The club had a very successful weekend at the Connacht indoor championships with a talented group of athletes competing across the 2 days. At U12 Charlie Flannery won silver in the 60m Hurdles and qualified for nationals in the 600m coming 2nd. Noah Brady came 3rd in the Shot putt to qualify for nationals after just his 2nd competitive event in the field event.

In the U12 1Km walk race Owen Gannon was crowned Connacht Champion with a confident win having only taken up the event a few months ago.

Our U12 girls relay team of Roisin McDonagh, Eva Carroll, Aine McGrath and Eleanor Galligan placed second in their heat and improved their PB by over 4 seconds. Individually the girls all performed well in 60m, 60m Hurdles and 600m.

At U13 Harry Melia had success with silver in the 60m and was just short of qualifying for nationals in the 600m also after winning his heat with ease, finishing 4th overall. 

Another newcomer to the walk is U13 Isobel O’Dea, but there was no signs of this as she carefully navigated her way through the field with a big smile on her face to finish 3rd.

There were more great performances on the track and field against some large entry lists of Connachts best young athletes. Odhran King ran well in U13 60m, Leon Boyko also had some high placings in U13 60m, 600m and Long Jump. Jennifer Greaney put in a great effort as always in U14 60m Hurdles.

Our older athletes closed out the championships with Rian Collins finishing 4th in a top class U17 1500m race while recovering from a recent minor injury, and Seán Doggett claiming gold on the double winning the U19 60m and 200m Connacht titles.

Having now progressed to represent the senior wing of the club, Liam Shaw won both the senior Shot Putt and Weight for Distance events.

Focus for the qualifiers now turns to preparations for the National Indoors championships which will take place in Athlone on the 23rd of Mar and the 6th and 7th of April.

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