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Craughwell AC's 1500m and 3000m medalists at the Connacht Championships in Claremorris
William Fitzgerald, Catherine Noonan, Kyle Moorhead, Patrick Noonan, Sean Cotter, Luke Evans

Following on from an exciting day at the Connacht Championships in Claremorris on June 9th where the U9s to U13s were in action, the U14s to senior grades continued a fine run of performances from the club at the final day of the championships where were held on June 16th in Claremorris. Read on for full details of our athletes’ performances on both days. Check out Kevin Moore's brilliant action pics also at :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevin-moore/albums/72157698099231625

Day 2's highlights included quadruple Connacht titles for Katie O’Donoghue in the Senior Women’s long jump (4.94), high jump (1.55), 100m (13.11) and shot putt (8.62 – a club record); quadruple Connacht titles for Laura Cunningham in the U19 Girls triple jump (10.09), long jump (4.98), high jump (1.55) and 4x100m as well as silver in the 100m (13.03); and a gruelling hat-trick of Connacht titles for Sean Cotter in the U16 Boys 800m (2:14.04), 1500m (4:33.06) and 3000m (9:42.12).

The strong windy conditions were both a help and a hindrance on the day depending on your event. They favoured the sprints but worked against the middle/long distance races with it being an almost uphill battle in the back-straight. Likewise, the strong winds didn’t help the jumps and throws which were into the gusting winds for the most part. Nonetheless athletes from the club shone across all of the age groups. Jack Miskella helped Craughwell AC to a clean sweep of the top 3 places in a tactical battle in the Senior Men’s 800m where a slow first lap went through the bell in 1:08 before the pace ratcheted up a few notches on the second lap with Jack moving clear just ahead of John Cormican. Gavin Cooney made a late break from the back of the race with 250m to go but just couldn’t reel in Jack and John who took gold and silver in times of 2:07.83 and 2:08.47 with Gavin third in 2:09.06. In the Senior Women’s race Sinéad Gaffney had a fine run to move clear with 250m to go to take the Connacht title in a time of 2.25.85.

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Craughwell AC athletes competing in the long jump at the Connacht Championships in Claremorris
Siona Lawless, Shauna Tobin, Laura Cunningham, Katie O'Donoghue, Lorraine Delaney, Aleisha larkin, Ava Finn

For our U19s in action (Arlene, Laura, Lorraine, Shauna and Daniel), this was their last time running as a juvenile in the Connacht championships. Laura and Shauna made their first appearance all the way back in 2008 where they featured in the ball throw and the relay in the U9s event held in Sligo IT, qualifying for the National finals in the relay. Daniel made his Connacht debut the following year as an U10 featuring in the top 3 in the long jump, the 60m and the relay. Lorraine made her Connacht outdoors debut as an U14 in 2013 with silver in the long jump and bronze in the high jump, while Arlene debuted last year having represented both Athenry and Loughrea in her younger years and featured on the Connacht podium many times in long jump and middle distance. Remarkably our U19 girls 4x100m relay team have placed in the top 3 in every Connacht championships since they first appeared as U9s in 2009 and taking the Connacht title on 3 occasions during the last 11 years. And remarkably also, Laura missing just 1 Connacht championship in those years and has featured in top 4 in the long jump in the other 10 years and taking podium places in high jump and triple jump on many occasions also. Lorraine has been similarly prominent in the jumps, winning the long jump and high jump in 2015 and featuring on the podium many times in both events and in triple jump, while Shauna has gradually moved up the leader-board in the long jump over the years to make the podium this year. The club is very proud of their achievements and their dedication with nine U19 girls still involved in the club. While less boys stuck at the sport, the club is equally proud of the small group who stuck at it with Daniel, Jerry and Oisin also achieving extremely high standards in their events, winning many Connacht titles and all representing Ireland over the years and its particularly pleasing to see the fantastic performances of Luke Evans in this year’s Connachts.

