Final day honours
Indoor season ends on a high note
Published 26/03/2016 | 00:00
The final day of the Athletics Association of Ireland national Juvenile indoor championships took place in Athlone International Arena on Saturday, with Wexford returning two All-Ireland champions amongst other medal winners.
Two of our most consistent high performing athletes and international medal winners from last year, Sophie McCabe of Bree and Marguerite Furlong of Adamstown, both made the top of the podium, retaining titles in their respective events.
Sophie was competing in the Under-19 triple jump and with a best hop, skip and jump of 10.82m was crowned national champion.
Marguerite, in the Under-17 shot putt, retained a title she has won every year since Under-13 level with a throw of 12.09m.
Both girls are demonstrating constant improvement in competition standards following superb end of season performances for Ireland last summer in the Celtic Games, where both earned gold for the Irish team.
Also in the Under-17 shot putt was Taghmon's Pádraig Hore. In a competition that saw the championship best performance being smashed, Pádraig threw 13.84m to win the bronze on the national stage.
Bronze medals were also the order of the day for the youngest athletes in action. The Bree Under-12 boys' relay team of Seán Rowley, Ryan Whelan, Robbie Chapman and Shane Doran progressed through the heats to the hotly-contested final, where the boys powered over the line in third place, taking their set of medals in a most exciting event.
The Masters athletes from the county put forward their best performances on Sunday at the national Masters indoors championships. United Striders brought home two medals, first when John McGrath took silver in the 800m in a speedy 2.07, and also when Ted Flannelly ran 9.49 in the 3,000m to bring another silver home.
Gold went to the ever-reliable Jackie Carthy in the 1,500m, running the distance in 4.51, a good half a minute clear of her nearest rival.
Jackie's training partner, St. Killian's Niall Sheil, was also victorious in the 1,500m, running an excellent time of 4.15 in one of the highlight events of the day.
Ann Gilshenan from Menapians was also crowned a national champion in the 800m, faster and shorter than her record-breaking 1,500m, but improving on times with each race.
This brings the indoor season to a close, with all attention moving outdoors from Easter onwards.
Athletics Wexford will host an Easter camp for Juvenile athletes aged Under-12 upwards, covering a range of track and field events, on the track at Enniscorthy Sports Hub on March 30 and 31.
The cost is just €2 per athlete, per day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full details are available from Michelle Byrne, county track and field Secretary, on firstname.lastname@example.org