Day 1 of the Irish Life Health Leinster Juvenile Indoor T&F Championships took place in Athlone last Saturday.
Jack Forde, St Killian’s AC, followed up on his recent National Combined Events win to take Gold in both U16 High Jump, with a pb of 1.80m (narrowly missing 1.84m), and Shot Putt with 12.68m. Taghmon’s Aisling Kelly won the U16 60m with a pb of 7.99s. This is her 6th successive Leinster Gold medal in 6 different events. This time last year she won the 60m Hurdles and, in the Summer, she collected Leinster Golds in 100m, 200m, Long Jump and Relay. Sammy Delaney, St Paul’s AC, won the U19 Long Jump with a best jump of 5.82m. Maeve Hayes collected another Gold for St Paul’s as she retained her Leinster Indoor Title in the Long Jump with a best of 5.03m. Saidhbhe Byrne took a Bronze in U15 Long Jump (4.73m). Clubmate Blanaid Fogarty was 5th in U17 Long Jump, just 5cm off bronze. She also qualified for National in 60m running 8.21s en route and placing 5th. Eva Casey, Macamores AC, won U14 Shot Putt with a best throw of 10.48m, over 1 metre ahead of 2nd place. SBR’s Orlaith Deegan jumped her way to a joint share of the Gold in U14 High Jump (1.40m). Her former pairs partner Orlaith Byrne dashed her way to a runner-up spot on the podium in U14 60m. Kevin O’Mahoney, DMP, is as happy with the sprint as he is with the longer distance as he proved with a Gold medal winning performance in U12 60m. Dannan Long, Enniscorthy AC, won a Silver medal in U14 High Jump equalling his pb of 1.46m. Aoife Muldoon (USAC) was 2nd in U19 Long Jump. Michael Kent, DMP, placed 5th in U12 High Jump. Bridin Doyle of Craanford Harriers AC won the U14 1km Walk. Ciara Murphy (USAC) was 2nd in U15 Walk. SBR’s Jack Byrne, in his first season at the event, won Bronze in Boys U15 Walk. Eve Byrne (USAC), competing in U16 Walk, also picked up a Bronze as did clubmate Ryan Kielthy in U17 Walk.
Aedan Rogers (USAC), happily recovered from an injury picked up in cross country, placed 3rd in U19 1500m. While Striders had a good number of athletes making the podium they had others who just missed out including Clodagh Foran, Patrick Doyle, Aoife Ní Eochaidh, Claire Doyle, Daniel Wickham, Adam O’Connor and Joshua Hewlett.
Danika Gilshinan, St Paul’s, placed 9th in U16 1500m.
Shane O’Neill, Menapians, competing in U17 60m, smashed his previous best in the heats with a time of 7.55s. In the final he bettered his time again, clocking 7.53s, and taking the Silver medal. His clubmate April Keeling was adjudged to have broken in the U16 60m and was shown a red card. Enniscorthy’s Ross Daly was 2nd in U19 60m and 4th in 400m.
Bree’s Abbie Doyle showed great determination in winning a Silver in the U13 60m. Clubmate Gracie Kehoe placed 6th. Further evidence of Bree’s strength over the shorter distances was provided by former Athlete of the Month winner, Sean Rowley, who ran superbly through the qualifiers to ultimately take 4th in the U14 60m final. No medal but he was very happy to shave 0.25s off his PB. Olivia Howe brought another podium placing for Bree taking a Bronze in the U19 60m. Special mention for the club’s U12 sprinters, Harry Devereux and Katie Doyle, who, while giving it everything, did not medal.
Kilmore AC, with nine athletes competing, may not have come away with any medals but was, nevertheless, very happy with how all performed. Liam Hore was unfortunate not to make the final of the U12 60m. Also running were Katie Foley (U12 60m), Freya Thompson (U13 LJ and 60m), Arwyn Thompson (U14 60m), Katelynn Boggan (U15 LJ and 60m), Liam O’Flaherty (U17 1500m), Rory Cassidy (U18 1500m – 5.22m pb). Sam Molyneux was 6th fastest overall in U18 400m with Jack Doyle Roche a couple of seconds behind. Both boys also ran the 60m.