O'Donnell and Gallen medal winners in Athlone for Lifford Strabane AC

O'Donnell and Gallen medal winners in Athlone for Lifford Strabane AC

Lifford Strabane's Diarmaid O'Donnell and Adrienne Gallen were the star performers at the All-Ireland Indoors in Athlone over the weekend, both winning medals in the 60m Hurdles and Shot Putt respectively.

On Saturday, Gallen set the precedent throwing a significant personal best of 11.48m to take a bronze medal in the Girls Under 16 Shot Putt. In the same event, fellow club mate Aine Marie McBride threw a pb of 10.80m to finish a fine 5th.

On Sunday, Diarmaid O'Donnell finished first in his heat of the 60m Hurdles in a new pb of 9.45s. Going into the final as fourth fastest, O'Donnell produced an outstanding performance to come home in an impressive second place overall, shaving 0.3 of a second off his heat time to win silver in a superb time of 9.17s. Earlier in the day, O'Donnell equalled his pb of 1.60m in the high jump to finish 6th.

Caoimhe Gallen came close to collecting a medal by throwing a personal best of 10.08m in the U12 Girls Shot Putt. Also close to the medals were Ashleigh McArdle who had a new pb of 1.48m to finish 5th in the U14 Girls High Jump and was most unfortunate to injure herself in the 60m Hurdles Heats, while Una O'Donnell also finished 5th in the U15 Girls Shot Putt, throwing 10.02m.

Lifford Strabane AC’s Ella Costello sailed home in first place in the heat of the U14 Girls 60m Hurdles in a new pb of 9.54s. Costello had the most unfortunate fate in her final falling at the fourth of five hurdles with a first All-Ireland medal firmly within her grasp. It was a mixed weekend for Costello who ran a new personal best of 8.54s in the 60m to finish fourth in a fast heat and will be a bit disappointed with 4.46m in the Long Jump.

Clara Mullen also had an excellent day, finishing second in her heat of the 60m Hurdles, qualifying for a first All-Ireland Final and a new pb of 10.32s.

Aoibhinn O'Donnell jumped a new pb of 1.15m in the U12 Girls High Jump, while older brother Cormac equalled his personal best of 1.65m in the U16 High Jump. In the U13 Girls High Jump Chloe Costello cleared 1.20m for a personal best.

Having won the Ulster 600m indoors, Jaime McGinley battled courageously in her 600m Final, putting sickness behind her to finish in 1.59.

Other performances over the weekend included Ashleigh McArdle, 4.33m in the U14 Girls Long Jump, with Ella Costello also running a pb of 8.54s to finish 4th in her heat of the 60m Hurdles.

The final day of the All-Ireland Indoors will take place next weekend and hopefully another good weekend of athletics for the club to report on.