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Sean Cotter and Patrick Noonan after their 1500m races
at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone
where Sean placed 4th in the U16 Boys final and Patrick just missed out
on making the final in the U18 Boys heats
Another marvellous day of athletics in Athlone IT saw athletes from the club take home 5 medals from day 1 of the National Indoor Track & Field.
First into action Laura Cunningham, Lorraine Delaney and Shauna Tobin in their last year of indoor juvenile competition in the U19 Girls long jump where Laura leaped am impressive 4.87 to take the bronze medal in a tight competition having held 2nd place for 5 rounds and just slipping into 3rd by 4cm on the final round of jumps. Lorraine took 5th place with a best of 4.68 and Shauna placed 10th with a best of 4.13.
The U19 Boys long jump was up immediately next where Jerry Keary switched disciplines from his usual high jump. Having struggled with his mark on all of the first 5 jumps, Jerry was placed 4th going into the final round with a best of 5.92m but pulled a massive jump out of the bag to clear 6.38m in the final round and move into the lead – but was immediately pushed back to 2nd place by a 6.39m leap from the Waterford athlete who won the event. Nevertheless, Jerry was overjoyed – a big PB and also a new club senior record.
Jerry Keary 2nd in the U19 Boys Long Jump
and Laura Cunningham 3rd in the U19 Girls Long Jump
at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone
And while the long jumps were in progress, both Evan Hallinan and Niamh Duffy were in action in the U14 Boys High Jump and U13 Girls Shot Putt. Evan strung together a sublime sequence of jumps to clear 1.40, 1.45, 1.48, 1.51 and 1.54 all on his first attempt to take yet another National crown, his third Irish title. While in the same event, Calvin Ryan had a massive 10cm PB when clearing 1.40m to place 11th and it won’t be long before Calvin is threatening similar heights to Evan.
The medals continued to swiftly flow with a huge throw of 9.97m by Niamh Duffy in round 3 of the U13 Girls Shot Putt to move into the lead and only denied the gold medal when the second-placed athlete threw 10.62m in the final round – leaving Niamh with a fantastic silver to add to her outdoor silver and indoor bronze from last year.
And the club’s magnificent morning continued at pace with Jade Moorhead in the U14 Girls High Jump where she further enhanced the club’s ever-growing reputation in the jumps with an impressive 1.45m to take the silver medal. In a high-quality event, Jade leaped cleanly with no faults over 1.30, 1.35, 1.40 and 1.45. With 10 competitors still left with the bar at 1.50, it was possibly the highest standard of high jump ever in this age group. All except 1 athlete found the 1.50 a bar too high on this occasion but Jade’s clean record up to that point stood to her and she was the only 1 of 9 girls who cleared 1.45 not to have knocked any bar and took a well-deserved silver medal.
Jade Moorhead - silver medallist in the U14 Girls High Jump,
Evan Hallinan - U14 Boys High Jump Champion,
and Niamh Duffy - silver medallist in the U13 Girls Shot Putt
at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone
Lukas Schukat came very close to the podium with a 1.60m leap in the U15 Boys High Jump, just missing the 1.65m by a whisker when clipping it with his heels and place 4th with 1.65 taking both silver and bronze. Saoirse Moore had a tremendous performance in the U15 Girls High Jump clearing a PB of 1.50m to equal the bronze medal-winning height but place 6th overall on countback of knocked bars, with Saoirse Pierce in 8th place with a leap of 1.45m. Darragh Kelly placed 8th in the U12 Boys High Jump unlucky to exit at 1.20m but experience that will really stand to the Connacht Champion in the months and years ahead. . Isabella Fitzgerald and Siobhan Carr placed 9th and 11th in the U13 Girls High Jump with bests of 1.30m and 1.20m and both showing great promise in this event. Siona Lawless was unlucky to break her first 2 jumps in the U18 Girls Long Jump and had to settle for 10th place with a safe final jump of 4.34m, while Gavin Keenan took 15th place in the U13 Boys Shot Putt with a best of 6.01m.
