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.