Athletes Shine in Glasgow and Athlone

Athletes Shine in Glasgow and Athlone

Sarah Finnegan (team captain), Arlene Earls and Ailbhe Miskella at the National Indoor League in Athlone

It was another busy weekend for Craughwell AC with athletes in action in Glasgow in the Scottish Indoors on Saturday, in Athlone in the National Indoor League also on Saturday and in Athlone on Sunday for the National Junior and U23 Championships.

At the Scottish Indoor Championships, Kyle Moorhead raced to a brilliant PB of 2:04.94 in the U17 Mens 800m, narrowly missing out on making the final by the slender margin of 0.18 seconds. Freya Bohan raced to a PB of 28.13s when placing 5th in the heats of the U17 Womens 200m while Ellie Cronin leaped a huge 1.58m to place 6th in the U17 Womens High Jump.

Meanwhile on Saturday in Athlone, Craughwell AC’s women’s team placed 7th in the National Indoor League following on from round 1 a fortnight ago. Round 1 saw strong performances from Sarah Finnegan 4th in the 60m hurdles in 11.27s and 7th in the long jump with 4.18m, Sinéad Gaffney 6th in the 800m in 2:24.35 and Tara McNally 6th in the shot putt with 6.54m and 7th in the 60m sprint in 8.61s. The team followed it up in round 2 with a 2nd place finish from Sarah Finnegan in the triple jump with a leap of 9.69m, 6th in the high jump with 1.25m and 8th in the 200m in 29.19s, Ailbhe Miskella 6th in the 1500m in 5:27.08 and Arlene Earls 6th in the 400m in 60.97s. In the absence of some key members of the team due to mock Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams and due to the Scottish Indoors, team captain Sarah Finnegan really played the captain’s role when competing across 5 individual events over the 2 days.

Also in action on Saturday in Athlone, Gavin Cooney raced to a terrific PB of 2:00.36 in the senior men’s 800m, knocking almost a full second off his 2018 PB and coming ever so close to breaking the 2 minute barrier for the first time.

It was back to Athlone on Sunday for more action at the National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships, where Conor Duggan raced to a time of 7.32 in the heats of the U23 Mens 60m, not quite happy with his blocks start and later qualified for the finals of the 200m when almost equalling his PB of 22.59s; Jack Miskella raced to 7th place in the U23 Mens 800m in a time of 2:04.40 slightly down on his brilliant 2:00.87 recorded at the Offaly Indoors a week ago; Laura Cunningham placed 8th in a high quality U20 Womens High Jump, with a best of 1.50m and unlucky not to get the 1.55; and Luke Evans recorded 2:09.21 to place 7th in the heats of the U20 Mens 800m.

Full results of the aforementioned events are here.

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