Craughwell AC’s U9, 10 and 11 athletes ventured to Templemore on Saturday for the National Track & Field finals where they performed superbly with many PBs and 3 sets of medals travelling home from Tipperary in the pockets of our budding U10 stars!
I don’t have a full set of results yet or but will update this article when they come to hand.
In the long jump events, the club had plenty of talented athletes taking part. Star performers were the U10 duo of Laura Cunningham and Caoimhe O’Donoghue who took the silver medals in their event – with Laura leaping 3.33m and Caoimhe 3.11m, each adding over one-third of a metre to their Connacht jumps. The U10 boys had 4 jumpers from the club in action – with Daniel Callanan-Forde leaping 3.41m, Conor Callaghan and Sean Delaney hitting somewhere around 3.10m, and Cillian Doyle leaping 3.25m. I don’t have their final positions but they were not too far off the medal positions. In the U11s, Erin Fitzpatrick with 2.92m and Emma Gaffney with 3.32m were a little disappointed to finish 11th but both girls are super jumpers and today just wasn’t their day. The U11 boys performed strongly with Dylan Finn leaping 3.24m and Nathan Lynskey 3.69m to finish in 6th place. In the U9s, Michael McFadden set a new PB of 3.00m, while Niamh Treacy leaped 2.49m to finish in 6th place with partner Claire Broderick. Special mention of Claire’s super jump of 2.97m which makes her the club’s best U9 girls' long jumper since records began!!
In the ball throw events, Brian Gillen and Cillian Doyle performed admirably in the U10 age group despite receiving a late call-up to this event. Brian added 8m to his Connacht throw, heaving it 24.73m, with Cillian not far behind with 24.10m to give them 8th place overall. Dean Moran and Keelan Woodlock heaved it 27.93m and 15.77m in the U9 event to put them in 6th place, with Conor Raftery and Micheál McFadden throwing 16.58m and 17.81m to finish 8th. Dean’s throw of 27.93m wiped out the club’s previous record of 21.27m for this age group – a fantastic effort. I will have to update this later with the U9s girls ball throw results as I don’t have them to hand.
In the sprints, the U10 pairing of Daniel Callanan-Forde and Alan Callanan finished 5th or 6th overall with Daniel having the distinction of the 3rd fastest time overall we believe. Nathan Lynskey and Dylan Finn competed in the U11 sprints and finished down the field a bit. Also on the track, Peter Martin and Alan Callanan put in an incredible performance in their 500m with Peter finishing 3rd or 4th in his heat and Alan only a second or two behind in the same heat. A long time later in the day, the 2 boys’ names were called out on the PA system to come in a collect their GOLD medals for the U10 500m – but unfortunately the result is in dispute as no results were published on the day and its understood a complaint was lodged about mistakes in the official times. Also in the 500m, the U11 pair of Dearbhaile Walsh and Erin Fitzpatrick ran strongly in what was probably new PBs for both girls but didn’t make it into the top positions. I will update with official times when available.
In the relays, the U10 girls were the star performers winning the silver medals in a super super run with their team of Aoife Walsh, Caoimhe O’Donoghue, Molly Lynam, Laura Cunningham and Shanna Tobin. The girls heat time was 1.04.28 which sets a new club record for this age group – not sure of the final time. In the final, Aoife got the relay off to a flying start and a good baton pass to Caoimhe who powered down the back straight gaining loads of ground on Athenry on her outside to hand off to Molly who ran a strong bend to make a lingering baton pass to Laura who finished brilliantly in a blanket finish to take 2nd place – just behind our friends Nenagh Olympic and just ahead of our other friends Athenry!
The U10 boys won their heat in style in a time of 1.03.64 and ran a very good final but unfortunately the top 4 teams in the other heat had faster times and that was how the final finished up with Craughwell in 5th place. The boys can take some confidence by breaking the club’s U10 record with their heat time and maybe also with their final time when its published. The team was Alan Callanan, Peter Martyn, Sean Delaney, Conor Callaghan, Daniel Callanan-Forde and Cillian Doyle. The U9s girls’ team had a great run to make the final, knocking 6 or 7 seconds off their Connacht time to finish in 1.13 as the 8th fastest team. In the final, they improved even further to finish in 6th place overall. The team were Caoimhe Allen, Abigail McNally, Claire Broderick and Tara Slattery. The U11 girls team of Katie Stephens, Ashling Keady-Cummins, Emma Gaffney and Michelle Duggan ran well in their heat to finish in 5th and just outside the qualification positions for the final. The U11 boys qualified for the final in 4th place with a super run despite a dropped baton. In the final, they finished in 5th or 6th place with their team of Nathan Lynskey, Dylan Finn, Jim Crowley and Ici Richards.
The victory by the U10 girls makes this the 8th relay squad from the club that has finished in the medals over the last 5 years with the others been this year's U18 girls, U15 boys, U14 girls, U13 boys, U13 girls, U12 boys and U12 girls.