Amy's golden girl of the heptathlon
Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00
THERE were contrasting fortunes for Boyne AC's two contenders as Tullamore Harriers Stadium played host to the National Combined Events Championships at the weekend.
Amy McTeggart and coach Jonathan McCabe proudly wore the yellow vest, but there was disappointment for the latter when an injury sustained in the 100m Hurdles put an end to his Irish title hopes after a good start to the Pentathlon competition.
There was no such bad luck for McTeggart, though, as she competed strongly in her seven events over two days to take gold in the Junior Women's Heptathlon.
Meanwhile, Sunday last also saw the final of the National League taking place in Tullamore, where Boyne AC athlete Jamie Shiels, competing as part of the Louth team, ran a new PB of 53.13 in his 400m, despite some seriously wet and windy weather conditions.
Closer to home, no fewer than 15 Boyne athletes and coaches took part in the final graded meeting for 2014, hosted by Drogheda & District AC earlier in the week.
Jamie Shiels ran a super 54.2sec in his 400m race to easily finish in first place, with Eddie Kennedy and Lorcan Hughes close behind.
Isreal Adeyemi and Harry Carolan both ran great times in the 100m and 200m sprints, while Blaithnaid Donnelly was proud as punch to win her 100m sprint in a time of 13.8sec. Keith Dunne ran well in a strong field of 100m sprinters to finish in third place.
Eddie Kennedy ran a great 200m in a time of 24.9sec to finish in second place, while Andrew Matthews ran 25.1 to finish just behind in third.
In the Ladies 200m race it was a sea of yellow, with Boyne athletes Blaithnaid, Eleanor Garvey, Niamh Kelly, Dorcas Mado and Kate O'Connor finishing in second to sixth places respectively.
In the longer 1500m races, Oisin O'Gibne led the pack all the way to finish first in a time of 4:19.8, while in her race Eva Cummins ran a solid 5:14.5, with Cormac O'Gibne running well also, while Rebecca Carolan ran a fine race to lead the women home in her 1500m in a time of 5:52.