The GloHealth Juvenile Track and Field Championships took place over the weekend in Tullamore Harriers Stadium. The weekend’s action included Hurdles, Sprints, Middle-distance, Walks, Throws and Jumps.
Saturday was an exciting day of competition there was eleven new Championship Best Performances (CBP) set. Carrick on Suir AC athletes Kelly-Ann Doyle and Leanne Prout battled it out in the U18 girl’s 400m Hurdles. Doyle came out on top in a time of 61.22 just ahead of club mate Prout second in a time of 61.95; Doyle’s time was a new CBP. Mathew Behan (Crusaders AC) was a runaway winner of the U19 boy’s 400m hurdles race winning the title in a time of 55.41. Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill AC) dominated the U19 girl’s race taking the title in a time of 65.92 seconds.
Jenna Bromell (Emerald AC) powered to victory in the U18 girl’s 400m setting a new CBP of 56.45 to just dip under the old mark of 56.58 held by Cliodhna Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers AC). There was a great battle between Scott Gibson (Bandon AC) and Brian Masterson (Dundrum South Dublin AC) in the boy’s U18 400m. Gibson had just enough to hold on to win the title in a time of 49.19. Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) was a very impressive winner of the U19 400m title in a time of 48.67.
In the middle distance, Alanna Lally (Galway City Harriers AC) was a class apart in the U19 girl’s age group claiming an impressive 400m (56.64) and 800m (2.17.33) double. Louise Shanhan (Leevale AC) comfortable won the U18 800m in a time of 2.16.83. William Crowe (North Sligo AC) and Liam Hennessy (Togher AC) were the winners of the U18 and U19 800m titles in 1.56.88 and 1.56.11 respectively.
Mullingar Harriers AC enjoyed great success in the 3,000m events filling all three places on the podium in the boy’s U17 race. Shane Hughes won the race in a time of 9.05.05 with Patrick Shaw and Cormac Dalton second and third across the line. Jack O’Leary continued the Mullingar success winning the U18 contest in a time of 8.43.19 with Padraig Moran doing likewise storming to victory in the U19 event in a time of 9.02.37.
Aisling Quinn (Ferrybank AC) and Clodagh O’Reilly (Annalee AC) were always to the fore in the girl’s U18 3,000m with Quinn claiming the title in a time of 10.20.13. At U19 level Orlaith Moynihan (Clonmel AC) was a clear winner in a time of 10.21.86
Young Corinne Kenny (St Laurence O’Toole AC) was a runaway winner of the U13 girl’s 600m setting a new CBP of 1.35.15. Cian McPhillips (Longford AC) did likewise in the boy’s 600m setting a new CBP of 1.36.47. During the Field events, Adam King (Inveragh AC) was a class apart in the U18 boy’s hammer as he launched the hammer out to 71.90m. The throw was a new CBP breaking the old mark of 68.99m by Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) set in 2010. John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) won the U19 Shot Putt title setting a new CBP of 18.95m which surpassed the old mark of 16.42m.
Aoife Vaughn Witts (Borrisokane AC) won the hammer event with a throw of 56.19m to add over five metres to the old record held by Rachel Akers (Marian AC) which stood at 51.07m. Ciara Sheehy (Liscarroll AC) set a record in the U13 girl’s Shot Putt when she threw a distance of 12.23m.
Jordan Hoang (Tullamore Harriers AC) was in superb form in the U17 triple jump setting a new CBP of 13.73m. Ben Donovan (Abbey Striders AC) jumped 1.81m to win the U15 boy’s high jump title. The jump was also a new CBP adding one centimetre to the old mark. Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey AC) was another of those in record form jumping a new CBP of 6.49m to win the U16 boy’s Long Jump title.
On the final day of the GloHealth Juvenile Track and Field Championships, Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) was the standout. Walsh claimed two national titles (Hammer and Javelin) and set new Championship Best Performances (CBP’s) in both events.
Walsh launched the Hammer out to 60.83m to smash the old record which stood at 55.73m set in 2001 by Rachel Akers. She continued her impressive form in the Javelin throwing 42.85m to add nearly five metres to the old mark of 35.87m.
James Kelly (Finn Valley AC) threw a massive 17.88m in the U15 Shot Putt to win the title and set a new CBP in the process. Eoin Sheridan (North Westmeath AC) was clear winner of the U18 Discus with a throw of 56.80m.
David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) was in supreme form in the U19 High Jump clearing 2.05m to convincingly win the national title. Shannen Dawkins did likewise in the girl’s event with a best clearance of 1.70m. At U18 level Donagh Mahon (Gowran AC) also cleared 2.05m to win the title with Keith Marks (Cushinstown AC) second also over 2m.
Maria Carey (Newport AC) was a class apart in the U17 girl’s Triple Jump setting a new CBP with a jump of 11.79m. There was a great battle in the U18 boy’s 3,000m between Cian McBride (North Sligo AC) and Pierre Murchan (Celtic AC). Murchan dictated the pace from the offset with McBride happy to sit on his shoulder throughout the race. McBride surged ahead in the last 50m to win the title in a time of 4.01.15 with Murchan second in a time of 4.01.27.
Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) added the 1500m title to the 800m one she won yesterday in a time of 4.41.61. Cliona Murphy (Celtic DCH) and Padraig Moran (Mullingar Harriers AC) won the U19 1,500m titles in 4.55.04 and 4.08.60 respectively.
Sinead Burke (St Coca’s AC) was a class apart in the U19 girl’s 3,000m Walk dominating the race to win the title in a time of 14.27.82. Aaron Egan (Clonmel AC) did likewise in the boy’s event powering to victory in a time of 23.04.08.
Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn AC) was a very impressive winner of the U18 200m winning the title in a time of 24.81; the race was run into a -2.7 headwind and was also a new CBP. Sean Lawlor (Donore Harriers AC) blasted from the blocks to secure the boy’s U18 200m title in a time of 22.46. Sean O’Driscoll (Raheny Shamrock AC) and Sarah Kate Lacey (Kilkenny City Harriers AC) won the U19 titles in 22.42 and 25.41 respectively.