Athletes Impress at the All Ireland Schools Championships
The All Ireland Schools Championships took place in Tullamore today in near perfect weather conditions producing some remarkable performances from our athletes. Three of our athletes achieved the top honours and were crowned All Ireland Champions. Seren O’Toole , Daragh Jennings and Emma Moore all won National titles and Seren and Darragh both also picked up bronze medals .
Seren O’Toole representing Ballinrobe CS ran a superb race in the Intermediate Girls 300m hurdles. She ran a solid race throughout and led the field coming into the home straight finishing in a time of 44.47 seconds from Ella Duane. Three hours later she competed in the 80m hurdles and battled strongly to secure the bronze medal in a time of 11.83 seconds in a blanket finish.
Daragh Jennings representing Carraroe C.C. ran a terrific 800m race in the Minor Boys category where he sat comfortably behind the leaders throughout until the home straight where he sprinted for the line to take the honours in a new personal best time of 2.08. Daragh earlier produced a great throw of 13.74 to win bronze in the Shot Putt.
Emma Moore representing Presentation Athenry was the Clubs third All Ireland Champion taking the title in the Junior Girls 800m race. Emma led from the gun and controlled the race throughout sprinting for home with just under 200m to go and finishing in a time of 2.14 from Victoria Lightbody.
Robert McDonnell representing Colaiste na Coiribe won a silver medal in the Intermediate Boys 400m in a time of 50.52 seconds. Robert also competed in the 200m earlier in the day finishing 6th in 22.7. Relatively new to the 400m event Robert has been making huge progress over the last number of months.
Ava McKeon representing AM Ballinasloe ran a magnificent race in the Minor Girls 75m hurdles to claim a bronze medal in a time of 11.58 seconds narrowly missing out on silver in a very exciting finish with Lucy McGinn.
Just outside the medals today in fourth place were Laura Nally (Calasanctius College Oranmore) who achieved a pb of 58.1 in the Senior Girls 400m , Aoife Sheehy (Dunmore CS) ran a superb 1.05 in the 400m hurdles and Eimear Rowe ( Mercy Tuam) produced a great time of 41.7 in the Intermediate Girls 300m.
Jack Dempsey (HR Mountbellew) ( 5th) produced a magnificent pb of 10.72 in the Senior Boys 100m which was undoubtedly the race of the day with the first two athletes both clocking sensational record times of 10.52. Jack later went on to run 22.03 in the 200m. Thomas McStay ( Colaiste Bhaile Chlair) finished 5th in the Senior boys 1500m in a time of 4.06 with Eanna Folan finishing 10th in 4.10 in the same race. Jack Maher finished 6th in the Senior boys 800m. Darren Costello (Colaiste Bhaile Chlair) also ran two pbs running 11.4 in the Senior Boys 100m and 23.13 in the 200m. Barry Murphy ( St Endas) finished 5th in the Intermediate Boys mile race in a time of 4.37 and Cillian Jordan (St Endas) ran 4.44mins finishing 9th in the same race. Luke Daehler (St Endas) competed in both the Junior Boys long jump (4.99m) and the 200m ( 25.1) finished 10th and 8th respectively. Aoife Waldron ( Colaiste Iognaid) competed in both the 75m hurdles and long Jump in the minor Girls category finishing 8th and 12th respectively. Rebecca Lynch ( Presentation Headford) finished 10th in the Junior Girls Javelin. Richard Kamson (Merlin Park College) jumped a fine 5.46m in the Intermediate Boys Long Jump to finish 11th overall.