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Craughwell AC's U19 Girls 4x100m - Connacht Champions 2018
Shauna Tobin, Siona Lawless, Lorraine Delaney, Arlene Earls, Laura Cunningham

The U19 girls took the Connacht 4x100m title for the final time in 52.55 with Siona Lawless, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Arlene Earls and sub Shauna Tobin. Laura wrapped up a distinguished 11 years in the Connacht juvenile championship with a hat-trick of individual Connacht titles in triple jump (10.09), long jump (4.98) and high jump (1.55) and an excellent PB of 13.03 to win the silver in the 100m. Lorraine won double silver in the long jump (4.86) and high jump (1.45) as well as bronze in the 400m hurdles in a time of 75.12 against strong winds. Arlene took gold in the 800m in 2:29.03 while Shauna took gold in the javelin (12.58) and bronze in the long jump (4.17).

Daniel took double gold in the U19 triple jump (12.11) and long jump (5.99), excellent jumps in the windy conditions. Luke had a fine run to take 4th place in the U19 800m where he took the pack through the bell in a blistering 58 seconds before slipping to 4th in the second lap to come home in 2.04.21. He followed this up with silver in 10:22.58 in possibly the race of the day – the 3000m which featured from U16s up to Senior. The race ebbed and flowed like the mouth of the Corrib with the order of the leading runners interchanging several times throughout the race. The early laps saw Luke, Patrick Noonan (U18), William Fitzgerald (U18) and Sean Cotter (U16) well placed in the leading bunch. But with race leader Sligo’s Michael Morgan winding up and down the pace like a Kenyan at the front of the pack, the group started to split and for a time Patrick pulled away with a group of three. But the pace eased and the peleton caught up with the leading 3 before a lap or two later, another injection of pace this time saw Sean pull away with Sligo’s Morgan and GCH’s Cillian Jordan. William started to pick up the pace further back and overtook Patrick as the last lap loomed. The race ran out with Sean taking 2nd in 9:42.12 (1st U16), William 5th in 9:50.65 (1st U18), Patrick 6th in 9:59.17 (2nd U18) and Luke 10th in 10:22.58 (2nd U19). Luke had earlier placed 5th in the 400m in 57.83.

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Craughwell AC's Sinead Gaffney and Jack Miskella, Connacht Senior 800m Champions 2018

In the U18 grade Siona Lawless took bronze in the U18 long jump with 4.42 while Catherine Noonan took silver in the 3000m with 12:34.27 and placed 5th in the 1500m in 5:39.66. Patrick Noonan added a bronze in the U18 Boys (4:26.20). In the U17 grade, Chloe Casey leaped an impressive 5.09 to take silver in the long jump as well as taking gold in the discus (28.22) and silver in the shot putt (11.91). Ryan Gallagher took gold in the U17 high jump with a leap of 1.60m and placed 6th in the 200m in 25.24 while Kyle Moorhead took silver in the 1500m with a solid 4:42.77 in the windy conditions.

Ellie Cronin took double Connacht titles in the U16 Girls high jump (1.50) and triple jump (9.48) and added a silver in the 250m hurdles in 39.02. Aleisha Larkin had a brilliant day out with an impressive 12.94 to take bronze in the U16 100m and a leap of 4.89m to take silver in the long jump. She followed it up with a 4th place finish in the 200m in 27.82. Ava Finn just missed out on the podium in the long jump with a 4.61m leap in 4th place and had strong runs to place 7th in the 100m (13.81) and in the 200m (29.26). Emmajane Moran took double bronze in the 250m hurdles (41.55) and triple Jump (8.80) with Aoife Kelly 4th in the triple jump (8.63). Aoife also raced to 11th in the 100m in a time of 14.50. In the boys’ events, Sean Cotter was the King of Distance with victories in the 800m (2:14.04), 1500m (4:33.06) and 3000m (9:42.12). Paschal Walsh and James Furey took 3rd and 4th place in the U16 Boys 250m hurdles in 39.0 and 41.81. Conor Trehy won the triple jump with a leap of 10.66 and took silver in the long jump with 4.99 while James claimed silver in the triple jump with 9.62 and shared bronze position with Lughaigh Morgan in the high jump with a clearance of 1.40. Paschal placed 6th in the long jump with a leap of 4.62 while Shaun Gilligan and Lughaigh placed 5th and 6th in the 100m in impressive times of 12.14 and 12.18.

