Conor Claims Spectacular Silver at National Seniors

Conor Claims Spectacular Silver at National Seniors

Conor Penney put in a spectacular performance at the National Senior Championships in Dublin yesterday with a superb first-time clearance of 2.00m to take the National silver medal in the Senior Men’s High Jump!

Conor becomes the 6th athlete from the club to claim a National Senior Indoor medal joining Evan Hallinan (bronze, high jump 2022), Laura Cunningham (silver, pentathlon 2022), Jerry Keary (silver, high jump 2018), Maeve Curley (gold, race walk 2017) and Cathriona Farrell (gold, high jump 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016). He also becomes our youngest athlete to medal in these championships – doing it at the age of 15 with Evan and Jerry having achieved it at the age of 16.

Evan was narrowly 4th in the same competition with a first time clearance of 1.90m, his first time competing since last July after a lengthy layoff due to a torn hamstring and a super return to form to clear 1.90m.

Darragh Kelly also made his debut in this event with a fine 1.75m clearance and coming very close to the 1.80m mark. Great experience for Darragh and great to see the club with 3 representatives in the Senior High Jump.

Conor went on to make 3 fantastic efforts at the 2.05m mark, coming within a whisker of getting it in his final attempt with just his feet lightly brushing the bar off – a height which will come to him very soon. And congratulations to the National Senior Champion David Cussen who won with a clearance of 2.10m and showed true sportsmanship when he offered to Conor to go to 2.04 rather than 2.05 as 2.04 is the European U18 qualification standard.

Sinead Treacy was also in action with a superb time of 56.02 to place 2nd in the heats of the Senior Women’s 400m, eclipsing the club record of 56.06 that she set just last weekend in the Galway Indoors and almost going under the 56 second mark – hopefully only a race away with Connacht Indoors on next weekend. Also in action at the weekend, Declan O’Connell placed 9th in the heats of the Senior Men’s 1500m in a time of 4:09.40 while Emily Kinane raced to a time of 9.04 to place 8th in the heats of the Senior Women’s 60m.

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