Cotter shines in the 3,000m Steeplechase
TOMAS Cotter claimed a well-deserved National silver medal in the colours of his club Dunleer when pushing Rory Chesser all the way in Sunday's 3,000m steeplechase decider at Santry.
Matching the Ennis athlete stride for stride throughout, Cotter couldn't match his personal best of 8:44, set earlier this summer in the USA, and just lost out in the latter stages as the more experienced Chesser inched ahead.
Cotter's 16-year-old clubmate Garry Campbell was in action on Saturday in the heats of the 800m and his time of 1:55.54 was good enough for third place in his heat but a fraction outside the qualifying time for the final on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Dunleer AC Athletics Ireland summer camp was a huge success last week, with more than 40 kids enjoying a range of events, from hurdles and high jump to shot put and relays. The young participants were delighted to meet 400m hurdles National Junior champion Mark Rogers, as well as Tomás Cotter who represented his club and country in Estonia and Switzerland recently.
Dunleer AC were also hugely successful at the Louth Junior, Senior and Masters Championships at the Lourdes Stadium on Thursday last, with Karen Costello winning the Ladies 3,000m title and Nicola Welsh winning the Ladies Senior 800m title. Patrick Connolly and Anthony Connolly won the 800m and the 1500m Senior titles respectively in the men's events.
Next weekend attention switches to the Dunleer AC juveniles who will be in action in the National Track and Field Finals in Tullamore. The qualifiers are Kian Leavy in the Under 13 600m, Odette Flannery (Under 13 shot put), Ruairi Hanlon (Under 14 200m), Seoda Matthews (Under 15 250m hurdles), Conor Kirwan (Under 17 javelin), Aoife Fay (Under 17 1500m), Jack Boylan (Under 17 1500m and 3000m), Niamh Connaughton (Under 18 javelin) and Garry Campbell (Under 18 800m and 1500m).
Training continues for Dunleer AC athletes throughout the summer and more information on that and the club's second summer camp in August can be found on www.dunleerac.net.