An action packed weekend of Athletics

An action packed weekend of athletics saw Boyne A.C. athletes traverse the country from Athlone to Galway and back home again!

The Indoor season got underway on Saturday last, with the young competitors enjoying the warmth of the Athlone I.T. track, as the rest of us had the cold and the rain to contend with.

Tara Meier was first to the track for Boyne, as she took on the u17 girls 400m race, a bit of a step away from her usual speciality, the hurdles, however, her winter training certainly seems to have paid off as she glided across the line in a super 1.01.66, taking home the silver medal.

The girls u17 1,500m race saw Cliodhna Nolan battle it out over 7 and a half laps to finish in a fine 6th place overall, while next to the track, Eva Cummins took gold in her u19 1,500m race. Ella McLoughlin ran well in her 60m heat, as did Saran Meite in the girls u14 sprint, and in the girls u16 sprint, Lili O’Connor just missed out on qualification for the final.

Christian Quinn ran a super 1,500m in the u16 boys race, just finishing in front of clubmate Killian McLoughlin, while in the boys u18 event, it was a fine 8th place finish for Tadgh Everitt Thompson. Ending the long distance races, Ruarcan O’Gibne finished on a high, taking the silver medal in the boys u19 event, in a super time of 4.19.15. The boys sprints were next on the track, and Sean Cummins was unlucky to miss out on qualification for his final in the boys 60m. The greatest excitement of the day was certainly kept to last, as the u13 boys took to the 60m track for their heats , with 3 Boyne athletes all looking for places in the final. Amitesh Bala finished second in his heat, but such was the standard of competition in this event, he didn’t qualify for the final, while it was automatic qualification for Killian Ekhator as he won his heat and for Alex Devine who finished second in his heat. With over 3 hours to the final, these two young men had plenty of time to contemplate what was set to be a cracking finale to the day, and they certainly did not disappoint, with Ekhator powering across the finish line in first place in 8.44, to retain his Leinster champion title form 2017, and Devine in third in 8.53, two very happy boys gracing the winners podium.

In the field events, Killian finished in 6th place in the u13 long jump, with Aaron Fennell in 9th and Amitesh in 15th place.

Sunday saw the All Ireland Cross Country Relays take place in Clarinbridge in Galway, where the weather stayed crisp and dry for the 2 Boyne A.C. teams in action. Fresh from their recent Leinster Cross Country Relays silver medal win, the boys u14 team of Neil Culhane, Aaron Fennell, Paddy Price and Danny Nugent faced fierce competition, and were unlucky to place outside the medals, finishing in 5th place. The icing on the cake however, came in the form of the dynamic u12 quartet, having placed third in the recent Leinster relays, these young men were full of determination and drive as they took on the longer distance of 500m each. Some tactical running and smooth changeovers saw Shea O’Donnell, Lorcan Forde Dunne, Alex Robertson and Emmet McEvoy all power along the tough course, and to great cheer and applause from the many supporters who had made the long journey westwards, the boys deservedly ran their hearts out to take home the bronze medal, an amazing achievement for the team at such a prestigious level.
A little closer to home, Termonfeckin to be precise, there was a great turnout for Erins Run, despite the severe cold and the odd snow shower. Winning lady for the second year in a row, Boyne ACs Sally Clarke crossed the line in 20.05, with Christian Quinn finishing in a fine 21.17, to finish 4th u16, while brother Caelan finished 5th u16 in a super 21.31. Nicola Veale was next to cross the line for Boyne finishing in 24.40, with Mairead Hallinan next in 26.51, with clubmates Jillian Connor and Eimear Rickard just behind in 27.02 and 27.03 respectively. Young Juliet Hurley ran a super 32.08 ably assisted by dad Mick, all smiles as they crossed the line together.