Up and Running: Relays provide Athlone thriller finale
The relay events took centre stage on Saturday at Athlone IT on the final day of the Woodie's DIY Juvenile Indoor Track and Field Championships of Ireland. Close to 1,000 young athletes took part in these championships and, as always, the relays provided an exciting grand finale to the three-day event.
St Mary's (Limerick AC) won the Girls' U-13 4x100m title in 54.28 seconds and Nenagh Olympic did likewise in the Boys' event with a time of 54.89. The Nenagh Olympic U-15 Girls' squad achieved a combined time of 1:49.72 in the 4x200m relay. St Laurence O'Toole's U-15 Boys' team scorched to a new championship best performance (CBP) to win the title in 1:40.92. There were two CBPs set in the U-17 category, with Leevale AC winning the Boys' race in 1:33.16 and Dundrum South Dublin AC winning the Girls' title in 1:43.10.
The youngest athletes competing were the U-12 age group, with Ratoath AC winning the Girls' 4x100m title in 57.81 and St Mary's (Limerick) AC winning the Boys' title in 56.01.
The CBPs continued when Galway City Harriers Girls' team won the 4x200m U-19 title in 1:43.92. Craughwell AC won the Boys' U-19 contest in 1:31.83, just outside the record of 1:31.25. St Laurence O'Toole did the double in the U-14 4x200m with their Girls' team setting a new CBP in 1:49.45 and the Boys also set a new best with a time of 1:48.28.
Dundrum South Dublin notched up their second victory of the day in the Girls' U-16 4x200m race (1:44.52) as Menapians AC dominated the U-16 Boys' race, setting a new CBP of 1:35.51.
In the U-18 4x200m, Tallaght AC were triumphant and set a new CBP of 1:30.57. Leevale AC won the Girls' title in a time of 1:43.71.