Shauna Tobin in action in the Women's Long Jump at the Dublin Graded Meet in Santry
A number of athletes from the club made the trip to Dublin on Wednesday night to take part in the first meet of the Dublin Graded Series 2017 in Morton Stadium, Santry.
Laura Cunningham was first into action, racing to a PB of 13.55 when taking 3rd place in the Womens 100m B race. Also on the track, both Ben Garrard and Gavin Cooney raced to outdoor PBs in the A and C Mens 800m races with Ben taking 8th place in his race in a time of 2.02.37 and Gavin taking 4th place in his race in a time of 2.07.81.
In the field events, Shauna Tobin took 3rd place in the Women's Long Jump with a best of 3.87m while Jerry Keary had to withdraw from the Men's High Jump after picking up a slight injury when clearing 1.80m. Laura Cunningham was in fine form in the Women's Triple jump when taking 1st place with all of her jumps in excess of 10m and in the process setting a new club junior record with a best of 10.42m.
Laura Cunningham after commencing the first phase of her record breaking triple jump of 10.42m
Well done to Mairead, Noel and Tracy who recently completed the Athletics Ireland Level 2 coaching course. The club now has 10 coaches qualified at level 1 or higher as follows:-
- AAI Level 3
- Michael Tobin
- AAI Level 2
- Patricia Cosgrove
- Mairead Lavan
- Noel Gorman
- Tracy Moran
- AAI Level 1
- Eddie McNally
- Julie Gallagher
- Marion McEvilly
- Martin Conneely
- Siobhan McFadden
Additionally the club have 22 more coaches who have completed the Athletics Ireland Assistant Coach training course. In total the club have 52 active coaches - a massive number of volunteers by any measure and the club's most important asset. The club are continually seeking to further our coaches knowledge. We recognize that attending a weekend training course is a big time commitment on top of what is already a big time committement for attending training sessions a number of times each week. To make it more convenient to attend one, the club hope to organise a Level 1 course in Craughwell during the summer and an Assistant Coach course in early Autumn. Please contact Mike Tobin if interested in either.
Yes another well done to Evan Hallinan who starred in the Leevale Open Track & Field last weekend with a big leap of 1.50m to take high jump gold and 4.33m to take long jump silver and adding bronze in the hurdles for good measure. Results are here: https://www.leevale.org/2017/record-entries-at-leevale-2017-juvenile-tf-meet/. And well done also to another star in the making with Evan's younger brother Alan taking silver in the U8 sprint!!
And for anyone who missed it, there is another one coming which our U13s and upwards age groups might be interested in. Details below. Youinger ages have their Galways in Dangan the same day so the Ennis one is really only for older ages where its convenient to go.
Congratulations to Evan Hallinan who has being announced as the Galway Athlete of the Year in the U12-15 Boys category for his performances in 2016. Well done to Evan and his coaches and his family, we are all very proud of you!
Despite his young age, Evan Hallinan had a terrific 2016. It kicked off with an impressive 9th place in the National B Cross Country in Dundalk January before arriving in Athlone on the same day to win triple gold in the U12 high jump, long jump and relay. Evan followed this up at Connacht level to become Connacht High Jump and Long Jump Champion as well as adding silver in the 4x100m relay. The National finals in March saw Evan win the National U12 High Jump Title with a fantastic jump of 1.25m to claim the gold medal. Also competing in the long jump, Evan went very close to adding a second medal with an impressive 4.20m, only 3cm behind the bronze medalist.
Evan continued his impressive form into the outdoor season with gold in the high jump and hurdles at the Galway Championships and triple gold in the Connacht Championship in the hurdles, high jump and long jump. Evan’s jumps were particularly impressive recording 1.45m in the high jump and 4.38m in the long jump. He just missed out on a high jump medal in the National finals when tying with the bronze medalist but losing out on countback.
For an athlete with such explosive power as demonstrated by his jumping form, it’s unusual to also be a force to be reckoned with in distance running. But this amazing athlete demonstrated precisely this during the cross country when scoring on the Craughwell NS 5/6th class team that took the Galway Primary Schools title and also the Connacht Primary Schools title – the first time that Craughwell NS achieved this at Connacht level in the senior boys’ grade. He followed these performances with scoring runs in the Galway and Connacht U12 2000m races to help his team take the Galway and Connacht U12 cross country titles. An amazing combination of explosive and endurance abilities, one that singles Evan out as a star of the future and he is a fine recipient of the Galway athletics award for this age group.
Apologies for the late posting of this great achievement for the Miskella siblings (Jack & Ailbhe) who ran in the New Inn 5k race on the 2nd April.
