A number of athletes travelled to Tullamore on Saturday for the pinnacle event of the juvenile athletics year – the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships. This event consistently provides the highest standard of juvenile athletics on this island, with athletes from all 32 counties battling it out for the honours.
Maeve Curley took the only medal of the day by a Craughwell AC athlete when finishing in 2nd place in the Senior Girls 3000m walk, a placing which should further consolidate Maeve’s selection for the European Junior Track & Field later this summer. Linda Porter showed a strong return to form when placing 4th in the Intermediate Girls 1500m in a time of 5.06.54, while Nicholas Sheehan finished a creditable 8th in the Junior Boys 800m in a PB of 2:08.75. Jamie Spellman took 8th place in the Junior Boys 1500m in 4.37.02 while Finn Stoneman battled hard in the Intermediate Boys 1500m, finishing 8th in a time of 4.22.62. Peadar Harvey took 9th place in the Senior Boys 5000m in a time of 16.52. Oisin McNally finished in 11th place in the Junior Boys high jump and 8th in the javelin with a throw of 31.13m.
Competing in the Intermediate grade, Maria McNamara took 8th place in the high jump and finished 7th in the triple jump with 9.90m. Melissa Mullins took 8th place in the same event with 9.76m. Tomas Keehan and Niall Rooney took 5th and 6th place in the Senior Boys high jump with 1.75m. Maireád McCan was unlucky not to make the final 6 in the Intermediate Girls long jump, leaping 4.82m from over a foot before the takeoff line. In the Intermediate Girls relay, the Pres Athenry team featuring Maria McNamara, Jessica Heneghan, Claire Ryder and Alanna Lally finished 7th in a time of 52.26.