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In the U15 grade, Saoirse Moore hit the podium 3 times with silver in the 80m hurdles (13.90) ad bronze in the 250m hurdles (42.94) and high jump (1.35) while Saoirse Pierce took silver in the high jump (1.40). Carla Noone took silver in the javelin with 13.46 and placed 12th in the long jump with 3.72. Robert Urquhart and Lukas Schukat were impressive in the boys’ events with Robert claiming silver in the 200m (26.73) and 80m hurdles (13.64) and despite a fall, bronze in the 250m hurdles (46.56) while Lukas took double Connacht titles in the high jump (1.45) and triple jump (9.66) and silver in the long jump (4.65). Oisin Keane and Liam McDonagh took 2nd and 4th place in the javelin with throws of 30.65 and 28.25 and 5th and 6th place in the discus with 24.41 and 23.14.

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In the U14 grade, both girls and boys raced to silver in the 4x100m relays with the girls running 57.64 (Clodagh O'Meara, Jade Moorhead, Siofra Davis, Ella Lyons, subs Erin Kelly and Alicia Locteau) and the boys running 57.04 (Evan Hallinan, Daniel Galvin, Evan Quinn, Cian Lavan). Jade leaped to the Connacht high jump title with a 1.45 clearance with Siofra winning silver with 1.40. Siofra added a bronze in the 75m hurdles in a time of 13.20 with Clodagh O’Meara winning her heat in 13.64 to finish 7th overall.

Fauve Aylmer battled the wind in the U14 800m to take a fine bronze medal in a time of 2:35.63 and later placed 10th in the 200m in 30.59. Clodagh put in a late surge in the 800m to take 6th place in a time of 2:41.44. Aoibhe Fahy and Millie Geraghty took gold and bronze in the javelin with throws of 21.98 and 18.94, with Aoibhe also taking 4th in the shot putt with a PB of 8.13. Erin and Alicia battled hard in the high jump, placing 5th and 7th with clearances of 1.25 and 1.20 while Erin was unlucky to foul 2 of her jumps in the long jump which possibly would have put her in the medals, having to settle for 8th place with 4.21. Ella had a fine run in the 80m sprint taking 7th place in a time of 11.23 and took 5th place in the long jump with 4.32 with Jade 6th with 4.24, Siofra 11th with 3.87, Aoibhe 16th with 3.54 and Alicia 18th with 3.23.

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Evan Hallinan led a clean-sweep in the U14 Boys high jump with a 1.45m clearance followed by Cian Lavan with 1.40 and Calvin Ryan 1.35. Evan added further silverware with silver in the long jump (4.40) and 75m hurdles (12.83) while Calvin did likewise when taking bronze in the shot putt with a heave of 8.69. Cian took 4th spot in the hurdles in 13.07 and 7th in the long jump with 4.22. Evan Quinn took 5th in the long jump - just outside the qualifiers with 4.24 while Daniel Galvin placed 13th with 3.66 and took 9th place in the 800m with 2.42.98.

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Day 1 of the Connacht Track & Field Championships took place the previous weekend, also in Claremorris and with plenty of success for Craughwell AC. The U13 grade saw several fine performances in particular Chloe Hallinan who took double Connacht titles in the 60m hurdles (10.77) and long jump (4.33) and bronze in the high jump (1.30), and from Evan Moran who did a sprint double in the 80m (11.00) and 60m hurdles (10.44) and took 4th place in the long jump (4.28). Eddie Silke also had a fine day with silver in the U13 Boys high jump (1.35), bronze in the long jump (4.38) and 8th place in the 80m sprint final (11.66). Isabella Fitzgerald took gold in style in the U13 Girls high jump with a massive leap of 1.40 and placed 14th in the long jump with 3.18. Tara Morgan took the Connacht title in the U13 Girls javelin with a throw of 13.35m and placed 9th in the long jump (3.44), while Eabha Neary took silver in the javelin with 12.01 and Gavin Keenan took bronze in the U13 Boys shot putt with a 7m throw, 7th in the javelin with 14.42 and 12th in the long jump (3.61). Tara Molloy placed 9th in the shot putt with 5.56 and 15th in the long jump with 3.12. Holly O’Boyle took 5th place in her 600m in a time of 2:13.76 having earlier taken 5th in the javelin with a good throw of 9.80 with Isabella Fitz 6th with 9.15.

