Friday 21 July 2017

Boyne athletes of all ages excel in new Athlone arena

ON what was an exciting weekend all round for Boyne AC, the club was represented at no fewer than three events across three different counties!

On Saturday, the new Athlone IT Indoor Stadium was the setting for the Woodie's DIY AAI Combined Event Championships and the Drogheda-based club were proud to be competing at such a world-class facility.

In the Girls Under-16 event Niamh Kelly continued her fine run of from, a total of 3,169 points earning her a silver-medal win. while her cousin Amy McTeggart secured a podium place in the Youth category with a total of 2,984 points.

Club coach Johnny McCabe competed in the Senior Men's category, and having maintained third position until the last event, was pipped at the post in his 1,000m, finishing in fourth position with a total of 2,397 points.

In the Masters event, another of the club's coaches, Colin McHugh, competed magnificently to take home the silver medal. With a total of 2405 points, he finished just 129 points behind the winner, and achieved a new PB of 1.61m in the high jump.

Back in the Wee County on Sunday, Haggardstown in Dundalk was the setting for Blackrock AC's cross-country event, and it was certainly a case of 'four seasons in one day' as the weather proved to be the biggest challenger to the athletes.

Over a mucky course Boyne put in some fantastic performances and thereby featured high on the overall medal table. Ella McLoughlin was first to compete in the U-9 500m, running a great race, wyhile the Boys U-9 team of Adam Byrne, Max Kingston and Matthew Egan deservedly won the silver team medal for their performances over 500m.

Next up, Caer Ni Ghibne, running out of age, ran a great race in the Girls U-11 1,000m race. The heavens then opened, with a shower of sleet, rain and biting winds as the U-11 boys took to the start line for their 1,000m race. Undeterred, young Jack Carolan repeated his performance from last year, taking the silver medal position, followed by Eoghan Brennan in fifth place, with Euan Canniffe, Killian McLoughlin, Conor Nolan and Tiernan Rowley all following close behind, their impressive performances earned them a second-place team medal.

Dylan Rowley then ran well in the Boys U-13 1,500m race. The Girls U-15s were next and over tough a 2,000m course young Eva Cummins ran a great race, maintaining a steady pace to take the silver medal, and with clubmates, Blaithnaid Donnelly and Eleanor Garvey, took home the silver team medal also.

Ruaircain O Gibne was next to represent his club, and he too displayed some great talent over 2,000m to take yet another silver medal for Boyne.

Last to run were the Boys U17s, and with a gruelling 2,500m ahead of them over a by-now waterlogged course, all four certainly put in a fine performance. Oisin O Gibne led the pack from early on to comfortably take gold, followed closely by Andrew Matthews in sixth, with John Garvey and and Cormac O Gibne close behind. The boys were also awarded the silver team medal for their fine efforts.

Many young Boyne AC athletes were also in action on Sunday in Cushinstown, with details to follow next week.

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