Records a Plenty on Day 2 of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Championships of Ireland
Day two of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday, 23rd of March. Once again Ireland’s best up and coming young athletes produced an array of top class performances.
There were four new championship best performances (CBP) in the 60m hurdles events. Jason Foley (Lios Tuathail AC) ran a time of 8.19 to shave .01 off the old record held by Fearghus Hannon (Tullamore Harriers) since 2008. Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo AC) was on the double in Athlone when he set two new CBP’s in the U16 60m hurdles (8.14) and long jump (6.58m). Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) and Miriam Daly (Carrick-on-Suir AC) set new CBP’s of 9.58 and 9.20 in their respective U13 and U14 60m hurdles events.
John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) dominated the U19 Boy’s shot putt competition with a massive throw of 17.80m. The throw eradicated the old mark by over 2m held by Sean Breathnach (15.18m) which has stood since 1997. Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) had a very busy weekend of competition bagging herself three national indoor titles. Following on from her long jump gold yesterday she won the 60m hurdles (8.55) and set a new CBP in the high jump with a clearance of 1.73m.
Donogh Mahon (Gowran AC) excelled in the boy’s U19 high jump setting a new championship best with a height of 2.10m. The clearance added 6cm to old mark (2.04m) which was held by Barry Pender (St Abbans AC).
Darren Prout (Carrick-on-Suir AC) jumped 13.96m to win the boy’s U18 triple jump title. The distance added 2cm to old record held by Niall Counihan (Dooneen AC)-13.94m. Sophie Meredith (St Marys Limerick) did likewise in the U14 girl’s long jump setting a new championship best performance with a winning distance of 5.39m.
Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) was back on track today after his 60m heroics yesterday to claim the double winning the U19 200m in a time of 21.64. Vicky Harris (Mullingar Harriers AC) won the girl’s U19 title in a time of 24.67.
There was another very impressive double in the boy’s U18 age category by Dunleer AC athlete Garry Campbell; where he dominated the 800m (1.55.38) and 1500m (4.07.18) events. Kevin McGrath did like-wise at U16 level winning the 800m in a time of 2.00.21 and the 1500m in a time of 4.16.30.
European Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) was back in action today in the girl’s U18 800m after her victory in the 400m on day one of the championships. Shanahan stormed to victory in the 800m in a time of 2.16.54
The championships conclude next Saturday, 29th of March with the juvenile indoor relay championships of Ireland.
Thrilling Performances and results on Day 1 of the Woodie’s DIY Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland.
Day one of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland took place in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Saturday, March 22nd. Ireland’s best up and coming athletic talent battled it out for the national titles on what turned out to be a thrilling day of competition.
Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) powered to victory in the U19 60m in a time of 6.96 while Sarah Kate Lacey (Kilkenny City Harriers) won the girl’s 60m in a time of 7.81. The U18 60m titles went to Eoin Doherty (Tallaght AC) 7.01 and Roseanna McGuckian (City of Lisburn) was impressive in winning the girl’s title in a time of 7.71.
Gina Akpe-Moses (Blackrock AC-Louth) won the U16 girl’s 60m in a time of 7.67 which was a new championship best performance. The performance broke the old record of 7.72 held by European Junior 100m hurdle silver medallist Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC). There was two championship bests set in the 60m in the U13 age group with Niamh Foley (St Mary’s Limerick) winning the girl’s title in 8.10 and Mathew Buckley (Ratoath AC) winning the boy’s title in 8.04.
European Youth Gold Medallist Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) won the girl’s U18 400m in a time of 56.42. Shanahan will attempt to do the double tomorrow as she also goes in the 800m. Paul Murphy (Ferrybank AC) won the U19 boy’s 400m in a new CBP of 48.96.
Schools Cross Country Champion Andrew Corscoran (Star of the Sea AC) swapped the country for the boards as he won the U19 boy’s 1500m in a time of 3.57.04.
Young Corinne Kenny (St Laurence O’Toole AC) stormed to victory in the girl’s U13 600m in a time of 1.38.23. The time was another new championship best performance breaking the old mark held by Jemma Bromell (Emerald AC) of 1.41.28.
Sinead Burke (St Coca’s AC) was a clear winner of the U19 1,500m Walk in a time of 6.43.68
Micheala Walsh (Swinford AC) threw a stunning 15.08m to set a new championship best in the U17 girl’s shot putt competition. The winning distance broke the old mark held by Claire Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) of 13.91m which has stood since 2007.
There was a massive throw of 16.78m by James Kelly (Finn Valley AC) to win the U15 boy’s shot putt competition and in doing set a new championship best performance. Adam Sheridan (West port AC) launched the shot out to 12.80m (CBP) to win the U13 boy’s shot put title.
Sam Healy (Leevale AC) won the U19 long jump with a jump of 7.02m, Healy will be gunning for more gold on day two of the championships when he competes in the 60m hurdles and high jump. Multi-eventer Elizabeth Morland (Cushinstown AC) won the U17 girls long jump with a distance of 5.75, she too will be looking for more gold on day two of the championship.