Four National Medals
National Juvenile Championships

July 2012

Letterkenny juvenile athletes ended their very busy track and field season, over the past two weekends at Tullamores very impressive stadium. Gold medal for Arlene Crossan in the U14 long jump doubled with a magnificent silver medal in a great 800m final by this very talented young girl certainly made it a great end to her very successful season.

It all began so well on the first weekend when Charles Worth (U12) wrote his name into the medal honours with silver medal in the shot putt (9.18), encouraged by his father Jeremy in this difficult discipile, Charles has certainly indicated his ability to feature prominently over the next few seasons and after the experience of being on the medal rostrum in Tullamore, the indoor season can’t come soon enough for this new kid on the block, congratulations Charles.

Lisa Gibson (U17) has certainly been a great ambassador for the club, every season Lisa has given all her efforts into the shot putt discipline and it was no different this season as she dominated the Ulster Championships taken her place in the Tullamore final. Another PB of (10.30) just saw her out of the medals as was the case when this versatile young lady saw her taking her place in the 300m hurdles final. Again this discipline proved no obstacle to Lisa and another PB earned her seventh place. Not to be undone, Lisa also took in the triple jump and club coach and mum Marie must have been very proud to see Lisa take bronze medal with a jump of 9.80. So after many years competing at juvenile championships, Lisa has her medal and no doubt this fine all- rounder can add to this during the indoor season. Well done Lisa.

Peter Gibbons (U16) experienced that disappointing fourth place in both his 800m and 1500m finals. Another talented young athlete peter can be proud of his performances in both finals. 4th in 800m (2.04.5) and again just out of the medals in 1500m. Peter finds himself amongst Ireland’s very elite middle distance athletes at this age group and he also is up with the best in the country. No doubt the winter cross country season will see peter again to the fore.

Young debutantes at national finals Cliodhna Harvey (U13) emerged as an exciting find of the season when taking her place in both 80 m sprint and long jump.

Laura Crossan 7th (1.53.3) and Ciara Bonner (1.53.4) U13 experienced their moment of glory when lining up for their 600m final. The club can look forward to seeing these young girls represent the black and amber colours over the coming years.

Likewise Saoirse Callaghan and Edel Smith (U14) who took on the 1500m final, both girls battled their way in very humid conditions through a large field. A great experience for both young ladies.

Lauren O`Connell (U17) triple jump (9.80) and Conor Morrison (U17) 800m (2.07.52) both had PB performances.

Tara Carr (U16) also made her debut at national finals in the high jump gaining fifth place (1.50). Ciara Finnegan (U15) 800m (2.34.68) battled bravely in her final.

As with each year these finals are the final track and field juvenile competition for the U19 athletes and john Gibbons took on the 1500m finals and finishing among the top finishers, the club wish John all the best in the future.

But once again it was Arlene Crossan (U14) who made the headlines. A really magnificent performance in the early morning long jump saw this very talented young athlete improve her position in each round and a final jump of (5.10) a new PB and the ultimate honour of the gold medal. Later a terrific 800m final saw Arlene take silver medal (2.23.8) and on the second weekend saw Arlene casually win her semi final heat of the 200m where sixth place in a blanket finish final indicates the versatility of this exciting talent. Arlene competes in the multi events competition this weekend in Santry, so best wishes from all in club to her.

Thanks go to all club coaches and athletes for another exciting season. A well deserved rest now, to all prospective newcomers please join in September.