese State University.
Poised and looking cool at the start of the race and the utter determination shining or is it grit we see as he hits the finish line.
He attended the Meyo Invitational in the Loftus Athletics Center Notre Dame at the weekend and ran the mile again and gained a new P.B. 4.15.67 running on an over sized track which measured 320m, breaking the club record he set last week.
He is currently ranked 9th in Conference heading into the Southland Conference Championships in just 2 weeks time in Birmingham Alabama. They have a world class facility similar to that of the new national indoor arena, but it also boasts hydraulic banks and such like. Wow!!!
Keep up the great work Damian !! Updates will follow.
Craughwell AC's National League Team who placed 8th in the National Finals on Saturday
Sineád Treacy, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Sarah Finnegan, Caoilin Milton
Craughwell AC put in a super series of performances in the final of the National Indoor Club League which took place in the brand new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown in Dublin on Saturday. With the Arena just opened, it was the very first competition to be held there – a nice piece of history for the athletes who were in action.
Lorraine Delaney led the way in the competitive stakes with a fine 1.50m clearance in the high jump to claim second place and a point’s score of 7. Points are awarded from 9 for the winner, 7 for 2nd place, 6 for 3rd etc. down to 1 point for 8th place and the cumulative total from all of the events provides the team score. Sineád Treacy placed 6th in the 200m in a time of 26.49 and 5th in the long jump with a leap of 4.82. Sarah Finnegan placed 6th in the 60m hurdles in a time of 10.55 and 5th in the triple jump with an impressive 10.17.
Ciana Reidy placed 5th in the pole vault with a best of 2.20, setting a new club indoor record in the process. Caoilin Milton placed 6th in the 400m in a time of 65.24. knocking a second of her PB for the event. The versatile Laura Cunningham placed 5th in the shot putt with an 8.18m PB which ranks her 3rd on the club’s record list behind Katie O’Donoghue (8.41) and Maria McNamara (8.23), and placed 7th in the 60m sprint in a time of 8.33 which ranks her 5th on the club’s all-time lists behind Sineád Treacy (7.87), Katie O’Donoghue (8.12), Tara McNally (8.13) and Michelle Duggan (8.16).
In the final event of the day, the club ran an impressive time of 1.48.26 (3rd fastest ever for the club) to place 5th in the 4x200m relay with Sineád Treacy, Caoilin Milton, Lorraine Delaney and Laura Cunningham.
First members of the club to set foot in the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown :-)
The road-racing scene has been hotting up for Shauna Bocquet these last few weeks. Competing in the Tuam 8k on Jan 15th, Shauna clocked a new PB in 28:36 and followed this up last weekend with victory in the Female Wheelchair category in the Axa Raheny 5 Mile in a time of 29:18 – a super performance in an event with over 3400 runners held in very wet conditions as evident from the picture below.
Shauna Bocquet at the finish of the Ava Raheny 5 Mile (photo courtesy of Tomas Greally)
Siona Lawless and Shauna Tobin at the Scottish Indoor Championships in the Emirates Arena Glasgow
With the Scottish Indoors split over 2 weekends this year, the U17s were in action on the weekend just gone and U13/15/20 are in action in 2 weekends time. The club had a small group of 3 athletes travel to Emirates Arena in Glasgow for the U17s Champioships. As usual, it was a very enjoyable weekend – Glasgow is vibrant buzzing city centre and the Emirates Arena is as impressive a facility as any in the world.
Shauna Tobin and Siona Lawless both competed early Saturday with Shauna in the long jump and Siona in the 60m. Both did well and came close to their PBs in their events. Oisin Lyons was in action later in the day in the 800m and in a tactical 800m Oisin placed 3rd in the semi-final and just missed out on a final spot by the tiniest of margins of 0.18s in a time of 2.09.51. It was tough luck for Oisin as there was more in the tank and his PB would have seen him take a medal in the final.
The excitement continues to mount now for weekend two where the club has a group of 59 travelling including athletes, fit4youth and parents. It is the largest group yet from the club to travel abroad and it should be a great weekend.
