Monday, June 19, 2017

Gold Rush at Leinster Juveniles

Ratoath a/c athletes maintained their current fine form with another string of excellent performances at the Leinster juvenile championships over the weekend.

Matthew Buckley, a triple gold medal winner,  started the ball rolling. Matthew won gold in the u 16 200m (23.69 sec), 100m, (11 88 sec) and the 250m H (35.18). His training partner Rafa McCaffrey was not about to let him grab all the glory and duly took both the u 16 long and triple jumps, respectively with some fine jumping. Jed Walsh maintained  the clubs strong presence in the sprints with  gold in the u 15 200m (24.82 sec), silver in the 250mH,  and a bronze in the 100m. A first individual Leinster title for Jed in his initial season with the club shows what tremendous potential he has over the coming years. Adam Quinn (3rd u 16 javelin and 800m PB of 2 min 22), Matthew Hayes (u 15 1500m 4 min 29.86) and Naoise Mckenna (u 19 800m 2 min 08) all won bronze medals to complete a wonderful medal haul for the lads

The girls were equally focused and determined. Aimee Doherty won the u 14 1500m on Saturday in 4 min 59.83 sec and came back the next day to take silver in the 800m (2 min 24.3). Aimee comtinues to edge closer to Deirdre Healy's junior / senior club record of 2 min 22.6 sec. Amelia Campbell, and Laura Smith also did the 1500m / 800m on consecutive days and both put in excellent runs although just out of the medals Caoimhe Fitzsimons was second in the u 12 long jump with a best of 4.21m while Niamh Murphy was third in the u 12 60mH.

There were plenty of other fine performances from Ratoath a/c athletes over the course of the two days but unfortunately they did not make the rostrum on this occasion - Marcus Clarke, Kevindat Conway, Tom Kilgannon, Fionn Drummond, Emma O Connell, Lilly Nannery, Bronagh O Sullivan, Kyle Witter and Niamh Murray,

Well done to everyone

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