Above Jack being awarded the Gold Medal for U20 male and Ailbhe (who is an U16 Craughell athlete) taking the Gold medal in the U20 female category. Both Ailbhe and Jack are extremely hard working athletes and their dedication paid off in New Inn. Ailbhe has held this title now for the second year in a row.
The timetable for this coming Saturday has been published by the hard-working Tuam AC committee who are the competition organisers for the Galway outdoor track & field this year. It can be downloaded by clicking on the image below.
The 2 Sineáds made a little bit of history for the club at the weekend with both featuring on the podium at the same time but for different teams at the Irish Universities Track & Field Championships in Cork with Sineád Treacy’s NUIG team taking the silver medals in the 4x100m in a time of 49.66 and Sineád Gaffney’s UL team taking the bronze medals just 0.03 seconds (or 24cm!) behind in a time of 49.69.
Great to see two of our athletes on the podium at the highest levels. Sineád G ran 2.23.07 in the heats of the 800m and then 2.23.73 to place 5th in the final while Sineád T made it a very special day with a bronze medal in the 4x400m in a time of 4.01.15 and 5th in the final of the 200m in a time of 25.83, with all 3 of her performances taking the college record for NUIG.
Massive well done to both athletes – the club is very proud of their achievements!
The past weekend saw the end of the indoor track and field season and all eyes now turn towards the outdoor season with the first event getting underway this Friday with the Universities Track & Field followed later this month by the first of the Dublin Graded Meets and the U13 to Senior Galway Track & Field.
The indoors saw a number of new club junior and senior records set by U18 trio Jerry Keary, Ciana Reidy and Laura Cunningham. Jerry set a new club junior and senior record in the high jump with a leap of 1.98m and followed this up with a new club junior record of 6.19m in the long jump. Laura broke both the club junior and senior record in the triple jump with her winning leap of 10.55m last weekend while Ciana set club junior and senior records in the pole vault with her jump of 2.20m in the National League.
The club had huge participation at county, regional and national level across the indoor season as evidenced by the size of our bill with almost €3500 spent on entries fees over the season, the best participation by far of any Connacht club. And the club out performed in the medal stakes too with 3 National titles, 2 silvers and 7 bronze coming our way. The medallists were:-
|U18 Girls Triple Jump||1||Laura Cunningham||10.55|
|U16 Girls Shot Putt||1||Chloe Casey||14.21|
|U12 Boys Shot Putt||1||Darragh Kearney||9.01|
|U19 Boys High Jump||2||Jerry Keary||1.96|
|U14 Boys Pentathlon||2||Conor Hoade||2358 pts|
|Senior Womens 3k Walk||3||Maeve Curley||14.18.26|
|U23 Womens 200m||3||Sineád Treacy||26.23|
|U23 Womens Long Jump||3||Sineád Treacy||4.75|
|U20 Mens High Jump||3||Jerry Keary||1.90|
|U14 Boys 60m Hurdles||3||Conor Hoade||9.50|
|U13 Boys High Jump||3||Evan Hallinan||1.45|
|U12 Girls Shot Putt||3||Niamh Duffy||7.96|
You can see a full list of the club's medallists in the National Indoors since 2004 on our website:-
And you can see the updated list of club junior/senior records here also:-
Well done to everyone who took part and in particular to our medalists and record breakers.
Laura Cunningham National U18 Indoor Triple Champion 2017
It was another brilliant day of action yesterday at the final day of the National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone IT which yielded 4 medals and many personal best performances. The first medal of the day was a treasured National title for Laura Cunningham in the National U18 Triple Jump. Years of dedication are starting to pay off for Laura for whom this is the 4th National medal in less than a year having won triple jump silver and relay gold in last year’s outdoor track and field and high jump bronze in this year’s Scottish Indoors. National medals are hard to come by for even the most hard-working athletes. Laura medalled at National level as an U10 in 2009 in both long jump and relay so it was very special to see her medalling again 8 years later and clinching her first National individual title in the process. Her winning leap of 10.55m is also a club indoor senior record.
And in the same competition, Lorraine Delaney was so close to the medals but had to settle for 4th place in the end. With similar dedication to Laura, a medal would have been a just reward for Lorraine’s talent and hard work but it was not to be on this occasion. Lorraine moved into 2nd place on the 5th round with a fantastic PB of 10.18m but was overtaken by 2 other jumpers on the final round who leaped 3cm and 8cm further – so close and very unlucky to miss out on the podium.
