Impressive Displays at the Connacht Schools Championships
The Connacht Schools Championships took place in Athlone on Thursday last in sunny but windy conditions. GCH athletes posted some tremendous times despite a head wind of up to -3 on the home straight. With just the top two qualifying for a coveted place in the prestigious All Ireland Schools Final next month for the sprinters and top three for the field and middle distance athletes Connacht’s top athletes had to battle hard to ensure their place on the starting list.
At Senior level Jack Dempsey and Aoife Sheehy secured double Connacht titles. Jack comfortably won the 100m in 11.2 and the 200m in 22.9 while Aoife won the 400m hurdles in 66.0 and the 100m hurdles in 17.2. Laura Nally continued her good form winning the 400m in a brisk 58.4 seconds. Thomas McStay won the 1500m in 4.16 and he also finished 2nd in the 800m in a swift 1.58 mins. Luke O’Shaughnessy ran a strong 400m in the Senior Mens race to finish 2nd in an impressive time of 51.9. Aaron Brennan and Eanna Folan finished 2nd & 3rd in the 1500m and Jack Maher finished 3rd in the 800m. Darren Costello took silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m. Bryan Ndego secured silver in the high jump and Rachel Hughes took home bronze in the 800m and Rita Lahue won bronze in the 100m hurdles.
At Intermediate level Robert McDonnell showed his class winning Connacht titles at both 200m and 400m. His times of 22.6 in the 200m and 50.7 in the 400m are hugely impressive. Eimear Rowe also won double titles setting new pbs in both the 800m (2.22) and 42.2 in the 300m. Seren O Toole won the 300m hurdles in a quick time of 46.9 and also finished 2nd in the 80m hurdles. Eoghan Jennings won the 400m hurdles in a brisk 62.5 seconds. Barry Murphy won the mile in 5.19 and also finished 2nd in the 800m. Cillian Jordan won silver in the mile and Richard Kamson won silver in the Long Jump.
At Junior level Emma Moore took the 800m title in a new championship best performance of 2.13. Luke Daehler jumped 5.40 in the long jump to win the title and he also finished 2nd in the 200m. Conor Hoade won the 80m hurdles in 12.35 and Rebecca Lynch threw 17.85m in the javelin to take silver.
At Minor level Ava McKeon won double titles. She posted times of 11.95 in the 75m hurdles and 27.6 in the 200m. Darragh Jennings won the 800m in 2.15 and also took second place in the shot putt. Aoife Waldron won bronze in both the long jump and the 75m hurdles.
Nicole Quirke finished just outside the qualifiers on countback in the long jump having jumped 4.54m, the same distance as Aoife Waldron who was awarded the bronze. Eve Ayo finished 4th just outside of the qualifiers also in the triple jump. Kacper Poniatowski finished 5th in the Senior Boys 100m, Roisin Dalton 5th Junior 200m, Miriam Green 6th and Riona King 8th in the Inter 300m, Rian DeBairead 5th Senior 1500m, Paula Crissan 7th Inter 800m and Matthew Gordon 9th Junior 800m.
Full results attached below