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Senior Men's 4x200m relay teams who won silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Ben Garrard, Gavin Cooney, John Cormican, Jerry Keary

Craughwell AC had a super successful weekend at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Athlone with many exhilarating performances and heart-thumping moments through the 2 days of events. The club came away with a massive haul of 76 podium placings with 25 Connacht titles coming our way as well as 25 silver places and 26 bronze places and many many PBs from our super athletes.

With the best wine kept to last, the senior men’s 4x200m relay team provided one of the most exciting moments of the weekend when they took the silver medals in the final event of the weekend when splitting 2 incredible Carrick-on-Shannon teams which featured a number of international sprinters. But we had our own international in action on our team with Jerry Keary literally gobbling up the ground on the 3rd leg of the relay with giant strides, looking as though he was on springs such was the ground that he covered on each step. John Cormican marked his return to the sport after a couple of years absence with a fine performance in both the individual 200m where he ran 24.69 and in the relay where he ran the 1st leg, handing over to Gavin Cooney to Jerry Keary and to Ben Garrard. With Gavin and Ben having run an 800m just an hour earlier, it was a fine performance. In a nail-biting finish, with both Carrick-on-Shannon teams thundering down the finishing straight as if their lives depended on it, Ben held on to clinch the silver medal in the tightest of finishes in a time of 1.38.19 just 0.27s behind 1st place and 0.15s ahead of 3rd place. It was the tightest finish I have ever seen in a Connacht senior relay with all 3 leading teams separated by just 0.42s and GCH and Castlegar only a few seconds more behind. Fair play to Carrick-on-Shannon for fielding 2 teams of that caliber.

Craughwell AC's Senior Women's and U19 Girl's 4x200m relay teams
who won gold and silver at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Back: Shauna Tobin, Aoife Walsh, Laura Cunningham, Sinead Treacy, Jessica Heneghan
Front: Sinead Gaffney, Aisling Keady, Grainne McDaid

Our senior women’s team were also impressive in their 4x200m with the team claiming the Connacht title with a comfortable victory in a time of 1.54.85. The team featured Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney Jessica Heneghan and Grainne McDaid and it was great to see them back in relay action as bar 1 had not run a relay in many years. With each of the team having medaled previously at National level in different juvenile age groups, it was lovely to see them competing so well on a senior relay team.

In the individual senior events, Sinead Gaffney put in an impressive performance to win the Connacht 800m title in a time of 2.25.17 with Grainne McDaid taking the bronze medal. Peter O’Sullivan had a strong run to take the silver medal in the Senior Men’s 1500m in 4.22.25 while Gavin Cooney raced to bronze in the Senior Men’s 800m in 2.14.13. Paul Armstrong made his debut at Connacht level with a fine performance to take the gold medal in the Senior men's high jump with a clearance of 1.60m and the bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.39m.

Ben Garrard was one of the top performers for the club on the day with gold medals in the U19 Boys high jump and long jump and then a scintillating finish to win the Connacht 800m title on the line in 2.02.93. Laura Cunningham matched this achievement with 3 individual golds in the U18 Girls grade – taking victory in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Aoife Walsh took the silver medals in both the high jump and long jump with Shauna Tobin taking the bronze in both events. The same three U18 girls partnered with Siona Lawless to take the gold medals in the U18 Girls 4x200m and with Aisling Keady to take the silver medals in the U19 Girls 4x200m.

Top 3 in the U18 Girls High Jump at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aoife Walsh (2nd), Laura Cunningham (1st), Shauna Tobin (3rd)

Jerry Keary was in flying form in the jumps taking victory in the U18 Boys high jump with an impressive clearance of 1.90m and in the long jump and adding bronze in the 200m. Siona Lawless took silver and bronze in the U17 Girls long jump and 60m sprint while Leanagh Gilligan took double silver in the U16 Girls high jump and long jump. Chloe Casey heaved the shot putt out to 13.06m to win the Connacht U16 title. Ciara Sheppard had a strong run to take bronze in the U16 Girls 1500m while Ryan Gallagher took bronze in the U16 60m hurdles and silver in the U16 long jump with an impressive 5.31 with Garvin Surlis taking 5th place. The U16 Girls raced to silver in their 4x200m relay with Chloe Casey, Freya Bohan, Leanagh Gilligan and Ava Power.

