Super Performances at Connacht U9-13s

Super Performances at Connacht U9-13s

There were many outstanding performances at the Connacht Championships yesterday from our U9s 10s 11s 12s and 13s with loads of super personal bests and lots of medal winning performances in very wet conditions at times .. with 19 individual medals and many more in the paired events.

After all the lovely weather of the past 2 weeks, we paid for it yesterday with a steady drizzle all day and sometimes heavy. The miserable weather didn’t dampen the performances however of the Craughwell athletes and many came away with fantastic new PBs and Connacht medals. The redesigned Connacht medal looks great, something that should be considered more often.

Kate O’Leary led the way in the U13 age group with gold in the high jump with a 1.40m leap and some good attempts at 1.43m. Kate continued a good day with bronze in the 60m hurdles in 10.99s where all 3 medalists finished within 0.17s of each other. Faye Whelan leaped to a huge PB of 4.17m in the long jump to take the Connacht title in a magnificent win and earlier placed 7th in the 60m hurdles in 11.92s. Lincoln King won a fantastic bronze medal in the 80m in 11.33s despite carrying a heavily strapped knee. Sean Colleran was 8th in 11.55. Sean earlier took silver in the 60m hurdles in 11.06s with Ruairi McNena 6th in 11.63s.

Donal Coyle was unlucky to be in the slower heat of the 600m where he pulled way ahead of his competitors and won in a time of 1:46.06 but placed 5th overall as the other heat was faster. Sophie Meehan placed 8th in the 600m in a good time of 1.51.98. The U13 Boys relay team had a strong run to take silver in their 4×100 in 56.87 with Ciaran McNena, Sean Colleran, Lincoln King and Ruairi McNena while the girl’s team placed 5th in 60.27 with Adele Casserly, Sophie Meehan, Grace Drysdale, Faye Whelan and sub Kate O’Leary.

The U12s put in some great medal-winning performances also, with Lauren Kelly and Maeve Desbonnet and Lola Whitney-Mangan taking 3 of the top 4 places in the 60m Hurdles with Lauren 2nd in 11.67, Maeve 3rd in 12.0 and Lola 4th in 12.04. The club went even one better in the high jump with a clean-sweep of the top 3 places with Reailtin Ward taking the Connacht title, Laoise Colleran 2nd and Lauren Kelly 3rd. All 3 girls cleared the same height of 1.20 before exiting at 1.25 – great jumping given the very wet conditions – with Reailtin awarded the victory as she had leaped all heights cleanly. Lauren Kelly added further silverware with bronze in the 60m sprint in a 9.17s PB with Ruby Maher 8th in a 9.43s PB.

Cerys Johnson had a fantastic leap on her 2nd attempt in the U12 long jump to jump a huge 3.77m and in the process claim the silver medal. Sophie Mullane was another in super form with a huge throw of 16.90m in the U12 turbo javelin to take the bronze medal. The relays saw some blistering performances with the U12 Girls racing to the Connacht title in a fantastic time of 60.18s with Lola Whitney-Mangan, Ruby Maher, Laoise Colleran and Lauren Kelly. And our other teams were only a second from the podium with the team of Cerys Johnson, Reailtin Ward, Maeve Desbonnet and Sophie Coen racing to a time of 65.04 and Leah Rabbitte, Penny Forde, Ella Whyte and Bethann Beattie racing to 65.62.

The U12 Boys relay placed 5th in their race in a solid 62.21 with Conor and Nathan Quinn, Erik Daniels and Jack McNena. Earlier Nathan Quinn had a fine run to place 6th in the 60m hurdles in 12.43 while Cormac Burke placed 8th in both high jump (1.10) and shotput (6.34).

The U11 Boys relay raced to a marvelous bronze medal in their 4×100 in a time of 61.72 with Aaron Cummins, Conor Mannion, Jack Hibbitt and Taylor Flood. Conor added further medals later in the day with individual bronze in the long jump with a leap of 3.77m and same in the 600m in 1:50.47 where he paired with Jack Hibbitt for a fantastic gold medal in the paired competition with Jack placing 3rd in his heat in 1:58.72. Jack was very unlucky earlier to break all 3 of his jumps with in the long jump, with the last jump in particular looking well over 4m but a tiny break ruling it out.

Emily Burke had a huge jump of 3.31m to place 4th individually in the U11 Girls long jump, having earlier had a 3.40m ruled out due to some issue with the board which required her to retake her jump. The 3.40m would have placed herself and teammate Roise Beattie 3rd in the paired competition with Roise jumping a best of 3.08m. Abigail Machaj and Isabel Maher were also in super form in the turbo javelin, throwing 13.42m and 12.62m to take the Connacht title in the paired competition. Aaron Burke took individual bronze in the turbo javelin, throwing it a massive 17.52m and pairing with Sebastian Oancea who threw 12.83m to take the bronze in the team event.

