Neil Greaney Takes National 3000m Bronze

Neil Greaney Takes National 3000m Bronze

Day two of the National U12-19 Track & Field Championships provided plenty of more highlights for Craughwell AC athletes with 5 podium finishes and 8 more top-eight finishes.

The distance races proved our strongest point on day 2 with a brilliant bronze medal in the U19 3000m for Neil Greaney in a time of 9.12.12. Neil led the race for the initial 4 laps and then stayed with a breakaway group of four athletes. Lying 4th on the penultimate lap, a small gap opened on the last bend between the leading two runners and 3rd/4th. Overtaking the 3rd place athlete on the straight, Neil slowly began to eat into the gap on the 2nd placed runner but ran out of track to close it on the last 400m. A bronze medal was a great reward for a lot of hard work from Neil and hopefully the first of many National medals.

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Damien O’Boyle, National U17 800m Bronze Medalist and National Steeplechase Champion

Damien O’Boyle continued his incredible year with bronze in the U17 800m in a time of 2.01.79 – that makes it 6 National medals this year for Damien!

Nicholas Sheehan had another big performance in the U18 800m to take National bronze and knock another second off the club record in a time of 1.58.53 – making it 4 National medals for Nicholas this year. John Cormican ran an impressive 2.01.20 to take 5th place in the same race, a big outdoor PB for John. 

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Nicholas Sheehan (silver) and John Cormican (5th) in the National U18 800m in Tullamore

There were many other fine performances in the middle distance races which didn’t yield medals on this occasion but have done do in other years. Paul Joyce had a strong run in the U19 800m to place 7th in 2.01.01. Matthew Moran continued his return from injury with a good performance to place 9th in the U18 3000m in 10.14.49. Oisin Lyons set a new PB of 2.18.40 when placing 7th in a high qualify field in the U14 800m, as did Dearbhaile Walsh when placing 9th in the U15 800m in 2.30.53. Aoife Greene placed 12th in the same race in 2.44.61 while Adam Heneghan had a last minute call-up to the U13 600m where he ran a strong race to place 9th in 1.46.31. Ciara O’Boyle ran 47.23 in the U15 250m hurdles to place 5th in her heat.

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Ciara O’Boyle, Dearbhaile Walshe and Aoife Greene at the National Juvenile T&F in Tullamore

Matthew McKiernan enjoyed his best ever day at track and field with a bronze medal in the U16 triple jump with a leap of 11.17m. Matthew earlier came 10th in the long jump with 5.18m but it is the triple jump where he excels. Having just started it this year, Matthew has progressed “in leaps and bounds” to reach National standard after only 8 weeks of preparation and has great potential in this event. Also in the long jump, Leanagh Gilligan placed 8th in the U12 grade with a fine jump of 4.06m while namesake Caoimhe Gilligan placed 16th with a leap of 3.63m.

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Matthew McKiernan, Bronze Medalist in the National U16 Triple Jump

In the high jump, Aoife Walsh went very close to the medal podium, bowing out at 1.45m with some great attempts at that height. With her PB of 1.46m from the Connachts, Aoife is within touching distance of the podium in this grade where 1.48m took National bronze. Lorraine Delaney placed 10th in the same event with a good leap of 1.35m in her first outdoor season. Tara Slattery tied at 1.35m with the bronze medalist in the U13 grade but lost out on count-back – fantastic jumping from Tara. Sean Cannon and Ryan Gallagher both jumped 1.20m in the U12 high jump, finishing 10th and 11th overall in their first outdoor season of high jump. Lots more to come from both jumpers in the future. Jerry Keary had a rare off-day in the U14 high jump exiting at 1.45m. 1.55 took silver and bronze – on another day Jerry would have threatened that height with his PB of 1.53m from the Galway championships.

Also in the medals, Michael Hand threw the javelin a huge 29.89m to claim the bronze medal in the U13 grade despite an arm injury. Michael has medaled in the shot putt in other years but on this occasion his arm injury held him back and he placed 12th with 9.19. Niamh Treacy also did well in the U13 javelin, taking 8th place with a 15.76 throw.

Cian Waters followed up yesterday’s 6th place hurdles finish with a 6th place finish in the shot putt with a throw of 10.36m – huge potential for multi-events competition. Sarah Callanan equaled her Connacht throw of 6.61m to place 13th in the U13 shot putt.

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