The U11 All Ireland 4 x 100m track relays were held last Saturday at Finn Valley Athletic Club, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal. The girls team, of Aimee Doherty, Ella Healy, Emma O’ Connell and Aoife Rutherford enjoyed great success winning the silver medal in a highly competitive field. The girls won their heat easily in a time of 60.69s, and ran even faster in the final with a magnificent time of 59.95s, they were narrowly beaten by the Connaught Champions, Galway City Harriers who won in a time of 59.42s. The Ratoath and Galway girls were well clear of the chasing field with the Ulster Champions Finn Valley finishing third in a time of 61.91s. The girls time of 59.95 seconds was over 2.5 seconds faster than they ran at the Leinster Relay qualifiers back in May.
This was the first time that Ratoath Ac have medalled at a Girls All Ireland Relay Event, and this performance puts the club right up there with the best in the Country.
Great credit must go to the girls who kept their cool on the day and did not put a foot or hand wrong when passing the baton. Credit and thanks also to their parents who made the trip on the Friday night so that they would be well rested for the competition on Saturday.