Ratoath Athletic Club members enjoyed great success at the National Community Games finals held in Athlone at the weekend. Ratoath had 3 relay teams representing their County, the boys U12 team consisting of Fergal Kilgannon, Tadgh McCann, James McCann, Jack Flynn and Aaron O’ Neil, the Girls U 12 team consisting of Emma Coroner, Aine Cooney, Rachel McPartlin and Ivie Okome and the U14 boys team comprising of Stephen Shaw, Peter Kilgannon, Joseph Doyle and Evan Donnelly. The relay heats were held on Saturday morning and both the girls U12 and boys U 14 team qualified for the semi finals, the boys U12 team missed out on qualification but had a good run. The semi finals were held on Saturday afternoon and both teams put in good performances missing out narrowly on qualifying for the final, the boys ran a pb of 55.4s and the girls ran a pb of 60.7s.
In the individual events, Ivie Okome had a very busy weekend, running in the heat’s of her U12 100m on Saturday as well as two runs with her relay team, Ivie qualified comfortably from her heat on Saturday morning finishing first, she then ran her semi final on Sunday morning where she finished third and qualified for the final in the afternoon. Ivie put in a storming performance in the final winning her first National medal finishing in fourth position in a time of 14.3S just 3 tents of a second behind the winner. This was a tremendous performance from Ivie seeing that she is still in this age category next year.
Peter Kilgannon and Ciaran McCarty competed in the Boys U14 800m and Boys U16 1500m respectively, both athletes qualified comfortably from their heats on Saturday for Sundays Final. Ciaran ran a great race in the final and was unlucky to finish outside the medals, finishing 6th, but he has to be happy with his time of 4:41s which is a massive improvement on his pre Season pb, he has taken over 20 seconds off his 1500m time this year and has improved steadily after taking up Athletics only 2 years ago. Peter Kilgannon was another athlete who had a busy programme, running twice in the relay as well as the heat of his 800m on Saturday. Peter ran the race of his life in the final of the 800m finishing fourth earning another National medal to add to his collection. Peter ran a time of 2:13 in the final, another pb for him, taking over 10 seconds off his pre Season time. Both Ciaran and Peter have to be commended for their commitment to their training over the Summer and it is great to see their hard work paying off.
Congratulations to all of the Athletes from the club and Parish who took part at the weekend and special thanks to their parents for making the trip down to Athlone.