Glory for Clare athletes at Juvenile Championships

Glory for Clare athletes at Juvenile Championships

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Gearoid McMahon 12-03Newmarket-on-Fergus athlete Gearóid McMahon was standing on top of the national podium once more at Saturday’s Juvenile Indoor Championships.

McMahon won Gold in the 1.5k U17 Walk and not just that but he also smashed Evan Lynch’s record of 6:17:19. Representing Shannon Athletic Club, Gearóid set a new indoor record of 6:07:00.

There was further glory as St Mary’s Darragh Miniter was first home in the U16 60m with a very strong time of 7:25, seven seconds ahead of his nearest rival Paul O’Shaughnessy.

Siofra O’Dea brought home another medal to the County. The Kilmurry/Ibrickane walker won a silver medal U15 1k Walk with a time of 4:44:64, twelve seconds behind Naas’ Emily MacHugh.

Likewise Angharad Loughnane picked up a silver medal in the U18 1.5k Walk. She was comfortably ahead of Rebecca Kearney for second spot but there was a difference of fifty four seconds between Loughnane and Isabel Morgan.

In the U17 Men’s 60m it was a battle of Ennis Track as two of the club’s athletes lined up in the final eight. Tony Odubote edged out clubmate Shawn Benson for a spot on the podium, Tony’s time of 7:22 secured him a bronze medal in Athlone.

Marian Athletic Club’s Ciadh Reynolds finished in fifth place in the U14 1k Walk. Ben Deasy of Ennis Track competed in 1500m U16 finishing in eleventh place, thirteen seconds off the top three.

12 March 2016; Boys U15 high jump medallists, from left, bronze medallist, Liam Jenkins, Dundrum South Dublin A.C., gold medallist, Conor Blake, St Johns A.C., and silver medallist, Larlaith Golding, Clare Morris A.C. GloHealth Juvenile Indoor Championships. AIT, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
Boys U15 high jump medallists, from left, bronze medallist, Liam Jenkins, Dundrum South Dublin A.C., gold medallist, Conor Blake, St Johns A.C., and silver medallist, Larlaith Golding, Clare Morris A.C. GloHealth Juvenile Indoor Championships. AIT, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Off the track; Conor Blake won Gold in the U15 Boys High Jump beating off competition from thirteen opponents.

Ava Rochford competed in the U12 Long Jump finishing in fifth place, her clubmate Martin Frawley was in the boys’ equivalent just outside the top half. Three Clare girls were in the U14 High Jump with Damilola Adesina getting a silver medal while Susan Nestor and Angel Nwaigwe were not as successful.

St Cronan A.C's Kate Taylor
St Cronan A.C’s Kate Taylor

Joseph Minter added to the medals tally winning silver in the U18 Long Jump. Marian’s Leanne Healy was in the middle of the pack when the final standings were announced in the U13 Long Jump.

Sixteen year old Kate Taylor was the recipient of not one but two medals in Athlone. She won silver in the U18 Long Jump and bronze in the U18 60m Hurdles getting a new personal best in the process.

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A native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Páraic McMahon covers a wide range of topics for The Clare Herald mainly news and sport. He serves as a Sports Reporter with Clare's leading Radio Station, Clare FM.

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