Lukas Schukat (4th place in U15 Boys High Jump)
and Saoirse Moore and Saoirse Pierce (6th and 8th places in the U15 Girls High Jump)
at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone
On the track, Sean Cotter put in an exceptionally brave run in the U16 Boys 1500m and was leading the race from the 3rd lap to the final lap and was just pipped for a podium spot on the line to place 4th in a time of 4:20.58, just a quarter of a second from bronze and just over 1 second from gold. A massive race from Sean and exceptionally encouraging as endurance was always his strength but he has developed the speed to go with it and almost did enough on the final 200m to clinch a medal.
Shauna Tobin (10th), Laura Cunningham (3rd) and Lorraine Delaney (5th) in the U19 Girls Long Jump
and Arlene Earls who placed 5th in U19 Girls 400m at the National Indoor Championships in Athlone
Arlene Earls had a splendid run in the U19 Girls 400m, qualifying for the final in a time of 60.80 and running a brilliant 59.63 PB to take 5th place in the final. Grace Leen and Alana Grogan both had fine performances in the U14 Girls 1000m Walk when placing 8th and 11th in PB times of 6:01.02 and 6:21.44, marvellous improvements in what is a new event for both girls.
Patrick Noonan just missed out on making the final of the U18 Boys 1500m with a time of 4:37.07 when taking 7th place in heat 2 while Catherine Noonan was just outside her PB when placing 9th in her heat in a time of 5:52.88 despite missing a large part of the training season with an injury. The sprint heats saw some impressive times from the club’s athletes with Shaun Gilligan 5th in the U16 Boys heats in a time of 7.75, Alisha Larkin 5th in the U16 Girls heats in a time of 8.50, Aoibhe Donnellan 6th in the U13 Girls heats in a time of 8.92 and Evan Moran 7th in the U13 Boys heats in a time of 8.64. There were no finalists on this occasion in the sprints but fantastic performances in very high-quality races.
Overall the club’s haul of 5 medals place them as 4th most successful club in the country, an impressive statistic for a club with a rural base.
A very belated report on the Connacht indoors. I had hoped to do a more detailed writeup before the All Irelands but just could not get the time to do it so am posting the report I sent into the Connacht Tribune here. The first day of the All-Irelands kicks off tomorrow Sunday 18th March. Best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part!
Full results of the Connachts are here: Connacht_Results.xlsx
A busy 2 days of athletics at the Connacht Indoors saw many impressive performance from Craughwell AC athletes with 26 individual Connacht titles coming the way of the club. Foremost amongst the Connacht Champions were double title winners Katie O’Donoghue (Senior Women’s Long Jump and High Jump), Sinéad Treacy (Senior Women’s 200m and 400m), Laura Cunningham (U19 Girls High Jump and Triple Jump), Sean Cotter (U16 Boys 800m and 1500m) and Chloe Hallinan (U13 Girls 60m Hurdles and Long Jump).
There were impressive performances also from Linda Porter who returned to competitive track action after a long period of absence to take the Connacht Senior 800m title in a good time of 2.31.84 and from Jack Miskella who eclipsed all before him in the senior men’s 800m to take the Connacht title in a 3-second PB time of 2.01.62.
There were Connacht titles also for Lorraine Delaney (U19Girls Long Jump), Jerry Keary (U19 Boys High Jump), Chloe Casey (U17 Girls Shot Putt), Ellie Cronin (U16 Girls High Jump), Saoirse Pierce (U15 Girls High Jump), Lukas Schukat (U15 Boys High Jump), Fauve Aylmer (U14 Girls 800m), Jade Moorhead (U14 Girls High Jump), Evan Hallinan (U14 Boys High Jump), Isabella Fitzgerald (U13 Girls High Jump), Niamh Duffy (U13 Girls Shot Putt), Evan Moran (U13 Boys 60m Hurdles), Tara Keane U13 Girls Long Jump and Darragh Kelly (U13 Boys High Jump).
