Athletes thrive at Day 1 of the National Indoor Championships
Day 1 of the National Indoor Championships took place on Sunday at Athlone IT. There were many notable accomplishments from our GCH athletes with the club taking home 5 national medals and it was heartening to see that there were numerous personal best performances on the day.
Richard McGrath showed his class in the U12 Boys 60m sprint where he finished in the silver medal position after yet another great battle with Darragh Fahy from Loughrea.
Lydia Doyle got off to a great start in the U19 Girls 60m sprint, taking an early lead and she did well to hold on for the bronze medal in a new pb of 7.83.
Laura Nally put in a fine performance in the U19 Girls 400m. She positioned herself well at the 150m cut in and ran strongly throughout holding off a late challenge to take the bronze medal and achieving a new pb of 58.5.
Seren O’Toole recently expanded her range of events to take on the Long Jump. She proved her versatility as a multi eventer jumping a brilliant 5.01 in the final round of the U17 girls’ event which secured a bronze medal. Her jump was the same as the second placed athlete but on count back Seren was awarded third place.
Darragh Kearney showed his strength and determination in the U13 boys shot putt. He was in 4th place coming into the final round but produced a new personal best performance and a huge throw of 11.29m with his final throw to claim third place.
All of our 400m athletes achieved personal bests on Sunday. Diego Brule ran an excellent time of 51.88 in the U19 boys race but unfortunately this was just shy of making the cut for the final. Aoife Sheehy had to produce a pb of 59.4 in the heats of the U19 girls race in order to make the final but she recovered well to run 60 second flat a couple of hours later. Rachel Hughes is also making great progress at this event and achieved a pb of 62.9 in the heats of the U18 girls race.
Darren Costello sprinted to a new personal best in the U19 boys 60m of 7.2 seconds which secured a place in the U19 boys final where he finished 8th. Kacper Poniatowski also contested the U19 boys event finishing 7th in the heats in 7.44 seconds. Rita Lahue picked up a qualifying place in the final of the U19 Girls 60m where she finished 6th overall in a new pb of 8.26 seconds. Robert McDonnell continues to impress at the U17 age level. He ran a swift 7.29 in the heats and finished 5th overall in the final. Seren O’Toole finished 4th in the U17 Girls heats and Luke Daehler ran a pb of 8.04 in the heats of the u15 boys 60m. Ava McKeon made the final of the U14 Girls 60m where she finished 8th and Leana McKeon finished 6th in her 60m heats. Ronan Duggan came in 5th overall in his U12 boys heats.
Our two competitors in the 1500m both made their respective finals with Aaron Brennan in strong contention up to the final lap where he finished 5th overall in a time of 4.09 in the U17 boys race. Alvaro Garcia Lara ran a pb in his heats earlier in the day and finished 9th overall in the final just a couple of hours later.
In the Shot Putt Darragh Jennings had a good throw of 12.72m to take 5th position overall in the U15 boys competition.