It was another weekend of much success and impressive performances for Finn Valley Athletic Club.
Dempsey McGuigan, a student at Mississippi Univiversity, competing at an Alabama Univiversity meeting, his first event of the season, set a personal best and a new Donegal record of 68.15 in the hammer throw.
Dempsey is closing down on that magic 70m which would mark excellent progress.
His younger brother Fellan, competing in Fort Worth representing his Texas University, broke the school record with a 61.31 effort to win his competition.
Valley athletes had an excellent day at the final competition programme of national indoor underage in Athlone IT on Saturday.
The stand-out athlete of the entire day’s events was James Kelly who achieved a new Irish best performance of 16.09 to erase brother John’s mark 15.70 from the books in the shot.
James, from St Johnstone, will improve this further there is no doubt. Bridget, who was 4th in the shot,also put in a good performance .
The relays showed an excellent return with the U18 girls winning gold with a great team effort from Arlene Crossan and sister Laura, along with Laura Lee Penrose and Janine Boyle.
Earlier the U15 girls grabbed gold in impressive style just off a national record with Lauren Callaghan, Daniella Jansen, Bethany Lecky, Cate Smyth and Michaela Byrne .
The U19 boys of Calvin O’Brien, Shane Irwin, Danny Browne and David Wilson won bronze and the U18 boys were fourth.
Of the ten Valley teams taking part, the U12, U14 and U16 teams also reached finals.
Thus ends a busy indoor period and now with the longer evenings and hopefully good weather we turn to the outdoors.
Sisters Catriona Devine and Sinead McConnell were in great form in Athlone on Sunday at the national masters indoor championships.
First up was Sinead, nee McGranaghan, in the 3k walk where she returned a PB masters record of 15.44.11.
This was a vast improvement on her previous performance at Athlone some weeks ago of 16.19 . And at the end of a hectic day of competition her sister Catriona, in the 1,500m, fought a tough battle to return 4.44.21, an improvement on the previous Irish best 4.44.26, to win a close 1,500m having got the silver medal in the 800m earlier.
Bernie O’Callaghan collected gold for his age category in the walk and Eileen Maguire, who had won the outdoor title back in the summer, won the shot .
Kieran Carlin was in great form, taking silver medals in 800m and 1,500m. Donna Evans had a busy and fruitful day, winning bronze in the 1,500m and 3k and Frankie Murray was just edged out in the 400m for 4th .
Add Bosco Reid’s silver in the shot and you had a fine Valley total for the day and the completion of the indoor programme.
Congratulations to the other Donegal medal winners, Brian and Isabel Breslin, Trevor McGlynn, Damien Crawford, Seamus McAteer, Lifford/Strabane, Hugh Gallagher, Milford and Aiden Gillespie, Rosses AC.