Kilduff leads Triple-Gold on Day-3 of Nationals
On Sunday the Sun baked down as the great action continued in Tullamore. This was another outstanding day for Craughwell.
The 250m Hurdles was very successful for Craughwell as Lauren Kilduff ran away from the field to claim an outstanding Gold in the u15s, absolutely nailing the tactics set out by her coach Ronnie Warde. Lauren closed in 36.58s, almost two seconds faster than her qualifying time.
Conor Penney showed increasing comfort with the longer distance, winning Bronze with a fine 35.81. This strength will serve Conor well going into the multi-events later in the summer. Emma O’Donovan also qualified for the finals of the u15 Hurdles in 39s and ran almost the exact same time in the final to come 6th overall.
In the u15 1500m, Declan O’Connell ran an absolutely perfect race from start to finish to claim his first Irish Track title in an exceptional 4:19.6s, almost exactly equalling his personal best. Declan ran in the pack for the first three laps and moved to 4th on 400m – he then made a brave drive for home with 400m left to run. Several athletes attempted to chase him down but he fended them off and made the famous win his own.
Claudia Coyle very nearly became by far the youngest member of the club to break the magical 5-minute barrier in the 1500m, running 5.01 for a new personal best to finish 9th in a large field. Luke O’Sullivan made his National Debut in the 1500m and ran a fine 5.01 in the oppressive heat.
Jade Moorhead won her first National Outdoor High Jump title on Sunday. Having won Silver and Bronze other years, it was Jade’s first Irish National title and a fantastic achievement for an exceptionally dedicated and talented athlete. Jade won with first-time clearances over 1.50, 1.55 and 1.60 and then soared high over 1.63 on her 3rd attempt to take the National title.
One of the outstanding stories of the day was a superb Bronze medal by Dean McNally in the u15 boys Javelin. Dean hoisted a superb 38.89m to win his first national medal.
U14 Lauren Morgan leaped 4.79m in an exceptionally high standard long jump competition to come 8th overall. Emma O’Donovan cleared an almost identical 4.76m in her u15 competition to come 7th.
The Craughwell results from the second weekend are shown below: