After a championship that started at 10 last Sunday and didn’t end until well after 7 pm, Cathal McElgunn and Dearbhaile Beirne was Leitrim’s top performers at the Western Region Indoor Championships at Athlone IT’s spectacular new international athletics arena.
With the cream of the province’s juvenile athletes on show, medals were at a premium last Sunday but McElgunn claimed two gold medals in the &U-19 200m & 400m, both in personal best times, while Mohill & District AC’s Dearbhaile Beirne brought home a complete set of medals in the U-16 Walk, 1,500m and 200m.
There were also gold medals for Mohill walkers Dearbhaile Beirne, Aisling McNabola and Peter O’Neill, Ballinamore’s Laura O’Dowd and Dylan Mimna, Carrick’s Stephen McDermott while Joanna Duignan, Christina Beirne & Dara Morahan both picked up silver and bronze medals.
McElgunn was an impressive winner of both long sprints, setting the pace in the 400m run with Seniors as he was timed at a fraction over 52 seconds while he was an equally commanding winner of the 200m, running 23.37, both outright lifetime bests.
Dearbhaile Beirne was the first across the line in the combined walks, leading home her sister Michelle (U-19) and Aisling McNabola (U-16) before claiming a strong second in the 1,500m. She then showed a great turn of speed to take the bronze in the 200m ahead of Carrick AC pair Elise Bruen and Sinead Reynolds (4th and 5th).
The walks also saw a gold medal for Peter O’Neill in the U-14 event while there was also a silver medal for James McNabola in the U-16 event. Ballinamore’s Dylan Mimna was a clear and comprehensive winner of the U-17 Boys walk. Laura O’Dowd went straight to the front of the U-19 800m and was never threatened as the Ballinamore runner won in a canter.
The 60m sprints saw an impressive silver medal for Mohill’s Alanna McGuinness in the U-12 event while Carrick’s Christina Beirne picked up a hard earned second in the U-16 Girls, with clubmate Dara Morahan just outside the medals. Beirne and Morahan teamed up with Bruen & Reynolds to take an impressive third in the relay.
Carrick’s Donal Casey and Ballinamore’s Sibeal Reynolds also reached sprint finals, with Casey just missing out in fourth place in the U-12 event.
Under the direction of throws coach, Carrick AC also enjoyed success in the shot events with Cian Singleton and Caitlin Surlis (both U-12) and debutant Akim Kuzmiceeva (U-14) all their first ever claiming bronze medals.
There was another gold medal for Carrick’s Stephen McDermott who cleared a very impressive 1.65m to win the U-16 event with Brian Finn finishing fourth in his U-15 race. Finn did, however, claim a silver medal ahead of his clubmate Colin McDonnell in the Long Jump, a great result.
Joanna Duignan demonstrated a great range of talent as she was a shade outside 60 seconds in the U-18 400m where she took second and just over 27 seconds in the 200m where she was third, two very impressive displays.
The medal haul was completed by Carrick’s Mollie Crossley who finished second in the U-17 Hurdles while North Leitrim’s Mary Broughton put in a strong display in the middle distances. Elise Bruen had two fourth places in the U-16 800m and 200m, just missing out in both races.
Sports Hall Semi-Final
Seven south Leitrim schools took part in the semi final of the Leitrim primary schools Sports Hall Athletics in Ballinamore Sports Hall on Friday last. The qualifiers will take part in the Final in Ballinamore tomorrow (Thursday).
Third/Fourth Class Girls
1 St Caillin’s Fenagh 106, 2 SN Bhride Naofa Ballinamore 105, 3 St Joseph’s Aughavas 98, 4 St Mary’s Carrigallen 86, 5 Scoil na Maighdine Muire 64, 6 Bornacoola 45
Third/Fourth Class Boys
1 St Joseph’s Aughavas 86, 2 St Caillin’s Fenagh 64, 3 St Mary’s Carrigallen 48, 4 Bornacoola 42
Fifth/Sixth Class Girls
1 SN Bhride Naofa 124, 2 St Joseph’s Aughavas 110, 3 St Caillin’s Fenagh 97, 4 Scoil na Maighdine Muire 85, 5 Bornacoola 46, 6 St Mary’s, Carrigallen 42
1 Ballinamore Boy 112, 2 St Joseph’s, Aughavas 104, 3 St Caillin’s Fenagh 96, 4 Ballinamore BNS “B” 72, 5 St Mary’s Carrigallen 70, 6 Bornacoola 54
Mohill & District AC
Connacht Indoors: Well done to all our Club Athletes who took part in Connaught Indoors on Sunday last in the new Indoor Arena in AIT Athlone. Michelle Beirne took first in under 19 Race Walk, Aisline McNabola took 1st Under 17 Race Walk, Dearbhaile Beirne took 1st U-16 Race Walk, 2nd 200m and 3rd 1500m; Dearbhaile took home with her 3 medals) James McNabola 2nd in under 15 Race Walk, Peter O’Neill took 1st in under 14 Race Walk, Alanah McGuinness took 2nd in under 12 Sprint 60m. As this was Peter’s and Alanah’s first Juvenile competition to take part in a special word of congrats go to them and hopefully this is the first of many more medals for them. Rachel Kiernan, Lorraine Foy and Owen Gaffey also competed as guests in under 14 Race Walk but as all 3 are under 13 for competition they were not eligible for medals. This was a fantastic experience for them and will be of great benefit to them next year. Chloe Dolan, Sinead McNabola and Zekiel Stephens all took part and performed very well in sprints, middle distance and shot put, we are very proud of you all. Thanks to the parents who travelled up, helped out and supported our Athletes.
Registration: Athletes who have not returned their registration form and fee please do so.
Supervision: Two parents are required to be present at training sessions.
Sportshall Athletics: Good luck to all our Club Athletes who are taking part in Sportshall Athletics this week.
Congratulations and well done to all our athletes who performed so brilliantly at the Western Region Indoors today in Athlone IT. On a day when we won medals in sprints, hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot, Cathal McElgunn stood out with two great wins and pbs in the U-19 200m & 400m. For more results, see our facebook page and elsewhere in this report. We must make special note however of Siobhan Whelan’s great work with our throwers saw Cian Singleton, Caitlin Surlis and Akim Kuzmiceeza all win their first ever Connacht medals with third place finishes. Joanna Duignan, Sinead Reynolds, Colin McDonnell and Christina Beirne all picked up their first Connacht medals so well done to them.
Thanks to all the parents, brothers and sisters who came to Athlone to cheer on the athletes, especially Maureen Diffley who kept an eye on the kids and made sure that they made it to their events on time. We wish Paul Keaney a speedy recovery after his heavy fall when leading his 600m heat.
Well done to Chris and Graham and all his crew who organised the Carrick 10Km last Sunday, over 500 runners turned out for this great event and it was great to see coach Siobhan Murtagh finish second woman overall.