Record Breaking Conor Flies to the Euros!

Record Breaking Conor Flies to the Euros!

Galway clubs were flying in the all-Ireland again this weekend showing a resurgence in talent throughout the county. The kids from the village were once again in scintillating form. In total over the three days of the championship, Craughwell won a cracking four Gold medals, three Silver and two Bronze medals and a LOT of 4th placed medals!!.

U16 Girls 1500m: 6. Claudia Coyle (4:53.64)
U17 Boys 1500m: 4. Declan O’Connell (4:08.44)
U18 Boys 1500m: 10. Luke O’Sullivan (4:13.38)
U17 Boys 400m: 3. Toyosi George (53.35) Q
U17 Boys 400m: 10. Keelan Moorhead (54.96)
U17 Boys 400m: 19. Joshua Whyte (58.52)
U17 Boys 400m: 6. Toyosi George (55.65)
U17 Girls 400m: 5. Lauren Kilduff (59.48) Q
U17 Girls 400m: 5. Lauren Kilduff (59.77)
U13 Girls 60m Sprint: 13. Lauren Kelly (8.89)
U14 Girls 60m Sprint: 9. Kate O Leary (8.52)
U15 Boys 60m Sprint: 13. Sean Cleare (7.97)
U16 Boys 60m Sprint: 7. Kai Watters (7.50) Q
U16 Boys 60m Sprint: 6. Kai Watters (7.50)
U16 Girls 60m Sprint: 10. Rachel Warde (8.21)
U17 Boys 60m Sprint: 0. Donnacha Lawless (DQ)
U17 Girls 60m Sprint: 16. Emily Nestor (8.65)
U17 Girls 60m Sprint: 0. Megan Devane (DQ)
U17 Girls 60m Sprint: 19. Emily Kinane (9.00)
U14 Girls High Jump: 9. Kate O Leary (1.4)
U15 Boys High Jump: 11. Oisin O’Donovan (1.4)
U15 Boys High Jump: 13. Rhys Whelan (1.35)
U18 Girls High Jump: 6. Isabel Schukat (1.45)
U19 Girls High Jump: 5. Eva Kelleher (1.45)
U12 Boys Long Jump: 6. Conor Mannion (3.93)
U19 Girls Long Jump: 4. Eva Kelleher (4.54)
U12 Boys Shot Put (2kg): 2. Aaron Burke (8.76) SILVER
U12 Boys Shot Put (2kg): 9. Sebastian Oancea (7.16)
U14 Girls Shot Put (2kg): 20. Chloe Lane (6.83)
U15 Boys Shot Put (3kg): 5. Max Madden (11.80)
U17 Boys Triple Jump: 4. Joshua Whyte (10.78)
U16 Boys 200m Sprint: 5. Kai Watters (23.85) Q
U16 Boys 200m Sprint: 4. Kai Watters (23.72)
U17 Boys 200m Sprint: 4. Toyosi George (23.48) Q
U17 Boys 200m Sprint: 4. Toyosi George (23.38)
U17 Girls 200m Sprint: 18. Megan Devane (27.86)
U17 Girls 200m Sprint: 19. Emily Nestor (28.76)
U17 Girls 200m Sprint: 6. Lauren Kilduff (26.02) Q
U17 Girls 200m Sprint: 5. Lauren Kilduff (26.25)
U13 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.686m 60m S): 14. Lola Whitney-Mangan (11.28)
U13 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.686m 60m S): 15. Maeve Desbonnet (11.59)
U13 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.686m 60m S): 7. Lauren Kelly (10.46) Q
U13 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.686m 60m S): 6. Lauren Kelly (10.55)
U14 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.762m 75m S): 7. Sean Colleran (10.11)
U15 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.838m 80m S): 2. Shane Hennon (9.52) Q
U15 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.838m 80m S): 16. Alan Warde (11.16)
U15 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.838m 80m S): 2. Shane Hennon (9.49) SILVER
U16 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.762m 80m S): 1. Rachel Warde (9.17) Q
U16 Girls 60m Hurdles (0.762m 80m S): 1. Rachel Warde (9.17) GOLD
U17 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.914m): 1. Conor Penney (8.55) Q
U17 Boys 60m Hurdles (0.914m): 1. Conor Penney (8.28) GOLD
U14 Boys 800m: 12. Donal Coyle (2:24.39)
U15 Boys 800m: 7. Alan Hallinan (2:16.51) Q
U15 Boys 800m: 6. David Frazer (2:15.03)
U15 Boys 800m: 2. Alan Hallinan (2:06.02) SILVER
U16 Girls 800m: 4. Claudia Coyle (2:19.87) Q
U16 Girls 800m: 6. Claudia Coyle (2:24.96)
U17 Boys 800m: 5. Declan O’Connell (2:03.04) Q
U17 Boys 800m: 5. Declan O’Connell (2:04.31)
U19 Boys 800m: 17. Liam O’Connell (2:12.28)
U17 Boys High Jump: 1. Conor Penney (2.04) GOLD
U18 Boys High Jump: 4. Darragh Kelly (1.81)
U19 Boys High Jump: 4. Sean Liston (1.75)
U14 Girls Long Jump: 16. Faye Whelan (4.14)
U15 Boys Long Jump: 3. Shane Hennon (5.30) BRONZE
U13 Girls Shot Put (2kg): 12. Lola Whitney-Mangan (7.86)

