ON a busy weekend for Cushinstown AC, the highlight came at the AAI Woodie's DIY Juvenile Combined Events at the new AIT Arena in Athlone, where their athletes returned home with three medals.
The combined events involve five disciplines - 60m hurdles, shot putt, long jump, high jump and an 800m to finish off - and just after 10am on Saturday history was made as Zoe Mohan lined up with four other athletes in heat one of the 60m hurdles - the first competitive track event held in the arena.
In her first Combined Events competition Mohan achieved personal bests in four of the five events. In the 60m hurdles her time was 10.72 seconds (PB), shot putt 9.91m (PB), long jump 4.49m, high jump 1.44m (PB) and 800m 2:59.42 (PB), giving her an overall score of 2,459 points.
The most exciting part of the competition was the final three girls in the high jump, with Vickie Cusack (Liscarrol AC), Mohan and Emma Cheshire (Dunleer AC) treating the crowd to a wonderful competition as all three set personal bests. Cusack held off the challenge of both Mohan and Cheshire to prevail, with Mohan claiming silver medal ahead of the Dunleer athlete.
The Under-15 Girls competition was no less exciting, with Shannon Sheehy holding off Arlene Crossan (Letterkenny AC) and Allanah Gannon (Aughagower AC) to claim the gold medal. Shannon put in some very strong performances to score a total of 2,988 points, with 9.47 sec in the 60m hurdles, shot putt 8.27m, long jump 4.63m, high jump 1.59m (PB) and 800m 2:40.04.
In the Girls Under-16 event, Elizabeth Morland claimed that title with a huge points total of 3,551. With a strong lead going into the last event, the 800m, Morland controlled the race from start to finish in a time of 2:34.89. In the 60m hurdles her time was 8.94 seconds, shot putt 9.26m, long jump 5.49m and high jump 1.67m (PB).
In the boys competition, there were excellent performances from Keith Marks and Donal Kearns in the Youth category, with Marks finishing fourth and Kearns eighth. Marks' most impressive performance was in the high jump, where he jumped an amazing 1.90m (PB). In the 60m hurdles his time was 9.2 seconds, shot putt 9.55m, long jump 5.71m and 800 metres 2:31.51 to give him an overall score of 3,074.
In his first combined events Ciaran Kearns set a number of PBs in the Boys Under-14 event to score 1,110 points.
Cushinstown AC hosted its Indoor Sports on Sunday, with teams competing in an entertaining day's athletics. Cushinstown would like to thank all the clubs who took part, namely Ardee & District, Boyne, Cushinstown, Dunboyne, Dunleer, Dunshaughlin, Duleek & District, Na Fianna, Rathkenny, Ratoath, St Andrews, St Peter's and Tara. Thanks also to the parents and club members who helped out on the day.