The club had 9 teams taking part in the National relays on Sunday and even though there was no silverware on this occasion, all teams performed to the best of their ability – improving their times from the Connacht finals and in some cases setting club records. Because the indoors is on a 4-lane track, it’s very difficult to make it to the finals – with the heats decided on the fastest 4 teams.
Pictured above are the U17 girls 4x200m who took 6th place overall in their relay – and in the process set a new club U17 and senior record of 1.52.31 – over 2 seconds faster than the previous record. The line-up was Jessica Heneghan, Maireád McCan, Maria McNamara, Claire Ryder and Sineád Gaffney. Later in the day Maria, Jessica, Maireád and Sineád followed this up with a 1.53.43 time in the U18 relay – again placing them at the top of the club’s U18 4x200m rankings.
Best performance on the day came from the U15 boys who made the final with a time of 1:51.35 which puts them at the top of the club’s U15 4x200m rankings and went on to take 4th place in the final. The team in the heats were Conor Duggan, Damien O’Boyle, Jamie Spellman and Aidan Conneely with Conor O’Donoghue replacing Conor Duggan for the final. The team were missing Kelvin Olayemi on the day due to injury. Kelvin had taken a medal in last year’s National outdoors so the team did very well to still make the final in his absence.
The U15 girls were very unlucky to miss out on making the final of their 4x200m by one-hundredth of a second – taking 5th place overall and knocking 4 seconds off their Connacht time with a time of 1.54.43. The team were Ellen Treacy, Sinead Treacy, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Tara McNally and Dandy Murray. Their time again places them at the top of the club’s 4x200m U15 girls’ rankings. Last of the 200m relay performances saw the girls U14 4x200m improve on their Connacht time – running 2:04.41 with their team of Grainne McDaid, Caoimhe Reidy, Emma Gaffney, Tara McNally and Andrea Tobin.
In the 4x100m relays, the U13 boys and girls also had good performances with the girls taking 9th place overall in a time of 59.07 seconds with their team of Eimear Loughnane, Aisling Keady-Cummins, Emma Gaffney, Michelle Duggan and Shonagh Gilligan. The boys also had a good performance in a high quality race where they took 8th place in a time of 58.79 with their team of Brian Loughnane, Dylan Finn, Nathan Lynskey, Jim Crowley and Gearoid Treacy.
The boys and girls U12 teams knocked over a second off their Connacht times to record times of 60.27 and 62.21 seconds in their 4x100m heats – just short of making the final. The boys tied on the line for first place in their heat with the team being Jerry Keary, Peter Martin, Daniel Callanan-Forde, Sean Delaney and Cillian Doyle. The girls were also very competitive and a small improvement will see them in future finals – with the team being Derbhla Cronin, Laura Cunningham, Aoife Walsh, Caolin Milton, Ciana Reidy and Shauna Tobin.