The pinnacle event of the athletics season for secondary schools took place in Tullamore at the weekend with the Irish Schools Track & Field. Several athletes from the club were in action with the highlight being Chloe Casey’s (St Raphael’s) silver medal in the Junior Girls shot putt with an exceptional throw of 12.32m. Chloe also placed 8th in the 200m in a time of 27.84.
Daniel Callanan-Forde (St Raphael’s) had a fine performance to place 4th in the Intermediate Boys long jump with a best of 6.18m and 5th in the triple jump with a best of 12.60. Gerry Keary contained a remarkable day for the Loughrea school with a 4th place finish in the Intermediate Boys high jump with a leap of 1.85m. Matthew McKernan (Calasanctius) had a fine PB of 12.98m to take 6th place in the Senior Boys triple jump.
Laura Cunningham (Pres Athenry) placed 7th in the Intermediate Girls high jump with 1.50m while Leanagh Gilligan (St Brigid’s) placed 6th in the Junior Girls long jump with a best of 4.84m and 9th in the triple jump with a best of 9.01m. Dearbhaile Walsh (Seamount) placed 6th in the Intermediate Girls 1500m Steeplechase in a time of 5.42.87. Conor Roberts (Colaiste Bhaile Chlair) took 8th place in the Minor Boys long jump with a best of 4.85 while Garvin Surlis (The Bish) was fractionally behind in 9th place with a best of 4.83m. Damien O’Boyle took 6th place in the Senior Boys 5000m in a time of 15.45.31 while younger sister Leigha took 11th place in the discus with a best of 14.32m.
In the relays, the Calasanctius team of Caoilin Milton, Laura Nally, Lorraine Delaney and Caoimhe O’Donoghue had a strong run to take 5th place in the Intermediate Girls 4x100m in a time of 51.38 while the Pres Athenry Senior Boys team were unfortunate to be disqualified for a zone fault.