First mention needs to be Race Walking with Emily MacHugh being selected to represent Ireland at the U20 European Championships in Tallinn. Emily, whilst sitting her leaving certificate, took the National Junior Race Walking title. At the younger end of things Eoin Cassidy, being inspired by both Coach Brian and the Rob Heffernan Academy, took the U13 County Silver over the weekend.
Long & Triple Jump.
Aisling MacHugh leading the charge here with a 3rd in the AAI games, then following this up with the National Triple Jump Junior Title for the 2nd year in a row. This year also competing in the National Senior Championship Aisling secured the bronze with a new PB of 11.39m and at the Leinster Championships she added the Leinster title to her string of successes.
Carmela Morley took the Leinster Long Jump title in the W45 category.
Our long jumpers have also had a very impressive County season, with titles going to Leon Sweeney, Allison Dempsey, Sarah Kiernan, Aoife Gallagher & Joe Horan, and medal positions to Gillian Dempsey, Anna Sweeney and Luke Hynan.
If you want to see one measure of an athlete then look at their PB progression – David Oghuvu has been extremely impressive over these past few weekends, PBing at every turn or indeed on every straight! From the National Junior 100m heat running 11.27 to 11.12 in the final edging closer to breaking the 11second mark! Leinster’s were up next and racing to take the silver medal in 10.98! David also clocked a new 200m PB taking Leinster bronze in 22.81 seconds.
The National U23 women’s 100m was a straight final – Amy Allen taking to the blocks and whilst she finished 7th there was only 0.28 separating 7th from 3rd! A thrilling race to watch.
In the longest of the sprint distances, Ella Duane took Leinster silver in the 400m, Adam Harte progressing to the National Junior 400m final placing 5th in what was an extremely close and hard fought race.
County Championships gave us County sprint Champions, Fred Dick, Siah McManus and Adam Harte, and medallists Pricilla Lopeis, Emily Gallagher, Max Drennan, Amelie Moreau and Cian Clerkin.
County Championships saw titles and medallists – Champions – Roise Hennessy in both the 800m and 1500m, Emily Gallagher (800m & 1500m), Dylan Solan, Caoimhe Gavin, Rhys Johnson,Medallists – Emily Kearns, Cian Vililng, Caoimhe Johnson, Lucy Jacob (800 & 1500m), Aoife Dempsey, Daniel McEntagert (800 & 1500), Siah McManus, Charlotte Purcell, Caoimhe Gavin (3rd 1500m),
2 County Hurdle champions Sarah Kiernan and Allison Dempsey
Alot of our high jumpers presented for their very first High jump County Championship and did not disappoint
County Champion – Julia Gardiner
Medallist – Senan Quinn, Thea Smith, Lochlainn Quinn
PBs and County Champion medals also went to Allison Dempsey and Laura Dunlea!
Our throws hub is having an amazing season.
County Champions Jav – Ultan Coultry, Leah Tisdell, Mia Shine and Isobel Kearns (also placing 2nd in the Open Throws in Antrim throwing up an age and jav weight)
Medallists Jav – Holly Kearns, Abby Lewis, Eabha Larkin
All throwing PBs making for an exciting competition ahead in Leinsters for them. Shot Put saw Isobel and Holly Kearns taking the 2nd spot in each of their categories
In Loughborough Michael Jordan is flying the flag high edging closer to the 60m mark – throwing 58.46m in a recent competition
Associates were in action in the various National Championships with Grace Casey taking both the U23 and National Senior title in javelin, doing it in style with a nail biting finish involving count back!Discus was very prevalent and Holly Wright took 3rd in the National U20, 3rd in the AAI Games and a silver at the Leinster Juniors.Paddy Taylor and Conor Walsh took the Leinster U20 title and the silver medal respectively, echoing their County Championship positions.Hannah McBride and Grace Garvey taking the County title and silver medal in Turbo. Isabelle McCormack 3rd in the County Shot Put.
Absolutely brilliant to see road racing back with quite a large contingent in the various distances in the Thoroughbred races and PBs reported in. 4 athletes travelled to St. Cocas having got a very coveted spot in their fast and furious 5km. Seeing 3 PBs for Chris O’Sullivan, Niamh Johnston and Johnny Kenny with a great return to racing for Ruth O’Loughlin breaking the 20minute mark.
Report by Sarah Kearns