The path to normality continued apace this weekend as some Craughwell AC athletes took part in the AAI Games in Santry. The AAI Games has no medals but is an annual graded Meet hosted by Athletics Ireland which is an excellent opportunity for people to get pre-championship blowouts or achieve times for international qualification or personal satisfaction!
[Edit: This article just updated on Monday AM as I TOTALLY missed Sinead Treacy’s participation on Sunday – having smashed the Club 400m record – apologies Sinead!! The Club Records are now updated on the website following the record breaking of the last few weeks and years!! – let us know of any errors or corrections, I know there were some we missed!]
Four Craughwell AC Athletes made the trip to the big smoke to take part – Sinead Treacy in the 400m and Oisin Davis, Gavin Cooney and Jack Miskella in the middle distance. Gavin made a weekend of it, competing on both the Saturday and the Sunday – tough stuff!
Sinead Treacy delivered the performance of the day with a smashing new Club 400m Record of 56.54. The modest and understated Sinead has continued to develop as an athlete right through her College years and this is another step on her journey to becoming one of the very top 400m Sprinters in the country – a true inspiration to everyone in the club.
Sinead’s start was incredible, eating up a two lane stagger in the first 100m and holding her form strongly throughout, never fading while the athletes around her tied up. It looks like there is more time to be had!
Gavin Cooney ran in heat 3 of the 800m which was a strange race – very stop/starty and surgey, which doesn’t suit a fast time. In the end, Gavin ran strongly to finish in a fine 2.03.10.
Oisin Davis was in heat 2 and had a fine run. He led the field through the first 300m but then a very strong runner drove past to leave Oisin leading the chasing pack – a tricky spot!. He held on well to finish 4th in his heat in 2.00.36 – just 0.1s from a PB and 0.37 away from the magical sub-2 he was looking for. He will get there! It is a very hard barrier to break – most running calculators equate it to a 2:24 marathon in difficulty.
On Sunday, we had two competitors in the 1500m – Jack Miskella and Gavin Cooney again! Based on his excellent 3.55.01 club record of three weeks ago the on-fire Jack was seeded in the A-race, along with big names like Shane Bracken (NCAA 3.41 1500 runner) and the mighty Cian McPhillips who was chasing a European qualifying standard.
The race went out hard and Jack started from the back. After 300m, as it looked like a break was about to develop, Jack made the call to close the gap towards the leading group and dig in.
In the end, Jack managed an excellent final lap to finish with 3:55.36, proving that his PB of a few weeks ago was no fluke (as though there is such a thing as a fluke in athletics!).
Jack was proudly wearing his NUIG singlet for one of the last times. He will be graduating from the college soon, but his experience is a great example of how College Athletics can be such a boon to the lives of students, having forged lifelong friendships and in the process improved his personal bests and indeed club records immeasurably.
Gavin was up again in the 1500m heat 4, his third race in six days and second of the weekend! Gavin found the conditions muggy and could feel the effect of the previous races in his legs. He still ran strongly to finish in a solid time of 4:24.24.
Sinead Treacy 400m 56.54 (Club Record!!)
Oisin Davis 800m 2.00.36
Gavin Cooney 800m 2.03.10
Jack Miskella 1500m 3.55.36
Gavin Cooney 1500m 4.24.24