Craughwell Athletes Add Further National Medals to Record haul

Craughwell Athletes Add Further National Medals to Record haul

Another day of National finals in Nenagh saw 3 more medals brought home by Craughwell AC athletes in the National Indoor Track & Field finals.

Foremost amongst the performances was Cathriona Farrell's fantastic leap of 1.75m to claim the U17 girls National high jump title and in the process set a new PB, a new Championship record, qualify for next year's European Youth Oympics and qualify for next year's World Youth Championships! Not bad for 1 jump!

Running Cathriona a close 2nd in the highlight stakes, Linda Porter ran a splendid 800m final to take the silver medal in the U15 girls event – Linda's first track medal having finished 4th on a number of occasions and an emotional moment for her family and coaches.

Also in superb form, Maeve Curley took the silver medal in the U17 girls 1500m walk, doing it in style in a new PB.

Leah Creaven was in hard luck in the U18 girls long jump when taking 4th place with a leap of 4.66m – just 14cm behind bronze place. Leah was carrying an injury in the competition and undoubtedly would have taken a medal if fully fit. Clubmate Rachel Kenny was sick during the week and on the day and wasn't able to perform to her best – a slight improvement on her Connacht title winning jump of 4.77m would have taken a medal but on the day, the bad week took its toll and Rachel couldn't get enough speed into her run/jump. Both athletes will be striving for medals in the National outdoors hopefully.

Ashley McDonnell ran superbly in the U16 girls 200m to knock over a half-second off her Connacht time and earn a new PB of 28.41s.

Ruairi Finnegan had a difficult battle in the U16 boys 800m. The standard was sky high in this event with the Championship record broken by the leading 2 athletes. Ruari tried to stick the intense pace in the first two laps but it burn him out and he finished outside his own PB. Still, it will be good experience for Ruairi as he builds on his PB.

Sophie Ralston worked hard to improve her PBs in the U17 girls high jump and 800m but came up marginally short of that target with a jump of 1.35m and an 800m in 2.50.53. Final competitor of the day was Rachel Finnegan who jumped well in the U17 girls long jump and ended up with a best jump of 4.48m, marginally short of her PB.

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