The 2 Sineád’s made a little bit of history for the club at the weekend with both featuring on the podium at the same time but for different teams at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Cork with Sineád Treacy’s NUIG team taking the silver medals in the 4x100m in a time of 49.66 and Sineád Gaffney’s UL team taking the bronze medals just 0.03 seconds (or 24cm!) behind in a tie of 49.69.
Great to see two of our athletes on the podium at the highest levels. Sineád G ran 2.23.07 in the heats of the 800m and then 2.23.73 to place 5th in the final while Sineád T made it a very special day with a bronze medal in the 4x400m in a time of 4.01.15 and 5th in the final of the 200m in a time of 25.83, with all 3 of her performances taking the college record for NUIG.
Massive well done to both athletes – the club is very proud of their achievements!
The past weekend saw the end of the indoor track and field season and all eyes now turn towards the outdoor season with the first event getting underway this Friday with the Universities Track & Field followed later this month by the first of the Dublin Graded Meets and the U13 to Senior Galway Track & Field.
The indoors saw a number of new club junior and senior records set by U18 trio Jerry Keary, Ciana Reidy and Laura Cunningham. Jerry set a new club junior and senior record in the high jump with a leap of 1.98m and followed this up with a new club junior record of 6.19m in the long jump. Laura broke both the club junior and senior record in the triple jump with her winning leap of 10.55m last weekend while Ciana set club junior and senior records in the pole vault with her jump of 2.20m in the National League.
The club had huge participation at county, regional and national level across the indoor season as evidenced by the size of our bill with almost €3500 spent on entries fees over the season, the best participation by far of any Connacht club. And the club out performed in the medal stakes too with 3 National titles, 2 silvers and 7 bronze coming our way. The medallists were:-U18 Girls Triple Jump 1 Laura Cunningham 10.55 U16 Girls Shot Putt 1 Chloe Casey 14.21 U12 Boys Shot Putt 1 Darragh Kearney 9.01 U19 Boys High Jump 2 Jerry Keary 1.96 U14 Boys Pentathlon 2 Conor Hoade 2358 pts Senior Womens 3k Walk 3 Maeve Curley 14.18.26 U23 Womens 200m 3 Sineád Treacy 26.23 U23 Womens Long Jump 3 Sineád Treacy 4.75 U20 Mens High Jump 3 Jerry Keary 1.90 U14 Boys 60m Hurdles 3 Conor Hoade 9.50 U13 Boys High Jump 3 Evan Hallinan 1.45 U12 Girls Shot Putt 3 Niamh Duffy 7.96
You can see a full list of the club's medallists in the National Indoors since 2004 on our website:-
And you can see the updated list of club junior/senior records here also:-
Well done to everyone who took part and in particular to our medalists and record breakers.
Three days of exciting racing came to a close at the Weekend at the 2017 National Indoor championships in Athlone I.T. The Club was well represented with over 40 athletes qualifying for this years Championships.
Jack Dempsey secured three medals at the Championships. Having been so close to Gold in the 60m at the Junior Championships earlier in January where a well timed dip by his opponent cost him the Junior title. Jack took control of the U19 race from the gun, establishing an early lead. He held on for a strong finish clocking 6.97 sec, leaving his competitors to fight out for the silver and bronze positions. Jack also competed in the 200m last weekend where he claimed a bronze medal. Our Boys U19 4 X 200m relay team won silver medals on Day 1 of the Competition after an enthralling battle with old rivals Menapians A.C. The GCH team consisted of Sean Kilmartin, Jack Dempsey, Luke O’Shaughnessy and Darren Costello. Three of this quartet ( Jack, Sean and Luke) have been together since U12 and have won several national titles and set numerous championship best performances over the years and it was great to see them make the podium once again in their final year of Juvenile competition.
Lydia Doyle continues to go from strength to strength in 2017. She was the clear winner of the U18 Girls 60m hurdles at the weekend. Fastest out of the blocks Lydia took the lead from the gun clearing all hurdles seamlessly in a time of 8.99. Lydia, who has worked hard on her speed over the winter also took Silver in the U18 girls 60m sprint in a very competitive field.
Emma Moore ran a perfectly executed 800m race in the U14 Girls 800m to claim the National title in an outstanding time of 2.17 seconds. Emma tucked in behind the race leader Maeve O’Neill for the first three laps of the race . With 200m to go Emma made her move to the front and dominated the race from there with her lightening speed and went on to win by over a second.
Seren O’Toole took on a number of events in this years Championships. She earned a well deserved bronze medal in the U16 Girls 60m hurdles having placed 5th earlier in the day in the 200m final. Seren also placed 5th in the Long Jump the previous weekend.
Eoghan Jennings continues to develop his skill at the Pole Vault where he was the well deserved winner of a silver medal in the U16 Boys competition on Day 2. Eoghan achieved a great new personal best of 2.75m.
Our 1500m runners Aaron Brennan and Eanna Folan put in tremendous performances in the U17 and U19 Boys races with both lads finishing just outside the medals in 4th place. Aaron and Eanna have both put in a strong cross country season and will no doubt be encouraged by their progress so early in the year.
The following athletes also qualified for finals with many achieving new pbs and all will have gained valuable experience for the upcoming Summer Outdoor Season.
Ava McKeon 6th in 800m and 8th in 60m hurdles.
Aoife Sheehy 6th in U18 Girls 400m
Rachel Hughes 7th U17 Girls 800m
Robert McDonnell 8th U16 Boys 60m
Thomas McStay 8th U18 Boys 1500m
Paula Crissan 12th U15 Girls High Jump
Aoife Waldron 14th U14 Girls Long jump
Well done to all our athletes who qualified for this years National Indoor Championships.
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