Gold for James & Dearbhaile as athletes shine in Athlone

In what was a busy and in ways controversial weekend for Leitrim Athletics a number of medals were secured by Leitrim athletes who had qualified from Connacht when the Woodies DIY All Ireland Indoor Championships were held in the new Athlone IT International Arena on Saturday and Sunday last.

In what was a busy and in ways controversial weekend for Leitrim Athletics a number of medals were secured by Leitrim athletes who had qualified from Connacht when the Woodies DIY All Ireland Indoor Championships were held in the new Athlone IT International Arena on Saturday and Sunday last.

Elsewhere the four Leitrim Primary Schools Teams which had qualified from the Sligo semi final gave good performances against the best in the country when the National Finals were held in the McCormack Hall in Athlone IT on Wednesday last.

Laura Reynolds secured her first International Class grant from the Irish Sports Council on Thursday but fellow Olympian Colin Griffin who shares with Laura and Robbie Heffernan the distinction of having already met the high standard of qualification set by AAI to represent Ireland in the World Championships in Moscow next August was left without as those who control such things in AAI did not forward his application to the Irish Sports Council early last January.

Finally, on a happier note, Brian McGovern of Manhattan College who is a member of Ballinamore AC and whose parents came from Leitrim set a new Irish outdoor Pole Vault record of 5.36m at the ASU Invitational meet in Tempe, Arizona , on Saturday.

Leitrim athletes won two gold medals at the AAI Juvenile Indoor Championships with Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill & District A C winning the Under 16 Girls Walk in 7.11.73 and clubmate James McNabola the Under 15 Boys Walk in 5.08.46. Aisling McNabola was third in the Under 17 Girls Walk in 8.32.37 while Michelle Beirne took second in the Under 19 Girls Walk behind Siobhan Nash of St Abbans in a time of 7.41.40.

Finally, to complete a great day for Mohill & District AC Peter O’Neill took second to Gerald McMahon of Shannon A C in the Boys’ Under 14 Walk in 5.09.72 in what was a very tight finish.

Laura O’Dowd of Ballinamore AC secured the bronze medal in the Girls Under 19 800m in 2.18.47 behind winner Rachel O’Shea of West Muskerry whose time was 2.13.13. Dylan Mimna of Ballinamore A C was fourth in 7.30.0 in a tough Under 17 Walk won by Aaron Egan of Clonmel in 6.25.07.

Joanna Duignan of Carrick on Shannon C took the silver medal in the Girls Under 18 400 in a time of 59.88 behind GCH winner Alanna Lally who was time at 55.87. She was also sixth in the 200m in 27.28 .

Cathal McElgunn finished fifth in the Under 19 200m where the National Junior record was broken and European Junior Championship qualification achieved by the talented winner, Marcus Lawlor of Carlow. He was also fifth in the 400m in 52.98.

Other Carrick on Shannon A CF placings were Molly Crossley 7th in the Under 17 60m Hurdles in 10.24, Brian Finn 9th in the Under 15 Long Jump with a leap of 4.12m, Caitlin Surlis 5th in the Under 12 Shot with a throw of 7.23m and Stephen McDermott 6th in the Under 16 High Jump with a leap of 1.55m.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS SPORTS HALL RESULTS

The Results of the National Finals in Athlone on Wednesday last were-

5th/6th Class Boys: 1 Donegal 120 pts, 2 Louth 101 pts, 3 Offaly 98 pts, 4 Clare 73 pts, 5 Limerick City 66 pts, 6 Leitrim (Four Masters NS) 46 pts.

5th/6th Class Girls: 1 Louth 118 pts, 2 Laois 110 pts, 3 Donegal 102 pts, 4 Clare 72 pts, 5 Limericik City 62 pts, 6 Leitrim (SN Bhride Naofa, Ballinamore) 46 pts

3rd/4th Class Boys: 1 Offaly 118 pts, 2 Donegal 107 pts, 3 Louth 98 pts, 4 Leitrim (Gaelscoil Liathroma) 80 pts, 5 Clare 61 pts, 6 North Tipperary 40 pts

3rd/4th Class Girls: 1 Louth 118 pts, 2 Laois 97 pts, 3 Donegal 93 pts. 4 Clare 85 pts, 5 Leitrim (Gaelscoil Liathroma) 77 pts, 6 North Tipperary 31 pts

BIG ROADRACE ON GOOD FRIDAY

The Lough Rynn 10K roadrace under AAI Rules will be held on Good Friday at 5.00 p.m. Entries should be made to Leitrim Sports Partnership during the week and those taking part, particularly if not already entered. should be at Lough Rynn in good time Friday afternoon to ensure good organization of what has been a popular and well organised event since it began two years ago