A strong U15 squad saw impressive performances in the relays with both Connacht titles coming to the club. The girls were particularly impressive when taking victory in a time of 1.53.75 with Chloe Farragher, Aleisha Larkin, Ava Finn, Ornait Coen and Aine Kelly while the boys also had a convincing victory with Shaun Gilligan, Gavin Lee, Robert Urquhart and Paschal Walsh.

In the individual stakes, Ellie Cronin sailed over 1.55m in the high jump to take the Connacht title, with Aine Kelly 3rd and Ava Finn 4th. Chloe Farragher took double silver in the long jump and 60m sprint, with Aleisha Larkin also qualifying for the National finals with a 4th place finish in the 60m sprint. Paschal Walsh took an impressive silver in the 60m with Shaun Gilligan 4th, a position shared by Jack Fitzgerald in the 60m hurdles. Lughaidh Morgan took a fine silver medal in the U15 long jump and Liam Leen and Sean Cotter placed 2nd and 4th in a quality U15 800m race.


Craughwell AC's U15 High Jumpers at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone
Aine Kelly (3rd), Ellie Cronin (1st), Ava Finn (4th)

In the U14 age group, Rian Kearney led the way with an impressive leap of 4.87m to take victory in the long jump and added a silver medal in the shot putt. Conor Hoade also had a good day with victory in the 60m hurdles, silver in the high jump and 4th place in the long jump. Lukas Schukat took bronze in the high jump while Robert Urquhart took 4th place in both the high jump and 60m hurdles. Jack Kinane took the Connacht title in the U14 Boys 1000m race walk, a feat repeated by Anna Molloy in the U14 Girls event. Rebekah Flynn took bronze in the high jump with Saoirse Pierce in 4th place while Eve Ayo finished just outside the National qualifiers with a 5th place finish in the U14 60m sprint. Both the boys and girls relay teams placed 3rd in their event with Saoirse Pierce, Rebekah Flynn, Jade Moorhead and Fauve Aylmer racing to bronze in the girls 4x200m and Conor Hoade, Lukas Schukat, Rian Kearney and Liam Mulveen (with subs Oisin Keane and Fabian Fleetwood) doing likewise in the boys 4x200m.

Craughwell AC's U13 Girls Relay Squad at the Connacht Indoor Track & Field in Athlone

In the U13 Girls grade, Clodagh O’Meara had an exceptional run when taking silver in the 600m in 1.54.23. Rosemary Maduka was impressive in the shot putt when taking the silver medal there while Jade Moorhead had fine performances with bronze in the long jump and 4th place in the high jump. Alicia Locteau and Erin Kelly went close to the podium with 5th place finishes in the high jump and long jump. The boys put in some star performances when taking one-third of the qualifying positions for the Nationals finals. Cian Lavan led the way with 3 individual bronze medals in the high jump, long jump and hurdles.

Evan Hallinan was also impressive with victory in the high jump, silver in the hurdles and 4th place in the long jump. Calvin Ryan and Odhran Gilligan took 4th place in the shot putt to qualify for Nationals while Daniel Galvin went close with a 5th place finish in the 600m in 1.52.40. The U13 boys relay team of Cian Lavan, Evan Hallinan, Odhran Gilligan, Ryan McDonnell and Killian Walsh raced to the silver medals in their 4x100m.

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In the U12 grade, Evan Moran was the star performance with triple gold in the 60m sprint, 60m hurdles and 600m. Darragh Kearney was strong also with bronze in the 60m and silver in the shot putt. Adam Jordan took bronze in the high jump while Tomas Fitzgerald and Ben O’Dwyer also qualified for Nationals with 4th place in the long jump and shot putt, with Cormac McFadden just missing out by 7cm with 5th place in the long jump. In the girls’ events, Chloe Hallinan won a brace of silver medals in the hurdles and high jump and placed 5th in the long jump. Grace Lynch took bronze in the long jump with Isabella Fitzgerald doing likewise in the high jump while Niamh Duffy threw impressively to win the Connacht title in the shot putt. The girls relay team put in an incredible run in their 4x100m to take the Connacht title with Grace Keaveney, Niamh Duffy, Chloe Hallinan and Aoibhe Donnellan with the boys taking the bronze medals in their 4x100m with Jamie Collins, Eoin Spellman, Darragh Kearney, Evan Moran and Conor Gilligan.

Full results of the 2 days are here.

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