The Leinster junior, senior and Masters track and field championships were held last Saturday in Athlone in the new indoor stadium. We had 2 juniors, 1 senior and 2 masters competing on the day, unfortunately John Wallace who was competing for the first time in the Masters had to pull out in the warm up due to a hamstring injury. Eamon Wallace and Abraham Zaidan competed in the junior men’s competition, Eamon competed in the 400m and 60m, and Abraham competed in the 60m and 200m. Eamon who was running his first indoor 400m, ran a sensational race, leading from the gun he blasted through the 200m first lap in 22.9s, and powered on from there to finish in a time of 49.9s winning easily and breaking the Leinster indoor record by over one and a half seconds. This will be a great encouragement to Eamon who has his eye on the qualifying time of 48s for the European Junior Championships which will be held in Italy in July. Eamon also finished second in the junior men 60m in a time of 7.2s, which was a new personal best and a new Ratoath Ac club indoor record. Abraham Zaidan finished 4th in the 60m junior men event in a time of 7.31s, this was a huge improvement on his time of 7.75s in the same event last year, Abraham also set a new Ratoath Ac Club indoor record in the 200m in a time of 23.66s, also finishing 4th. Abraham did not medal on the day but will not be concerned about that as he continues to improve at this impressive rate.
Neil Finnegan was our only senior athlete competing on the day, and after a long break from serious competition, he will be pleased to have picked up two silver medals in the senior men 60m and 200m as he continues his comeback.
Peter Doherty won the Master M35 60m in a time of 7.58s and set a new Leinster Championship indoor record winning the 200m in a time of 24.64s.