The weekend just passed on the competitive athletics front will go down in history as the most successful and satisfying for Tir Chonaill AC.
When the Irish selectors met in Cork, following the Irish Junior Track and Field Championships on Sunday evening, Karl Griffin was named on a nine person team to contest the World Junior championships in Eugene, Oregon, at the end of July.
The selection was not difficult as Karl, who has just completed his first year of study and athletics scholarship at UCD, filled all the selection criteria. On seven occasions Indoor and Outdoor, during the past six months, the Ballydevitt man has ran sub qualification times and crowned it all off with a most impressive victory in Cork on Sunday evening in a tactical Irish Junior 800m final with a decisive victory.
Tir Chonaill AC girls smash National and
On Saturday last, in a packed Tullamore Stadium, the GloHealth Relay Championships the Tir Chonaill AC, U19 girls 4x100m team were part of the this record breaking day when the quartet of Emma Brady, Kate McGowan, Eva McMullan and Kelly Mc Grory won impressively in a new CBP of 49.03secs –taking nearly one second off the old record.
This multi-talented group joined Tir Chonaill ACas ten- year-olds and annually have been improving and reaching greater athletic heights. Saturday’s victory was achieved via excellent sprinting, slick baton changing and no small amount of teamwork.
Day two of the GloHealth Juvenile Championships take place next Sunday, 13th of July in Tullamore Harriers Stadium when six club athletes will contest
There was great success for the club at the Irish Junior U-20 Championships in Cork with Kate Mc Gowan and Kelly Mc Grory finishing 1st and 2nd in 400hurdles. Both had huge PB’S with Kate getting under 62secs and Kelly close behind. Mc Gowan came from 4th to 1st in final the 50 metres.
This was just the beginning with the club winning nine medalsand three national titles.
The three National titles came at the extreme ends of the day came courtesy of Kate McGowan in the 400m hurdles, followed by Karl Griffin, who overcame Robert Tully with a blistering last 150m in the 800m event. The final lap was covered in 53 seconds.
Then at the end of the day the club quartet of Brady, McGowan, McMullan and McGrory powered home in a new county record of 48.46secs – a record of 48.98secs that has stood for over 20 years and was held by the St Columba’s school quartet of Michelle Given (Lifford), Anne Marie Lynch (Finn Valley), Elish Levelle (Finn Valley) and Shauna Colhoun (Lifford).
Eva McMullan, from Ballyshannon, was delighted with her 400m performance recording a PB time of 60.21secs and wins a bronze medal. Barry Quigg, from Carrick, secured a silver medal in the U23 High Jump with a best of 1.85m and later finished 4th in the Triple Jump with a 13.36m PB recording. Conal Mahon, from Irivinstown, a 3rd level colleague of Barry Quigg’s, at NUIG, took bronze in the Triple jump with a best of 13.39metres. Emma Brady, filled 4th in the Junior Triple Jump with a best of 10.43m. Christopher Doherty achieved PB’s during the past month.
Congrats to Abbey Voc student and Tir Chonaill AC member Caolan O’Callaghan, who received conformation earlier this week of his selection on the Irish Schools U17 team for the upcoming Home Countries International in Cardiff.