Mohill’s Eoin Gaffey maintained Leitrim’s proud walking tradition when he finished second in the Junior Walk at at last Saturday’s Glo Health All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore with a lot of other good performances and personal bests.
Eoin was just two seconds from claiming the gold medal as he recorded a time of 6.09.17 with Liam McDonagh of Thurles CBS just ahead of him in a time of 6.07.05 for the demanding 1,200m event and well clear of third placed David Tuite of St. Aidan’s who did 6:38.57 with school-mate Conor Mulligan in eighth place in a time of 8.00.62.
Unfortunately, Eoin’s brilliant result was missed in our edition of June 3, and we offer our sincere apologies for the oversight. The silver medal is just one in the line of a series of top performances from the young Mohill walker.
Carrick Community School’s Elise Bruen was the highest placed athlete on the day as she finished sixth in the Inter Girls 300m in a time of 43.05, a good run from the outside lane and not far off her pb.
Caitlin Surlis set a new pb of 22.50m as she finished 10th in the Junior Javelin, a great result considering the Carrick CS student is still a Junior next year while she also finished eighth in the Minor Shot with a throw of 8.24m.
Stephen McDermott had an off-day in the Inter High Jump as he cleared 1.70m to finish seventh, well below his recent best of 1.80m.
Also in action last weekend, Joanna Duignan made a return to action as she competed in the Leinster Senior Championships while Eanna Madden finished third in the 100m in the Celtic International against the Scottish Universities in Belfast.
The action moves to Claremorris next weekend when the Western Region U9 to 11 Team Competition and U12 Individual events will be held at the newly refurbished Mayo venue.
Athletes from Drumshanbo, Ballinamore, North Leitrim, Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon will be in action on Saturday with the older age groups in action the following Saturday in Claremorris.