Thrilling finals at the All Ireland Schools Championships
Ireland’s best schools’ athletes competed in the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday (June 1st). Just making the start line here is a major achievement for the athletes so congrats to all our athletes who competed on the day, the club is immensely proud of you all.
Top GCH performance of the day came from Robert McDonnell who ran a Youth Olympics qualifying time in the Senior Boys 200m where he finished 2nd behind the infamous Aaron Sexton clocking a brilliant 21.77 seconds. Robert followed this up later in the day with a bronze medal in the 400m in a time of 49.67 seconds. Robert now has a qualifying time in both the 200m & 400m for the Youth Olympics.
Calum Healy ran a terrific race in the Junior boys 75m hurdles where he clocked 11.5 seconds to take silver over the distance. Daragh Jennings had a huge throw of 38.4m to take 2nd in the Junior Boys Discus and also ran an impressive 2.07 to finish 5th in the 800m. The ever improving Aoibhe Deeley claimed a bronze medal in the Inter Girls 80m hurdles in a great time of 11.73 seconds and just a mere hundredth of a second of the silver medal. Mathieu Madden won a bronze relay medal with Merlin College in the 4 x 100m race and also finished 7th in the Minor Boys 100m.
There were several other great performances on the day. Oisin Keane just narrowly missed the medals in the Junior Boys Discus where he finished 4th with a great throw of 38m. Eoghan Jennings finished 4th in the Intermediate Boys Pole Vault where he leaped 3m, the same height as the bronze medallists but lost out on count back. Aoife Waldron came close too in the Junior Girls Triple Jump, a new event this year for her. Aoife leaped 9.69m into 5th place and also finished 7th in the Long jump. Emma Moore ran a strong 41.56 in the Inter Girls 300m to finish 5th despite several months off with a knee injury prior to this event. Eimear Rowe ran a swift 41.69 to finish 7th in the same race. Aoife Sheehy took 5th place in the Senior Girls 400m hurdles and Evan Moran 5th place in the Minor Boys 75m hurdles.
In the Senior Boys 1500m Jack Maher clocked an impressive 4.02 to finish 5th with Aaron Brennan finishing 8th in 4.05. Barry Murphy was 6th in the Inter Boys 1500m in a time of 4.14. and William McDonnell ran 4.38 to finish 8th in the Junior Boys 1500m.
In the Sprints Nicole Quirke ran yet another pb this year to finish in 13.15 seconds and 8th in the Minor Girls 100m. Seren O’Toole ran a fine 25.79 to take 7th in the Senior Girls 200m in a very strong field. Conor Hoade ran 14.36 seconds to take 6th in the Inter Boys 100m hurdles. Conor Trehy leaped 11.69 to take 6th in the Inter Boys Triple Jump and Richard Kamsen jumped 12m to take 9th in the Senior Boys Triple Jump.