Local athletes sparkle at the Connacht track and field finals

Aoife Sheehy, right, from Dunmore Community School, races ahead of Ellen McGeough, Sligo Grammar School, in winning the Senior Girls 400m Hurdle.
Aoife Sheehy, right, from Dunmore Community School, races ahead of Ellen McGeough, Sligo Grammar School, in winning the Senior Girls 400m Hurdle.

THERE were several notable Galway performances at the Irish Life Health Connacht Schools Track and Field finals held in Athlone last Thursday.

In the boys events, among the highlights were the sprints. Jack Dempsey of AHC Mountbellew won a closely-fought senior 100m in 10.82 secs; second was Cillin Green of Presentation Athenry in 10.83 secs, Greene later won the 200m in 22.2 secs.

Pupils from St Brigid’s, Loughrea won all three triple jump titles. Brendan Lynch proved best of the seniors with a leap of 12.90m and also won the long jump with 6.27m. Conor Leahy was another double winner, with 11.64m in the inter triple jump and 6.00 in the long jump. Winning the junior triple jump was Anton Tarion with 9.89m. In the senior high jump, Jerry Keary of St Raphael’s was the winner with a height of 1.90m.

In the distance events, Gary Martyn of Galway Community College won the 5000m senior title. In the Inter section, Ben Ryan of St Raphael’s Loughrea was second in 9 mins, 33 secs, while GCH athlete James Frizzell held off a strong challenge from Ben Garrard to win the 800m in a time of 2.01.

At Intermediate level, Kacper Poniatowski stormed home to win the 400m final in a new PB of 53.47. Diego Brule continues to go from strength to strength and took the 400m hurdles title in a new PB of 1.00.

Aaron Brennan ran strongly to secure second in the 1500m and third in the 800m. Others to qualify for the All-Irelands in the middle distances were Eanna Folan of Colaiste na Coiribe, Uyi Uyiosa, Cillian Jordan and Barry Murphy of St Enda’s and Michael Healy of The Bish.

At junior level, Eoghan Jennings was the winner of the pole vault leaping to a height of  2.30m and he was also second in the Discus.

In the senior girls competition, Aoife Sheehy ran a magnificent race to hold off the challenge of Ellie McGeogh in the 400m hurdles in a new PB of 68.0. Laura Nally had a comfortable win in the 400m running a season’s best time of 60.7.

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