Results of Connacht Juvenile Indoors Day 2

Results of Connacht Juvenile Indoors Day 2



Craughwell AC athletes performed very strongly again last weekend in day 2 of the Connacht Indoor Championships in Nenagh where the high jump, hurdles and relays were taking place.


The club continued to impress in the high jump when taking 3 Connacht titles along with numerous silver and bronze medallists. Tomas Keehan led the way with a 1.75m clearance to take gold in the U18 boys event, with Niall Rooney in 3rd place with a 1.65m jump – unlikely not to have gone much much higher as evidenced by the photograph above, just clipping the bar with his heels each time.


Maria McNamara leaped 1.50m to take gold in the U16 girls, with Sinead Gaffney jumping a new PB to take the bronze medal with 1.30m and Caoimhe Quill finishing in 4th place with 1.30m. Jessica Heneghan put in a great performance in her first high jump competition to finish 6th with 1.25m, soldiering on despite getting a bad knock from the bar.




Ella Bryan had a busy day, running on two 200m relay teams but nevertheless put in her usual fine performance in the high jump to take the Connacht title in the U15 girls event, equalling her PB of 1.45m. Diarmuid Prendergast had a fantastic performance in his first competitive outing to take the silver medal in the U15 boys high jump with 1.50m. With only 2 athletes in the event and the other being a silver medallist in last year’s National finals, Diarmuid was jumping on his own in the earlier rounds – starting at 1.25m, moving up to 1.30m, then 1.35m, 1.40m, 1.45m and 1.50m. He knocked a couple of earlier bars but got 1.50m on his first attempt. His opponent joined the competition at 1.50m and cleared it. Both athletes then failed at their attempts at 1.55m – with Diarmuid taking silver on countback of knocked bars. That was a lot of jumping for Diarmuid – possibly 12 jumps in total – a super start to what will hopefully be a very strong event for him.


Ellen Fitzpatrick had a super sequence of jumps in the U14 was unlucky to finish outside the medals when taking 4th place in the U14 girls with a new PB of 1.30m; Damien O’Boyle took silver in the U14 boys with 1.25m;  Jim Crowley did the same in the U12 boys with a fine jump of 1.15m, with Sam McArdle in 3th with 1.10m and Dylan Finn 4th with 1.10m; Aisling Keady-Cummins had a super series of jumps to take the silver medal in the U12 girls with 1.20m, with Michelle Duggan 3rd in 1.10m and Emma Gaffney 4th with 1.10m. 


As the next wave of Craughwell high jumpers performed in Nenagh, the honours continue to flow to Cathriona Farrell when at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star Awards on Saturday night she was awarded the Athletics Ireland ‘Eamonn Gilbert’ Award for the best juvenile high jump performance in 2009 in recognition of her achievements at the European Youth Olympics last year in Finland .



 Back in Nenagh, in the 60m hurdles, Christoper O’Connor took 3rd place in the U15 boys event with 4th place finishes for Sinead Treacy in the U14 girls, Jamie Spellman in the U14 boys and Hannah Rabbittee in the U13 girls. The club also recorded some fine performance in the relays with many teams featuring in the medals: U12 girls 4×100 2nd in 1.05.4 – Eimear Loughnane, Emma Gaffney, Dearbhaile Walshe, Michelle Duggan, Shonagh Gilligan; U12 boys 4×100 2nd in 59.5 – Brian Loughnane, Dylan Finn, Jim Crowley, Isi Richard, 4th in 1.04.4 Sam McArdle, Liam Moran, Hugh Lane, Ronan Nevin; U14 boys 4x200m 1st in 1.56.4 – Aidan Conneely, Gavin O’Toole, Kelvin Olayemi, Jamie Spellman, Damien O’Boyle; U14 girls 3rd in 2.02.2 – Sinead Treacy, Ellen Fitzpatrick, Ellen Treacy, Siobhan Connolly, Ciara Greene;  U15 girls 5th in 2.06.1 – Sinead Treacy, Gabrielle Tobin, Ciara Greene, Ella Bryan; U16 girls 2nd in 2.01.4 – Jessica Heneghan, Orla McDaid, Sinead Gaffney, Ella Bryan; U17 girls 2nd in 1.58.2 – Debbie Kenny, Katie O’Donoghue, Orla McDaid, Mairead McCann; U18 girls 3rd in 1.59.4 Ashley McDonnell, Shannen Freaney, Debbie Kenny, Katie O’Donoghue.

The U12 boys relay provided the only controversial moment of the day when Craughwell's 2nd team were obstructed twice during the relay final and might have taken the bronze medals if that had no happened. After alot of deliberation from officials, they remained in 4th place much to the dissapointment of their team.

Full results of the day are at:

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