The final day of the indoor season saw many Finn Valley AC athletes battling for national medals.
James Kelly was not only in pursuit of a national title but also trying to see if he could wrench big brother John’s Championship record which stood at 16.15m, well James took Gold and John’s record when hurling the 4kg Shot a massive 17.60m.
Aaron McGlynn also no stranger to winning national titles ran a very controlled 800m in the u-16 age-group, there were a few challengers but Aaron held the inside lane and when he decided to kick he moved away easily from the rest of the field, recording a new Championship Record of 1min 58.03 secs.
Arlene Crossan has been unbeatable in the long jump this year and continued her winning ways when claiming the u-17 girls title jumping 5.60m. Team-mate Janine Boyle was involved in a battle for a medal with 3 athletes only separated by 1cm Janine won the Silver medal with a jump of 5.32m with the 3rd and 4th place athletes both jumping 5.31m
Janine wasn’t finished with climbing the medal podium she ran a superb race in the u-17 girls 200m to finish 2nd in a very swift 25.07 seconds.
Micheala Byrne was in the thick of the action of the u-14 girls long jump, she jumped pb after pb and got out to 4.95m and was leading the competition with only 1 athlete left to jump but that athlete was the defending champion and she pulled out a 5.07m to deny Micheala the title but the Silver medal was received with cheers of delight by her family in the crowd.
Daniella Jansen was unlucky last year not to take a medal home when trying to go stride for stride with the very talented athlete Kenny for St. Lawerance O’Toole she ran herself into the ground but faded just out of the medals. This year she approached the race with much better tactics, she slotted into 3rd place in a group of 4 or 5 athletes some little way behind Kenny. The group whittled down to 3 athletes looking for 2 medals and even though she was overtaken with 250m to go she hung on the heels of the 3rd place athlete and with 80m to go started to close her down getting the better of the battle in the last 10m to record a great time of 2mins 24.99 secs and a deserved Bronze medal.
Ian Brennan was in Bronze medal position throughout the u-19 boys Triple Jump but was overtaken in the last round and had to settle for 4th place, Ian will feel disappointed not to come away with a medal from these championships given his early season form but will be determined to put that right come the Summer.
Jade Leeper finished 3rd overall in the Women’s Discus with a throw of 36.32m a new pb and getting ever closer to the club Senior Record currently held by Bridie Lynch 36.60m.
Dylan Kearns threw the 700 gram Javelin out to over 42m in less than ideal conditions with a strong gusting wind so will be encouraged that there is more to come later in the year.