It was good weather to go indoors on Saturday at the National U20/U23 Championships took place in Athlone Indoor Arena today.
U20 Men 1500m Indoor: 22. Mathys Bocquet (4:13.59) U20 Men 1500m Indoor: 24. Luke O'Sullivan (4:14.32) U23 Women 1500m Indoor: 11. Helena O'Keeffe (5:05.96) U20 Men 200m Sprint Indoor: 9. Toyosi George (23.58) U20 Women 200m Sprint Indoor: 9. Lauren Kilduff (25.42) U20 Men 60m Hurdles Indoor (0.991m): 0. Conor Penney (DQ) U20 Men 60m Sprint Indoor: 18. Toyosi George (7.44) U20 Men 60m Sprint Indoor: 27. Donnacha Lawless (7.67) U20 Women 60m Sprint Indoor: 16. Lauren Kilduff (8.12) U23 Men 800m Indoor: 5. Kyle Moorhead (2:00.42) U20 Men High Jump Indoor: 1. Conor Penney (1.95) GOLD
Conor Penney was again the man of the hour as he eased his way to Gold with a fine 1.95m clearance. After this he went for the European Standard of 2.04 which he didn’t manage to clear on this occasion, despite coming very close, especially on his first attempt. Later in the day there was disappointment for Conor as he was deemed to have flinched twice in the blocks in the 60mh and was unfortunately DQ’d for two yellow cards.
The middle distance action kicked off in the 1500m where Helena O’Keeffe found herself isolated in a very fast field with one athlete on her shoulder but came home with a very respectable new PB of 5:05 and keep her opponent at bay.
Under 20s Mathys Bocquet and Luke O’Sullivan both stepping up to this category had a good battle in the first heat of the u20 1500m. Luke took the lead and was hoping that someone would go past him but Mathys who was hoping to get dragged to a good time was quite happy to sit in. As the laps progressed both lads were passed by one runner and Mathys just managed to outkick Luke on the home straight to finish in 4:13.6 personal best with Luke just behind on 4:14.3. The following heats were run at a faster pace and the lads were out of the medals.
In the 800m, Kyle Moorhead was coming back after a bad three weeks with his foot where training was severely compromised. This race was a “tester” and Kyle sat off the leading group but as he tried to attack with 150m to run the lactate hit and all Kyle could do was hold his position and come home to a 5th place overall finish.
In the Sprints, Lauren Kilduff had a massive breakthrough by breaking 26-seconds for 200m for the first time – clocking a huge 25.42. Lauren is already eyeing 25 seconds – it will come! Toyosi George ran another good time of 23.58 in the 200m.
Lauren also ran well in the u20 60m, clocking 8.12 with Toyosi (7.44s) and Donnacha Lawless (7.67) also running very well.