Leinster Track and Field Championships

The Leinster Track and Field Championships are well underway, with the Leinster Team competition and the Leinster Pairs and u12/u13 Championships taking place recently. Basking in glorious sunshine in the superb Tullamore Harriers stadium, the there was an unprecedented 7 teams form Boyne AC in action in the team event on Bank Holiday Monday last, with all determined to do well. With 4 athletes per team, each member must compete in two events and the relay, with the combined results added together to give an overall score. The girls u9 got things off to a great start, this being their first time competing in a Leinster event, fine performances from Wannita McCabe, Lauren Faulkner, Sadhbh O’Donoghue and Kate O’Donnell saw the girls unlucky to just miss out on a medal. The u10 girls took a podium place, with the combined efforts of Shruti Prasad, Chloe Cooney, Caoimhe Martin and Allie Fennell earning the girls the silver medal. The u10 boys also just narrowly missed out on a podium place despite excellent performances from Calum Byrne, Cormac McEvoy, Luca McLoughlin and Tadgh Forde Dunne. The u11 boys retained their Leinster champion titles as they took home the gold for the second year in a row, thanks to great performances from Alex Robertson, Oliver Carolan, Ledley KIng Abor and Lorcan Forde Dunne. The u11 girls were unlucky not to reach the podium, but Chloe Hanley, Sholah Lawrence, Juliette Hurley and Kate Culhane all competed well. As did the u12 boys team of Shea O’Donnell, Sean Cummins, Diarmuid Devine and Emmet McEvoy, again just missing out on a medal. Last, but by no means least, the u13 boys were also crowned Leinster Champions as they gave it their all to take home the gold, with fine performances from Aaron Fennell, Paddy Price, Amitesh Bala and Alex Devine.

With just 4 days to rest, these talented athletes were back to Tullamore for the Leinster Pairs and day 1 of the individual championships. This time, in teams of 2 the u9-u11 athletes could compete in up to 2 events with with a partner, and the two placings combined to give an overall result. Another glorious day saw the u10 girls get things going, with a bronze medal win for Allie Fennell and Chloe Cooney in the 500m race, while Allie and Shruti Prasad just missed out on a medal in the 60m sprint. Caoimhe Martin and Shruti did well in their long jump, while it was a silver medal for Allie and Caoimhe in their Turbo Javelin. The u10 boys were unlucky not to medal despite great performances from Cormac McEvoy and Calum Byrne in the 60m sprint, and Calum and Tadgh Forde Dunne in the long jump. Luca McLoughlin and Tadgh also ran well in the 500m race. The u11 girls pair of Sholah Lawrence and Kate Culhane competed well in their two events, the sprint and the 600m and were unlucky not to medal. It was a superb day for the boys u11, as Alex Robertson and Lorcan Forde Dunne scooped the silver in their 600m race, and Lorcan pairing with Oliver Carolan to top the podium in their long jump, taking a fine gold. Oliver and Alex also ran well in the 60m sprint. The individual events were next, with Isabella Garcia running well in her 60m sprint and Eimear Cooney, finishing 2nd in her heat to qualify for the final of the 600m race, where she ran well to finish 7th overall. In the boys events, Shea O’Donnell won his heat of the 600m, and finished just outside the medals in the final, finishing in a creditable 4th place. Sean Cummins competed well in both the 60m sprint and 600m race. In the field events, Aaron Fennell saved the best for last as he threw a 10.54 in the final round of the u12 shot put, taking the silver medal. Paddy Price finished 4th in his heat of the u13 600m, and despite running three seconds faster in the final, was unlucky to just miss out on a podium place. in the sprints, Alex Devine was a clear winner in his heat, with the fastest qualifying time of all heats, however, a knee injury saw him run his final just a fraction slower, finishing in 3rd place overall, awarding him the bronze medal, while clubmate Caelan Quinn also ran well in his 80m sprint. In the girls u13 600m race, Ella McLoughlin ran a great race to finish 6th overall in her heat, while Allie Garcia also ran well in her tough 600m heat. All top three finishers now qualify for the National Championships on July 1st. The day ended with the Inter County Relay Championships, where relay teams, selected by their counties battled it out for the coveted Leinster titles. Shruti Prasad and Sholah Lawrence made up half of the u11 girls team who were unlucky not to medal, while Oliver Carolan and Calum Byrne represented Louth with pride as their u11 team took home the bronze medal in a thrilling photo finish, bronze also went to the u13 boys team, with Aaron Fennell part of the successful quartet.