Saturday and Sunday saw some fine performances from a number of athletes in Athlone in Round 2 of the National Club League on Saturday and in the U20 and U23 National Indoors on Sunday. A heroic performance from the club’s athletes saw the club qualify yet again for the final of the National Club League to be held in the fantastic new indoor facility in Adamstown in Dublin next weekend. Laura Cunningham put in a strong performance to place 8th in the 200m in a time of 27.71 and followed this up with a leap of 9.96 in the triple jump. Rachel Finnegan placed 9th with a strong run in the 400m in a time of 67.13. Lorraine Delaney earned valuable points for the team with a 1.45m leap in the high jump to place 5th, as did Sarah Finnegan with a jump of 9.85 in the triple jump. Caoilin Milton made impressive debuts in the 400m and triple jump with a time 66.15 and a jump of 8.97.
Meanwhile on Sunday, several athletes from the club competed in the National U20 and U23s Championships in Athlone. Foremost amongst them, Sinead Treacy won double bronze in the U23 Women’s 200m and long jump, racing to a time of 26.23 in the 200m and leaping 4.75m in the long jump. Jerry Keary was also in strong form, clearing 1.90m in the U20 Men’s high jump to claim the bronze medal. In the 800s, Sinead Gaffney was unlucky to finish just outside the medals when taking 6th place in the final of the U23 Women’s 800m in a time of 2.24.26 while Ben Garrard raced strongly to record a double PB in the heats and final of the U20 Men’s 800m in times of 2.03.47 and 2.03.80.
Some of Pres Athenry Intermediate Boys team who put in an exceptional
performance at the schools cross country
The South Connacht Schools Cross Country Championships took place last week in The Claddagh where athletes from the club put in some fine performances while representing their schools.
It was a particularly good day for the Pres Athenry in the team events where they took a clean sweep of the team titles in the 4 girls races and indeed took a second medal in the Senior Girls event where the school took both team gold and silver. And to add to the school's success, the boys teams took gold in the Minor Boys and silver in the Junior Boys and also placed very highly in the Intermediate Boys with 4 runners in the top 20.
Leading performances by athletes from the club were as follows.
Well it's some time since we waved Damian off to the states Did we think it was out of sight out of mind. Well no. It really was up to me to keep you informed of his exploits (athletic related) and I have been very poor in my role up to now. I will try to make a better effort from now on.
One week after Christmas break McNeese hosted it's first of two home indoor meets.
Damian competed in the mile (1609m) on Friday 13th Jan where he ran a time of 4.17.01 which was officially converted to 4.13.78 as McNeese like many other facilities in the U.S. hosts a flat indoor track without any banking on the turns. (due to flat track NCAA gives a conversion to banked track) This result is not only the fastest time by any member of the club. (Mr Tobin can verify this but I have checked the records and can't find any indoor record for mile) but also stood as the leading Conference mark for 2 full weeks until McNeese Indoor #II on Friday 27th Jan. where his own older team mates surpassed this mark. What an achievement especially considering that Damian is still just a freshman and one of the youngest athletes in the school and the conference.
At the McNeese Indoor #II Damian competed in the 800m and romped home in a time of 1.57.51 converted (by himself) 1.55.86 to finish second in a race where his team mate Olandis Johnson broke both the school and complex records both of which had stood for 30 years. What a fantastic achievement for both young men.
Next weekend Damian will travel as part of a select squad from McNeese to compete at the Meyo Invitational which will be held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Well done Damian. Keep up the good work. Updates will follow.
Conor Hoade put in an exceptional performance at the weekend at the National Combined Events Championships held at Athlone IT where he took the silver medal in the U14 Boys event with a series of fine performances to yield a score of 2358 points which included impressive jumps of 4.95m and 1.48m in the long jump and high jump. There were good displays also from Ellie Cronin and Lewis Ryan in the U15 grade, in particular Ellie’s 1.53m clearance in the high jump.