Full results of athletes featuring in the top 4 from the 2 days of action are as follows:
William Fitzpatrick, Finbarr McFadden, Ciara Sheppard and Sean Cotter (Connacht Gold Medalist)
Intermediate Boys/Girls from Craughwell AC running in the Connacht Schools Cross Country Championships
in Calry, Co. Sligo
Caron Ryan (Connacht Champion) Luke Evans & Cormac Morgan
A huge congratulations to the Connacht Champions; Caron Ryan (senior girl) and Sean Cotter (intermediate boy).
Only a handful of athletes made the trip to Calry, Co. Sligo today for the Connacht Schools Cross Country. This event (ironically) was 5 days after the Schools Cross Country All Irelands which were held last weekend in Waterford.
This was truly a fantastic day for our endurance runners as each and everyone one of them excelled in the field. With still weary legs after Saturday's All Ireland races, they managed to dig dip into their reserve energy stores and fight a tough muddy field (as Calry is historical for being). It was unfortunate that Cormac had picked up an injury and with much regret had to pull out of the race.
Sean Cotter (representing Calasanctius College), is having a fantastic both cross country season and indoor season, having medaled in almost all of his recent races. Taking it easy at the start of the Intermediate boys race he allowed a few other athletes take the lead this time, he showed his true colours after the first lap to over take his competitors and storm to the finish taking a well deserved Gold Medal. In the same race, William Fitzpatrick (Gort Community College) who arrived today with a chesty cough and found the race took a lot out of him, still managed to come in 4th place. Finbarr McFadden was the 3rd Craughwell athlete to cross the line, also putting in a fantastic performance to finish in 10th place in a field of almost 60 runners.
Ciara Sheppard (Calasanctius College); missing only a handful of training sessions during the bleak winter months and embracing the challenge of so many very tough races this season, proved today that hard work and determination pay off. Ciara crossed the finish line in 9th position. A fantastic achivement for this brave athlete.
In the Senior boys race, Luke Evans, another athlete that is going from strength to strength held back lots of competition in a field of 30? athletes to cross the line in 7th place. Super performance!
A huge congratulations to Caron Ryan who from gun to tape held her position and was awarded with the Gold Medal and yet another trophy to add to her collection. To manage this in Leaving Cert year is a huge achievement.
Sean Cotter (Inter Boys- Calasanctius College), Ciara Sheppard (Inter Girls- Calasanctius College) & William Fitzpatrick (Inter Boys- Gort Community College) at the Schools All Ireland's X Country
In what ended up as an unusual sequence of events the Schools X Country National Championships were held in Waterford on Saturday before the Connachts Schools has been held (next Tuesday 13th March).
The Schools South Connachts were held in Galway a few weeks ago and since then there have been several attempts to hold the Connachts; however, through "licensing" issues and Storm Emma, they have been postponed 3 times. As a result of the frequent cancellations, only 5 of our athletes managed to make it to the All Ireland's despite several qualifying from the South Connachts (Galway's) to the Connachts.
Although not quite as rough weather as that day back in February in Killcornan, Clarinbridge, it was nonetheless a day with "biting" winds and poor underfoot conditions.
In the first race of the day, congratulations go to our only Minor girl entry Carla Noone (St. Raphaels), who had a fine race to come in 50th place in a field of 83 runners.
It is almost the end of the X Country Season and what a fantastic finale for the Inter-trio above. Ciara fought a tough battle in the Inter Girls race to finish in 50th place, in a race that lost 12 finishers. Well done Ciara. In the Inter Boys, William ran up at the front from the start of the race and held his position throughout to finish just shy of the medals in 13th place. Another fine day for William, who recently won the All Ireland's Juvenille B X Country in February. Sean who has another attempt next year as an Inter Boy, charged up the field from a 30th place for the first half of the race, where he steadily gained places to finish in a remarkable 21st position.
Caron Ryan (Senior Girl- St. Raphaels) with 65 competitors to challenge, had an equally good race to cross the line in 27th place.
These athletes along with the remainder of Craughwells' Endurance groups have shown tremendous courage, patience and tenacity this season, and their efforts have been awarded.
Once I have the accurate results from the South Connachts I will update and include in article.
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The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to club member Gerry Ryan and the Ryan family on the death of Gerry’s dad Kevin at the weekend.
