Several athletes put in some fantastic performances in the Connacht Schools Combined Events Championships in Dangan last Thursday. Two Connacht titles were won - by Cathriona Farrell in the Junior Girls age group and by Ashley McDonnell in the Minor Girls age group, and 6 other athletes from the club featured in the top four.
1st Ashley McDonnell, Presentation Athenry, 1670 pts (75mH 13.7, LJ 3.94m, SP 6.11m, 800m 2.38.0);
2nd Sarah Helebert, Gort CS, 1655 pts (75mH 13.1, LJ 4.22m, SP 5.56m, 800m 2.47.0);
3rd Sophie Ralston, St Raphaels Loughrea, 1596 pts (75mH 13.7, LJ 4.16m, SP 6.06m, 800m 2.49.0);
1st Cathriona Farrell, Athenry VS, 2624 pts (75mH 12.7, SP 7.04m, HJ 1.65m, LJ 4.50m, 800m 2.50.0);
2nd Rachel Finnegan, Loughrea VS, 2131 pts (75mH 13.3, SP 4.81m, HJ 1.30m, LJ 4.25m, 800m 2.36.0);
4th Leah Creaven, Presentation Athenry, 2015 pts (75mH 14.0, SP 6.35m, HJ 1.40m, LJ 4.46m, 800m 3.06.0).
3rd Tomas Keehan, Gort CS, 1562 pts (75mH 14.7, LJ 4.59m, SP 5.82m, 800m 2.38.0);
4th Michael Hannon, Loughrea VS, 1531 pts (75mH 15.4, LJ 4.07m, SP 6.56m, 800m 2.32.3).
This was a very strong performance from club athletes - taking 8 out of 25 of the top 4 positions across the different age groups. Best wishes to Cathriona, Rachel and Leah all of whom go forward to the National finals in Santry on 30 September. The Minor age group doesn't go forward to the National finals. Congratulations also to former club athlete Robert McGrath (St Raphaels Loughrea) who won the Senior Boys category.
Full results of the event are available at http://galwayathletics.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=135&Itemid=38.