The Aviva Connaught Schools Combined Events Championship took place in Dangan, Galway on the 18th of September. The event brought together many of Connaught’s top young talent, as they aimed to capture a regional title. The event also acted as a qualifier for the Aviva All Ireland Schools on Saturday 29th of September.
Dearbhaile Beirne (Mohill AC) was the stand out performer in the Junior Girls competition as she took victory with a score of 2,208 points. This included a clearance of 1.40m in the high jump and 4.54m winning mark in the long jump.
The Intermediate girls competition saw Sinead Gaffney and Maria McNamara both of Pres Athenry battle it out for the title. Gaffney proved the strongest as she secured victory with a point’s total of 2,362 ahead of second place McNamara on 2,195 points.
Samuel Samson (St Mary’s Galway) was the only athlete in the Junior boys competition to break the 3,000 point barrier. Samson produced consistent results across all 6 events to amass a winning total of 3,098 points. Aidan Conneely (Calasanctius Oranmore) placed second with a score of 2,667 ahead of third place Sean Carrick on 2,657 points.
Caomhan Conaghan (Loughrea VS) was out on his own in the Intermediate Boys event as he took victory with a score of 3,274 points. Conaghan recorded times of 15.40 and 24.50 for the 100m hurdles and 200m respectively to secure overall victory. Robert Meagher (St Endas Galway) finished second on a score of 2,760, just ahead of third place Damian O’Boyle (Calasanctius Oranmore) on 2,740 points.