Kevin Ryan was a member of the legendary Derrydonnell AC who dominated cross-country running in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. Athenry AC’s Mick Rice recorded their exploits in 2011 in his book “In Their Bare Feet”.
In the words of Mick “Those lucky few will recall that Derrydonnell AC was perhaps the most celebrated athletics club that Galway ever produced. The club won county, provincial and national championships almost without number over a period of nearly twenty years during the 1950s and ‘60s. The names of Derrydonnell’s star performers gained household currency all over the West of Ireland as a result of their championship winning exploits. Individual athletes like Willie Morris, Mick Molloy, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan and Willie Cannon gained near legendary standing amongst followers of the sport, not alone in Galway, but all over the country.”
Kevin Ryan is pictured on the right of the middle-row. Successful Derrydonnell AC athletes cir 1958:
Front row: Bernie Rohan, Eamonn Fitzpatrick.
Middle row: Bernie Ruane, Willie Morris, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan.
Back row: George Moran, John Joe Burke, Peter Michael Conneely, Mick Molloy, Dick Walsh.
May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are on rip.ie.
(footnote, as many will know Gerry went on to emulate his father’s achievements becoming one of Galway’s most famed and feared runners for many years and was still beating men more than half his age when he hung up the racing shoes a few years ago after winning the European Masters 10k in a time of 32.03 at the age of 49).
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(Don't ya just love the McNeese hair)
(Bandaged after being spiked in Mile earlier in day)
Last Week saw another successful trip to Birmingham Alabama for the Southland Conference Championships, where our Scholarship athlete Damian O Boyle competing with McNeese State University again represented his school over two separate events, the mile (1609m) and the 3000m.
Day one saw the prelims of many of the Championship events including the mile where Damian toed the line in Heat 1, battelling strongly for fourth place in his heat to qualify as the first fastest loser and fourth overall fastest into the final as the second McNeese man behind Junior Niall Holt and just ahead of fellow Irishman Luke Horgan of Leevale AC.
Day Two of the Championships saw the Finals in all remaining events where Damian lined up in the Nine Man Mile Final in the morning. The pace judgement and tactical strategy combined in this race proving too much to overcome the opposition on this occasion with Damian unfortunately taking the 9th and last spot on the finishing sheet, looking simply like a man that had just been out of the loop a bit too long.
Just a quick mention for fellow Galway man Keith Fallon (GCH and Lamar Texas) who took part in same race and finished in a very respectable second place. Good man Keith keeping Galway flag flying also.
Damian not being one to let one dark result affect him, turned around only two hours later to line up in the 3rd Heat of the 3000m where a very smart and judged race saw the Craughwell Native become the first man to break an official club record on US soil, by no less than 11 seconds in a time of 8:41.53, breaking his own record of 8:52.99 set all the way back in 2014, to finish a closing second place in his heat to rank a very commendable 10th place overall in the event, considering the top 16 men in conference were all in the 1st Heat!
The Cowboys finished as the 5th overall scored in the team event at these championships showing good signs of what’s to come ahead of the outdoor push with no less than five Seniors yet to join the team. This event concludes the indoor season for the McNeese Cowboys, who will open their outdoor Season in only 3 short weeks.
Special Mention to fellow Cowgirl and Irish Woman Grace McKenzie of Belgooly AC in Cork who not only broke the McNeese record for the pentathlon multi-events and won herself the Southland Conference Title, but is also currently on the bubble to qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division 1 National Championships, which would make her the first McNeese athlete to do so in 4 years! Best of luck to Grace and isn’t it great to see our Irish athletes doing so well in their athletic journey.