Danny Mitchell and Noah Fahy took bronze in the U10 Boys turbo javelin with throws of 14.73 and 13.17 while the U10 Girls relay placed 8th in the 4×100 in a time of 70.8s with Emma Mannion, Olivia Rooney, Freya Wholihan, Ciara Ward and sub Aíne Desbonnet. The U9 Girls went one better in their relay with Rosanna Burke, Ailbhe Kearney, Sadie Lally and Ellie Dermody placing 7th in a time of 1:16.48. While in the U9 Girls long jump, Emma Mannion leaped 2.75m to take 6th place overall with partner Ailbhe Kearney 11th with 2.52m. The U9 Boys placed 6th overall in their relay in a time of 1:14.08 with Liam Cloonan, Cormac Kennelly, Darragh O’Callaghan, Cian Fallon and Max O’Riordan.

There were many more fine performances throughout the day in the different age categories including:

U13 Girls High Jump 5 Faye Whelan (1.25); Long Jump 5 Kate O’Leary (3.93), 7 Adele Casserly (3.89); 60m Hurdles 12 Grace Drysdale (12.65); 80m 12 Adele Casserly (12.14); U13 Boys U13 Boys Long Jump 9 Ruairi McNena (4.08), 10 Ciaran McNena (3.88); Javelin 10 Sean Colleran (14.83); 80m 15 Ruairi McNena (12.23).

U12 Girls High Jump 7 Ava Burke (1.10), 10 Bethann Beattie (1.10), 12 Sophie Coen (1.05), 13 Maeve Desbonnet (1.05); 60m Hurdles 9 Reailtin Ward  (12.98), 17 Bethann Beattie (13.75); Shotput 8 Bethann Beattie (5.26), 12 Elise Hartmann (3.65); 60m 11 Laoise Colleran (9.54), 16 Penny Forde (9.73), 25 Cerys Johnston (9.89), 28 Sophie Coen (9.94), 34 Leah Rabbitte (10.09), 44 Sophie Mullane (10.32), 56 Elise Hartmann (10.77), 60 Liz Hume (11.06); Long Jump 9 Sophie Coen (3.47), 11 Laoise Colleran (3.46), 12 Lola Whitney-Mangan (3.38), 14 Maeve Desbonnet (3.33), 22 Penny Forde (3.21), 23 Ella Whyte (3.20), 24 Ava Burke (3.19), 27 Sophie Mullane (3.13), 35 Reailtin Ward (2.88), 50 Liz Hume (2.17), 51 Elise Hartmann (2.14); U12 Boys 60m Hurdles 9 Conor Quinn (12.72), 16 Jack McNena (13.52), 18 Erik Daniels (14.59); 600m 12 Donagh Cullinane (2:02.02), 14 Erik Daniels (2:02.86), 17 Nathan Quinn (2:04.62); 60m 14 Jack McNena (9.59), 30 Isaac White (10.61)Long Jump 14 Conor Quinn (3.50), 18 Donagh Cullinane (3.45), 19 Jack McNena (3.44), 26 Erik Daniels (3.30); 38 Isaac White (2.60); Turbo Javelin 15 Conor Quinn (12.53).

U11 Girls 600m 11 Muireann Kelly (2:07.26); U11 Girls 60m 14 Roisin Melia (9.99), 26 Abigail Machaj (10.62); U11 Boys Long Jump 8 Matthew Drysdale (3.54), 15 Aaron Cummins (3.39); 600m 23 Dean Fahy (2:15.71); U10 Boys 60m 8 Sean Taylor (10.00), 11 Oran Gillespie (10.17); Long Jump 10 Oran Gillespie (3.25), 19 Danny Kieran (2.94); U10 Girls 60m 17 Olivia Rooney (10.51), 21 Ciara Ward (10.78);

U9 Girls Turbo Javelin 11 Aisling Gorman (6.87), 18 Rosanna Burke (6.16), 22 Cody Cloonan (5.23), 26 Casey Cloonan (4.00); 60m 16 Tess Healy (11.10), 24 Ella Fahy (11.45); 300m 18 Emma Mannion (1:06.66), 21 Lily Hibbitt (1:07.60); U9 Boys Long Jump 8 Cian Fallon (2.82), 11 Liam Cloonan (2.73), 11 Liam O’Flynn (2.73), 16 Oisin Phelan (2.62); Turbo Javelin 15 Max O’Riordan (6.73), 15 Darragh O’Callaghan (6.73).

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