An exciting 3 days of competition recently, saw the cream of local athletics showcase their talents in the Athletics Louth Track & Field Championships. Over 60 Boyne A.C. juveniles took part, with events from ages u9 to u19 available. The u9 girls got things off to a great start for the club, with Chloe Cooney taking gold in both her 60m sprint and 300m race, while Ally Fennell jumped 2.56 to take silver in the long jump. In the u13 events, it was gold for Siofra Devine in the 600m, with clubmate Saran Meite taking the silver, to add to her gold in the shorter 100m sprint. The u14 girls swept the boards in their races, with a win for Sophie Gartland in the 100m sprint, followed closely by Lily Cummins who took silver, adding to her bronze in the 200m. An amazing performance from Anna Faulkner in her 800m and 1,500 race saw her take a well deserved gold in both, and she also added a silver in the 200m to her ever growing collection of medals, certainly one to watch out for in the future. Boyne dominated the podium in the two events, as Pelumi Fanifosi took silver in both, while Caer NiGhibne took bronze in each race.
Medal haul for Boyne at Louth Juvenile Championhips
Lily O’Connor was another double gold winner, with a super 1st place finish in both her 80mH and 200m, while Kate Kelly took silver in the hurdles and dominated the field events,with another silver in her long jump and shot putt, and a bronze in the javelin. Making a great return to competition following injury, Tara Meier easily won the u16 80mH and 200m sprint, while talented middle distance runner Cliodhna Nolan took silver in both her 800 and 1,500m races. Finally for the girls, it was yet another gold for Eva Cummins, this time in the u19 1,500m race.
Calum Byrne was all smiles as he graced the podium on no fewer than 3 occasions, taking gold in the u9 60m, and bronze in both his turbo javelin and 300m race. Cormac McEvoy stood alongside his clubmate, with a silver in the 60m and 300m, while Tadgh Forde Dunne took silver in the long jump. The u10 boys saw Oliver Carolan take the top spot once again with a super 3.43m jump to finish 1st in the long jump, added to his gold in the 60m sprint, while a windy turbo javelin competition earned him the bronze medal, while clubmate Lorcan Forde Dunne led from start to finish in a superbly executed 500m race. Shea O’Donnell was another double gold winner, finishing 1st in both the Turbo Javelin and 600m race, and also took bronze in the Long Jump, as did Sean Cummins in the Turbo Javelin. Emmet McEvoy ran a super 600m to take a well earned bronze medal.
In the u12 boys, it was a sea of yellow, as yet again, Boyne A.C. dominated the winners podium. Talented Killian Ekhator took gold in both his sprint and long jump, while Alex Devine took silver in the sprint, followed closely by Amitesh Bala who took bronze, adding to his bronze in the long jump and silver in the 600m. Paddy Price continues his dominance at middle distance as he took gold in the 600m and also took silver in the long jump. Aaron Fennell was another big winner over the weekend, with a gold in his 60mH, Shot Putt and Turbo Javelin, throwing a huge 33.58, making it a new championship best performance! He also took silver in the high jump. The u13 boys events saw Max Kingston finish 2nd in the javelin with 23.01, while Adam Byrne took silver in the 100m, as did Danny Nugent in the 600m race. Joey Meehan ran a super 800m to finish 3rd in the 800m, while Sam Cleary jumped 3.92 to take bronze in the long jump. Cathal Monaghan was yet another big medal winner, with a gold in his Javelin, and a new championship best performance throw of 31.87, and also added a gold in the long jump and shot putt, and a silver in the 100m to his collection! Euan Canniffe took double gold in the u15 javelin and high jump, while on the track, it was yet another Boyne filled podium in the 800m race, as Calum Sheedy, Killian McLoughlin and Christian Quinn took 1,2,3, respectively, while Sheedy and McLoughlin also took silver and bronze in the 1500m. Tadgh Everitt Thompson ran a solid race to take bronze in the u17 800m, whilst, last to compete, but by no means least, Ruarcan O’Gibne remains true to form with impressive wins in the u19 400m, 800m and 1,500m races.
Another super talented Boyne athlete, Amy McTeggart, an inspiration to all these young athletes, has been selected to represent Ireland in the CSIT games due to be held in Latvia in June!