National Juvenile Championships – Athlone – 25th March 2018.

With the Indoor season fast drawing to a close, all eyes were on day 3 of the National Juvenile Championships on Sunday last, in Athlone.

A super competitive day saw 8 Boyne A.C. athletes in action, all having qualified in the top 4 of their provincial competition.

First to the track, Danny Nugent ran a super 800m race, but was unlucky to miss out on a place in the final, finishing 3rd in his heat.

Tom Cummins ran well in his heat of the u17 boys 800m, as did sister Eva in the u19 girls race.

Tadgh Everitt Thompson ran a strong race in the boys u18 800m, as did Ruarcan O’Gibne, who ran a tactical heat to ensure his place in the final of the u19 race.

The hurdles were the next track events to take place, allowing the middle distance runners a chance to rest before their finals. Aaron Fennell ran well in his heat, qualifying for the final of the boys u13 60m hurdles, while in the girls u16 race, Lili O’Connor ran well despite a bad nosebleed on the start line.

National outdoor champion, Tara Meier sailed through her heat of the u17 girls hurdles in 8.91s, crossing the line first to secure her place in the final.

With a short rest, Ruarcan O’Gibne was back on the track for the final of the u19 mens 800m, and from the outset he ran with pure grit and determination. Sitting comfortably on the shoulder of the leader for the first two laps, Ruarcan knew he had the strength to finish well, and at the bell he took the lead, a furious battle ensued, with the race leader now playing catch up, and with just metres to go, the two were neck and neck, however, the conservation of energy in the first 600m paid dividends for Ruarcan, as his competitor could not sustain the momentum, leaving the Boyne athlete to grab the victory and the national title, and all in a fantastic time of 1.57.92, a split second outside his PB time.

Aaron Fennell was then back in action for his 60m Hurdle final, and again, another exciting battle ensued, with Aaron just missing out on a podium place, finishing in a very respectable 4th place, and setting a new PB time of 9.93s.

With barely a moment for the parents and coaches from Boyne to compose themselves, Tara Meier was the focus in the u17 girls hurdles final. A great start from this talented young lady saw her glide comfortably over each hurdle, stride for stride with her nearest competitor, and on the line it took a photo finish picture to separate the two, with Tara awarded the silver medal by a mere hairs breath, and again setting a new PB time of 8.84s.

With only the Indoor relays left for this season, taking place in 2 weeks, the focus will now shift to the outdoor season, where Boynes talented athletes are sure to excel once again at both local and national level.

In day 2 of the championships held the previous weekend, Aaron Fennel competed in the u13 Shot Put, finishing 5th with a new PB of 10.21m, Killian Ekhator finished 4th overall in final of the u12 60m sprint, while Alex Devine finished 4th in his heat of the 60m sprint.