Donegal athletes recorded a number of outstanding performances at Tullamore over the weekend when the All Ireland’s Part One were held in ideal conditions.
A number of national records and championship best performances were recorded by the young athletes. Finn Valley’s Fellen McGuigan threw the U16 - Hammer 70.34m and clubmate James Kelly threw 11.56m in the U-12 Shot Putt while Mark Bonnar recorded a CBP in the U-18 Steeplechase.
Tir Chonaill’s Karl Griffin, smashed a 30-year-old record when winning the U-17 800m impressively in a time of 1:52.72secs. The Donegal Town lad, who heads for the European Youth Olympics next week, had, two days earlier at the Clonliffe Harriers 125 years celebration meet in Santry, ran 1:50.97secs in winning the B mens 800m.
This is the fastest 2011 time in Europe by a 16-year-old clubmate Kate McGowan skimmed over the U-15 80m hurdles to lower a ten year old record -time 11.45 seconds and later on Saturday was most impressive when recording 5.50m for victory in then long jump. Letterkenny Athletic Club’s Mark English heads for the European Junior championships in Tallinn in Estonia in two weeks time. On Sunday he stepped down a distance and recorded 48.02 seconds for victory in the 400m - a new Donegal record for the distance and one-fifth of a second short of 400m qualification for the European Junior Championships.
Medal winners by club Tir Chonaill - Karl Griffin, Gold U17 800m NR, Kate McGowan Gold U15 80m Hurdles NR aslo Gold in Long Jump, Emma Brady, Silver U16 80m Hurdles, Thomas McGowan, Silver U13 Shot Putt, Louise Harvey Silver U19 100m Hurdles, Hannah Campbell, Bronze U16 Pole Vault and Clare Brady, Bronze U17 Pole Vault Killybegs – Dylan Kearns Bronze U13 Javelin Finn Valley -Gold John Kelly, U16 Javelin; James Kelly U12 Shot, NR; JadeLeeper, Silver U14 Discus, Blaithneid Patton, Silver U16 High Jump; Niamh McGranaghan 3rd U13 Javelin, Mark Bonnar 2nd Steeplechase U18, Dalton McGuigan Gold Steeplechase U17 , Fellan McGuigan, U16 Hammer NR, Sommer Lecky, 3rU12 L ong Jump Shaun Woods 2nd U18 400mU18, Aaron McGlynn, 3rd U13 High Jump Lifford – Shannon Conwell, Gold U12 Ball Throw; Thomas Mullen, Silver U12 Ball Throw; Conor McKinney Bronze U15 High Jump Inishowen - Fergus Cox Gold U14 JavelinLetterkenny - Mark English, Gold U19 400m, Arlene Crossan, Silver U12 -600m, Natasha McArdle, Bronze U14 800m, Peter Gibbons, Bronze U15 800m.