Athletes Impress at the Connacht Track & Field Championships
GCH athletes were in top form at the Connacht Championships yesterday in Sligo. There were some terrific performances on the day where multiple Connacht titles were won by the Club’s athletes. It is heartening to see so many qualifiers for the 2017 National Championships in July. A big thank you to all the officials who organised the event on the day.
It was a remarkable day for Darragh Jennings who won 4 Gold medals in the U14 Boys Category over a variety of events. He commenced the day with Gold in the 4 X 100m relay with team mates Luke Daehler, Sean Duggan and Danny O’Toole . Darragh threw 11.72m to win the Shot Putt and 29.86 to win the Discus. He later went on to win the 800m in 2.18.
Emma Moore took home 3 Gold medals. She produced a superb time of 2.18 in the U14 Girls 800m. She won the 80m in 10.84 and then went on to win the 200m in 27.4.
GCH had a number of double gold winners on the day. Jack Dempsey won the U19 Boys 100m and 200m. Kacper Poniatowski won the U18 boys 100m & 200m. Lydia Doyle won the U18 Girls 100m Hurdles and 100m. Laoise Geraghty won the U17 Girls 400m & 800m. Seren O’Toole won the U16 Girls 250m Hurdles and the 200m. Robert McDonnell won the U16 Boys 100m & 200m. Luke Daehler won the U14 Boys Long Jump and 200m and was 2nd in the 100m.
Other Connacht title winners were Aoife Sheehy who won the U18 Girls 400m hurdles and took silver in the 400m. Laura Nally won the U18 Girls 400m, was 2nd in both the 100m & 200m. Diego Brule won the U18 Boys 400m hurdles and was 2nd in 110m hurdles. Eimear Rowe won the U15 Girl 800m and was 2nd in 200m. Eoghan Jennings won the U16 Boys Pole Vault and was 2nd in both the discus and 250m hurdles. Aaron Brennan won the U17 Boys 800m.
Other multiple medal winners were Jonathan McGrath who took home 3 medals , he was 2nd in 100m, and 3rd in both the 100m hurdles and 200m, Darren Costello won silver in the U18 Boys 100m & 200m. Luke O’Shaughnessy took bronze in both U19 Boys 100m & 200m. Dennis Onuoha was 2nd in the U17 Boys 200m, and 3rd in 100m. Rita Lahoe took 2nd in U18 Girls 100m hurdles Thomas McStay was 2nd in U18 Boys 1500m, Gary Martyn 3rd in 2,000m steeplechase, Barry Murphy 3rd in U18 Boys 800m, Eanna Folan 3rd U19 boys 800m, Niall Breathnach 3rd U15 Boys 200m. Sinead Duggan was just outside the medals in 4th but qualifies for the Nationals in the U15 Girls for both the long jump and 100m and Danny O’ Toole qualifies in the U14 Boys 200m.
There were a number of fine performances from other athletes who participated on the day. Gillian McGrath 5th U14 girls 800m , Joanna Healy 7th in U14 Girls 200m , the girls U14 relay were 7th ( Eadoin Halligan, Nicole Quirke, Blathnaid Molloy and Gillian McGrath), Riona King 5th in U16 Girls Shot Putt, Colma Ni Cheidigh 7th in U16 Girls 800m, Eabha Geraghty 7th U16 Girls 200m, Darrragh Ward 6th U17 Boys 800m, Oisin Reaney 8th U16 Boys 200m, Mary Duggan 8th U17 girls 100m, Rosa Mooney 9th U17 Girls 100m and Dylan Corr 6th U18 boys 200m, Cian Duffy 7th U15 Boys 100m.