GCH Athletes Shine at the National Indoor Championships
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.