Relay medals for
Letterkenny AC boys

April 2012

The AAI juvenile indoor championships at Nenagh completed this weekend and with standards rising, P.Bs dominant plus several championship records, medals became a premium and certainly hard to attain.

Lac juveniles provided their usual competitive spirit and with loads of debutant athletes at this level it all provided a great experience and a good bonding session with supporters, family and athletes.

Trying to add to last week’s bronze by Arlene Crossan U14 long jump was the focus, but as stated standards continue to rise and it was with a sense of relief that a solid team of U15 boys came through the heats of the 200m relays on Sunday morning and take a well deserved place on the podium following a terrific final in the afternoon.

Shane Irwin, Stefan McCrossan, Conor McGlynn, Darragh Toal qualified with a solid 1.48.8 for second in the morning heats. With Darragh feeling unwell in the afternoon twin brother Oisin took his place as anchor man in the final and 1.49.8 gained a team bronze medal for these lads who are certainly the source of development in the next few seasons. Well done lads.

Saturday saw the individual events where Daire Curran (U16) just failed to make the 200m final, 25.9 a good enough time at this level on his second appearance at national finals. Hopefully Daire can continue to make progress in the summer season.

The 800m events always provides excitement and great action, Arlene Crossan (u14) looked comfortable in her morning heats clocking (2.31.1) qualifying in third place automatically, the final with eight of Irelands best young starlets saw Arlene in a good position at the bell but the usual electric final lap saw the LAC girl take fifth place (2.31.0). Again this girl can look forward to a good summer season in the outdoors.

Ciara Finnegan (U15) 2.33.5 was involved in a straight final and found herself in a very competitive event with the winner 2.21.9, very impressive nearly breaking the championship record. Again Ciara (8th) can prepare for the track and field season ahead.

Boys U15 came hopefully, with last winner Stefan McCrossan and Oisin Toal lining up in the heats. Oisin can feel hard done by, being clipped from behind in the second lap while in a good position and taking a crashing fall, bravely a great finish saw him fail to qualify but this experience can help him in the future.

Stefan qualified for the afternoon final (2.21.2) quite comfortable with the clubs best hope for a medal again taking his place amongst Irelands elite eight finalists, Stefan gallantly battled his way into fifth (2.20.0). This lad can medal in the outdoor season on this performance.

U17 boys saw Conor Morrison and Shaun Boyle take on the heats; Conor (2.14.1) had his best performance of the season but just failed to qualify while Shaun continued his good season doing 2.11.2 qualifying again. The final proved a battle with these eight young lads striving every muscle to get on the medal rostrum. Shaun (2.10.7) gave his best and can also focus on the summer season.

Following good work by walks Coach Danny Sharkey four athletes took their place in these finals, which was a priceless achievement and hopefully can be expanded on.

Ciara Blaney (U14), Grace Carr (U15), Niamh Cannon and Katie Toal (U18) all improved their P.Bs in this difficult discipline and again the summer can provide more experience for these athletes.

RELAYS

Sunday’s relays are always an exciting finale to the indoor season, and this weekend was no exception. LAC provided five teams with the majority of these youngsters experiencing National finals and all the tension that goes with them for the first time and they didn’t let themselves, supporters, parents or the club down with their usual determination and solid effort.

U12 boys of Oisin Bradley, Ronan Frain, Cain Harkin and Charles Worth opened the session in the 4x100m (60.8) 3rd in their heat. U13 girls Alana Clarke, Ciara Bonner, Cliodhna Harvey and Laura Crossan 60.10just missed out also on a final place while the U14 girls (4x200m) Edel Smith, Arlene Crossan, Saoirse Callaghan and Altan Murphy (2.05.6) also gave their best.

In the U15 girls these girls had a hard luck story with Niamh Farrell, Ciara Finnegan, Arlene Crossan and Altan Murphy running a fine relay winning their heat 1.56.6, unfortunately with three heats ensuring the four fastest teams qualified for the final, these girls missed out undeservedly.

So it was Irwin, McCrossan, McGlynn and the Toal twins who saved the day and ensured their moment of fame on the medal rostrum.

Congratulations to peter Gibbons representing Irish Schools Cross Country in Perth Scotland at weekend, gaining a bronze medal as third team. Peter is eligible for this age group again next year so this was a great effort.

Training takes a break over the Easter period now for the juveniles returning Tuesday 17th April. Focus turns to future events – for your diaries 9th April Tir Chonaill open invitation Donegal town, 25th April Finn Valley athletic meet, Saturday 9th June children’s games (Ulster) Sherlock Co. Cavan (9-10-11) also (12-13) championship qualifiers.

Saturday/Sunday 16th-17th June Ulster (14-18) Antrim

Please take note.