Fantastic Day at the U9-13 Connachts in Sligo!

Fantastic Day at the U9-13 Connachts in Sligo!

Craughwell AC had another exceptional day out at the Connacht Championships in Sligo IT where the U9s to U13s age groups were in action for day 1 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field.

There were some fantastic results on the day including Oisin O’Donovan’s 1.42m PB to take the U13 High Jump title, Kate O’Leary’s 1.30m PB to take the U12 Girls High Jump title, Darragh O’Donnell’s 4.21m PB to take the U12 Boys Long jump title, a blistering relay victory by the U11 Girls, a zippy 60m combination by Ruby Maher and Laoise Colleran to take the U11 Girls sprint title and 500m gold for last year’s 300m National Champions Conor Mannion and Jack Hibbitt.

Star of the show was Alan Hallinan who won triple Connacht titles with victories in the 60m hurdles in 10.44, the long jump with a leap of 4.33 and the 600m in 1:44.90. Oisin O’Donovan took a fine silver in the U13 long jump with 4.30 and missed out on the 600m podium by the narrowest margin when placing 4th in 1:47.91

The day kicked off with the U11 long jumps where the pairing Cerys Johnston and Ava Burke leaped to the silver medals with fine jumps of 3.11m and 2.85m. Cerys followed this up later when running the first leg of the 4x100m to help the U11 Girls to a nail-biting victory in the relay with Cerys passing off to Laoise Colleran to Reailtin Ward to Ruby Maher for victory by a slender margin in a time of 1:03.63.

And the most dedicated athletics family award of the weekend has to go to the Burkes with Ava having jumped to long jump silver in the U11s and her brother Aaron partnering with Gerard Murray to take the silver medals in the U10 Boys Turbo Javelin with Gerard 2nd with 15.10 and Aaron 4th with 14.66. But what was little known to everyone was that Ava and Aaron were on holidays abroad last week, due back last night but their flight was delayed and they arrived home at 6am this morning, 1 hours sleep and then off to Sligo IT for the athletics! Well done Ava and Aaron and mum and dad!!

Back to the relays where the U11 boys placed 3rd in their relay heat and 4th overall in a time of 1:05.02 with their team of Conor Quinn, Jack McNena, Nathan Quinn and Conor Mannion. The U12 boys raced to silver medals in their relay in a time of 58.70 while the U13 Boys took bronze in their relay in a time of 58.15 and our 2nd team in the U13 boys were 6th with 62.07. The U12 Girls placed 6th in heat 1 in 1:02.94 and 3rd in heat 2 in 1:04.86.

In the sprints, the U9 Boys pairing of Cathal Niland and Oran Gillespie were first into action and had a fantastic run to take the bronze medal in the paired event with Cathal running 10.49 and Oran 10.65 despite a slip at the start. They were swiftly followed by Conor Mannion and Jack Hibbitt in the U10 Boys 60m where they had a super race with Conor winning his heat in 10.06 and Jack 3rd in his in 10.12 – with the combined result placing them narrowly outside the podium placings in 4th place. The 2 boys later ran brilliant 500m races to take the Connacht title with Conor recording 1:35.41 to place 2nd in heat 1 and Jack recording 1:36.08 to place 3rd in heat 2. Oran Gillespie later jumped a phenomenal 3.24m to record the leading jump in the U10 Boys Long Jump with Eoghan Browne leaping 2.23m.

Our Connacht Champion u11 girls relay were next in action in their sprints with Cerys and Reailtin pairing together and Ruby and Laoise. Ruby raced to victory in her heat in an exceptional 9.64 with Laoise 2nd in her heat in an equally exceptional 9.75 – combined they were unbeatable and took their 2nd Connacht title of the day. Cerys and Reailtin had fine runs also with both girls 3rd in their heats – Cerys racing to an impressive 10.06 and Reailtin 10.32 – brilliant performances by a super quartet of sprinters.

Sean Colleran made it a great day for the Colleran family with a brilliant silver medal performance in the U12 Boys 60m hurdles in a time of 11.53 and followed it up with a first-time clearance of 1.25m to take silver in the U12 Boys High Jump.

Next up the U12 80m sprints where Lincoln King had a fantastic run in the U12 Boys 80m sprint to take the silver medal in a fine time of 8.89, with Sean Colleran only just outside the medals when winning his heat in 9.03. And in the U12 Girls 80m, Kate O’Leary had a brilliant run to win her heat in a time of 9.22 and in the process, take the bronze medal just 0.05s away from gold. Kate had to rush to the sprint from her high jump after an exceptional performance there where she took the gold with a brilliant clearance of 1.30 and very almost cleared 1.33. Kate’s making remarkable progress in high jump with the help of coach Evan Hallinan – with first time clearances today of everything as far as 1.30 and getting that on her 2nd attempt.  She was competing in spikes for the first time and they certainly made a difference!

