Tir Chonaill AC athletes shone last weekend in Athlone at Days 1 and 2 of the Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships. Eight athletes placed in top three positions while a further twelve got into a top six placing.
During the final 30 minutes of two days of exciting competition club athletes excelled in the final track events - the 60m Hurdles finals. Niamh Mohan, 9.17secs/2nd in heat 1, and Rachael Gallagher, 9.22secs/2nd in heat 2 qualified for the U-16 Girls final.
Niamh got a blistering start, in the final, and was never headed as she negotiated the five two feet six barriers for an impressive victory in 8.92secs. Laura Frawley, St Marys Limerick, 8.99secs and Ella Scott, Leevale, 9.05secs filled 2nd and 3rd places.
Niamh earlier recorded 8.26secs in the heats of the 60m. Rachael Gallagher, an AVS schoolmate of Niamh's, also ran a PB of 9.13secs for 5th in this closely fought 60m Hurdles final. On Saturday Rachael finished 4th in the High Jump with a PB best of 1.55m.
Ben Campbell, ran 8.68secs for 2nd place in his heat to qualify for the Boys U-16 hurdles final. The Fintown lad was involved in the sprint final of the weekend as three athletes battled it out over the barriers - results: 1st Colin Murphy, Leevale, 8.43secs; 2nd Ben Campbell, 8.46secs and 3rd Conor Callinan, Leevale, 8.49secs - thank god for electronic timing.
Ben also qualified for the 60m final with a 7.39secs heat victory and a 7.34secs final time for 7th. In the 200m heats he ran 24.61secs.
Ballyshannon's Lucy McGlynn also had a busy and most successful weekend. On Saturday she ran 7.99secs for second and qualification for the final of the Girls U-16 60m. The talented Colaiste Colmcille girl followed up with an even faster 7.95secs for a 3rd place final finish.
On Sunday Lucy ran 26.21secs for another bronze medal behind Kate O'Connell, Lucan Harriers, 25.37secs and Jena Breen, City of Lisburn, 25.52secs. Earlier she qualified for the 200m final with a 2nd place semi final time of 26.40secs and in late afternoon ran 9.58secs in the heat of the 60m Hurdles.
More good performances came from the Tir Chonaill/Glenties training group via Ethan Dewhirst, U-13 60mH 10.08secs/5th in the final and 10.20secs in heat; Eoin Boyle U-14 60mH 10.71secs/5th heat, Long Jump, 4.08m and High Jump/1.45m.
Fintan Dewhirst, U-15 Hurdles/8th in the final/9.83secs and 9.53secs in qualifying. Eoin Sharkey, U-18 60mH final 5th/9.23secs and 400m/53.60secs/heat and final 53.20secs for a 6th place finish.
Laoise McGonagle, U-18 60mH heat 10.36secs and 400m/63.45secs. Sawyer Campbell and close friend Ethan Dewhirst ran identical times of 8.61secs/60m/U13 and Long Jumped 4.24m/Ethan and 4.09m/Sawyer while Emma Jane Shovelin had bests of 9.08sec/60m; 1.10m/High Jump and 3.64m Long Jump
The clubs throws/jumps groups had an exceptional weekend winning three medals and placing a record number in top six positions. Rossnowlagh's Ava Anderson, Shot, Girls U-13 had a huge PB of 11.48m for a silver winning outcome while Kasper Adamski, Carrick, in the Boys U-15 Shot also had a huge PB of 14.21m for a bronze medal winning performance.
Donegal Town lass Anna Reibling pole vaulted 2.20m for bronze in the U-19 age group. Fourth place finishes came from Tori Murchan U-15/High Jump/1.50m; Rachael Gallagher, U-16 High Jump/1.55m and Alana Anderson, U-12 Shot/7.86m; 5th place finishes from Alec Anderson U-15 Boys Shot/12.22m and Conor Mc Cahill U-13 Boys Shot/10.66m. 6th place finishes for Johnie McGonagle, U-16 Shot/11.42m and Shay O'Halloran, U-14/Shot/10.03m. Cormac Carr 7th/U-14 Shot/9.96m and Adam McKeown U-14/High Juimp/1.25m brought this groups excellent weekend performances to a close
Mia McCalmont in the Girls U-19/1,500m following a number of 400m splits of 78/79secs injected some pace and opened up a lead of five metres as the race approached the final 300m. The Donegal lass ran an excellent PB of 4mins 47.53secs for a 3rd place finish being caught by the stronger Lauren Murphy, Cilles AC, 4.46.11 and Alyce O'Connor, Kenmare AC 4.46.54 over the final 150m. Siobhan Doherty, Carrick, filled 4th place in a most competitive U-18/1,500m Walk/8mins.19,42secs
On Saturday the final day of the Irish juveniles will find two club relay teams plus six individuals contesting in field events. Also on Friday and Saturday a number of club athletes will contest the Irish Universities T/F championships - also in Athlone.
It was also announced this week that the club's annual Primary schools T/F sports will take place on Friday May 3 in Donegal Town. Also a reminder that entries for the Ulster Secondary Schools - E District - must be submitted this week.