Niamh Carolan maintained Leitrim's proud walking tradition at the All-Ireland Schools last Saturday in Tullamore when she claimed a silver medal.
Competing in the colours of Magh Ene Bundoran, Niamh finished second behind Monaghan's Ava Ross in the Junior Girls walk in Tullamore but it was a much, much closer affair than the Ulster Championships.
Ross crossed the line in a time of 5.53.33 with Niamh chasing her all the way to the line as she finished less than a second behind in 5.54.29, a massive improvement from the Ulster Finals where the Monaghan walker had 16 seconds to spare.
Niamh also went in the 1,500m with Carrick CS's Lauren Reynolds but her efforts earlier in the day caught up with her as she ran 5.06.49 for 10th with Lauren just outside her pb with 5.18.23 for 12th places.
Niamh's fellow North Leitrim walker Darragh Mitchell filled the most agonising spot with fourth in the Inter Boys. His time of 11.18.38 for fourth saw him just over 70 seconds behind the bronze medal but as he is still an Intermediate next year, he will be confident for 2019.
Carrick CS's Ellis Conway put in a strong performance in the Senior 400m, clocking 59.50 for fifth place in a super fast race.
Mohill's Alannah McGuinness set a superb new personal best when she finished sixth in the Inter Girls 100m Final, clocking 12.64 to take over two tenths off her best.
Carrick CS's relay teams both finished in seventh place in new bests. The Junior Girls team beat Connacht winners Presentation Athenry when they clocked 53.31 to finish seventh, nearly a second faster than their best. The Senior boys 4 x 400m relay team ran four seconds faster than they had in the Connachts, clocking 3.39.28.
Ursuline Sligo's Ella McDaid finished eighth in the Junior Girls 75m Hurdles in a time of 12.39 while she clocked 27.92 for seventh in the 200m Final.
St. Clare's duo Shannon O'Hagan and Lara Mulvaney Kelly finished ninth and 11th in the Inter Javelin with throws of 27.30m and 23.54m respectively while Shannon threw 9.34m for 11th in the Shot.
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