Gold for Donegal athletes Ulster championships

Gold for Donegal athletes Ulster championships
Donegal athletes had a very successful Ulster Senior and Ulster Underage Track and Field championship in Belfast, over the weekend.

Donegal athletes had a very successful Ulster Senior and Ulster Underage Track and Field championship in Belfast, over the weekend.

In the senior championships Anne Marie McGlynn from Lifford AC, Dan Mooney of Letterkenny AC and Dempsey McGuigan from Finn Valley all won gold medals on Saturday.

McGlynn won the 800m and was second in the 1500m, Mooney claimed the gold medal position in the men’s 1500m, while McGuigan took the number one position in the shot-putt.

McGuigan also set a new Donegal record of 62.85 metres at the championship and beat that record again, less than 24 hours later at a meeting in Bedford in England, with a throw of 63.58 metres.

McGuigan is chasing the European U-23 qualification standard of 66 metres.

The gold medal winners at the underage championship which were held on Sunday also in Belfast, at the Mary Peter’s Track were - John Kelly, Finn Valley AC (shot); Blainaid Patton, Lifford AC (triple jump) Caoimhe Byrne, Sliabh League (pole vault); Jade Leeper, Finn Valley (discuss and shot); Fergus Cox, Inishowen AC (javelin); Karen Gallagher, Lifford AC (300m hurdles); Ian Brennan, Finn Valley AC (high jump and long jump); Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley AC (1500m); Sean O’Brien, Letterkenny AC (U-17, 100 m); Noah Sannai, Letterkenny AC (U-16, 100m); Ciara Herron, Tir Chonaill AC (shot); Sarah Conroy, Sliabh League AC (triple and high jump); Jack McGeehan, Finn Valley AC (triple jump). Nicole Cuskelly, Lifford AC was also a gold medal winner.