Friday 22 September 2017

Agony and ecstasy

THERE was joy and agony in equal measure as Boyne athletes enjoyed mixed fortunes at the All-Ireland Track & Field and B Championships in Tullamore.

Saturday last saw Harry Carolan compete in the B Championships, taking a double bronze in the U-14 Long jump and 100m sprint, while Calum Sheedy ran a super race to take silver in the U-12 600m and just missed out on a medal in the 60m sprint, finishing fourth.

Sunday saw nearly 800 of Ireland's up and coming athletic talent compete on day 2 of the National Finals, all having come through very competitive regional qualification in order to secure a spot in the competition.

Tara Meier got the day off to a great start with an outstanding win in her heat of the U-13 60m hurdles, clocking a time of 9.75sec which would have ensured a gold in the final. Unfortunately, however, a false start in the decider saw her disqualified from the event along with her nearest competitor.

Euan Canniffe proved that hard work and perseverance pays off with a superb throw of 27.38m in the U-12 Turbo Javelin, securing him the silver medal, just a mere 20cm behind the first-place winner.

Liene Kaugare ran a great U-13 60m hurdles heat to finish in fifth place, while Kate Kelly competed well in the U-12 Shot, finishing in eighth overall, and sister Niamh, returning from injury, competed well in the U-17 Shot Put.

Amy McTeggart, fresh from a double bronze win in the Shot and Javelin at the All-Ireland Junior Championships the previous weekend in Cork, was unlucky to just miss out on a medal, finishing in fourth place in the U-19 Shot Put.

Days three and four of the National Championships takes place this weekend where Boyne will once again feature among this prestigious group of young athletes.

Drogheda Independent