Athletes from the club competed exceptionally well in the Connacht Schools multi-events on Tuesday 13th Sept in Dangan, with several personal best performances across the range of events. Foremost was Maria McNamara who having hit 6 BPs in the recent international heptathlon event in Stoke, continued her good form with another 4 PBs across the 5 events on Tuesday. There were fine performances also from Ellen Fitzpatrick and Jessica Heneghan in the high jump with both leaping 1.45m for the first time and Ellen coming within millimetres of clearing 1.50m which would have been a 10cm PB! For Jessica, this was her first proper high jump competition having only just started training for it – so to leap 1.45m was very impressive.
The shot putt through up some great performances also – with Maria McNamara again breaking the club record with a 7.78m effort only for Melisssa Mullins to lift the 4kg shot to a huge PB of 8.29m to claim a new club record. Fantastic performances from everyone, with full details below.
In total, 7 athletes from the club qualified for the All-Ireland finals, easily the best performance from the club’s athletes in this event over the years. Maria McNamara led her Pres Athenry school mates to a 1-2-3 in the Intermediate Girls category, recording an impressive total of 2842 points with 4 personal bests across the 5 events (high jump 1.60m, 80m hurdles 12.8, 4kg shot 7.70m, long jump 4.90m, 800m 2.47.4). Sineád Gaffney took 2nd place with 2273 points (high jump 1.35m, 80m hurdles 14.8, 4kg shot 5.75m, long jump 4.44m, 800m 2.33.6) while Jessica Heneghan took 3rd place with 1918 points (high jump 1.45m, 80m hurdles 15.8, 4kg shot 4.98m, long jump 3.91m, 800m 2.51.9).
In the same grade, Melissa Mullins (Gort CS) took 6th place overall with 1671 points. In the Senior Girls grade, Katie O’Donoghue (Pres Athenry) took 1st place with 2284 points (high jump 1.45m, 100m hurdles 18.4, 4kg shot 7.57m, long jump 4.37m, 800m 2.44.2).In the Minor Girls category, Tara McNally (Loughrea VS) took 3rd place with 1753 points (75m hurdles 12.3, 3.25kg shot 6.72m, long jump 4.14m, 800m 2.50.8), with Sinead Treacy (St Raphael’s) 4th with 1646 points (75m hurdles 13.8, 3.25kg shot 5.48m, long jump 4.12m, 800m 2.39.8). Emma Gaffney (Pres Athenry) took 5th place with 1447 points, with school mates Aisling Keady Cummins 6th with 1376 points, Grainne McDaid 8th with 1210 points and Michelle Duggan 9th with 1148 points.
In the Junior Girls category, Ellen Fitzpatrick (Pres Athenry) finished 2nd with 1936 points (high jump 1.45m, 80m hurdles 15.6, 3.25kg shot 6.45m, long jump 3.90m, 800m 3.01.1) with Ciara Greene (Bower Athlone) 3rd with 1668 points (high jump 1.20m, 80m hurdles 15.9, 3.25kg shot 4.97m, long jump 3.61m, 800m 2.44.6). In the Junior Boys grade, Damien O’Boyle (Cal Oranmore) took 3rd place with 2355 points (high jump 1.50m, 80m hurdles 14.3, 4kg shot 8.47m, long jump 4.58m, 800m 2.20.9) with Oisin McNally (Loughrea VS) 12th with 1794 points, while Oisin Doyle (Cal Oranmore) took 4th place in the Minor Boys event with 1591 points (75m hurdles 14.1, 3.25kg shot 6.06m, long jump 3.96m, 800m 2.31.9) with schoolmate Matthew McKiernan 9th with 1250 points.
Full results are at:- connacht-schools-combined-events-2011.xls