ARDEE and District AC had a small number of athletes competing in Tullamore last weekend in the Leinster Track and Field Championships.
Conor McMahon got the weekend off to a flying start for the Deesiders when he lept his way to success in the boys U-14 long jump. Saving his best jump (5.07m) until last Conor secured himself the gold medal and the Leinster title.
Conor then added to his medal tally, this time settling for bronze and third position in the U14 200m sprint.
Niamh Tenanty competed in the girls U14 shot putt where she hurled 11.38m giving her a new personal best and a second place silver medal. Niamh also competed in the 200m where, despite coming second in her heat she missed out by three hundreds of a second on a place in the final.
Niamh McGuinness ran in the girls 1500m where she finished in 12th position in a highly competitive race.
Jonathan Commins competed in the boys U13 javelin, throwing 22.18m to finish just outside the medals.
At the end of a very busy day Niamh, Conor and Jonathan, who had all been selected on the county relay teams, all ran brillantly. Niamh's U15 girls team led from start to finish to win the gold medal. Jonathan's boy's U13 team also ran a great race with flawless baton changes to take third position and the bronze medal. Conor's U15 boys team ran well to finish in fifth overall.
Conor McMahon started the proceedings on Sunday morning competing in the boys U14 high jump. Conor eased over the lower heights but at 1.45m (the winning height) had to bow out of the competition finishing just outside the medals in fourth place.
Niamh Tenanty was also out again Sunday where she was competing in the girls U14 80m sprint. Making up for Saturday Niamh ran fantastic in both her heat and semi-final to finish in third in the final and take home bronze.
Jonathan Commins too was out for a second day competing in the boys U13 shot putt. After three throws Jonathan had to dash to the start for the 80m sprint heat where he secured a place in the semi-final. He rejoined the shot putt competition to be told he had won gold and the Leinster title and did not need his remaining three throws! Jonathan then proceeded from the 80m semi to the final and finished fifth.
Brenda Leacy ran in the boys U16 800m and finished in 10th place overall. Bendan's sister Ciara ran in the girls U17 200m sprint where she claimed third position and the bronze medal.
Danny O'Brien ran in the boys U13 80m and 600m, where he mised out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins.