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NUIG's Sinead Treacy and Aisling Keady (Field Captain) at the Universities Indoors
(Photo credit: John O'Connor)

The Universities Indoor Track & Field Championships took place at the weekend in Athlone with strong performances from several Craughwell AC athletes. These championships are one of the highlights of the athletics calendar each year and always very impressively organised. The Univerities has the best online results database by a mile that I have come across in the sport ... check it out at www.iuaa.org .. parents might even spot themselves listed there as it goes back 30 or 40 years!

It was super for the club to have possibly our largest ever representation in these championships with 8 athletes involved. The highlight of the day from a Craughwell AC perspective was Sinead Treacy’s 56.37 time to take 4th place in the women’s 400m, yet again breaking the club’s senior record for this event – Sinead’s third time breaking it this year!

Sinead later helped the NUIG relay time to take gold in the 4x200m breaking the NUIG record in the process. NUIG were well represented by athletes from the club with Jack Miskella running a big PB of 4.01.32 to take 7th place in the 1500m, Lorraine Delaney jumping 4.77m to take 9th place in the long jump and Aisling Keady being Field Captain for the NUIG team.

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Ben Garrard (UL), Laura Cunningham (UL), Jerry Keary (AIT) and Lorraine Delaney (NUIG)
at the Universities Indoor Track & Field Championships held in AIT International Arena
 

Laura Cunningham jumped strongly for the University of Limerick team, taking 6th place in the triple jump with a leap of 10.03m and 7th place in the long jump with a best of 4.82m – in the process helping UL to 5th place in the team stakes. Ben Garrard (also representeing UL) had a decent run in the heats of the 800m, placing 5th in a time of 2.03.12. And representing Athlone IT and competing on home turf, Jerry Keary had an excellent series of jumps in the high jump to take 6th place with a 1.90 clearance in a high quality competition. Luke Evans representing TCD competed in the guest 1500m towards the end of the day.

Check out the fabulous photos of the day taken by John O'Connor and availlable on his flickr website, some of which I have borrowed below:-

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Craughwell AC’s Caron Ryan, silver medalist
at the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships
held in Wicklow recently

Caron Ryan produced one of the finest distance performances by a County Galway athlete in the past decade when taking the silver medal in the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships held on 8 February.

The 5000m race was ran over a picturesque but challenging course in Rathdrum in County Wicklow where Caron followed up her bronze medal from last year’s National Novice Championships with an impressive silver medal in the Intermediate grade. Its difficult to compare achievements across different athletics disciplines but certainly this was one of the most impressive ever achievements by a Craughwell AC athlete at National senior level.

Dave Evans and Luke Evans provided a first for the club with father/son taking part in the same National cross-country championships with Dave in the Masters Mens race and Luke in the Intermediate Mens race. And in the youngest age group at the same venue, Alan Hallinan had an outstanding run to place 4th in the U11 Boys 1000m.

Also at the weekend, the club had 8 athletes in action at the National Senior AAI Games in Dublin with Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney and Ellie Cronin in the jumps, Sinead Treacy in the 400m and Sinead Gaffney, Gavin Cooney, Paul Joyce and Jack Miskella in the 800m. Sinead Treacy knocked over a second off her PB and club record when racing to 56.73 in the 400m while Sinead Gaffney came very close to breaking her club record of 2.19.10 with a time of 2.19.79 in the 800m.

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Craughwell AC’s Sinead Gaffney, Paul Joyce, Jack Miskella and Gavin Cooney
who took part in the 800m races in the National AAI Games
recently at the National Sports Campus in Dublin

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Craughwell AC's team who contested round 2 of the National Senior Indoor League, placing 6th after the 2 rounds
Sarah Finnegan, Sinead Treacy, Sinead Gaffney, Laura Cunningham, Rachel Finnegan, Ellie Cronin

Craughwell AC's senior women's team put in a strong performance to finish in 6th place overall in the National Senior Indoor League after round 2 in Athlone in January.

Sinead Treacy stormed to 2nd place in the 400m in an impressive 57.99 setting a new club record in the process. Laura Cunningham placed 5th in the triple jump and Ellie Cronin 6th in the high jump. Sinead Gaffney took 6th place in the 1500m while Sarah Finnegan placed 6th in the heats of the 200m.

The day wrapped up with an impressive 4x200m team performance to place 2nd in their heat in a time of 1.49.60 with the team of Sinead Treacy, Laura Cunningham, Rachel Finnegan and Ellie Cronin.

Check out sportsfile.com for some good photos of the day including the 1 below of Laura in action in the triple jump:

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National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown

Craughwell AC’s senior women’s team had a strong performance in round 1 of the National Indoor League held at the National Sports Arena in Dublin. The team were placed 6th out of the 12 teams after round 1 with 36 points, just 5 points adrift from 3rd place.

Team captain Sarah Finnegan led by example with a blistering 9.85 to take 3rd place in the 60m hurdles. Sarah's time was just a fraction away from her own club senior record of 9.81 set all the way back in 2008, setting her up for a very promising season. Sinead Treacy placed 4th in the 60m sprint in a solid time of 8.04 while Sinead Gaffney had an impressive 2.21.52 run to place 7th in the 800m. In the field events Leanagh Gilligan leaped 4.85m to take 6th place in the long jump while Aoife Kelly took 9th place in the shot put with a good throw of 6.10 with the 4kg weight.

Jack Miskella competed as a guest in the men’s 1500m running a good early season time of 4.10.

Craughwell AC’s senior women’s team had a good performance in round 1 of the National Indoor League held at the National Sports Arena in Dublin. Team captain Sarah Finnegan led by example with a blistering 9.85 to take 3rd place in the 60m hurdles. Sinead Treacy placed 4th in the 60m sprint in a solid time of 8.04 while Sinead Gaffney had an impressive 2.21.52 run to place 7th in the 800m. In the field events Leanagh Gilligan leaped 4.85m to take 6th place in the long jump while Aoife Kelly took 9th place in the shot put with a good throw of 6.10 with the 4kg weight. Jack Miskella competed as a guest in the men’s 1500m running a good early season time of 4.10.

The craughwell 10 mile / 10k is set for Sunday March 22nd 2020.

Note: It has an earlier start time of 10.30 compared to other years.

Register online at:

https://www.runireland.com/events/craughwell-10-mile-and-10k-2/

More details to follow closer to the race.

Saturday the 6th. .