Local athletes were to the fore over the weekend in Tullamore in a variety of disciplines prominent gold medal performances from James Kelly in the shot, erasing big brother John’s national record in that age division getting out to 15-52m, a whooping mark by any standards.
He was leading into the last throw in the javelin also only for a better effort from the Leinster competitor with both in excess of 43m.
Big brother John Kelly hit 18m to win U18 shot and was off up the road to catch a plane to the Ukraine. Blaithnaid Patton went over 11m to 11.20, a serious step up for the Stranorlar girl, in the triple jump, leading a 1 2 3 for Donegal with Caoimhe McMenamin in the bronze position that’s a big boost for coach Niall Wilkinson who has put in years of work round this athlete.
Aaron McGlynn has been in flying form in training recently mixing it with the older lads after a period of injury got boxed in but held the head and was an impressive winner, now for a shot at the 1500 in a few weeks.
Niamh McGranaghan continues to improve in the hammer now getting out to 40mplus and she will build on this no doubt at all a silver medal on this occasion. Jade Leeper was back in business in both the shot and discus medalling in both. Jack McGeehin silver in the triple, Ian Brennan over 6m in the long bronze, Daniela Jansen high jump medal on the Saturday and terrific high jumping from Sommer Lecky at 1.51 clearance just beaten on countback.
Sean McDonagh just a few centimetres down on the gold in the javelin but an encouraging silver. 14 medals in total for the squad and another weekend to come.
The other top 6 most prominent Dylan Kearns 4th javelin and Louise McSorley 6th turbo and Lauren Callaghan made 80m final needs to get out of the blocks sharper. Cate Smith top 8 in the shot .
Finally this week our sympathy goes out to Kathleen Kelly and Bernie Crossan and the wider family circle on the death of their mum in Clonmany.