The postponed day 4 of the Leinster Indoor Championships took place on Sunday last in Athlone I.T., with some great results from all Boyne A.C. athletes who competed.
Top of the bill on the day were distance runner Ruarcan O’Gibne, who give a thumbs up as he sailed across the finish line in first place in the boys u19 800m, making it look effortless in a time of 2.00.78, and hurdlers Tara Meier and Aaron Fennell who both took gold and both recorded PB times – Tara u17 girls – straight final – 1st – 8.91s. Aaron ran a super 10.17 to win his heat in the u13 boys competition, and then knocked a whopping .20 off his time to finish first in the final in a time of 9.97! He also took silver in the Shot Putt, with a new PB of 10.13m. In the u12 600m, all three now qualify for the upcoming National Finals.
Cross country national medal winner Shea O’Donnell ran a fast heat to finish 3rd in 1.48.32, but struggled to stay with the leading pack in the final, clocking 1.49.78 to finish 5th overall. Sean Cummins finished 6th in his heat, but was unlucky not to qualify for the final, as was Daragh Peters who finished in a fine 7th in his heat, and also competed well in the long jump. Eimear Cooney ran a strong race in her heat of the u12 600ms, finishing 3rd and qualifying for the final, but a tough final saw her outside the medals in 9th place. Isabella Garcia ran a fine 600m in her heat, unlucky to qualify for the final, as did her sister Allie in the girls u13 race, along with club mate Ella McLoughlin who also ran well.
In the u13 boys race, Paddy Price qualified for the final running 1.49.48 to finish 4th in his heat, and despite running 1.49.09 in the final, was unlucky to miss out on a medal, while club-mate Caelan Quinn also ran well in his heat. The u14 girls had 800m to contend with, a hard task on this 200m indoor track, but some great running from Eabha Cosgrove saw her qualify for her final, where she finished 8th overall, while Saran Meite, although winning her heat, and running a faster time in the final, finished 7th overall. Teammate Maedbh Nolan was unlucky to just miss out on qualification for the final, finishing in a fine 4th place in her heat. Danny Nugent and Neil Culhane both ran well to qualify for the final of their 800m, and despite knocking almost 5 secs of his heat time, Danny was unlucky to place just outside the medals, finishing in 4th place, with Neil finishing in 9th place overall. The u15 girls were next to the track, where both Anna Faulkner and Lily Cummins ran well, but tired legs from the previous days National Schools Cross Country Championships, led to a less than par performance from the girls. Caer Ni Ghibne ran a solid heat to qualify for her final, and finished in a fine 6th place overall.
Killian McLoughlin ran a fine 2.26.89 to finish 6th in his heat of the u16 boys 800m, while Christian Quinn ran a fine 2.27.77. to finish 6th in his heat. Also running on tired legs from the day before, Tom Cummins made a good effort in the u17 boys straight 800m final, finishing 12th, while Tadgh Everitt Thompson ran a super 2.14.31 to finish 9th in the u18 boys race. In the girls u17 race, Cliodhna Nolan ran well to finish 7th overall in a time of 2.42.06. In the somewhat shorter distance of the 60m Hurdles, Lili O’Connor ran a fine 10.01 in the girls u16 event, finishing 4th overall, and qualifying for the national finals on the 25th March.