Cathriona Farrell completed a hat-trick of National Junior Indoor titles in the high jump at Nenagh yesterday when competing in the National Junior Indoor Track & Field Championships for the last time.
Having won the title in 2009 and 2010, Cathriona was again in superb form to claim the title with a 1.70m jump. Joining the competition at 1.55m, a slight glitch saw the bar tipped off by her heels on her first jump but Cathriona made no mistakes after that with clear jumps over each height up to and including 1.70m. Cathriona was the only athlete to clear 1.65m and then 1.70m on the day and had 3 galliant attempts at 1.75m. Her 3rd attempt wasa particularly good one, just grazing it with the bottom of her leg as she sailed over the bar.
Competing in the same competition, her first time taking part at this level, Maria McNamara also had a superb series of jumps to clear 1.55m on her first attempt and equalling her PB in the process. And her final attempt at 1.60m saw her sail high over the bar only to drop on top of it on her way down – very encouraging for Maria and only a matter of time before 1.60m becomes her PB. In fact a small slice of luck on the day would have seen Maria take a medal as 1.60m claimed joint second place with Kilkenny's Mary Kate Lanigan and Limerick's Aisling Croke sharing the silver.
Also in the medals, Maeve Curley …
Also in the medals, Maeve Curley took bronze in the 3000m walk in a time of 15.02.82. It was a strong performance from Maeve who has been suffering from a bug for the past week and on the evidence of this result, she will have a super year this year.
Peadar Harvey ran a good 1500m to finish in 4th place behind GCH's Keith Fallon in a time of 4.27.35, good early season form again. Also in action, Rachel Finnegan had a good performance in the triple jump to take 4th place with a jump of 9.46m and followed this up with a 6th place finish in the 60m hurdles to record a time of 10.28.
U17 jumpers Mairead McCan and Maria McNamara both took part in the long jump for the first time in these championships, with Mairead leaping 4.87m to record a new PB and Maria close behind when leaping 4.82m which is an indoor PB for her. This puts Mairead in 2nd place on the club's all-time list of indoor long jump bests – behind Cathriona Farrell who has a jump of 5.07m from 2009. Maria's jump places her 4th on the same list, behind Claire Ryder's 4.84m jump from last year's indoor championships. Our top ten indoor long jump performances are as follows:-
|5.07m||Cathriona Farrell||Connacht T&F||Nenagh||14.3.09|
|4.87m||Mairead McCan||National Junior T&F||Nenagh||15.1.11|
|4.84m||Claire Ryder||National T&F||Nenagh||28.2.10|
|4.82m||Maria McNamara||National Junior T&F||Nenagh||15.1.11|
|4.78m||Ashley McDonnell||Galway T&F||Nenagh||3.1.09|
|4.77m||Rachel Kenny||Connacht T&F||Nenagh||15.3.08|
|4.74m||Leah Creaven||National T&F||Nenagh||1.4.06|
|4.62m||Sarah Finnegan||Galway T&F||Nenagh||05.1.08|
|4.55m||Rachel Finnegan||National CE||Nenagh||10.1.09|
|4.52m||Debi Kenny||Connacht T&F||Nenagh||14.3.09|