Templemore was the venue for the county track and field championships that took place on May 11 and 12.
Day 1 saw the U13-U19 athletes compete in sunshine with a stiff breeze at times but otherwise dry conditions. There were 22 athletes representing the club where a total of 19 individual and 2 sets of relay medals were won.
The gold medal winners were Katie Bergin (U17-19) in the Long Jump (4.75m), Jack Hickey (U17-19) in the 200m (23.68) and Dylan Mcloughlin (U17-19) in the 1500m (4.32.08). Winners of the silver medals were Katie Bergin in the 200m (27.42), Jack Hickey in the Long Jump (5.34m), Tomás Cussen (U16) in the Shot Put (6.63m), Leona Maher (U16) in the 200m (28.99), Louise Hickey (U15) in the Shot Put (7.53m), Mary Cussen (U15) in the 800m (3.03.94) and Jack Flanagan (U13) in the Long Jump (3.85m) and the High Jump (1.20m). The bronze medallists were Katie Bergin (13.23) and Jack Hickey (11.80) in their respective 100m races, Leona Maher in the 100m (13.88) and the Long Jump (4.30m), Tomás Cussen in the Long Jump (4.00), Saoirse Doran (U13) in the 600m (2.00.74), Adam Spillane Leane (U13) in the Long Jump (3.70m) and Frank Doyle (U13) in the Javelin (13.38).
The U13 Boys relay team of Jack Flanagan, Frank Doyle, Jack Gleeson and Adam Spillane Leane (subs Adam Phelan and Paddy Cussen) ran the 4x100m where they finished in 2nd place. The U16 relay team of Tara Gleeson, Louise Hickey, Mary Cussen and Leona Maher sprinted to 4th place. Our third relay team in action were the U18 Girls where they dashed around the track! Well done to Aisling Dwyer, Katie Bergin, Jessie Newman and Rachel Butler who finished 1st in a time of 53.69!
Alanna Maher (U13) competed in the 80m and finished 12th in the Long Jump. Conor Kavanagh and Cathal Guilfoyle both U14 competed in the heats of the 80m. Olivia Ralph (U14) placed 6th in the 80m and 5th in the Long Jump. Well done to each athlete on representing the club so proudly on Day 1 of the Championships.
Day 2 saw the U/9 to U/12 athletes compete on what was a very warm sunny day. The club had a successful day with 7 individual medals – 2 silver and 5 bronze in addition to 2 sets of bronze relay medals.
Billy Flanagan was one of the bronze medal winners finishing 3rd in the U9 300m. JP Everard crossed the finish line in 3rd place in the U10 60m with a time of 9.88. Billy Gleeson also finished 3rd in his U11 600m race finishing in 1.55.99. The next bronze medal went to Molly Jones who came 3rd in the U9 Turbo Javelin with a throw of 6.76. Olive Spillane Leane took 3rd in the U10 Long Jump with a jump of 3.28. The final two individual medals both went to Sarah McGinley. Sarah finished 2nd in the U12 Turbo Javelin with a throw of 12.97 and 2nd in the U12 Shot Put(2kg). The U9 and U11 boys both finished 3rd in their relays. The U9 team was Michael Doyle, William Morrissey, Billy Flanagan and Conor Leahy while the U11 team was Billy Gleeson, Jack Guilfoyle, Rógan Lyons and JP Everard.
Also competing on the day were Muireann Casey, Kate Concagh, Ailis Concagh, Dáithí Cussen, Cathleen Cussen, Bill Cussen, Gráinne Daly, Caoimhe Doyle, Saoirse Deegan , Grace Deegan, Maria Doyle, Eleanor Doyle, Arlene Flanagan, Niamh Gleeson, Padraig Guilfoyle, Ciara Joyce, Aoife Kavanagh, Conor Leahy, Heidi Maher, Abbie Manton, Réiltin Morrissey, Ciara O’Dwyer, Aoibhin O’Dwyer, Bill O’Neill, Jim O’Neill, Róisín O’Reilly, Aisling O’Reilly, Ruth Phelan, Isabel Ralph, Caoimhe Slevin, Alana Spillane, Ava Tobin, Kate Tobin and Carmel McGreevy.
Well done to all medal winners and to everyone who competed on the day, it was the first time for some of the athletes to compete and take part. Keep up the training and success will come your way!
A sincere thanks to all the parents for their support over the two days and to all those who gave a helping hand with the athletes. With our coaches and officers providing officialdom at the event it is great to know that the athletes will be looked after and pointed in the direction of their various events.