Only the best at Louth track event
LOCAL club Boyne AC certainly made their presence felt among the best the Wee County has to offer at days one and two of the Athletics Louth Track & Field Championships.
With all athletes competing well, there were podium places aplenty. In the u9 girls events, Aoife Meier took the silver medal in the Long Jump, while Ella McLoughlin also took silver in the Turbo Javelin, while the boys u9 events saw Alex Devine take silver in the 60m sprint and the u9 relay team take bronze.
U10s were next to compete, with Adam Byrne making it a double gold in the 60m and 200m sprint and taking silver in the long jump. Karlos Kaugars threw a new championship best with a huge throw of 25m in the u10 turbo javelin, with Neil Culhane throwing 16.8 to take the silver medal. Jack Darcy jumped 3.58 to win gold in the long jump, and the boys u10 also took gold in the relay.
The girls u11 60m saw two Boyne athletes on the podium, Sophie Gartland in 2nd place and Lily Cummins in 3rd, Lily also took silver in the 600m, while Sophie took the bronze in the long jump.
The turbo javelin saw Caer NiGhibne and Grace Martin take 1st and 2nd respectively. The girls u11 also took gold in their relay.
Tiernan Rowley was another big medal winner, with a silver in the u11 60m, gold in the 600m and silver in the long jump. Cathal Monaghan threw 20.50 to take the silver in the turbo Javelin. Josh Gartland took bronze in the long jump, while the team won silver in the relay.
Kate Kelly threw 7.58m in the u12 shot putt to win the silver medal, while in the boys events Calum Sheedy won the 60m sprint, with Euan Canniffe winning the 600m race and Jack Carolan taking gold in the High Jump.
Liene Kaugare was yet another big medal winner in the u13 events, with a bronze in the javelin, a gold in the Shot Putt and silver in the high jump. Moya McCabe took silver in the Javelin and bronze in the Shot Putt, while Tara Meier took silver in the 80m sprint. Tom Cummins had a comfortable win in the u13 80m and took silver in the 600m, while the boys u13 team won their relay, while sister Eva also had a strong finish to take gold in the u15 800m.
In the boys u15 events, Rurcan O'Gibne took bronze in the 100m and gold in the 800m, while the u15 team took the silver medal. Zoe Shiels ran a fine 100m to take the silver medal spot, and threw 7.12 to win the Shot Putt.
Eleanor Garvey won the u16 long jump, while teammate Jack Reilly won gold in the boys shot putt. Niamh Kelly jumped 5.10 to create a new championship best record in the u17 Long Jump, but unfortunately sustained a serious injury mid-way through the competition - she is wished a speedy recovery.
In the boys events, Jamie Shiels won the 100m and 400m, with Andrew Matthews close behind in both events to finish in second position. Amy McTeggart also created a new Championship best record with a jump of 1.45 in the u19 High Jump, and also took gold in her Shot Putt and Javelin events, while Cormac O'Gibne ran well to take gold in the u19 800m.