7 athletes made the trip to Tullamore for National Pentathlon Championships where they each put in a strong performance.
Competing in the U16 Girls Pentathlon, Tara McNally put in a very competitive performance and would have challenged for a medal were it not for difficulty with her mark on the long jump where she leaped 4.26m from well behind the board. Tara record 13.34 for the 80m hurdles, 1.45m for the high jump, 4.26m for the long jump, 7.16m for the shot and 2.51.80 for the 800m for a points total of 2362, with PBs in the shot putt and the jumps.
In the U14 boys pentathlon, a large group of boys contested the event with Daniel Callanan-Forde coming out on top of the Craughwell group where he placed 9th with 2471 points, Sean Delaney in 10th with 2446 points, Jerry Keary 12th with 2308 points and Cian Waters 13th with 2155 points. The hurdles was the first event for the lads with Daniel and Cian placing 6th and 7th in times of 12.93 and 12.95 and Jerry and Sean recording times of 13.54 and 13.90. In the long jump, Daniel placed 7th with 4.56m leap marginally outside his PB while Sean, Jerry and Cian all recorded PBs with leaps of 4.42m, 4.38, and 4.15m. The high jump saw Sean set a new PB with a 1.51m leap with Jerry clearing the same height, Cian clearing 1.15m and Daniel scissoring an amazing 1.40m. Sean and Jerry’s jumps placed them joint 2nd in the high jump. The shot putt was Cian’s turn to shine where he placed 3rd with a 10.77 throw. Daniel heaved the shot 7.43, Sean 7.23 and Jerry 6.50. Final event of the day saw good runs from each of the lads over the unfamiliar distance of 800m with Daniel recording 2.39.54, Sean 2.40.47, Jerry 2.50.55 and Cian 2.57.08.
In the U14 girls’ pentathlon, Caoilin Milton and Ciana Reidy both hit a series of 5 PBs when recording points totals of 1970 and 1779 with Caoilin finishing 9th and Ciana 10th. Caoilin recorded an impressive PB of 12.82 in the 75m hurdles and followed this up with PBs of 4.15 in the long jump, 1.25m in the high jump, 7.57m in the 2kg shot putt and 2.55.26 in the 800m. Ciana competed in the hurdles for the first time, recording a time of 16.0s and leaped to a new PB in the long jump with 4.07m. She was particularly impressive in the high jump when clearing a new PB of 1.37m and finished off with a decent 6.51m in the shot putt and 3.02.41 in the 800m.