Finn Valley AC athletes had a very successful outing at last weekend’s Glohealth All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore.
In all, the club claimed three gold, three silver and three bonze medals on day two of the championship. The gold medal winners were the Kelly brothers, James and John and Somer Lecky. Dylan Kearns, Ian Brennan and Somer Lecky were the silver medal winners while James Kelly, Naomh McGranaghan and Cate Smyth were the bronze medal winners.
James Kelly produced a throw of 51.67 metres for gold and a new championship record in the U-15 boys javelin. James also had a throw 37.72 metres in the discus win the bronze medal.
Older brother John threw a personal best throw of 42.27 metre to take the number one spot in the U-19 boys discus. Both boys coached by their father John Kelly senior still have their specialist event, the shot-putt in two weeks.
Sommer Lecky produced a personal best leap of 5.48 metres to win the U-15 girls long jump. And she followed that jump up with a jump of 1.60 metres in the high jump to win the silver medal.
Dylan Kearns competed in a high quality U-16 javelin competition that included Strabane AC’s Gareth Crawford. In the end, just 14 centimetre separated Gareth and Dylan with the Strabane man claiming the gold medal and Dylan taking the silver with a throw of 45.92 metres.
Ian Brennan again produced a personal best jump of 12.94 metres to win the silver medal in the U-18 boys triple jump much to the delight of his family and coach Adrian Lecky.
Naomh McGranaghan produced another personal best in the U-16 javelin to break the 30 metre mark to win the bronze medal.
Cate Smyth fell in the final of the 60 metres indoor hurdles championship when in contention for a medal. But she bounced back to run a pb of 10.15 seconds for a bronze medal in the U-13, 60 metre hurdles.
There were near misses for Janine Boyle who had the misfortune to suffer a disqualification to what could best be described as ultra sensitive starting blocks in the U-16 girls 100 metres.
Aine Kerr suffered a suspected broken toe during her U-14 girls long-jump event but despite this injury competed and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
There were fourth place finishes for Jade Leeper in the U-18 girls shot-putt 11.28 metres,(pb) and Gavin McLaughlin, U-18 boys shot-putt 13.25 metre (pb).
Mark McElhinney, finished fifth place in the U-14 boys hammer, 27.77 metre as did Kieran Thompson in the U-13 boys high- jump 1.35 metre.
Lauren Callaghan made it through to the U-13 girls 80 metre final and finished sixth with a new pb 11.14 seconds.
Others who performed well were Amy McMenamin, 7th, U-12 girls high-jump 1.20 metres; C J Doherty, 9th; U-12 girls high-jump 1.20m (pb); Declan Slevin, 9th, U-12 oys turbo javelin 21.95m (pb); Caitlin Geary, 11th, U-12 girls turbo- javelin, 16.72m (pb); Daneilla Jansen, 11th; U-13 girls 60 metre hurdles 10.92 seconds; Michaela Byrne, 12th u-13 girls 80 metre, 11.62 seconds; Amy Boyle Carr, 13th, U-14 girls 75 metres hurdles, 13.05 seconds (pb); Amy McMeanamin, 15th, U-12 girls 60 metres; Cate Smyth, 15th U-13 girls 80 metres 11.87 seconds.