Day 1 of the Leinster Indoor Championships was held yesterday in Athlone. We had 8 teams competing from the club and 4 athletes in the middle distance events which were included in the programme. The un-even age relays were held in the morning and after getting off to a shaky start in the girls and boys u13 relays, both teams just managed to qualify out of their heats for the finals. The U13 girls and boys really upped their game for the final with both teams finishing 3rd, with great anchor legs from Emma Cororer for the girls and Tom Kilgannon for the boys. The U17 boys also finished 3rd with great performances from Peter Kilgannon, Brian Kiernan, Owen Clayton and Philip Marron. Next up were the individual events where Alex Hunter finished 2nd in the boys U16 1500m in a time of 4:30.9, Philip Marron finished 5th in the U17 1500m with a time of 4:25.9 and Aine O’Connor was 6th in the girls U16 1500m with a time of 5.31. Deirdre Healy secured another Leinster title with a great run in the girls U18 1500m with a PB of 4:48.65.
The even age relays followed the individual events with the U12 girls up first. With a record field of 27 teams competing, 5 heats were required, with top 6 fastest times only making it into the final. The girls qualified from the heat comfortably setting a new Leinster record of 58.9s in the process, they then stormed to victory in the final with another great display to take gold, well done to Ella Healy, Emma O’Connell, Aimee Doherty and Lili O’Connor. The u12 boys team didn’t make it out of the heats, but with two of them still u12 next year, the experience will stand to them. The u14 girls team made up for the disappointment of missing out on a medal last year by securing 3rd place in the 4x200m relay, Aine Cooney ran a great final leg and just missed out on the silver by a fraction. The U16 4 x 200m boys team qualified for the final in 2nd place and were very unlucky to finish 4th in the final with good performances from Tommy Friel, Alex Hunter, Gareth Doyle and Brian Kiernan. The U18 4 x 200m boys team were also unlucky to finish 4th in a highly competitive field, the lads ran a time of 1:38 which is a new club senior record, and this time would have been good enough to take gold last year. Peter Kilgannon ran a storming first leg with a split of 23.7s, good performances also from Ciaran McCarty, Adam Doyle and Ryan O’Connor, Adam and Ryan competing for their first time for the club. Special mention to Philip Marron and Alex Hunter who had a busy day competing in both their individual 1500m and 4 x 200m relays.