Craughwell NS and Oranmore Boy NS continued their strong tradition in the Galway City Sports with some top performances. Pride of place goes to the 6th class girls relay team who won the gold medals by a considerable margin with Aoife Walshe, Katie Stephens, Mary Dunphy, Erin Fitzpatrick and Laura Cunningham. Erin Fitzpatrick repeated this performance with a fine victory in the U13 800m, while Aoife Walshe was narrowly pipped for a medal in the U13 girls 100m.
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The U9 boys relay team also had a great run with a 2nd place finish in the final of the U9 4x100m with Kody McCann, Shaun Gilligan, Gavin Kelly, Pádraig Martyn and Lukas Schukat. Kody McCann added to this with an exceptional run to come from behind in the U9 400m and take the silver medal. Rebekah Flynn ran an almost identical race to take bronze on the line in the U9 girls 400m. Cillian Dolan completed the podium finishers for Craughwell NS with a fine bronze medal in the U13 boys 100m, having held the same position in the heats and semi-final.
For Oranmore Boys School, James Cahalane took silver in the U13 800m and was part of the relay team that took gold, while Conal Doyle took bronze in the U9 sprint and along with Tom Delaney won bronze in the relay. Michael Hand helped the Oranmore relay team to bronze in the U11 relay.
A few teams came up just short of medals with 4th placed finishes including the U13 boys 4x100m team (Adam Lawlor-Smalle, Cian Waters, Jack Lally, Cillian Dolan, Ben Creaven) and the U9 girls 4x100m team (Emma Jane Moran, Rebekah Flynn, Emily Miskella, Aoife Kelly and Erin Dolan). The U11 girls placed 5th in their relay final with Sarah McCartin, Mia Waters, Anna Farrelly, Ailbhe Miskella and Jane Trehy. The U11 boys relay come close to making the final wih their team Micheál and FInbar McFadden, Darren Lyons, Cian Garman and David McDonnell.
Finbar McFadden and Darren Lyons made a late burst for glory in the U11 400m with Finbar taking 5th place and Darren 7th. Had the race being 100m longer they would both almost certainly have featured in the medals. And in the U11 boys 100m, Micheál McFadden came close to nicking a medal on the line with a 5th place finish in the final.
In the U13 girls 100m, Ciara Griffin made it to the semi-finals as did Gavin Kelly in the U9 boys 60m and Jack Lally in the U13 boys 100m. Pádraig Martyn made it to the final of the U9 boys sprint but unfortunately due to a mix-up at the start line was not called for the final. There were many more galliant efforts on the track including Mia Waters and Anna Farrelly in the U11 80m, Aoife Kelly and Emma Jane Moran in the U9 girls 60m, Darragh O'Connor in the U11 boys 80m, Kate Gilligan in the U13 800m, Emily Miskella in the U9 400m, Shaun Gilligan in the U9 400m, Ronan Nevin 7th in the U13 boys 800m and Eoin Fahy 14th, Emma Urquhart 9th in the U11 girls 400m and Ailbhe Miskella 14th.