Daniel and Jerry

Daniel Callanan-Forde and Jerry Keary
Silver Medallists in the U17 Long Jump and High Jump

Another weekend of high-octane athletics took place in Athlone International Arena at the weekend at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships. Saturday saw some exceptional performances with the highlight being Evan Hallinan’s gold medal in the U12 boys high jump with a clearance of 1.25m having earlier placed 4th in the long jump with a fine 4.20m leap. While Sunday saw 3 more medals added with Jerry Keary taking the silver in a riveting U17 high jump competition where he tied on 1.89m with the eventual winner and losing out on countback of knocked bars, Daniel Callanan-Forde taking the silver in the U17 long jump with an impressive 6.15m and Conor Hoade taking the silver medal in the final of the U13 boys hurdles. And it was unlucky 4th place also for Matthew McKernan in the U18 long jump and for Aisling Keady in the U18 high jump. Other notable performances included 5th place for Ryan Gallagher in the U15 high jump and 6th place for Shaun Gilligan in both the U14 60m and long jump.

In the U12 high jump, no less than 8 jumpers cleared the winning height but Evan Hallinan’s fine clearances of all heights up to and including 1.25m along with Waterford AC’s David Scanlon saw the 2 athletes tie for the gold medal. In the earlier long jump event, Evan was in 3rd place after 4 rounds with a splendid 4.20m and was just pipped for bronze in round 5 when another jumper leaped to 4.23m … so close! It was a similar experience for Danial Callanan-Forde in the U17 long jump, leading with a 6.15m going into the final round where another jumper leapt to 6.29m on his last jump and despite Daniel’s best efforts on his final attempt which saw him jump another 6.15m, he had to settle for silver. While in the U17 high jump, Jerry Keary just barely grazed 1.92m with his heel which would have taken the Irish title to add to his Scottish one from a couple of weeks ago – fantastic jumping.

There were many other fine performances from the large Craughwell contingent including Dearbhaile Walsh with a time of 65.48m in the U18 400m, Michelle Duggan 7th in the U18 200m with 26.69 and 12th in the 60m with 8.16, Laura Cunningham 7th in the U17 long jump with 4.57m, Ellie Cronin 7th in U15 high jump with 1.40m, Gavin Lee 7th in U14 800m with 2.25.43, Aisling Keady 8th in the U18 long jump with 4.69m, Sean Connaughton 8th in U14 long jump with 4.92m, Sean Fox 8th in U14 hurdles with 10.61, Ava Finn and Lewis Ryan both 9th in their U14 high jump events with 1.35m, Ciana Reidy 9th in U17 high jump with 1.50, Caoilin Milton 9th in U17 long jump with 4.47m, Jack Farrell 9th in U14 hurdles with 10.40, Sean Cahill 9th in U14 shot with 7.35, Lukas Schukat 9th in U3 long jump with 4.16, Ben Garrard 10th in U18 long jump with 5.09, Lorraine Delaney 10th in U17 long jump with 4.43, Ciaran Connaughton 10th in U15 long jump with 4.51, Aine Kelly 10th in U14 long jump with 4.25 and 14th in high jump with 1.25, Liam McDonagh 10th in U13 high jump with 1.30, Conor Hoade 10th in U13 long jump with 4.14, Jerry Keary 11th in U17 long jump with 5.24, Liam Leen 11th in U14 800m with 2.28.34, Aoife Fahy 11th in U12 shot with 4.87, Laura Cunningham 12th in U17 high jump with 1.45, Daniel Callanan-Forde 12th in U17 200m with 24.36, Jack Fitzgerald 12th in U14 hurdles with 11.17, Lorraine Delaney 13th in U17 high jump with 1.45, Ciana Reidy 13th in U17 long jump with 4.29, Freya Bohan 13th in U15 long jump with 4.38, Padraig Martyn 13th in U14 hurdles with 11.19, Lukas Schukat 13th in U13 high jump with 1.25, Cian Lavan 13th in U12 600m in 1.52.15 (our third fastest time ever in this age group), Aoife Walsh 14th in U17 high jump with 1.40 and 15th in long jump with 4.09, Louis Molloy 14th in U17 long jump with 4.56, Oisin Lyons 15th in U17 800m with 2.12.64 and Tiernan Burke 16th in U18 800m with 2.27.91.

Well done to all athletes – the standard is incredibly high at National level. To make it to the All-Irelands is a huge achievement, to get a PB or place in the top 8 there is a massive success and to take a medal is unbelievable. So well done all and roll on the relays and the outdoors!

Sunday the 7th. .