Lorraine and Jade star at Leinster Indoors

Lorraine and Jade star at Leinster Indoors

The club made a rare appearance at the Leinster Indoor Championships held in Athlone yesterday where Jade Moorhead took part in the Junior Women’s High Jump and Lorraine Delaney in the Senior Women’s 400m.

Jade was on in the morning and entered the competition at her opening height of 1.55m when all but 2 of the competitors had exited. Jumping cleanly over 1.55m and 1.58m, there were just 2 competitors left when the bar reached 1.61m. Jade was unlucky to clip that height each time with her heels despite being comfortably over it with the rest of her body. Still it was enough to win the competition in what has been a momentous year so far for Jade with victory in the Scottish Indoor U20 Womens High Jump, bronze in the Irish Indoor U20 Womens High Jump and victory in the Leinster U20 Womens High Jump. Were it not for the clash of Scotland with the Connacht Indoors, Jade would have both the Connacht U18 title and the National U18 title to add to her collection.

Lorraine’s 400m was in the afternoon where she was hoping to slice some more time off her PB. In a glittering juvenile career, Lorraine’s main individual events had been the 3 jumps with numerous National medals in each discipline for high jump, long jump and triple jump. As a senior, the track has been appealing to her more with a switch to 400m hurdles and 400m. She ran her first indoor 400m in the Connacht’s this year, running 63.99 to take the silver medal in the Senior Womens 400m. Yesterday she obliterated that time with a fantastic 62.80 to take 2nd place on the line. Running a very smart race, Lorraine was around 31 for the first lap and had drifted back a little off the leading 2 runners. But closing the gap down the back-straight, Lorraine fought the waves of lactic in the final 100m to move into second place for a super PB. Definitely more to come here as Lorraine gets more 400m race experience.

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