John Kelly smashes another record as Tir Chonaill athletes record three victories

John Kelly, from St Johnston, continued his record beating feats when on the final weekend of the Irish indoor juvenile championships at Nenagh on Saturday last he smashed the U17 5k shot putt record with a best of 15.87m. The Royal and Prior, Raphoe, student, who is expertly coached by his dad, John, at Finn Valley, continues to improve with every competition.

John Kelly, from St Johnston, continued his record beating feats when on the final weekend of the Irish indoor juvenile championships at Nenagh on Saturday last he smashed the U17 5k shot putt record with a best of 15.87m. The Royal and Prior, Raphoe, student, who is expertly coached by his dad, John, at Finn Valley, continues to improve with every competition.

Tir Chonaill pair Kelly McGrory and Karl Griffin added to the Donegal haul of podium places when they had impressive victories in the U17 Girls 200m and U18 Boys 800m. McGrory, from the Laghey area, won her qualification heat and in a closely fought final ran 26.08secs to hold off Joanne Harris from Mullingar 26.13secs. Abbey Voc School clubmate Karl Griffin, also won his qualification heat in the 800m event. In the final he had a solo run/time trail where he won impressively in a very good time of 1min 54.70secs.

The Tir Chonaill club continued to headline on Sunday when the relays were down for decision. The Girls Under 17 team of Emma Brady, Donegal Town, Eva McMullan, Ballyshannon, Kate McGowan, Donegal Town and Kelly McGrory had victories in the morning heats and in a nailbitting final held off Galway City Harriers for a gold medal winning performance. Result Tir Chonaill 1min 46.19secs; Galway City Harriers 1min 1min 46.79secs; Kilkenny City Harriers 1min 47.85secs.

Letterkenny’s U15 Boys team also got onto the relay podium on Sunday evening when they posted a time of 1min 1.49.10 secs behind Leevale 1min 43.89secs and Wexfords Menapians 1min 49.90secs

Other good performances

Finn Valley’s Girls U14 relay team fought their way to the final where they finished fourth. Tir Chonaill’s Sarah Timoney was delighted with her bronze medal performance in the U16 1000m walk8mins 27.78secs.

The following all had top six finishes. Race walkers, Kathleen Toal, and Aoife Cannon both Letterkenny; Finn Valley’s Josh Byrne, U18 Long Jump; Denver Kelly, U14 800m, Letterkenny’s 800m runners Arlene Crossan U14, Stephan McCrossan U15,Sean Boyle U17.

Schools Cross-Country International

St Eunan;s and Letterkenny athlete Peter Gibbons was a scoring member of the Irish U17 schools Cross-Country team that secured bronze medals on Saturday

Tir Chonaill Open Invitational meet

Easter Monday will find many of the countries top athletes competing in Tir Chonaills Open Invitational meeting. The event starts at 9am with Hammer and continues at 10am with Pole Vault while the track events go to the start at 11am. An enjoyable and competitive days athletics is guaranteed.