The performance of the weekend came from Conor Penney who smashed the Championship Record for the High-Jump, sailing over 2.04m on his third and final attempt, having sealed the championship on his opening jump of 1.80. 2.04m is the entry standard for the European U18 championships so Conor will be off to Slovakia in July for that! Conor put in a memorising series of clearances over 1.80m, 1.88m, 1.94m, 1.99m and 2.04m to hold the large crowd spellbound for over 40 minutes with a massive cheer ringing out on his record breaking 1.99m and 2.04m leaps.

Darragh Kelly (1.81m) and Sean Liston (1.75m) were unlucky to be 4th in the u18 and u19 boys High Jump respectively. On Saturday, Eva Kelleher (1.45m) was 5th in u19 girls with Isabel Schukat coming 6th in the u18 girls with the same height. Eva followed up that performance with a 4th place finish in the U19 girls long jump with a best of 4.54m, unlucky to be so close to the podium in 2 events and not come home with a medal. Kate O’Leary leaped to a fine 1.40m in the u14 girls high jump for 10th.

Conor is far from a one-trick pony and also won the 60mh in a superb time of 8.28s, well clear of the field. This massive success is an incredible achievement from Conor, High-Jump coach Mike Tobin, Hurdles Coach Ronnie Warde, Dad Brendan and all involved. It was clear from the hug that Conor gave his coach/mentor Ronnie after the clearance how much this meant to both of them.

Rachel Warde has been one of the dominant Irish Hurdlers in the past few years and shows no sign of letting up. She ran the exact same time of 9.17 in the heats and the finals to clinch another fantastic national title, well clear of the opposition.

Shane Hennon, a relative newcomer, demonstrated rapid progress by securing bronze and silver medals with personal bests in the U15 long jump (5.30m) and hurdles (9.49s). Shane ventured into athletics just last year, winning the Connacht Schools Finals discus, and then joining Craughwell AC in Autumn. This weekend’s achievements add to his bronze from the relay two weeks ago. Incredible stuff from a lad not long at the sport – a huge potential talent for the future!

In the middle-distance, Alan Hallinan was the highlight – running a massive 2:06.02 for Silver in the 800m ahead of David Frazer who was 6th in his heat.

Claudia Coyle kicked things off with a superb new club record in the 1500m of 4.53 for 6th. Claudia ran 2:24 for 6th in the 800m, havin qualified for the finals with 2:19.87 and her brother Donal 12th in 2:23. This is Claudia’s last run in the famous Green and White, switching to her more local club of South Galway for the shorter commute. Best of luck to the Coyles and South Galway with these fantastic athletes!

Declan O’Connell had a huge weekend – coming 4th in the 1500m Saturday after a hard-fought battle in 4:08.44, fading after doing a huge amount of the early work. Declan made the trip up again on Sunday, running a fine 2:03 to qualify for the finals where he finished 5th in 2:04.31.

Luke O’Sullivan came 10th in the u18 boys 1500m with a solid 4:13,38.

Aaron Burke won a famous Silver Medal in the u12 Shot Put, clearing a mighty 8.76m. Sebastian Oancea threw 7.16m for 9th in the same event. Conor Mannion put together a fine series of long jumps in the U12 Boys event, qualifying for the final rounds and placing 6th overall with a best of 3.93m recorded on his 5th attempt – a great Nationals for Conor on his first outing as an individual with a 4th place finish from last weekend’s high jump and then 6th this weekend in the long jump.

In U14, Faye Whelan came close to her PB with 4.14m in the Long Jump and Chloe Lane made a notable debut at the Nationals with a shot put of 6.83m. A successful outing for Kate O’Leary also, achieving PBs in the 60m and high jump. Sean Colleran narrowly missed qualifying for the 60m hurdles final, clocking 10.11s in a challenging heat.

In the U15 high jump, Rhys Whelan jumped 1.35m and Oisin O’Donovan cleared 1.40m. Sean Cleare competed in the 60m sprint with a time of 7.97s, and Max Madden hit 11.80m in the shot put, securing 5th place.

In the U13 girls 60m sprint, Lauren Kelly raced to a brilliant PB of 8.89 to place 13th overall, dipping under the 9 seconds mark for the first time. Lauren followed it up on Sunday with another PB in the heats of the 60m hurdles with brilliant time of 10.46 and followed it up with 10.55 to place 6th in the final. Lauren was joined in the heats of the hurdles by Lola Whitney-Mangan and Maeve Desbonnet who both also raced to super times with Lola 5th in her heat in 11.28 and Maeve also 5th in her heat in 11.59. Earlier in the day, Lola put in a great performance in the U13 shot putt with her best throw of 7.86m placing 12th overall.

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