The Juvenile Track and Field season came to glorious close on the weekend with Day 2 and 3 of the National Juvenile outdoor track and field championships. There were many brilliant results for the Craughwell AC Athletes.
Evan Hallinan brought a glorious juvenile athletics career to an end on Sunday with another fabulous performance to take the National title in the U19 Boys Long Jump with a brilliant leap of 6.37m on his first attempt. Disaster struck on his run-up to his second jump when Evan pulled up on the runway due a pulled hamstring. But his first effort of 6.37m was not bettered by any of his opponents in their series of 6 jumps each so the title went to Evan yet again. Earlier in the day, Evan took silver in the U19 triple jump with a 12.92m leap, just 2cm shy of taking the gold. It concludes a fantastic year for Evan where he took an incredible 7 National titles and 2 silver medals in the jumps.
Craughwell’s young hurdlers proved their mettle again as they were in dominant form in the long-hurdles. Sean Hoads scored a magnificent Gold despite several stumbles. This was matched by Lauren Kilduff in the 250mh. Emma O’Donovan completed the Hurdles success with a fantastic Bronze.
Also getting back to the podium after a 2-year absence, Darragh Kelly took a super bronze medal in the U17 Boys High Jump with a 1.70m clearance and unlucky not to go higher and take silver or gold.
Andrew Power was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in the U19 Boys Triple Jump with a 4th place finish and a best of 11.04m. He later went on to leap a PB of 5.49m to place 5th in the U19 long jump and a day earlier also took 5th place in the javelin with a best of 40.47m.
It was a close shave too for Isabel Schukat who leaped 1.45m in the U17 Girls High Jump to tie for 4th place – ever so close to the medals. And in the U18 Girls Long Jump, Eva Kelleher took 8th place with a best of 4.65m but quite unlucky on her final attempt which looked to be over 5m but with a tiny break that was so small that it was invisible to the eye. In the U18 sprints, Caoimhe Kilkenny made her comeback from injury to record solid times of 13.46 and 28.98 in the heats of the U18 Girls 100m and 200m.
Max Madden scored a fantastic Silver in the Discus with a super throw of 32.11. Cathal Desbonnet and Killian Burke were also in the top 10. Holly Shaughnessy was very unlucky in the 3k walk to come 4th – she was 3rd on the track but received a 20s time penalty at one point. Oisin O’Donovan came 8th in a packed high Jump with 1.45m and Rhys Whelan 14th. Oisin’s sister Emma was 7th with the same clearance of 1.45m. Oisin Came 10th in the Long Jump with a clearance of 4.45m. Josh Whyte cleared a super 5.21m in the u16 boys Long Jump to come 6th which Darragh Kelly cleared 5.96m in the u17 to come 11th.
In the middle distance, Declan O’Connell won a fantastic u16 Bronze in 4:12 in a hard-fought battle. Declan’s teammate Keelan Moorhead ran a fine personal best of 4:36 in the other heat. Claudia Coyle also ran a pb of 4:58, dipping under the magical 5 minute barrier.
In the sprints, Sean Cleare was 4th in his heat of the u15 200m, Aeveen Kelly ran 27.86 for 7th in her heat. In the u16, Donnacha Lawless was 4th in his heat in 24.6.