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Ella Farrelly and Darragh Kelly were particularly impressive in the U12 age group with Ella leaping 4.46m to take the Connacht long jump title and Darragh clearing 1.48m to take the Connacht high jump title. Darragh also took bronze in the shot putt with 7.39m and 4th place in the long jump with 4 metres. Sean Lavan took bronze in the U12 Boys high jump with 1.15 and placed 11th in both the long jump (3.74) and the turbo javelin (14.67) as well as 5th place in his heat of the 60m hurdles in 12.47. Tara Keane took the Connacht title in the shot putt with a throw of 7.05m with Shannon Quinn marginally behind when taking silver with 6.96m. Tara added a silver in the turbo javelin with a throw of 22.68m, took 4th place in her heat of the 60m hurdles in 12.92 and placed 10th in the long jump with 3.66, the same distance as leaped by Shannon Quinn in 10th place.

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The U12 girls went on to take bronze in the relay in a time of 61.47 with Isobel Schukat, Shannon Quinn, Gillian Crowe, Tara Keane and sub Maiah Fleetwood. Fionn Higgins placed 13th in the long jump with 3.74 while Matthew Coleman was 20th with 3.46. Fionn was unlucky later when placing 3rd in his heat of the 600m in a good time of 1.54.28 but unfortunately the medal winners all came from the other heat. He also had a good jump of 1.10 to place 5th in the high jump. Hannah Whitney Mangan was 12th in the long jump with 3.63, followed by Gillian Crowe 15th with 3.51, Beth Crowe 19th with 3.41, Isabel Schukat 20th with 3.31, Maiah Fleetwood 29th with 3.06 and Ayla Hollingsworth 32nd with 2.84. Maiah threw the turbo javelin out to 13.52m to take 7th place and took 6th place in her heat of the 60m hurdles in 14.53. Isabel took 6th place in the high jump with a 1.15 clearance while Erin Fahy suffered the misfortune of a broken arm in the same high jump competition, landing awkwardly on the mat after clearing 1.05.

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Keevagh Barry and Lauren Kilduff took a brilliant bronze in the U11 Girls 60m in times of 9.59 and 9.36, while Lauren later partnered with Emma O’Donovan to take the Connacht title in the long jump with excellent efforts of 3.75 and 3.55. Ben Moran and Dara Zimmerer took the silver medals in both the U11 Boys 60m in times of 8.91 and 9.48 and in the long jump with leaps of 3.79 and 3.60, while Riley Stenson and Keelan Moorhead raced to gold in the U11 600m in times of 1:55.28 and 1:55.96. Dean McNally and Harry Lynam combined with throws of 18.22 and 11.1 to take the bronze medals in the turbo javelin. The U11 boys relay completed a fine day of track performances with silver in the relay in a time of 60.19.

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Saoirse Mullins and Gemma Cloonan took the team bronze in the U10 Girls 500m in times of 1:37.35 and 1:53.79, with Saoirse having earlier partnered with Lauren Morgan to take 4th place in the 60m sprint in times of 10.08 and 9.71. Lauren partnered with Mia Hollingworth to take a brilliant team gold in the long jump with Lauren leaping 3.75 and Mia 3.43. The U10 Boys raced to team silver in the 4x100m relay in a time of 64.89 with Eanna Morrissey, Daniel Gilmore, Calum McMahon, Oran Collins and Daniel Farrelly. Eanna Morrissey and Oran Collins just missed out on team bronze when placing 4th in the U10 Boys 60m in times of 9.83 and 10.17 as did Ciara Byrnes and Megan Smith in the U10 Girls turbo javelin with throws of 8.13 and 9.40.

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In the U9 paired events, Calum McMahon and Alan Hallinan raced to the Connacht 300m title in times of 49.77 and 50.04 and added a team bronze in the 60m sprint in times of 10.25 and 10.23. Oisin O'Donovan and Ethan Horan combined with jumps of 3.28 and 3.07 to take bronze medals in the long jump while Daithi Lawless and Sean Dempsey just missed out on the podium when placing 4th with jumps of 3.06 and 3.05. The U9 Boys also took 4th place in the 4x100m relay in a time of 1.10.37.

Wednesday the 18th. .