Abigail Machaj and Muireann Kelly had super efforts in the U10 turbo to take the silver medal in the paired competition with Abigail throwing 2nd furthest out of all the U10 girls with a mighty throw of 12.27m and Muireann with 9.57m. Harry Byrne and Cathal Niland repeated that achievement with a fine set of throws in the U9 Boys turbo javelin to take silver – with Harry throwing the javelin 11.98m to place 2nd individually and Cathal not far behind with a best of 7.87m.

Back to the sprints, also in the U12 girls Adele Casserly won her heat in 9.31 and was unlucky not to medal, Grace Drysdale was 6th in her heat in 10.01, Robyn Barry was 4th in her heat in 10.07 and Grace McNally was 5th in her heat in 10.29. Laoise Scully sprinted to 2nd place in her heat of the U13 Girls 80m in a time of 12.08. In the U13 Boys 80m, Calum McMahon was 8th overall in 11.67, Daithi Lawless was 2nd in his heat in 11.97, Zach Keane was 6th in his heat in 12.78 and Rhys Whelan raced to 14.63 to place 7th in his heat. Lincoln King placed 2nd in heat 2 of the U12 Boys 60m hurdles with 12.15 and 4th overall while Darragh Browne placed 5th in heat 1 in 12.99 and Ruairi McNena 8th in 16.90. In the U12 60m hurdles, Calum McMahon was 3rd in heat 2 in 11.46 while Zach Keane and Alan Warde placed 6th and 7th in heat 1 of the U13 Boys in times of 12.23 and 12.26. Kate O’Leary was 3rd in heat 1 of the U12 Girls hurdles in 12.59 with Adele Casserly and Faye Whelan 3rd and 4th in heat 2 in times of 13.07 and 13.17 and Ava Dunwoody 5th in the final heat in 16.42.

Also in the throws, Laoise Scully was very unlucky to just miss the podium when placing 4th in the U13 Girls javelin with a fine throw of 14.54m – just 20cm away from bronze – and also recorded a good time in the 600m when placing 5th in her heat in 2:01.51. While in the U13 Boys javelin, the Craughwell trio of Oisin Molloy, Cathal Desbonnet and Charlie Daniels placed 8th, 9th and 10th with throws of 16.88, 15.40 and 14.65. Cathal took 6th place in the shot with a heave of 7.44, with Max Madden in 7th with 7.36, Hugo Johnston 9th with 5.69, Ross Beattie 11th with 5.40 and Oisin Molloy 12th with 5.19. Ben Casey was 9th in the U12 shot putt with 5.27m.  Evie Gillespie placed 8th in the U12 turbo javelin with a throw of 11.22 with Grace Drysdale in 14th with 7.86 and Robyn Barry 16th with 7.29.

And in the distance races, Zach Keane had a solid run in the U13 Boys 600m to place 6th in his heat in 1:59.31 as did Charlie Daniels who was 7th in his heat in 2:03.47. Donal Coyle had a fine run to place 2nd in his heat of the U12 Boys 600m and not far from the medals in a time of 1:53.60 with Ciaran McNena 5th in the same heat with 1:59.67 and Darragh O’Donnell 6th in heat 2 with 1:56.71 and Darragh Browne 8th with 1:59.71. Sophie Meehan was 6th in her heat of the U12 Girls 600m in 2:02.26 while Ava Dunwoody was 14th in her heat in 2:32.33. Emma McGovern and Orna Murray ran very well in the U10 Girls 500m with Emma 6th in her heat in 1:46.75 and Orna 9th in 2:07.02.

In the jumps, Lincoln King took 5th place in the U13 high jump with a leap of 1.20 with Ciaran McNena next at the same height but 6th on countback of knocked bars. Calum McMahon was 7th in the U12 long jump with a best of 3.77 with Charlie Daniels 11th with 3.58 and Rhys Whelan 21st with 2.71. Ruairi McNena was 6th in the U13 long jump with a best of 3.83m with twin brother Ciaran just behind with 3.62 for 10th place. Ben Casey was 26th with 2.74. Faye Whelan cleared 1.20 to place 7th in the U12 Girls high jump and Robyn Barry cleared 1.10 to place 8th. Cathal Desbonnet came 8th in the U13 High Jump with a leap of 1.25m while Alan Warde was 9th with 1.20m. Grace McNally placed 20th in the U12 Girls Long Jump with 3.25m, with Faye Whelan 23rd with 3.22m, Adele Casserly 35th with 2.63 and Ava Dunwoody 37th with 2.59m. Nathan Quinn leaped 3.31m in the U11 Boys Long Jump to place 11th with Rian O’Donnell in 14th place with 3.21m. Isabel Maher leaped 2.78m to place 15th in the U10 Girls Long Jump with Kaci Madden just behind with 2.75m to place 17th.

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