THE juvenile section of St Laurence O’Toole AC travelled in force to the Leinster indoor juvenile athletic championships in Athlone and after a busy weekend of action they came home with 13 gold medals, 11 silvers and eight bronze medals.
First up was Padraic Spillane who coasted through his heat in the 600m and then broke the record in the final in a great front-running performance. Aaron Shorten lived up to the hype in his 800m, just missing out on the record by under a second when finishing in 2:07.
Sara Doyle ran a tactical race in her U17 800m and won with a bit in hand which must give her great confidence going ahead of the nationals. Ikye Dalton was the fastest over the 60m in the boys U14 race and his team-mate Jack Dunne made the final in a very competitive race. New club member Damilola Adesina raced well and won the U15 girls 60m with her team-mate Aoife Ryan making the final and finishing fourth.
Dami also took second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.50 metres. Corrine Kenny ran in the girls U16 800m and duly obliged with a win in a time of 2:20. Ciara Moore won the bronze medal in the u15 girls shot putt while Caleb Jeffares hurdled well in the boys U14 race and won the bronze medal.
Sive O’Toole was favourite for the 60m and she was pushed all the way by her three club mates who reached the final. She won in a new record of 7.66 seconds. Sive also won silver in the 60m hurdles and silver in the 200m U17.
Ella Duane jumped 5.02m into the sand to claim the silver medal in the long jump and she also finished third to Sive in the 60m.
Callum Shorten threw the shot put into the silver medal position and jumped onto the rostrum delighted with his medal. Jack Mitchell’s effort to break 50 seconds for the 400m just came up short as he won the U18 race in a new personal best of 50.22 seconds.
Agomide Oke won silver in U18 60m hurdles. Jack Murphy claimed silver in the boys U14 long jump with a new personal best of 4.70 metres. Alan Miley, new to athletics, also had a terrific event with a silver in the U16 boys 60m and gold in the hurdles. Zoe Garrigan won the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1.55 metres and she also grabbed the bronze in the 60m hurdles. Catherine Doyle ran a superb race in the girls U18 800m to pick up the bronze medal. Her club-mate Chloe Nolan finished in fourth place.
Chloe Hayden had an excellent weekend taking the 200m U17 race in a new record of 25.28 metres and she also claimed silver in the 60m sprint and bronze in the hurdles. Chris Adekoya won his first Leinster medal; a bronze in the U18 200m while Jonathan McKenna claimed silver in the long jump. Niall Harvey had an excellent weekend when winning the 800m and taking silver in the 400. His club-mate Dean Holmes finished third in the U19 800m race. Brandon Martin sprinted down the track in the U19 60m race to win the gold medal.
Other club athletes who performed well were: Louisa McGovern in the girls U14 60m, Ella Hendricken in her 60m sprint and 200m, Maeve O’Neill, Marie Cranny and Aoife Kelly in the girls U12 600m, Aidan Ryan in the 60m and long jump, Kate Wall in the 60m, Eva Doyle in the long jump, sprint and hurdles, Ned Williams in the 600m, Ellie Carroll in the 60m where she made the final and Arabella Adekoya in her sprint and 600m.
Other athletes who performed well for SLOT were: Sheila and Elsa Doyle in their 600m races, Lisa and Stephen Badakin in their sprints, Paul Hayde, Michael Spillane, Mark Fitzgerald, Shane Gordon and John Hayes in their sprints and long jumps. Nelly Badakin, Caitlin Wall, Cian O’Brian, Sandra Donatus, Jasmin Brennan Dowling, Inez Duane, Matthew Callinan Keenan, Ben Dunbar Gibney, Ruairi O’ Conchubhair, Francis Whelan, Enya Lyons all performed well and will learn a lot from this experience in the Athlone arena.
Ladies masters cross-country
The masters ladies had to face Baltic conditions at Waterford IT for the recent All-Ireland masters cross-country.
For the first time in the history of the club, St Laurence O’Toole’s had an over-35 ladies team compete in this event. With over 200 finishers, the team ploughed through the hilly and mucky conditions over the 4k distance finishing 13th out of the 22 teams. The team of Ruth Kavanagh, Mary Claire Byrne, Breda Browne, Bríd Long, Maria Curran and Emma Nolan represented the club well and hope to come back even stronger for the next cross country season in the autumn.
PBs for Purcell
Dylan Purcell from Carlow competed in the pole vault at the AAI indoor games in Athlone recently and his personal best of 4.05m was good enough for third place. Dylan also competed at university level and came away with another personal best of 4.20m: a great start to the season.