Menapians juveniles on top in Tullamore
MENAPIANS WERE well represented at the national Senior championships in Santry.
It was a mixed weekend for David Hynes who has been burning up the track this season.
Hynes ran a comfortable 21.27 P.B. in the 200m heats, cruising through the last phase of his race and knocking a tenth off his previous best.
That was the end of David's participation in the 200m though as he was eliminated in the final following a false start where he was poised to capture a medal, with Junior world champion qualifier Marcus Lawlor taking silver in his absence behind Stephen Colvert who was chasing the Olympic 'A' standard.
In the 100m Dave missed out on a bronze medal by just 5/100ths of a second to the national 200m champion, Stephen Colvert in third, with Jason Smyth in second and Olympicbound Paul Hession in first.
These three athletes currently hold the top three fastest times of all time by Irish athletes.
These four were well clear of the rest of the field and, despite not getting the best of starts, Hynes ran 10.64 in wet and windy conditions.
Barry Upton battled to a solid fifth place in the men's 400 hurdles after a tough week and did himself and the club proud in the process.
Well done also to Orla Furney who trains with the Menapians squad as she took a silver medal in the women's 100m hurdles.
Rúadhairí Kedney, fresh off the plane from the Lebanon where he is serving with the Irish defence forces, showed true grit by running a gutsy 400m heat in a solid 51.8 seconds.
Our Under-17 relay squad got their first taste of Senior competition where they ran a storming 4 x 100m relay against some of the country's top Senior clubs, filling a fine fifth place in a new team P.B. of 46.99 and taking over 1.5 seconds off their run from the Leinster Under-17s a few weeks back. Well done to Shaun, Dale, Cian and Mark.
Menapians Juveniles competed in the All-Ireland Track and Field championships which were held in Tullamore last weekend. This was the first weekend of these championships, with the final weekend coming in two weeks' time.
The club was amongst the medals once again as Ian Bennett secured the gold in the boys' Under-15 discus with a fantastic throw of 41.31 metres, improving his P.B. by over seven metres.
Ian still has the hammer competition to come in two weeks where he should also be pushing for a medal.
In the same competition his training partner, Luke McRedmond, secured the silver with another P.B. of 34.89m, giving Menapians a one-two in the event.
Luke, who is a complete newcomer to the club, is a fantastic talent. He also will compete in the shot and is also a member of the Clonard relay team for the upcoming Community Games.
David McDonald won two silver medals. His first came in the Under-14 long jump with a jump of 5.48m, and he then won silver in the 75m hurdles. David missed a lot of training through injury but was still able to bring home some silverware from these very competitive championships.
Luke O'Neill just missed out on the Under-14 80m final and looked a little under par for these championships, but he will still bounce back for his 200m in two weeks' time.
Annie Stafford secured another silver in the girls' Under-16 long jump, jumping 5.45 metres.
She pulled out of the 100m with a tight hamstring because she has her first international next week.
Tony Stafford secured a great bronze in the Under-19 100m. Tony has his long jump coming up where he will be looking to go over the seven-metre mark for the very first time.
Our youngest competitor on the weekend was Aaron Smith who won a fantastic bronze in the boys' Under-13 60m hurdles.
He had the fastest time going into the final, but got left in the blocks in the final. Still it was a great run by Aaron to win his first individual All-Ireland medal.
Well done to all these athletes. Menapians would also like to thank all the great coaches we have in the club. Mick McKeon is now back coaching throws again as is Eamon McEvoy, and with the new cage we really are starting to see some fine young throwers emerging within the club.
Shane McCormack, Jimmy O'Neill and Kevin Cogley are responsible for all the sprinters and hurdlers and have a vast array of experience in these events which they are passing on to the younger members of the club.
Pat Shannon is looking after all the jumps again, a former international and Olympian.
Ann O'Neill and Catherine O'Connor are two more coaches who have competed at a very high level, coaching all the children, along with Helen Sinnott, Siobhán Doyle, Elaine McMahon, Dermot Foley, Dave Percival, Niamh and Joan O'Brien, Barbara Shortle, Chris Haughton, Darren O'Grady and Ian Reville.
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