No shortage of double golds at Galway athletics juvenile finals

The Craughwell AC U11 boys relay team which won bronze medals in Dangan, from left: Sean Hoade, Dara Zimmerer, Ben Moran and Dean McNally.
The Craughwell AC U11 boys relay team which won bronze medals in Dangan, from left: Sean Hoade, Dara Zimmerer, Ben Moran and Dean McNally.

DAY Two of the 2018 Galway Track and Field Juvenile Championships went ahead last Sunday last in perfect conditions in Dangan, with the U9 to U12 age groups competing in front of a large attendance at the NUI Galway venue.

At U12 level, there were some great individual performances, with double golds for Darragh Fahy, Shannon Quinn, Aine Maguire and Darragh Kelly. The opening event, the 60m sprint hurdles saw wins for Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC and Katie Flaherty of South Galway AC. Victorious in the long jump were Shannon Quinn of Craughwell AC, with a Galway record, and Darragh Fahy of Loughrea AC with his second gold of the day.

The Turbo Javelin golds went to Tara Keane of Craughwell AC and Cian O’Brien of Tuam AC. The 60m sprints were won by Aine Maguire of Tuam AC and Richard McGrath of Galway City Harriers. Danielle Moynihan of Tuam AC and Darragh Kelly of Craughwell AC claimed gold in the U12 high jump. In the shot putt, Shannon Quinn of Craughwell and her clubmate Darragh Kelly both won their second gold medals of the day.

In the distance events, Aine Maguire was another double gold winner, claiming the 600m title after sprint gold, while joint gold medallists in the U12 boys 600m were Enda Keane of South Galway and Shane Meagher of GCH. Tuam AC U12 girls and GCH U12 boys teams won relay gold. The U9, 10 and 11 competitions were team based with the top three teams of two in each event making the Connacht championships

The relay events were dominmated by Tuam AC with four wins at these levels. In a superb club showing, they claimed gold at U9 boys, U9 girls, U10 girls and U11 boys level. Craughwell AC took two relay golds, winning the U10 boys and U11 girls titles.

At U9 level, Katelyn Kelly and Yvie Huban won the long jump for South Galway AC, while Thomas Riordan and Oisin Munnelly of Tuam AC won the boys event. In the Turbo Javelin, the Tuam pairing of Holly Hughes and Saoirse Maguire took gold in the girls competition, with Odhran Kelly and Darragh Brady, also a Tuam AC team, winning out in the boys section.

On the track, the 60m event was won by the Tuam pair of Eimear Fallon and Rachel Treacy in the girls, while in the boys’ event, the winning team was Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC. The 300m distance event team winners were Remy Aylmer and Aisling Lavan of Craughwell AC, with a second team win for Callum McMahon and Alan Hallinan of Craughwell AC in the boys’ 600m section.

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