Leitrim's young athletes again impressed at last week's sodden North Connacht Schools Track & Field Championships at IT Sligo.
North Leitrim AC's Ella McDaid led the way with victories in the Junior Hurdles and 200m while there were also wins for Lara Mulvaney Kelly, Ellis Conway, Alannah McGuinness and Diarmuid Giblin.
The Minor Boys saw two qualifiers in the 200m where Tom Hughes of St. Clare’s Manorhamilton finished second with Drumshanbo VS’s Michael Connolly was fourth while in the Shot, Carrick Community School’s Shane Finn was a good fourth.
In the Junior Girls 100m, Carrick CS had two of the top three finishers with clubmates Aine McGwynne and Sophie McCabe finishing second and third, McGwynne in her first race in almost two years since a serious knee injury.
North Leitrim AC’s Ella McDaid, running for Ursuline Sligo, won the 200m ahead of Sophie McCabe with Drumshanbo’s Rosalyn Keane finishing in the final qualifying spot in fourth place.
Ballinamore’s Siomha Quinn was another to qualify for the Connachts as she finished sixth in the Junior Girls 800m while the 1,500m saw Lauren Reynolds of Carrick CS produce a strong second place finish with St. Clare’s Aishling Cullen in fourth and Carrick AC’s Kirsty McHenry, running for Abbey Boyle, sixth to also qualify.
Diarmuid Giblin of North Leitrim was the only competitor in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles while Ella McDaid picked up a second win in the Junior Girls 80m Hurdles.
The only other Leitrim qualifier in the Junior Boys events was Carrick CS’s Toyosi Fagbo who finished second by a matter of inches in the 100m Final.
The 100m events also saw another qualifier when Mohill Community College’s Alannah McGuinness was an impressive winner of the Intermediate event while she also finished fourth in a competitive 80m hurdles.
St. Clare’s Sarah Brady and Ballinamore Community School’s Ellie O’Rourke both qualified in the Intermediate 800m, Sarah taking third to Ellie’s fourth while the Inter Girls shot saw St. Clare’s Shannon O’Hagan finish second. Shannon also finished third in the Javelin with team-mate Lara Mulvaney Kelly taking second. Lara would go on to win the Inter Girls Discus with a throw of 20.6m.
In the Inter Boys, Eoghan Farrell had a busy day as the Carrick CS student finished a strong third in his debut 3,000m before taking fifth over 1,500m about 90 minutes later. His schoolmate Oisin Kearney made his debut over 400m, finishing third with a strong performance in winning his heat.
In the Inter Boys Triple Jump, Krzysztof Rutkowski of St. Clare’s Manorhamilton finished third.
Carrick CS had a winner in the Senior Girls events when Ellis Conway was a convincing winner of the 400m with clubmate Aisling Gill, running for Drumshanbo, taking a strong second. Gill would also finish fourth over 200m with clubmate Clodagh Sheerin second.
Gill’s Drumshanbo team-mate Emma Heeran also qualified for the Connacht Finals with a fourth place finish in the Senior Shot.
In the Senior boys, Oisin O’Dowd qualified in the 100m and 200m events, finishing fourth in both finals with schoolmate Niall Sheerin just missing out. In the 800m, Carrick CS’s Fiachra O’Dowd finished a good fifth in a competitive event while St. Clare’s James Maguire finished sixth in the Shot.
In the Relay, Leitrim had three teams qualify with Carrick Community School finishing second in both the Junior Girls and Boys races while Ballinamore Community School finished fourth in the Senior Boys event.