Sean McDermott did the rally call and team selection and a large Galway team of 16 athletes, including 9 Craughwell Men lined up for Galway in the National League today to win a fantastic National Bronze medal. The weather was ideal and the day was perfect for chatting and competing!
Knowing the points were the important thing, William Fitzgerald tracked the leader for the first few laps of his 5000m which ticked by in a slow 76-78s. When he was pretty sure that he had his number, William pushed on for the win in 15:38.01. Kyle Moorhead had a broken week’s training so wasn’t too optimistic before the race. He went for the win and took the lead on the final lap but got passed over the final 50m to finish 2nd with a near-pb of 4:03.95. Jack Miskella had a similar race – giving the win a good crack, but the sprint finish was very sharp and he got held off into second in 1.58.58.
In the 4x100m Relay, Cormac Kearney and Brian Malone teamed up with the two Mannion brothers from South Galway to run a fine 47.19 and place 4th. Brian ran 57.59 in his 400m sprint for 6th. Cormac finished 6th in the 100m in 12.30. The 4×400 relay starred Kyle, Jack and the two Mannions and ran 3:27.96 for 3rd.
Evan Hallinan scored a big PB and a new Club Junior Record in the Long Jump with a clearance of 6.42 for 4th. Not to be outdone, Lukas Schukat cleared a massive pb of 1.85 in the high Jump for 4th place on countback. Evan Quinn got a large pb in triple Jump with a fine clearance of 10.95.
In the Javelin, Andrew Power threw a massive 31.36 for 4th place to secure a further 5 points for the team.
In addition to the Craughwell lads there were fine performances from the Galway club teammates Sean Kelleher (Walk), David Mannion (400mh), Stephen Mannion (200m), Abas Edris (steeple), Tommy Farragher (Hammer, Discus), Justin Lane (PV, WFD) and Oliver Gaisetti (Shot). Well done to all the lads and to Sean Mac for herding the cats, ably assisted by our own Mike Tobin!
Sports Saturday in Ballinasloe
There was also a fine track event in Ballinasloe, organized by Tribal running with a full program of events – by all accounts the event was great craic and well organised, providing some good late-season competition.
Laura Cunningham won the Triple Jump in a SB of 10.51. Laura also came 1st in the long jump with leaps of 5.05m and Alisha Larkin was narrowly 2nd in 5.03m. Arlene Earls was first in the 400m in a season’s best of 60.88. Dave Mulligan was 4th in the 200m in a time of 27.26, while John Walkin was also 4th in his 100m in a time of 13.31.