Athletic results – Leevale AC won both the men’s and women’s competition at the Woodie’s DIY National Indoor Track and Field League Final in AIT International Arena, Athlone on Sunday, 16th of March.
The Leevale men’s squad dominated the competition amassing a winning total of 76 points ahead of St Abbans AC second on 61 points and Raheny Shamrock AC in third on 51 points.
Leevale were buoyed by strong performances by David Quilligan who won both the 200m (22.03), long jump (6.92m) and Sam Healy in the high jump with a clearance of 1.90m. Ben Thistlewood notched up another victory for the Cork club by winning the 1,500m in a time of 4.04.97. They performed consistently across all of the other events to emerge the clear winners of the inaugural indoor track and field league final.
The women’s event proved a much closer affair with Leevale battling it out with St Abbans AC and Craughwell AC. St Abbans were led by 400m hurdle specialistNessa Millett who bagged maximum points in the 60m H (9.19), 400m (57.56) and finished second in the long jump with a jump of 4.98m.
Leevale responded with some strong performances of their own in the middle distance events; Louise Shanahan won the 800m in a time of 2.11.2 and Claire McSweeney secured victory in the 1500m in a time of 4.27.80. Craughwell propelled themselves into the mix after impressive results from Cathriona Farrellin the high jump (1.70m), long jump (5.02m) and club mate Sarah Finnegan won the triple jump with a distance of 10.20m.
After an anxious wait the scores were revealed and the Leevale women’s squad were declared the winners with a score of 65 points, one point ahead ofCraughwell (64) in second and St Abbans in third on 60 points.