An action-packed 4 hours took place last Wednesday in Athlone IT with the inaugural Galway indoor Challenge superbly organized by Tuam AC’s Pierce O’Callaghan. With a lot of entries and a 4-hour window for everything, there wasn’t a minute to spare during a great event which ran off really well.
The highlight of the meet from a Craughwell perspective was the incredible leap by Evan Hallinan in the long jump to set a new Craughwell AC indoor club record with a superb 6.51m with his 3rd effort. In fact one of his earlier jumps was just a hairline break and was measured at a distance of 6.61m!
Evan later went on to record a very impressive early season leap in the high jump with a 1.95m. Conor Penney was equally impressive in the same event with a 1.85m, with both lads jumps placing them 1st and 2nd on the 2023 indoor performance list for now:-
Darragh Kelly was also in fine form in the high jump with a new PB of 1.70 to win the U16 event. Conor Penney also starred in his less familiar jumping event with a very impressive 5.51m to win the U16 long jump. Toyosi George took 3rd in the same event with 4.86m. Eva Kelleher was also in fine form with a 4.83m leap to win the U18 long jump. Josh White leaped 9.83m to win the U16 triple jump. Siona Lawless returned to competition after a long absence to win the Senior Womens long jump with a best of 4.59 with Siofra Davis just behind with 4.53. Cerys Johnson took 2nd place in the U12 long jump with a best of 3.34m while Grace Drysdale took 3rd in the U13s with a best of 3.27m.
Also in the high jump, Laoise Colleran and Cerys Johnson shared 2nd place with a leap of 1.10m in the U12 Girls; Cormac Burke 2nd in the U12 Boys with 1.00; Kate O’Leary 1st in the U13 Girls with 1.25; Sean Colleran 3rd in the U13 Boys with 1.25; Emma O’Donovan 2nd in the U16 Girls with 1.40; and Eva Kelleher 1st in the U18 Girls with 1.45.
In the throws, Cormac Burke took 2nd in the U12 shot with 5.88m while Max Madden place 2nd in the U14s with 7.91m.
On the track, the day kicked off in the race walks where Holly Shaughnessy took 2nd place in the U18 2000m race walk with 12.15.1. Next up the 150s saw many fine performance by athletes from the club with Kate O’Leary 2nd in the U13 150m with 22.3; Sean Cleare 2nd in the U14 150m with 20.3; Rachel Warde and Aeveen Kelly 2nd and 3rd in the U15 150m with 20.5 and 21.0; Tom Malone 1st in the U15 Boys 150m with 19.2 with Ethan Stace 3rd with 21.5; Lauren Kilduff 1st in the U16 Girls with 19.3 and Toyosi George 3rd in the U16 Boys with 18.8; Paddy Malone 1st in the U17 Boys with 19.4; Luke Forde 1st in the Senior Mens 150m with 19.1.
The 150s were followed swiftly by the 600/800 races where Sophie Mullane got the middle distance off to a blistering start with a 2.09.8 to take 3rd place in the U12 Girls 600m; Donal Coyle 2nd in the U13 Boys 600mwith 1.53.6; Alan Hallinan 2nd in the U14 Boys 800m with 2.24.0; Claudia Coyle 3rd in the U14 Girls 800m with 2.32.3; Stephen Joyce 2nd in the U15 Boys 800m with 2.26.0; Declan O’Connell 1st in the U16 Boys 800m with 2.04.6 with Keelan Moorhead 3rd in 2.19.4; and Oisin Davis dipping under 2 minutes to win the Senior Mens 800m in 1.59.5.
Next up the 300s with some brilliant victories for the club including Paddy Malone in the U17 Boys with 43.0; younger brother Tom in the U15 Boys with 42.3; Lauren Kilduff in the U16 Girls with 43.1; Laoise Colleran in the U12 Girls with 52.1. And more fine performances which also placed in the top 3 with Sean Colleran 3rd in the U13 Boys with 48.0; Alan Hallinan 2nd in the U14 Boys with 44.0; Aeveen Kelly 2nd in the U15 Girls with 45.6; Emma O’Donovan 2nd in U16 Girls 46.4; Declan O’Connell 2nd in the U16 Boys in 40.5.
Full results of the day are attached below.