Conor Penney Soars to 2.05m on Day 1 of Galway Outdoor Championships

Conor Penney Soars to 2.05m on Day 1 of Galway Outdoor Championships

Conor Penney continued his remarkable high jumping on day 1 of the Galway Outdoor Championships in Dangan at the weekend when jumping a phenomenal 2.05m on his first attempt at the height to claim a new PB, having earlier taken the Galway U17 100m Hurdles title in a Championship record of 14.05. Conor was already the #1 ranked 15-year old in the world coming into this event and his new PB reconfirms that status. Conor entered the competition at 1.80, clearing it then 1.88, 1.96, 2.01 and 2.05 all on his first attempt before making 3 very good attempts at 2.08.

Conor is pictured above with Darragh Kelly who was in superb jumping form also, clearing 1.75m to take the U18 title and making some fine efforts at what would be a new PB of 1.82m.

The 2 boys jumping culminated what was a super day for the club which kicked off at 10am with the U13 Girls Hurdles. Craughwell athletes shone in the hurdles, taking all of the top 3 spots with Lauren Kelly taking the Galway title in 10.95, Lola Whitney-Mangan silver in 11.42 and Maeve Desbonnet bronze in 12.33. Lauren claimed a further gold later in the high jump with a 1.40m, with Reailtin Ward taking silver with 1.35m and Sophie Coen narrowly missing a place on the podium with an excellent 1.25m to place 4th.

Lola Whitney-Mangan added double gold with 4.37m to claim the long jump title and heaved the shot out to 8.04 to claim the shot put title. Lauren Kelly added further silverware with bronze in the long jump with a leap of 3.97m. Sophie Mullane completed a remarkable day for the U13 Girls when claiming the Galway title in the javelin with a throw of 12.99 – almost a clean sweep of all Galway titles for the U13 girls!

In the U13 Boys, Halle Feerick leaped to the Galway high jump title with a clearance of 1.35 and later raced to 4th place in the 80m sprint in a time of 11.71. Cormac Burke took bronze in the shot putt and placed 4th in the high jump with 1.10, a height also cleared by Jack McNena.

There were many more fine performances in the U13s including U13 Girls 60mH 5 Sophie Coen (12.76), 8 Bethann Beattie (13.69), 10 Clodagh Collins (13.91), 12 Lily Loughnane (14.29); U13 Girls 80m: 5 Sophie Coen (12.41), 6 Laoise Colleran (12.43), 10 Ruby Maher (12.66), 21 Sophie Mullane (13.35), 23 Lily Loughnane (13.78); U13 Girls High Jump: 5 Bethann Beattie (1.25), 5 Laoise Colleran (1.25), 7 Clodagh Collins (1.20), 7 Maeve Desbonnet (1.20), 10 Cerys Johnston (1.15), 11 Ava Burke (1.15, 12 Ruby Maher (1.10); U13 Girls Shot Putt: 6 Ava Burke (5.32), 7 Reailtin Ward (5.12), 11 Lily Rose Fitzpatrick (2.77); U13 Girls Long Jump: 5 Laoise Colleran (3.90), 7 Maeve Desbonnet (3.79), 10 Ella Whyte (3.65), 16 Cerys Johnston (3.47), 18 Sophie Mullane (3.35, 23 Ava Burke (2.98), 25 Lily Loughnane (2.80), 28 Lily Rose Fitzpatrick (2.35); U13 Girls Javelin: 7 Lily Rose Fitzpatrick (6.80); U13 Boys 60mH: 5 Erik Daniels (12.14), 6 Jack McNena (12.16); U13 Boys 80m: 6 Jack McNena (12.35), 7 Erik Daniels (12.59), 23 Sean Carr (14.16); U13 Boys 600m: 9 Erik Daniels (2:02.77); U13 Boys Javelin: 7 Cormac Burke (12.03); U13 Boys Long Jump: 6 Halle Feerick (3.96), 14 Isaac White (2.88).

