U9s Debut in Dangan!

U9s Debut in Dangan!

Not even the wet, miserable morning could dampen the spirits of the youngest Craughwell AC athletes as the U9s took to the stage for their track and field debut in Dangan on Saturday. They all arrived bright and early and the enthusiasm from them all was a joy to see, particularly for their coaches.

The first event for them was on the field where we had 6 girls and 6 boys competing in the turbo javelin, with all of them medalling – a great start to the day.

Grace Cunningham and Eabha Neary 1st with a combined throw of 10.90, Yvanna Duffy and Niamh O’Connor 2nd (9.57) and Niamh Kelly and Jenny Cloonan 3rd (7.77). Next up were the boys where Cormac Regan and Callum Brady combined to win gold (14.91), Liam O’Connell and Adam Jordan 2nd (13.37) and Caleb Fleetwood and Ben Trehy 3rd (11.55).

The relays were the first event on the track where we had 4 girls teams and 2 boys teams with straight finals in each. The girls team of Keira Gilligan, Siobhan Carr, Rachel O’Callaghan and Chloe Hallinan (sub Grace Lynch) had a great run to take the silver medal in a time of 1.13.87, with the others teams finishing 4th, 5th, and 6th. The boys then took to the track with the team of Michael Fallon, Cillian Horan, Cormac McFadden and Evan Moran. In second place with 50 metres to go Evan Moran ran out of his skin to grab the gold medal in a time of 1.11.20. The team of Callum Brady, Lucas Keane, Conor Gilligan and Liam O’Connell (sub Caleb Fleetwood) also had a great run to take bronze in a time of 1.15.00. It was great to see such young athletes running in their first competitive relay.

The long jump saw some great jumping with the U9s taking 5 out of the 6 sets of medals up for grabs. Chloe Hallinan and Grace Lynch combined to take gold with jumps of 2.79m and 2.71m (5.50m). 2nd place went to Isabella Boland 2.68m and Siobhan Carr 2.64m (5.32m) and 3rd Niamh Costello 2.37m and Grace Keaveney 2.27m (4.64m). In the boys event 1st place went to Evan Moran 3.16m and Conor Gilligan 2.93m (6.09m) and 2nd Cormac McFadden 2.87m and Cillian Horan 2.48m (5.35m).

The 60m sprints saw super running from Aoibhe Donnellan and Rachel O’Callaghan to take the silver medals with a combined time of 22.46s. Michael Fallon and Conor Gilligan then combined to take the silver medals for the boys in 22.29s.

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Last up for this great group of young athletes was the 300m. Strong finishes from Siobhan Carr (1.01.41) and Rachel O’Callaghan (1.04.23) saw them take the silver medals. Great running again from the boys saw Evan Moran (56.55) and Michael Fallon (1.00.46) combine to take 2nd place with Liam O’Connell (1.00.83) and Cillian Horan (1.01.19) taking 3rd.

All in all it was a great day for the U9s. It was a pleasure for their coaches to see how easily they all took to their first competitive competition and for those who didn’t win medals this time around, ‘their day will come’.

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