Connacht Championships Day 2 Report

Connacht Championships Day 2 Report

The club had another remarkable series of performances at the Connacht U14 to Seniors Track and Field Championships which were held in Athlone at the weekend. Conor Penney put in yet another incredible performance to better the 2m barrier for the third time this year, clearing 2.02m to take the Connacht U17 High Jump title and in the process set a new Connacht record, eclipsing the 2m jump leaped by the club’s own Jerry Keary back in 2016.

The club had a strong representation in the senior ranks with Sineád Treacy taking the Connacht senior title in the 400m in a solid 56.33 and following this up with silver in the 200m in 25.14 – both achieved off a busy schedule balancing work and training. Laura Cunningham was in impressive jumping form in what was a season’s opener for her with a fine 10.31m to take the silver in the senior triple jump and 4.86m to also take silver in the long jump. Sarah Finnegan claimed the Connacht masters triple jump title with a best of 8.83m. Cormac Kearney took silver in the masters men long jump with a best of 5.22m while Andrew Power claimed the Connacht title in the Junior Mens long jump with a leap of 4.78m and in the triple jump with 9.82m and followed this up with a fine 41.56m in the javelin to make it a hat-trick of Connacht U20 titles. Sean Whelan completed the senior action with his debut in the masters shot putt to take the bronze medal with a throws of 7.44m.

Getting back to the juvenile ranks, Eva Kelleher closed out her Connacht juvenile career with double titles in the U19 long jump and high jump, clearing 1.50m in the high jump and leaping a best of 4.75m in the long jump. Darragh Kelly took a hat-trick of medals with double gold in the U18 high jump and long jump with a clearance of 1.75m in the high jump and an impressive 5.83m in the long jump and followed it up with an excellent 11.65m to take the silver in the triple jump. Luke O’Sullivan swept to the Connacht title in the U18 Boys 3000m in 9:05.59 and was following home closely by Declan O’Connell in 9.09.29 to claim gold in the U17 Boys grade. Declan later completed a distance double when racing to victory in the 1500m in a time of 4:09.78, just a fraction of a second outside the Connacht record. Keelan Moorhead took the Connacht title in the U17 800m with a solid 2.05.72 with the dynamite Declan O’Connell taking his 3rd distance medal of the day with silver in 2.06.08.

Sean Hoade blazed to victory in the 300m Hurdles in 39.80, setting a new Connacht U17 record in the process, while Joshua Whyte took double bronze in the 400m (58.36) and triple jump (10.39). In the U17 Girls events, Lauren Kilduff smashed the Connacht record with a fine 44.54 to take the Connacht title in the 300m hurdles with Emma O’Donovan also inside the old record when taking silver in 45.68. Both girls added further silverware in the 100m sprint hurdles with Lauren taking silver in 15.29 and Emma bronze in 15.41 – both times again inside the former Connacht record. Megan Devane raced to silver in the 200m sprint in an excellent 27.15. In the U16s, Rachel Warde took a hat-trick of medals with double gold in the 80m hurdles and 250m hurdles in times of 12.22 and 38.32 and silver in the 100m in 13.12. Kai Waters raced to silver in the 200m in 23.67 and bronze in the 100m in 11.55 while Aeveen Kelly took bronze in the 200m in 27.64.

In the U15s, David Frazer did a distance double with gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m in times of 4:31.18 and 2:16.30. Sean Cleare took bronze in the 100m in 12.50 while the boys relay team also took bronze in their 4×100 in 52.83. Rhys Whelan took the Connacht title in the high jump with a leap of 1.45 with Oisin O’Donovan tied at same height but taking silver on countback. Oisin added a bronze in the 250m hurdles in 40.23 while Harvey White took bronze in the 80m hurdles in 15.26. Killian Burke had a fine performance in the throws with double gold in discus (24.57) and shot putt (10.80) and silver in the javelin (26.11). Oisin Molloy took bronze in the javelin with 25.62. In the U14 age group, Sean Colleran raced to silver in the 200m in 27.25 and added a bronze in the 75m hurdles in 13.25. Kate O’Leary took silver in the high jump with a 1.45 leap while the girls relay team took the Connacht title in their 4x100m in 56.81 and the boy’s team took bronze in 56.78.

There were many more fine performances throughout the day including:-

U14 Boys Long Jump 7 Ciaran Mc Nena (3.96); U14 Girls 200m 4 Grace Drysdale (28.57), 10 Faye Whelan (29.60); 75m Hurdles 4 Faye Whelan (13.30); 800m 9 Sophie Meehan (2:39.76), 2 Ruth Burke (2:44.00); 80m 4 Kate O Leary (11.17), 6 Adele Casserly (11.35), 7 Grace Drysdale (11.35); Long Jump 4 Adele Casserly (4.39), 5 Faye Whelan (4.37), 8 Kate O Leary (3.96), 11 Grace Drysdale (3.94).

U15 Boys 100m 7 Sean Asmath (13.32), 10 Rhys Whelan (14.00); 200m 7 Daithi Lawless (26.86), 9 Sean Asmath (28.13), 10 Charlie Daniels (28.76); 250m Hurdles 4 Alan Warde (42.47); 800m 4 Alan Hallinan (2:20.81); 80m Hurdles 4 Alan Warde (16.89); High Jump 4 Harvey White (1.35); Javelin 4 Charlie Daniels (25.53); Long Jump: 5 Harvey White (4.55), 6 Charlie Daniels (4.36); U15 Girls 100m 12 Vanessa Madden (14.74); 1500m 5 Aisling Cosgrove (5:31.74); 200m 9 Isabelle Power (30.23), 10 Vanessa Madden (30.30); 4x100m 6 Craughwell AC (57.48); Long Jump 7 Isabelle Power (4.07), 9 Vanessa Madden (3.95).

U16 Boys 100m 6 Ethan Stace (13.13); 200m 7 Ethan Stace (27.53); 800m 5 Michael Flaherty (2:32.83); U16 Girls 100m 4 Aeveen Kelly (13.54); U17 Boys 1500m 4 Keelan Moorhead (4:27.12); U17 Girls 100m 4 Megan Devane (13.17), 5 Emily Nestor (14.06), 6 Emily Kinane (14.56; 200m 4 Emily Nestor (28.76); Long Jump 6 Emily Kinane (3.97).

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