Lorraine and Laura shortly after the U18 Triple Jump
No sooner has the triple jump concluded than news filtered over from the shot putt area of Darragh Kearney’s fantastic gold medal in the U12 shot putt. Darragh heaved the shot putt out to 9.01m on his 4th throw to claim the gold – an incredible 1.33m improvement on his Connacht throw. Ben O’Dwyer placed 14th in the same event with a PB of 7.01m. And our U12s confirmed their throwing skills when Niamh Duffy threw a brilliant 7.96m to take the bronze medal in the U12 Girls Shot Putt. A fantastic achievement for both Darragh and Nimah and for our U12 age group to have both a boy and a girl on the National podium in the same discipline!
Final medal of the day came with an impressive performance from Conor Hoade in the U14 60m hurdles who claimed the bronze in a tight finish in an excellent time of 9.50. Conor was joined in the final by Robert Urquhart competing in the hurdles for the first time this season and doing brilliantly to record a PB of 10.43 to take 7th place in the final. For Conor this was his third National medal in the space of a year having won silver in the indoor pentathlon in January and silver in the outdoor hurdles in July and it was marvellous to see him adding another medal to his growing National collection.
Evan Hallinan went very close to adding his 4th National medal of 2017 (having earlier this year won double silver in the Scottish Indoors in long jump and high jump and bronze last weekend in the high jump at the Irish Indoors) with a 6th place finish in the U13 boys long jump with a best of 4.35m. Also in the long jump Jade Moorhead, Grace Lynch and Tomas Fitzgerald all jumped very well in their events with Jade jumping 3.70m in the U13 girls, Grace 3.31 in the U12 girls and Tomas 3.36 in the U12 boys.
Sean Cotter who made the final of the U15 800m at the National Championships in Athlone
In the middle distance races, Ben Garrard and Oisin Lyons were the club’s leading performers when both athletes placed 7th in the finals of their 800m. Ben ran 2.02.99 in the heats of the U19 Boys 800m and followed it up with a 2.04.42 in the final while Oisin won his heat of the U18 Boys in a time of 2.03.09 and followed this with a 2.03.17 in the final. Sean Cotter ran a big PB of 2.14.24 in the heats of the U14 800m and followed it up with a strong race to place 7th in the final. Clodagh O’Meara ran very close to a PB in the U13 Girls 600m, recording a time of 1.54.31 which was just 0.08 of a second outside her PB while Evan Moran ran a time of 1.57.62 in the heats of the U12 600m. Rian Keaney took 10th place in the U15 shot putt with a strong throw of 9.42m while Evan Halllinan, Odhran Gilligan and James Furey all contested the heats of the hurdles with James running 11.80 in the U15 hurdles and Evan and Odhran running 10.57 and 11.68 in the U13 hurdles.
Jerry Keary (U18 High Jump Silver), Chloe Casey (U16 Shot Putt Gold), Evan Hallinan (U13 High Jump Bronze)
at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone
An incredibly busy weekend of athletics action at the National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone saw 35 athletes from the club in action in individual events as well as 8 relay teams.
Pride of place went to our 3 medallists with Jerry Keary soaring to silver with a leap of 1.96m in the U18 Boys high jump, Chloe Casey smashing the National indoor record with a massive throw of 14.21m in the U16 Girls shot putt and Evan Hallinan leaping to bronze with a brilliant 1.45m in the U13 Boys high jump.
As well as obliterating the previous Championship Best of 13.60m, Chloe’s shot putt record also surpassed the qualification standard of 13.75m for the European Youth Olympics to be held in Hungary in July. This is a fantastic achievement for Chloe and she becomes the 2nd athlete from the club after international high jumper Cathriona Farrell to reach this level of performance at such a young age.
The club’s current international high jumper Jerry Keary was also in flying form with an impressive 1.96m to claim the silver medal, only losing out on gold on countback having knocked 1 bar at 1.96m – unlucky for Jerry as one of his attempts at 1.99m was well over it but he clipped it with his heels.
And up and coming high jumper Evan Hallinan added the final medal for the club when winning bronze in the U13 Boys high jump with an impressive 1.45m despite injuring himself on his first attempt at his 1.35m opening height.
There were many more fine performances and close finishes throughout the 2 days none more so than the U15 girls in the final of their 4x200m relay where the team put in a terrific performance to take 4th place in a time of 1.50.89 losing out by the tiny margin of one-tenth of a second on the bronze with their team of Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornaith Coen and subs Aine and Aoife Kelly.
