O’Sullivan Double Caps off Great Schools finals

O’Sullivan Double Caps off Great Schools finals

The highlight of the Schools Athletics year took place last weekend in the hugely entertaining All-Ireland Schools Track and Fields finals in Tullamore and there were some extraordinary results from the Connacht Athletes.

31 May 2024; Luke O`Sullivan of Clarin College Athenry competes in the inter boys 1500m steeplechase during day one of the 123.ie All-Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships at Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club in Offaly. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The star of the weekend from a Craughwell and Galway perspective was Luke O’Sullivan representing Clarin College Athenry.  Luke took up the steeplechase this season and was a dominant winner in the Intermediate Boys 1500m Steeplechase on Friday evening.  Luke won his first National title and medal by a full seven seconds, hammering home in a new Club Record of 4:30.8.   He didn’t have long to wait for his second! 

On Saturday, a tired Luke was also in the 3000m and decided to run from the front.  He dragged the field through with a very strong pace and managed to hold off a hard challenge in the final lap to win the 3000m in a fine 8:47.96. 

It was a really special performance to win two medals in the draining endurance events, but Golds are exceptional at this level. I’ll have to leave it to Mike Tobin to tell me if this has ever been done in the endurance events before by a Craughwell AC Athlete, but I highly doubt it!

Clarin College Athenry had some other fine performances.  Rachel Warde won yet another National Medal with a fine Silver medal in a hard-fought 75m Hurdles in 11.62s.  Rachel also came 7th in the 100m sprint.  Alan Warde was 7th in the Minor Boys 75m Hurdles, clocking 13.08s. 

Charlie Daniels competed well in the Minor boys Long Jump, clearing 4.40m as his best effort on the day for 9th.  Darragh Kelly competed well in the High Jump, leaping 1.75m for 7th and the Triple Jump, leaping 11.59m for 6th.  Declan O’Connell found himself in a very tactical 1500m which went through the first three laps at a conservative pace.  He went to the front as the large group went through the bell in 3:17, but was unable to hold off the kickers on this occasion and finished 6th in 4:17.99.

1 June 2024; Conor Penney of Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, competes in the inter boys high jump during day two of the 123.ie All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships at Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club in Offaly. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Conor Penny of Calasanctius Oranmore was also a double-medallist.  He won the Intermediate boys High Jump in a fine 1.95m, after which he made a challenge for the Championship record of 2.02m, but was unable to clear it on this occasion.  Conor added the Sprint Hurdles Silver Medal to his collection via  13.64s clocking, very close to the Gold.  

1 June 2024; Des O’Neill of St. Fintans, on his way to winning the inter boys 100m hurdles, ahead of Conor Penney of Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, left, and Cameron McCracken of Royal Belfast Academy, right, during day two of the 123.ie All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships at Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club in Offaly. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Eva Kelleher representing Yeats College had a good performance in the Senior Girls High Jump leaping a best of 1.50m to place 7th overall. Eva followed this up within the hour with a 4.58m leap to place 11th in the long jump,

Calasanctius had some other excellent results from Craughwell AC Athletes, including Sean Cleare who was 5th in the 100m in 12.88 and David Frazer who came 6th in the 800m in a fine 2:11.30 personal best.  Toyosi George came 7th in the 200m with 23.61s and Harvey White came 9th in the Minor Boys High Jump.

Lauren Kilduff of Gort C.S. led a strong team from her school featuring several Craughwell Athletes.  Lauren won Silver in the Inter Girls 300m Hurdles with a fine 43.56s.  Lauren also competed in the 300m finishing 8th in 42.15s – the close time showing how good her hurdles technique is.  Kai Watters of Gort C.S. came 8th in the 200m, clocking 23.79s. Megan Devane came 7th in the Intermediate Girls 200m with a fine 27.48s.

Several Craughwell AC Athletes also represented Presentation College Athenry.  In the minor boys – Sean Colleran came 6th in the 75mh with 13.05 while Max Madden threw 105m in the Shot Put which  was enough for 8th.  In the Junior Girls, Aeveen Kelly ran 27.6s for 7th in the 200m Sprint.  Keelan Moorhead continued his great season as he scored another personal best in the 400m, blazing his way to a 52.59s 6th place finish.

St. Brigid’s Loughrea’s Killian Burke came 11th in the Discus with a solid 26.44 throw, and Oisin O’Donovan was 10th in the Triple Jump, leaping 9.41m.

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