Terrific day for Galway athletes at Connacht track finals

Craughwell AC's medallists in the 800m races at the Connacht Track & Field championships in Sligo, from left: Kyle Moorhead (2nd U16), Ben Garrard (1st U19), Gavin Cooney (1st Senior), and Oisin Lyons (1st U18).
Craughwell AC's medallists in the 800m races at the Connacht Track & Field championships in Sligo, from left: Kyle Moorhead (2nd U16), Ben Garrard (1st U19), Gavin Cooney (1st Senior), and Oisin Lyons (1st U18).

DAY two of the Connacht Championships was held in Sligo IT on Saturday last and featured age group finals from U14 to U19 level and a Senior events programme.

Galway clubs impressed, with Emma Moore of GCH taking triple gold in the U14 80m, 200m, while her success in the 800m was a fantastic display of front running, clocking 2.18 for victory

GCH took the U14 boys relay title, and squad member Darragh Jennings also winning three individual golds, as he claimed the U14 800m, as well as the Discus and Shot Putt titles in a hugely impressive versatile display.

GCH athletes impressed across the board. Other highlights included Luke Dahler, who won the 200m U14 and took the silver medal in the 80m sprint. At U15 level, Eimear Rowe claimed the 800m and silver in the 200m, while Niall Breathnach won bronze in the U15 200m.

Seren O’Toole won the 250m hurdles and 200m flat. Eoghan Jennings took the U16 Pole Vault and claimed silver in the U16 250 hurdles. Barry Murphy was third in the U16 1500m, with Robert McDonnell winning the 100m gold with GCH and adding the 200m later. Jonathan McGrath won a bronze in the 100 hurdles and 200m, and silver in the 100m,

Laoise Geraghty of GCH showed she is in top form, winning double gold in both the U17 400m and 800m. Aaron Brennan won the U17 800m in a fast 2.05, while Dennis Onuoha came second in the 200m and third in the 400m.

At U18 level, Aoife Sheehy won the 400m hurdles and silver in the 400m, which was won by clubmate Laura Nally. Nally also took silvers in both 100m and 200m events. Lydia Doyle impressed in doing the 100m flat and hurdles double. Rita Lahue won silver in the U18 Girls 100m hurdles.

In the U18 boys section, Thomas McStay took double silver in the 800m and 1500m. Gary Martyn won bronze in the 2k Steeplechase. Diego Brule looks like a natural over the fences,as he claimed the 400m hurdles and took silver in the 110 hurdles. Kacper Poniatwoski won the 100m ahead of Darren Costello, with the same result in the 200m. Eanna Folan was  placed third in the 800m in 2.04.

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