Galway competitors come up trumps at Irish Indoor Juvenile Championships

Championships in Athlone. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.
Championships in Athlone. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

SUNDAY last saw yet more quality action at the final day of the National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone IT, and the event again yielded numerous medals for Galway athletes.

Craughwell AC competitors secured four medals, with the first of the day being a coveted National title for Laura Cunningham in the U18 triple jump.

Years of dedication and hard work in training under coach Michael Tobin have paid off for Cunningham, for whom this is her fourth National medal in less than a year. Her winning leap of 10.55m was also a club indoor senior record.

Craughwell’s second gold medal came via Darragh Kearney in U12 shot putt, with a fine throw of 9.01m ensuring victory. Two more medals came to the club via Niamh Duffy, who threw 7.96m to take the bronze medal in the U12 shot putt, and Conor Hoade, third in a tight finish in the U14 60m hurdles.

GCH athletes also took home plenty of silverware, with two gold medals – Lydia Doyle stormed to victory in the U18 60m hurdles, as did Emma Moore in the U14 girls 800m in a top quality time of 2.17.

Jack Dempsey claimed his third medal at the National Indoor Championships in AIT, securing bronze in a competitive U19 200m in a time of 22.32, as did Seren O’Toole in the U16 60m hurdles with a third-place finish.

Brendan Lynch of Loughrea AC won silver in the U19 triple jump leaping 14.01m, while South Galway AC’s David Mannion also won a silver medal in the U13 60m hurdles.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.