Some of Craughwell AC’s U13 Squad at the Galway Track & Field in Dangan
Matthew McKernan provided some of the highlights for the club at day 2 of the Galway Juvenile Track and Field recently where he improved his 2013 long jump PB from 5.18 metres to a massive 5.84 metres. He did likewise in the triple jump, increasing his PB from 11.52 metres to 12.15 metres. It won’t be long now before the 15-year old McKernan takes the club junior records of 5.94 and 12.24 metres set by William Finnegan in 2004.
It was an impressive day also for U13 Eva Kelly with double gold in the high jump with a PB of 1.30m and in her debut in the javeling with a throw of 17.10m. Eva is well on the way to emulating her elite cousin Sineád Treacy who took triple gold in the U19 girls events with victory in the 100m, 200m (25.9) and long jump (4.99). It was triple gold also for Laura Cunnigham in the U15 girls grade when taking the honours in the long jump (4.30), shot putt (6.93) and javelin (16.14).
Siona Lawless almost completed a triple victory also in the U14 grade with gold in the long jump (4.33) and double silver in the 80m and 200m. The triples continued to roll in for the U14s with Oisin Shannon taking double gold in the 80m and 200m sprints and silver in the 75m hurdles and Ultan Sheerin taking silver in the long jump (4.63) and bronze in the 200m and the 75m hurdles.
Ryan Gallagher also took home a triple with victory in the U13 60m hurdles, a fantastic bronze in the 80m sprint and bronze in the long jump (4.03). Alison Leahy also completed the triple feat in the U14 grade with bronze in the 80m sprint and 75m hurdles and a fine silver in the long jump with an impressive 4.34m.
Shauna Tobin (2nd) and Laura Cunninham (1st) who took the top 2 places in the U15 shot putt and javelin
There were many more fine performance with double medals for the following: Ellen Fitzpatrick with gold in both the U18 triple jump (8.92) and javelin (22.74); Rachael Hughes with gold in the U14 75m hurdles and in the 1500m (5.43.1); Cian Waters with double gold in the shot putt (10.59) and 80m hurdles; Tamy Klynsmith with silver in the U16 high jump (1.25) and bronze in the long jump (3.73), Lorraine Delaney with gold in the U15 high jump (1.45) and silver in the long jump (3.86). Caoimhe O’Donoghue also took home a double with an impressive victory in the U15 100m only seconds after arriving at the track and a silver medal in the 200m. Shauna Tobin contined the doubles with silver in the U15 shot putt (6.22) and javelin (11.92), as did Tara Slattery with gold in the U14 high jump (1.30) and bronze in the long jump (3.91). Niamh Treacy added bronze in the U14 high jump (1.20) and silver in the javelin (14.95). Alan Harrington made his debut in the U15 boys with silver in the shot putt (6.97) and bronze in the long jump (2.70)
Also in the medals, Mia Water placed third in the U13 60m hurdles, Caoime Gilligan took bronze in the U13 long jump (3.72) while Maeve Dawson took silver shot putt (5.09). Alex Evans took victory in the U13 long jump with 4.38m while Garvin Surlis did likewise in the high jump with 1.30m. Sean Cannon placed second in the high jump with 1.20m. Kyle Moorhead had a fine run in the U13 600m to take the silver in 1.53.8 while Finbar McFadden was just marginally outside the medals in 4th place with 1.55.0.
Michelle Duggan following her victory in the U17 100m
Finola Kelly took victory in the U14 800m in a time of 2.36.6m while Caoilin Milton placed 2nd in the 80m hurdles. William Fitzgerald had a good performance on the track with a 4th place finish in the 800m and silver in the 1500m in 5.34.9. Eacha Leech placed 2nd in U14 high jump with 1.25m while Sarah Callanan took silver in the shot putt with 7.74. Abigail McNally placed 3rd in the U13 javelin to complete a clean sweep of the javelin in the U14 age group, a feat repeated in the discus where all 3 medals went to Craughwell AC athletes – 1 Tara Kealy, 2 Clare Treacy, 3 Shiona McArdle. Brendan O’Keefe made his debug in the long jump where he took the U15 silver medal with a leap of 3.60m. Eabha Leech took silver in the U14 long jump, a feat repeated by Aisling Keady with 4.25 to win the U16 long jump. Laura Keane placed 3rd in the same competition with 3.88 while Brian Loughnane placed 3rd in the 800m. Aidan Conneely placed second in the U18 100m while Michelle Duggan took the Galway title in the U16 100m, a feat repeated by Grainne McDaid in the U17 800m and by Tara McNally in the 250m hurdles.
The club also excelled in the relays with victories in the U13 boys, U14 girls and U15 girls along with silver in the U14 boys and U16 girls. The club’s B teams took bronze in the U13 boys and U14 boys and in the U16 girls.
Craughwell U13 relays on the podium