RECORDS FALL ON DAY 1 OF JUVENILE INDOORS
Day 1 of the 123.ie National Juvenile Indoor Championships provided a host of impressive performances across an action packed day or track and field athletics at TUS in Athlone (March 25th).
The relays provided a healthy doe of track action with several close contests across the busy 5-hour schedule.
Ratoath AC once again had a day to remember, claiming three national club championships records on their way to taking six national titles to back up last month’s junior success.
Ratoath’s U19 girls and boys 4x200m relay teams clocked 1:41.45 and 1:31.02 respectively to take gold, while their girls U18 team also took home first place with an impressive 1.41.75.
The mornings action also offered some thrilling performances, with Ferrybank A.C. providing one of the highlights of the day with their U12 team of Siofra Moloney, Siri O’Flynn, Sheila O’Donovan, and Charlotte Casey setting a blistering 1:59:73 to take gold.
South Galway A.C. impressed in the U13 boy’s 4x200m relay, running 1:53.58 to take top spot on the podium in a national club record time.
Competition in the field events was just as compelling, with Caoimhe Gallen (Lifford Strabane A.C.) one of the stand-out performances on her way to taking the U17 shot put title with a best of 12.73m. Theo Hanlon (Suncroft A.C.) took home the U17 boy’s title thanks to his 14.54m best.
Briana Onoh (Leevale A.C.) 14.06ma and Andrew Cooper (Gowran A.C.) 16.65 are the 2023 U18 champions, while stars Kotryna Pacerinskaite (Fanahan Mc Sweeney A.C.) 12.04 and Liam Shaw (Athenry A.C.) 15.44m doubled up on last month’s junior titles with dominant displays.
The girl’s U18 triple jump competition was a closely contested affair, with Lucy Fitzgerald (Tipperary Town A.C.) proving best with her 10.92m. Daniel Quirk (Greystones and District A.C.) proved a worthy favourite in the boy’s event, building on last month’s championships performance to post a best of 13.13 for top spot.
Molly Mullally (Dundrum South Dublin A.C.) looked one of the likely favourites in the U19 category following her second-place finish at the junior indoors last month and she managed to deliver in turning silver into gold thanks to her best of 11.34.
Evan Hallinan (Craughwell A.C.) impressed in the boy’s U19 long jump competition, posting a 13.20m to take gold back to Craughwell A.C.
Full Results HERE
Day 2 and day 3 previews to follow.