Ciana Reidy made her own bit of history becoming the first athlete from the club to contest a National Juvenile Pole Vault competition when competing in the U18 Girls event. With the disadvantage of having run a super leg of the U18 4x200m just moments before her first jump, Ciana put in a string of good jumps clearing 2.15m on her best jump to take 4th place overall.
Lorraine Delaney and Aoife Walsh tied on 1.50m to take joint 5th place in the U18 Girls high jump, both girls jumping very well. It was a height and position also claimed by Lukas Schukat in the U14 Boys high jump, putting together some very nice jumps to seal a new PB at 1.50m. Lorraine added a further 5th place finish in the U18 Girls long jump when leaping to a best of 4.76m. Laura Cunningham leaped the exact same distance in the U18 Girls long jump, placing 6th on countback of other jumps and coincidentally also tied on the same height of 1.50m as that jumped by Lorraine and Aoife in the U18 girls but having to settle for 7th place having knocked the 1.50 on her first attempt.
Ben Garrard took 6th place with a best of 5.39m in the U19 Boys long jump while Ellie Cronin went close to the medals with 6th place in the U15 Girls high jump with a clearance of 1.50m. Anna Molloy had a fine performance in the U14 Girls 1000m walk when racing to 6th place in a time of 6.21.06 while Jack Kinane took 7th place in the U14 Boys 1000m walk in a time of 7.15.48. The U14 Boys placed 6th in a time of 1.54.63 in the final of the U14 4x200m with Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney, Liam Mulveen and sub Oisin Keane. Cian Lavan had a big leap of 1.40m to place 7th in the U13 Boys high jump, while Conor Gilligan and Adam Jordan tied on 1.15m when placing 7th in the U12 Boys high jump.
U18 Girls 4x200m Relay Team who placed 7th at the National Indoor Championships
Aoife Walsh, Ciana Reidy, Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney
The club had 5 relay teams which just missed out on making the top 6 qualifiers for the relay finals when placing 7th fastest overall. These included the U18 Girls who raced to a time of 1.51.89 in their 4x200m with Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney, Ciana Reidy, Aoife Walshe and sub Shauna Tobin; the U15 Boys with a time of 1.48.11 in their 4x200m with Gavin Lee, Shaun Gilligan, Paschal Walsh, Robert Urquhart and subs Oisin Davis and Ludaigh Morgan; the U12 Girls in a time of 59.17 in their 4x100m with Aoibhe Donnellan, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan, Grace Keaveney and subs Isabella Fitzgerald and Sole Lopez and the U12 Boys with a time of 57.99 in their 4x100m with Evan Moran, Eoin Spellman, Eddie Silke, Conor Gilligan and subs Jamie Collins and Darragh Kearney. There was plenty of drama int he U15 boys race where Shaun Gilligan was taken out of it by another team with an accidental trip on the back straight and the team having to run a second time later with 1 other team in order to attempt qualification.
U15 Boys 4x200m Relay Team who placed 7th at the National Indoor Championships
The U13 Boys wrapped up the relay action with an 8th place in their 4x100m and a time of 57.63 with Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and sub Luke Flynn. Conor Hoade completed the large number of athletes making the top 8 in their events with a double 8th place finish in the U14 high jump (1.40) and long jump (4.69).
There were some fine performances also in the heats of the 60m and 1500m races with several athletes just missing out on qualification for the sprint finals including U15 sprinters Chloe Farragher (8.40), Aleisha Larkin (8.50), Shaun Gilligan (8.29), Paschal Walsh (8.31) and U12 sprinters Evan Moran (8.80) and Darragh Kearney (8.99) and 1500m runners Ben Ryan (4.33.82) and Ciara Sheppard (5.43.31).
There were many more good performances at this highest standard of juvenile athletics in the country including Garvin Surlis 10th in U16 long jump, Ludaigh Morgan 11th in U15 long jump, Rian Kearney 11th in U14 long jump, Shauna Tobin 12th in U18 long jump, Leanagh Gilligan 12th in U16 long jump, Jade Moorhead 12th in U13 high jump, Rosemary Maduka 13th in U13 shot putt, the U14 Girls relay team 13th in their 4x200m (Molly Sullivan, Rebeckah Flynn, Jade Moorhead, Fauve Alymer and sub Saoirse Pierce; Calvin Ryan 14th in U13 shot putt; Chloe Hallian and Saoirse Pierce 15th in the U12 and U14 high jump; Chloe Farragher 15th in the U15 long jump; Isabella Fitzgerald 18th in the U12 long jump.
U14 Girls 4x200m Relay Team who placed 13th at the National Indoor Championships
U12 Boys 4x200m Relay Team who placed 7th at the National Indoor Championships