A splendid weekend of Athletics concluded in Athlone on Sunday with some incredible performances from the U12-13 Age Groups, and the 1500m for U14-U19 Age Groups. In a great weekend, Craughwell AC Athletes broke an incredible EIGHT Championship Best Performances and won dozens of medals – no club broke more, a fantastic achievement for a club representing such a small village! Many thanks to the Connacht County Board and all the officials who gave up their weekend and took a scorching to host this competition.
The report from Saturday is here. The following is the full list of Championship best performances over the weekend!
|U13 80m Sprints||Rachel Warde||10.23|
|U13 Girls 4x100m||Katie Leen, Lauren Morgan, Rachel Warde and Aeveen Kelly||56.52s|
|U14 High Jump||Conor Penney||1.65|
|U14 Long Jump||Sean Hoade||5.10|
|U14 75mh||Sean Hoade||12.16|
|U14B 4x100m Relay||Conor Penney, Sean Hoade, Lawless, McNally||53.6|
|U14 1500m||Declan O’Connell||4.31.44|
|U19 1500m||Sean Cotter||4.09.91|
1500m: Declan and Sean smash the records!
Highlight performance of Sunday and perhaps the whole weekend was an immense u14 1500m Championship best performance of 4.31 by Declan O’Connell. Declan knocked an incredible 13s off the previous Championship best held by Craughwell AC’s Oisin Lyons. Declan led from the gun, closely tracked by the talented warrior Oisin Maher of GCH.
With two laps remaining, a gap developed and Declan stretched it to 14 seconds by the end. This is a truly exceptional run and if he stays healthy Declan will be very, very hard to beat in the all-Irelands!
Sean Cotter also took the u19 1500m Championship best in a battle to the line with Oisin Davis – winning in 4.09. The current 4.16 record was held by their good friend and training partner Paddy Noonan so the plan set on the way up was to knock a bit off. It was good championship race practice. Oisin led the race for the first 1300m keeping a decent honest pace, with Sean and a GCH athlete on his heels. With 300m to go the race kicked off in earnest and the two boys pulled clear, swapping places in a great battle which lasted right to the line, Sean passing again for the slimmest possible lead with 10m to run.
Emily Miskella won the u18 girls 1500m in 5.11 in a very solid run. Emily showed good character to come back at her opponent with 150m to run and take the win.
Holly O’Boyle was 6th in her 1500m in 5:47. Holly is new to the event and getting the hang of pacing. Her pacing was much better this time than her last outing, lasting two laps with the field in baking heat.
U12 and 13s excel lead by Alan and Rachel
The day kicked off with the younger kids and the athletes all did them selves proud – Alan Hallinan and Rachel Warde had particularly great days.
In the u13 boys throw Ethan Stace came 4th in Javelin and 5th in Shot. Sam Casey won the High Jump with a fine 1.25. Tom Malone was 2nd in the 80m with 10.79. Lauren Morgan had an exceptional win in the long jump with a massive clearance of 4.30m.
Craughwell u13 girls had two strong relay teams coming 1st and 6th. The team of Katie Leen, Lauren Morgan, Rachel Warde and Aeveen Kelly set an incredible new Connacht Championship best of 56.52s.
The girls also did brilliantly in the high-jump, taking places 2 through 7! Lauren Morgan and Ava Doyle came 2nd and 3rd.
Then Rachel Warde set a massively impressive Connacht Championship record with her win in the 80m in a time of 10.23. This was a huge PB and a great result for the talented and popular athlete. Rachel then had a massive win in the 60m hurdles with an excellent 10.31 victory.
Ava Doyle came 6th in the Javelin while Megan Smith came 10th. Ava came 4th in shot. In the 600m, Claudia Coyle came 4th in heat 1 and Aeveen Kelly came 4th in heat 2 in an identical time of 1.52.
The u12 boys relay team came 3rd in 59.93. Max Madden and Killian Burke came 6th and 7th in the Shot Put while in the Turbo Javelin Killian Burke was 5th, Oisin Molloy 7th, Charlie Daniels 12th.
Oisin O’Donovan was second in the high jump in 1.20 while Rhys Whelan was 4th. Alan Hallinan won the long jump in an exceptional jump of 4.21 while Oisin O’Donovan was 3rd and Charlie Daniels 10th.
Alan Hallinan needed security going home yesterday winning gold in his 60m hurdles, 600m and Long Jump! Alan Hallinan came first in the u12 boys 600m. Alan Warde got a pb 1.53 and Charlie Warde 2.01. Alan Hallinan also won the 60mh for his third title with 11.47.
In the u12 girls Kateyln O’Connor was 3rd in the Shot Put while Maya Gorecka continued her progress with a 2.46 clearance.