Day 1 of the Galway Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships took place last Thursday evening in Dangan in iconic Summer sunshine.
[the results aren’t published yet 24/07 so this article will be updated with times and exact positions as they arrive]
The long jump competition saw a huge turnout from Craughwell AC athletes with 11 athletes from the club taking part.
Laura Cunningham took the Galway title in the Senior Women’s event with a best of 5.14m, Laura’s 5th consecutive competition this summer to leap over the 5m mark. Sarah Finnegan placed 2nd with 4.36m and Aisling Keady 3rd with 4.20m. Sprinters Cormac Kearney and Evan Morgan made a rare appearance in the Masters long jump with Evan taking the gold in the M50 category with a best of 4.71m and Cormac taking silver in the M35 category with a best of 5.05m.
Evan Hallinan and Evan Quinn battled it out in the Junior Men’s event where Evan Hallinan set a new PB of 5.84m to take the gold medal and Evan Quinn taking silver with a best of 5.06m having struggled a little with his mark. Siofra Davis took the gold in the Junior Girls event with a best of 4.68 with Leonore Church taking bronze with a PB of 4.45m. Ella Lyons placed 4th with 4.37m and Erin Kelly 5th with 4.06m, both athletes finding it hard to get a consistent mark on the take-off board.
In the women’s 1500m, Sinead Gaffney took Gold in a tactical run. The large field were bunched together for the first 1100m but Sinead started to step it up every 100m from there to finish with a 70s last lap in a time of 5.01 or 5.02.
It was a double for Craughwell Middle Distance running as Junior Kyle Moorhead did a similar smash and grab in the men’s 1500m, stretching the field with a 60s last lap to finish in 4.10. William Fitzgerald proved that he can perform at the middle distance by taking 2nd (1st Senior) two seconds back in 4.12. William closed with an impressive 62s final circuit. Ross McGuinness was next in 4.16 (2nd Junior) and Gavin Cooney next.
It was a fine evening also for the sprinters with Brian Malone crushing a new personal best of 58.18 to win the Masters 400m by a distance. Brian got out strong and the victory never looked in doubt. Dave Mulligan won Gold in the Master 100m with a very solid time under the 13s. Cormac Kearney and Evan Morgan also ran very strongly in the hot conditions.
Sinead Treacy stepped down from her favoured 400m to race a 100m for a change and won well. There was a welcome return to action for the mighty Finnegan Sisters, with Rachel competing in the 400m and Sarah in the 100m.
Aoibhe Fahy won the Junior Shot, despite a mix up over weights. After a brief 25-year break from competition to get an education and raise a family, Michelle Drysdale made a victorious return to action on Thursday night with a fine shot putt victory and a throw of 6.55m. Michelle looks forward to competing next week in the Discus.
Some of the Juniors switched training to Dangan for the evening so they could support their teammates, and afterwards there was a nice dip for everyone in the Corrib to cool down – a perfect evening! Thanks to all the officials and the Galway Co. Board for arranging.