SATURDAY last saw the start of the 2018 Track and Field Championships as the National Juniors and U23 finals were held in Tullamore, with many Galway athletes securing Irish silverware, with three individual golds being the highlight.
Galway City Harriers athlete Nicole King showcased her great talent, claiming national gold in the U23 400m event with a fast 56.42, while Brendan Lynch of Loughrea AC also won an Irish title, with victory in the Junior 400m hurdles. Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe and District AC continues to impress, as she won the U23 3000m walk.
Craughwell AC also secured top overall Junior women’s club team at the event, which means they are now eligible to compete at the European Clubs Track and Field Cup in Portugal in September.
Cillin Greene of GCH sprinted to silver in the U23 200m, while his clubmate Jack Dempsey was in top form over 100m, and won bronze in the Junior final, clocking 10.79. Dempsey has been selected on the Irish 4x100m relay team for the World Youth Championships to be held in Finland this month.
Aisling Joyce of GCH secured bronze after a hard-fought 1500m at U23 level, while Thomas McSaty and Jack Maher both ran well for fifth and seventh in the 1500m Junior event. Aoife Sheehy just missed out on a medal, with strong runs for fourth in the 400m and fifth in the 400 Hurdles
Craughwell AC’s U20 and U23 athletes were in flying form, taking home five individual medals, and two sets of relay medals. In the U23 events, Sinead Treacy raced to double silver, in the 200m final in a time of 25.60, and again in the 400m final in 59. 31. Conor Duggan showed he is right back to form after a long injury lay off, when securing the bronze medal in the final of the U23 100m.
Caron Ryan took gold in Junior 5000m in a time of 19:01.54 – making light of the intense Tullamore heat in the process. Chloe Casey stepped up age groups from U17 to U20 and secured a fine bronze in the shot putt with a throw of 10.64 and was also placed fourth in the discus.
Craughwell AC secured bronze in both women’s relays, as their 4x100m team raced to third place in a time of 52.45, with Freya Bohan, Chloe Casey, Aisling Keady and Laura Cunningham on the squad, while the 4x400m team did likewise in a time of 4:24.06 with Arlene Earls, Lorraine Delaney, Shauna Tobin and Ciana Reidy scoring.
NUIG athletes also performed with distinction as Ciara Barry of Crusaders AC & NUIG won the U23 400 hurdles silver and 200m bronze, while sprint hurdler Sarah Quinn (St Coleman’s Mayo and NUIG) won a bronze medal over the 100 hurdles.
The GCH 4×400 metre relay team of Diego Brule, Thomas McStay, Darren Costello and Rob Meagher claimed a bronze medal in the last race of the day, to round off a great afternoon’s action
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