In the U14 age group, Kate O’Leary was in fine form with double gold in the high jump and long jump with leaps of 1.35m and 4.55m as well as silver in the 80m sprint in 11.36. Sophie Meehan blitzed the opposition with an impressive 5:21.24 to take the Galway title in the 1500m. Grace Drysdale claimed triple medals with gold in the 200m in 29.17, bronze in the 80m in 11.67 and in the long jump with 3.89m. Adele Casserly was also in top form with silver in the long jump with 4.03m, bronze in the high jump with 1.25m and 4th place in the 80m with 11.71. Sean Colleran raced to a brilliant silver in the 75m hurdles in 13.26 and added a further silver in the 200m in 28.10. Ciaran McNena leaped to silver in the long jump with a best of 4.25 while Carl Morris placed 4th in the 75m hurdles with 15.90 and 10th in the 80m (12.34). Koshi Tamura placed 6th in the 80m (11.60), 7th in the 200m (29.42) and 9th in the 800m (3:02.92);

In the U15s Vanessa Madden took the Galway title in the girls 800m in 2:52.08 with Laoise Scully close behind in silver with 2:53.34. Laoise added a further silver in the javelin with 11.26 and placed 4th in the 200m with 29.73 while Vanessa took bronze in the 200m in 29.39. Vanessa made it a memorable day with a third medal when taking silver in the long jump with 4.10m. Aisling Cosgrove took silver in the 1500m with 5:25.93 while Isabelle Power placed 4th in the long jump with 3.81, 4th in the 100m in 14.81 and 5th in the 200m in 30.56.

The U15 boys dominated in their age group with David Frazer claiming double gold in 800m (2:14.39) and 1500m (4:35.78), Shane Hennon doing the same in the 80m hurdles (13.13) and long jump (5.19), Oisin O’Donovan taking high jump gold with a 1.50m clearance, Oisin Molloy taking the javelin title with a throw of 22.43m and Max Madden taking the shot put title with a throw of 11.43m. Charlie Daniels took silver in the long jump with 4.55 and followed it up with double bronze in the 100m (28.68) and javelin (17.67). Daithi Lawless took silver in the 200m (27.46) and bronze in the 100m (13.77) with Sean Asmath 4th in the 200m (31.38). Killian Burke claimed silver in the javelin (21.04m) and bronze in the shot put (8.72m). Harvey White took silver in the high jump (1.35) and bronze in the 80m hurdles (16.18) while Oisin O’Donovan and Alan Warde raced to silver and bronze in the 250m Hurdles in times of 39.50 and 42.30. In the 100m, Sean Asmath placed 5th in 14.09, 7 Hugo Johnston 7th in 14.46 and Alan Warde 8th in  15.77 while in the long jump Harvey White placed 5th with 3.89.

In the U16 age group, Rachel Warde raced to double gold in the 80m and 205m hurdles in 12.74 and 38.63 and added a silver in the 100m sprint in 13.51. Aeveen Kelly took double bronze in the 100m and 200m in times of 13.68 and 27.92. Kai Watters took double gold in the 100m and 200m in 11.68 and 24.01. Michael Flaherty took gold in the 800m in 2:26.92 while Ethan Stace took gold in the javelin with 21.27, bronze in the 100m in 13.22 and placed 4th in the 200m in 27.68.

In the U17s, Conor Penney’s spectacular double gold led the way but there were a string of fine performances from his training partners. Emma O’Donovan took gold in the 400m in 61.27 and double silver in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles in times of 15.78 and 46.42. Lauren Kilduff took gold in the 300m hurdles in 44.90 and double bronze in the 100m hurdles (17.24) and 400m sprint (61.81). Megan Devane took silver in the 200m (27.39) and bronze in the 100m (13.75) while Emily Nestor took bronze in the 200m in 28.97 and placed 4th in the 100m in 14.61. Emily Kinane placed 4th in the long jump with 3.71 and 5th in the 100m in 14.65. Donnacha Lawless and Cian Brady raced to gold and silver in the 100m in times of 12.05 and 12.37 and swapped places to claim the top 2 spots again in the 200m in times of 24.18 and 24.20. Cian made it a hat-trick of medals when taking silver in the 400m in 54.52 with Toyosi George 3rd in 55.56 and Joshua Whyte 4th in 59.50. Joshua claimed the silver in the triple jump with 11.49.

In the U18s, Luke O’Sullivan raced to double gold in the 1500m (4:15.13) and 3000m (9:02.77) while Darragh Kelly took gold in the high jump (1.75) and double silver in the long jump (5.67) and triple jump (10.43). And in the U19s Eva Kelleher claimed double gold in the high jump (1.45) and long jump (4.66) while Liam O’Connell took the 800m gold in 2:12.09.

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