Katie Claims National Pentathlon Title!

Katie Claims National Pentathlon Title!


Three past-pupils of Craughwell NS (all representing the Pres Athenry) travelled to Morton Stadium last weekend for the Irish Schools Pentathlon Championships where Katie O’Donoghue put in an exceptional performance to win the Irish Senior Girls title with a score of 2709 points (100m hurdles 16.80, 4kg shot putt 8.30m, long jump 4.55m, high jump 1.61m, 800m 2.45.67). This was a superb performance for Katie despite having picked up a grade 1 hamstring strain in the Connacht finals 10 days ago and not being able to train since then. The performance included a superb 1.61m PB in the high jump, a very encouraging result particularly when achieved when carrying a serious enough injury! 

Sineád Gaffney battled hard in a high quality Intermediate Girls grade to finish in 8th place with a total of 2494 points (80m hurdles 14.80, shot putt 6.35m, long jump 4.85m, high jump 1.40m, 800m 2.31.71). It was a fine performance by Sineád – especially in the long jump where the 5m mark is beckoning. It was not far off making the schools international, particularly considering she also was unable to train for most of the last 2 weeks due to a bad cold/flu.  

Maria McNamara was competing in the same grade as Sineád. Having made the international team last year when out of age, Maria was quietly confident of doing the same this year. With training having gone well leading up to this event, qualification for the international was almost a certainty. Disaster stuck however in the first event of the day, when a slippery take-off board resulted in Maria suffering a bad fall on her final attempt at the long jump. Having jumped 4.71m from behind the board on her first jump, Maria looked capable of improving on her PB of 5.05m but it was not to be however and we were very lucky that Maria did not get badly injured. Skidding on the take-off board, Maria catapulted through the area and landed on her side in the pit with her knee and ankle taking most of the impact. The injuries were bad enough to make it impossible to continue in the event and Maria had to withdraw from the competition. There will be other days ahead however and plenty of more opportunities to make international teams. 

Well done also to former club member Aidan Conneely who put in a strong performance to finish in 5th place in the Junior Boys grade and earn the place of first reserve for the international team should anyone withdraw.

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