The National Combined Events Championships were held in Tullamore last weekend and eight Lifford AC athletes made the long trip south.
They returned home with one gold and one bronze medal as well as having three other athletes making top six finishes.
Isabel Breslin was in action in the Masters Women event hoping to add to her success at the National Indoor Combined Events Championships in Athlone back in January. After a hectic day which saw her compete in the 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump and Shot Putt, it came down to the final event - the 800m – to decide the medals. A gutsy run saw Breslin return a time of 2 mins 58.74 seconds and despite finishing second, her combined total of 1728 points was enough to give the Ballindrait girl another national title beating off Verena Fenlon of St. Joseph’s AC, (1633 points) into second place overall.
Good news too in the Girls Youths Heptathlon where Kathleen Craig won her first national medal taking home a bronze medal. Lying in 4th position overnight after the first four events on Day 1 of competition on a total of 1627 points, Craig came good on Day 2 with good performances in the Long Jump and 800m to earn herself a place on the third step of the podium.
Craig’s younger sister, Shannon, had her highest ever finish at these championships taking 5th place in the u15 Girls event with a combined total of 2324 points, the highlight for the Raphoe lass being a new personal best of 2 min 32.98 seconds in the 800m.
There was a 5th place finish also for Tom Mullen in the u14 Boys event with 2736 points, just 144 points off a medal. In a very strong field, Mullen had 3 excellent performances in the 80m Hurdles, Shot Putt and 800m where he had top 2 finishes in each event. Unfortunately under par performances in the High Jump and Long Jump meant that Mullen had to be satisfied with a still highly commendable 5th position overall. Conor Breslin and Conor McGinley finished in 14th and 16th positions overall in this age group and will have learned greatly from the experience capping off a successful track and field season for the dedicated duo.
In the u15 Boys event Brandon Connolly will be well satisfied with his 6th place finish with a total of 2953 points with Alan McGinley just one place further back in 7th with a combined total of 2887 points. Connolly ran a great 80m Hurdles in 12.83 seconds and a fine 800m in 2 mins 23.07 seconds while McGinley had a new best leap of 1.51m in the High Jump and just missed out on 5 metres in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.98m. Meanwhile Wilson Craig competed in the National Development Competition in the 60m and 600m – also in Tullamore - and performed well in both events. The highlight for Craig was a new personal best time of 2 mins 04.89 seconds to give him 7th place in the 600m.
Ann Marie McGlynn of Lifford AC continued her recent excellent form by taking victory in the Danny McDaid 15k event in Letterkenny at the weekend coming home in a hugely impressive time of 54 minutes 59 seconds. McGlynn has had a fantastic season to date winning national medals on the track, both indoors and outdoors as well as dominating the road scene locally.
There were impressive performances from the other Lifford AC athletes in action in Letterkenny with Bill Duncan coming home in 16th overall in 58 mins 01 seconds; James Crossan 18th in 58 mins 23 seconds; Paul Kelly 38th in 61 mins 37 seconds and Mark Donaghey 139th in 81 mins 34 seconds.