National Juvenile Championships off to a Great Start
Day 1 and 2 of the National Juvenile Championships took place over the weekend in Tullamore in relatively damp but humid conditions. Athletes from the Club produced excellent performances which included a national record.
Emma Moore once again showed her class winning the U15 Girls 800m in style seeing of strong challenges from Sarah Hosey and Fiona Dillon. In the process Emma obliterated the current national record of 2.15 by clocking an astonishing 2.11 and led the 2nd and 3rd placed athletes inside the record also. Thomas McStay was the clear winner of the U19 Boys 3000m in an impressive time of 8.43 having finshed 4th the previous day in the 800m in a time of 1.56. Thomas has made huge progress this year and it is heartening to see all the hard work paying off with a National title.
Aoife Sheehy had a hugely successful weekend proving her versatility over a range of events. On Saturday Aoife took home a silver medal in the U19 Girls 100m hurdles running a time of 16.26 seconds. On Sunday Aoife lined out again this time taking on the 400m and won a bronze medal in a time of 59.6 seconds.
Robert McDonnell continues his good form and won Silver in the 400m in a time of 51.19. Ava McKeon ran a strong race in the U14 girls 75m Hurdles and finished second in a time of 11.77 seconds.
Aaron Brennan took on both the 800m and 3000m over the weekend and earned a bronze medal in the U18 Boys 3000m in a time of 8.55. On Saturday he ran heats and final of the 800m clocking 2.02 in the final. Conor Hoade once again this year showed his talent over the short hurdles event. He ran a strong race to win a bronze medal in the 80m hurdles in a time of 12.07 seconds.
Eimear Rowe was very impressive in the U16 girls 800m and was in contention throughout the race. She finished in 4th place clocking 2.19 , her first time under the 2.20 mark achieving a significant personal best time. Luke Dahler is edging closer to the medals each season and he put in a great performance in the U15 boys long jump. Luke finished 4th overall with a huge leap of 5.5m in the U15 Boys Long Jump final. Daragh Jennings also came close, he threw 12.97 m to finish 4th in the U15 boys Shot Putt and he also has a good run in the 800m where he finished 5th in a time of 2.10.
The Club had a number of other top six performances with Darren Costello finishing 6th in the U19 boys 100m final in a time of 11.5 seconds. Richard Kamsen was 6th in the U17 Boys triple jump with a jump of 11.94m and Leana Nic Dhonncha ran 2.26 in the U14 girls 800m also finishing in 6th place.
Other finalists over the weekend were Jack Maher who finished 8th in both the 800m and 3000m in the U19 Boys category, Matthew Gordon placed 9th in the U15 Boys Long Jump , Richard Kamsen 10th in the U17 boys Long Jump, Eoin Killeen 11th in the U15 boys 800m, Aoibhe Joyce 11th in the U14 Girls 800m and Aoife Waldron 13th in the U15 girls Long Jump.
There were a number of notable performances also in the heats and these athletes will no doubt be aiming to make finals over the next year or so. Mathieu Madden and Cillian Griffin both narrowly missed out on the final of the U14 Boys 80m and clocked impressive times of 10.78 and 10.84, Colma Ni Cheidigh ran 69 seconds for the U17 girls 400m, Kayla McKeon finished 6th in the U13 Girls 60m hurdles and Aoife Waldron finished 3rd in the heats of the U15 Girls 80m hurdles.
National Relay Championships Saturday 7th Jul
Please see below a summary of the Club's relay results
Gold for U17 Boys 4 x 400m Eoghan Jennings, Jonathan McGrath, and Samuel Madden and Robert McDonnell
Silver for U17 Boys 4 x 100m. Richard Kamsen, Jonathan McGrath, Robert McDonnell and Eli Sheedy
Silver medals for U15 Girls 4 x 100m relay. Roisin Dalton , Eve Ayo , Emma Moore , Ava McKeon, Leana Nic Dhonncha and Aishling Healy
Silver Medals for U15 Boys 4 x 100m team. Luke Dahler, Daragh Jennings, Danny O'Toole, Conor Hoade and Mathieu Madden.
4th place for U19 Boys 4 x 100m team. Darren Costello, Anthony Ojo, Kacper Poniatowski and Emannuel Don Pedro.
5th place for the U12 Boys boys in the final of the 4 x 100m. Jacob Carroll,,.Ronan Duggan, Shane Meagher and Richard McGrath
U14 Girls were finalists Kelsey Wall, Leana Nic Dhonncha , Rachel Fahy, Ava McKeon and Grace Lynch
Girls U13 team competed in the heats of the 4 x 100m relay Eireann Greene, Grace Lynch, Mia Craughwell and Kayla McKeon.