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Men’s Mile Heat 1- Wednesday Part 3 @ 00.17:00
Men’s Mile Final - Thursday Part 2 @ 00.48:00
Men’s 3000m Heat 3- Thursday Part 3 @ 01.36:00
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GOLD MEDAL FOR WILLIAM FITZGERALD AT THE JUVENILLE B NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
All Ireland's Cross Country Juvenille B Medalists
Craughwell AC with 3 U17 Girls in the top 12 Medalists; Ailbhe Miskella 5th place, Ciara Sheppard 10th place and Catherine Noonan 12th place
All Ireland's Cross Country Juvenille B Medalists
Craughwell AC with 2 U17 Boys in the top 12 Medalists; William Fitzgerald Gold and Patrick Noonan 5th
The All Ireland Juvenille B Cross Country Championships were held in Kilcornan, Clarinbride on the 11th February. Words will not describe the "Baltic" conditions on this day, so instead here are a few photo's to enable the reader to picture zero degree temperatures, icy winds, poor visibility...blue legs, missing spikes (in thick mud), numb feet, numb fingers and numb bodies.
Emily Miskella running in the U15 Girls Juvenille B National Championships
U17's; Catherine Noonan, Patrick Noonan, Ailbhe Miskella and Ciara Sheppard
Ailbhe Miskella 5th place in Juvenille B National Cross Country Championships
On this snowy, bitterly cold winters day we possibly had one of our largest group of athletes competing in the Juvenille B National Cross Country Championships. One consolation was the "not so early start" for most of our athlethes, who had a short commute to the village of Clarinbridge. I believe the Noonan's could even run from their house through the woods and onto the course.
The course route differed slightly (from the Cross Country Galway's which were held here at the end of last year), however, the course conditions were immensely different and ten times more severe. Poor visibility and thick "slushy" mud made racing incredibly challenging and physically demanding. One of the athletes spoke of the challenge that she faced to keep her feet moving in the same direction, as the entire feet sunk deep into the mud and proved hugely difficult to lift the foot up again for the next stride. Many lost their shoes. Most athletes turned a shade of mild to bright blue. Many wondered why they had ever considered cross country at all. However, despite all these feelings, most were delighted in the end as the overall achievement of Craughwell AC runners at this event was phenomenal.
The highlight of the day was our very own talented William Fitzgerald who dominated the race from gun to tape. It was without question from the begining of this race that William charging out like a "greyhound" could NOT be "taken" at any point. The race was "his". Patrick Noonan also held very strong throughout the race and coming in 5th gained his first ever National Medal.
Patrick Noonan and William Fitzgerald U17
Our U17 Girls ALL medalled in their race with Ailbhe Miskella having a superb race, maintaining her 5th position throughout, Ciara Sheppard running very strong to come in 10th. Catherine Noonan who has suffered with on going injuries over the past few months, and has only really begun training consistently recently, held a fine position throughout the race to medal in 12th place.
In our U15 boys (with 47 finishers), Oisin Davis had a fantastic race and charged to the finish line in 13th place.In the U15 girls (55 finishers) Emily Miskella came 36th and Aoibhinn Keane 50th.
Oisin Davis U15 Boys; 13th place
I missed the U13 races so Mairead Lavan has the following to say in relation to them:
"Three of our U13 girsl defied a cold and snowy morning in Kicornan, and put in exceptional performances in the 1500m. Fauve Aylmer was the first Craughwell girl home in 15th place, followed closely by Clodagh O'Meara 18th and Jade Moorhead in a respectiable 66th pace. Poor Jade lost both her spikes in the wet, mucky conditions.
A team of 6 U13 boys were next to the start line for the 1500m and were feeling the effects of the cold well before the start gun. Despite frozen toes, all 6 struggled through and finished the race. Daniel Galvin had a very strong run and was first hone in 26th position, followed by Ryan McDonnell 46, Evan Hallinan 54, Cian Lavan 60, Luke Flynn 64 and Gavin Keenan (stepping up), 67th."
U11 Boys Team
Below are the results of our U11 boys and girls:
U11 Girls (103 finishers)
Emma O'Donovan 65
Kelly Hallinan 74
U11 Boys (111 finishers)
Darragh Reidy 39
Fionn Higgins 44
Keelan Moorhead 53
Sean Lavan 59
Darragh Kelly 60
ALex Ryan 89
Caelan Coleman 92
Diarmuid Kelleher 108
And for the finale Mark Davis (35 finishers) Masters 45: 10th place....
Well done to each and every one of you who braved the elements and achieved so much.