The Meath Track & Field Championships was held last weekend at Claremont Stadium Navan. We had 60 athletes entered for these championships from u9s to Masters and it was great to see most of our athletes turning up to compete despite the broken weather. Our u9s competing in their first major championship led the way, Cara O’ Sullivan winning 3 medals, silver in the Turbo Jav, and bronze in the 60m and long jump. Erin O’ Reilly was 3rd in the Turbo and Ciara Coroner ran a great race to finish 3rd in the u9 500m in a close finish.
Our u10s were in great form also, Laura Kelly also winning 3 medals, silver in the long jump and bronze in the 500m and turbo Jav, Sophie Quinn had a good win in the 500m and finished 3rd in the 60m. Harry O’ Connor and Jack Dias also medalled, Harry finishing 3rd in the 500m and Jack 2nd in the Turbo Jav. Good performances also put in by Lily Nannery.
Fionn Drummond and Kyle Witter had a great run in the boys u11 600m finishing 2nd and third in a time of 2:01.3 and 2:01.8s, Kyle was also 3rd in the 60m and Fionn finished 1st in the Turbo Jav. Aimee Doherty had a comfortable win in the girls u11 600m in a time of 157.3, Molly Keane, Rachel Conway. Grace Conway, Aoife Casey and Laura Smith also competed well for the u11s over the 2 days.
Lili O’ Connor came away with 4 gold, winning the girls u12 60m, 60m hurdles, Long jump and High jump with a great all round display. Ella Healy finished 3rd in the 60m, with Laoise Murphy also competing well in the long jump and 60m. Tom Kilgannon had another battle on his hands with his Dunboyne rivals in the 600m, Tom ran a tactical race and was an impressive winner in a great time of 1:48.5s.
Emma Coroner who is becoming a multi-event specialist had a productive weekend winning 3 gold in the girls u13 60m, 60m hurdles and Long jump, Rachel McPartlin finished 3rd in the high jump and Matthew Buckley was a very comfortable winner of the U13 60m and 60m hurdles. Kate Smith put a great run in the 60m, winning her heat and finishing 5th in the final.
Our u14s had a great weekend, Daragh Casey had one of the performances of the weekend finishing 2nd in the boys u14 200m, Daragh also finished 2nd in the high jump and 5th in the 1500m. Aine Cooney had a terrific run in the girls 200m, finishing 2nd in a time of 28.69s, which is only 3 tents of a second outside our senior women’s club record, Aine also finished 3rd in the 75m hurdles. Maria Rodgers who only started hurdles a couple of weeks ago gave a great display of hurdling in the girls u14 75m event taking the gold in her first championship event. Harry Haskins and Fergal Kilgannon put in a good display in the 1500m finishing 3rd and 4th again this was Harry's first track championship. Karen Hayes put in a great run in the girls 1500m finishing 1st on Saturday and came back to finish 2nd in the 800m on Sunday.
Aine O’ Connor put in another good run to finish 3rd in the girls u16 1500m, Brian Kiernan had a very busy weekend competing in the 100m,200m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, Javelin, Long Jump and High Jump, Brian came away with medals in all 7 events and also won the u16 multi event title. Peter Kilgannon ran his first 400m of the season and finished 3rd in the boys u18 race, Philip Marron had a comfortable win in the 1500m, and Deirdre Healy finished 2nd in the girls u18 800m. Hugh Kelly was in good form also winning medals in all 6 of his events securing the senior men’s multi event title, his throw of 32m in the javelin was only 1 m off the club senior record.
Well done and thanks to all athletes who competed at the weekend.