Sineád Gaffney Strikes National Bronze in Nenagh
The indoor track & field season continued at the weekend in Nenagh with the AAI Games on Saturday in Nenagh together with the National Senior and Junior Pentathlon.
Sineád Gaffney had a fine performance to finish in 3rd place in the Junior Pentathlon with a score of 2504 points which included PBs in the 60m hurdles (10.87), shot putt (6.55m) and high jump (1.44m). Sineád also had strong performances of 4.51m in the long jump and 2.33.12 in the 800m, just a second outside her PB. In the same competition, Maria McNamara had an unfortunate fall in the 60m hurdles, taking a heavy knock which ruled her out of the other events besides the shot putt. Maria threw 7.62m in the shot putt.
In the senior pentathlon, Sarah Finnegan took 4th place with a score of 2429 points which included a leap of 4.65m in the long jump, 1.41m in the high jump, 6.48m in the shot putt, 10.18 in the 60m hurdles and 2.50.58 in the 800m.
The AAI Games took place on the same day in Nenagh where Ashley McDonnell, Claire Ryder, Kate O’Donoghue, Maireád McCan and Rachel Finnegan were competed. Ashley had a fine performance in the long jump, jumping 3 PBs of 4.99, 5.04 and 5.05m – her first time over the 5m mark. Katie O’Donoghue was another to have a fantastic day with PBs in the 60m and in the shot putt and in both cases, setting new senior records for the club. Katie’s time in the sprint was 8.32s beating the old record of 8.44s held by Claire Ryder while her shot putt of 8.25m beat the existing club indoor record held by Maria McNamara by the tiny margin of 2cm.
Claire illustrated that she is heading back towards her best in the long jump with 4.39m but leaping a good 50cm behind the break point on the board. Likewise Maireád McCan had a good jump of 4.68m which was at least 30cm behind the break point. Maireád earlier showed good form with an 8.61 time in the 60m despite visibly struggling with an injury in the latter stages of the race. The multi-talented Maireád threw the shot putt out to a new PB of 7.58m and in the high jump made a valiant attempt at a new PB of 1.47m but bowed out with injury. Rachel Finnegan recorded good results of 8.89s in the 60m sprint and 9.13m in the triple jump.