Leitrim's Eanna Madden & Gerard O’Donnell had a mixed day at the Belfast International despite both turning in good performances in tough conditions.
Madden ran his second fastest time ever for the 100m when he stormed to a clear cut win, his time of 10.67 marginally slower than his pb of 10.65. However, the Mohill man suffered a hamstring strain which may rule him out of action for several weeks and hamper his bid to achieve a qualifying time for the European outdoors.
Hurdler Gerard O’Donnell ran two races in the wet conditions, first recording a time of 14.23 into a 0.8 m/s headwind to finish fifth. The Carrick AC man went faster again in the second race, despite giving the first hurdle a heavy wallop.
Gerard somehow got his rhythm back and stormed over the final five hurdles to record a time of 14.15 into a stronger 1.7 m/s headwind, only denied second by the photo finish.
l The county’s younger athletes turned in some excellent displays at the North Connacht Schools in Sligo.
Ballinamore PPS’s Ellie O’Rourke was one of the most impressive winners on the day, winning the Minor Girls 1,500m by well over 100m while Drumshanbo VS’s Anna Corcoran also had a clear cut victory in the Inter 1,500m.
Carrick Community School had a very successful day with Elise Bruen & Tom McCabe scoring a Senior 400m double while both took second in the 200m.
Fiachra O’Dowd was an impressive winner of the Inter 200m and took second in the 100m while Oisin Kearney was second in the Minor 200m and shot.
Jamie Sweeney from Ballinamore PPS showed huge potential when piping Callum Whelan for third in the Senior 100m, Whelan also finishing third in the javelin. Dara Morahan (Carrick) took 2nd in the 100m and third in the 200m
St. Clare’s Chloe Rooney and Niamh McInerney were third and fourth in the Senior Girls 1,500m while Kyle Hart were fourth in the Senior 1,500m. Ballinamore’s Jarlath Scollan was 4th in the Senior Long Jump.
Ballinamore’s Adam Goldrick was 4th in the Senior Shot and fifth in the 800m while schoolmate Conor McKeon was third in the Senior 200m
Carrick’s Ellis Conway was third in both the Inter 200m and 300m with Kasey Bruen 4th in the 300m and 2nd in the 800m.
Mohill Community College’s Sibeal Reynolds won the Inter Long Jump while Ballinamore’s Ciara McGoldrick was third in the Inter Shot, Cian Singleton (Carrick) third in the Junior Javelin while Eoin McLoughlin (Ballinamore) won the Junior triple jump.
Shannon O’Hagan (St. Clare’s) won the Junior girls shot & Javelin with Carrick’s Caitlin Surlis third and second with St. Clare’s Rachel McPartlin also qualifying in the shot. Ballinamore’s Laoise Moran qualified in the Junior 800m.
Carrick’s Oliver Charles was third in the Minor Long Jump and 4th in the 100m.
St. Clare’s Mairead Clancy was fourth in the Minor Girls hurdles while St. Clare’s Lara Mulvaney was third in the Minor shot and fifth in the 1,500m.
Mohill’s Chloe Dolan was fifth in the Minor Shot while Carrick CS pair Laoise Fee (800m) and Emma O’Connell (Long Jump) also qualified.
In the relays, Carrick Community School saw two teams qualify, their Minor boys second and their Inter girls a very close third.
All those who qualified plus a number of other athletes will be in action in the Aviva Connacht Finals in Athlone on Thursday, May 19.