Unstoppable Grace powers to the gold
It was another busy weekend for Blackrock AC with masters, junior and juvenile athletes in action in Abbotstown and Bush. There was considerable success for Blackrock masters who were taking part in the Leister Indoor Championships at Abbotstown with Ashling Matthews running two personal bests on her way to winning a silver medal in her 60m race and a bronze medal in the 200m.
Erika Juozapaite demonstrated her jumping prowess by winning two gold medals for high jump and long jump and Pete Rowland chipped in with a gold in the long jump, a bronze in the 200m and a new personal best in the 800m. Wrapping things up was Mary Scanlon who tested herself in the pentathlon and recorded a new personal best for her efforts.
Junior athlete Enoch Elewa was just run out for a gold medal over 60m however a new personal best was compensation in settling for silver. Donnacha Hughes lowered his personal best over 800m and Hannah Reilly battled hard in the long jump competition.
The indoor action resumed again on Sunday with day 3 of the Leinster Indoor Championships running in parallel with the Juvenile Indoor Relays. The was more gold medal success for the peerless Aoibhín McMahon who threw a championship best 14.92m in the U17 shot put competition, Eoghan Smyth demonstrated his progression as a talented jumper by winning silver in the U18 high jump competition whilst Sarah Clarke can consider herself very unlucky with a 4th place finish in the U18 shot put.
The U13 Girls relay team, consisting of Grace Reilly, Erin Braniff, Ruby Nolan and Elizabeth Uhunamunre, didn't quite click on the day and were run out early in their competition whilst the U18 Girls team, made up of Hannah Reilly, Kirsten Doherty, Emma Craven and Sarah Clarke did progress to their final however didn't make an impact.
Despite a varied range of specialities, the team made up of Eoghan Smyth, Donnacha Hughes, Enoch Elewa and Peter McGuiness were good enough to collect a bronze medal in the Boys U18 race. Kelly Breen added her experience to the U19 Girls team and she, along with Sarah Clarke, Emma Craven and Hannah Reilly battled their way to the final however just came up short in a bruising race.
Whilst others were enjoying the cover and warmth provided by the National Indoor Arena a small but hardy bunch from the club were out in a wet and wintry Bush to take part in the 50th Anniversary of the Kearney and McBride Cup hosted by Glemore AC. The event, moved from its traditional October date, proved to be a successful morning for those who took part.
Leading the charge for the club was the unstoppable Grace McEvoy who powered her way to yet another first place, biding her time in a tactical race until the final 50 meters when she stepped out from behind the leader to cruise home 10m ahead.
Daniel de Lasa and Sam Jeytoo lined up for the boys U11 race and both lads demonstrated the benefits of their winter training with Daniel securing a top 10 finishers medal for his efforts. Sam battled hard all the way around and was unlucky to finish just outside the medals.
Aisling Finegan represented the club with great distinction as our solo representative in the girls U11 race and did very well to finish high up in the biggest field of the day. Race of the day was the girls U13 race with the terrific trio of Erin Finegan, Emmy Jeytoo and Megan McEvoy all coming good in a very competitive race. Plaudits go to Erin who settled into the top three very earlier on and maintained her consistency and pace all the way around to finish third. Megan and Emmy had a personal battle, exchanging places two or three times in the course of the race however it was Emmy who crossed the line first with her team mate a meter or two behind. Both girls collected top 10 medals for their efforts.
Sean Reilly wrapped things up with a battling 4th place finish in the boys U15 race, an excellent performance for an athlete battling back from injury and running out of age.
Next up is the All-Ireland Indoor Championships for those athletes that have qualified from Leinster whilst the rest of the club continue with their preparation for the upcoming outdoor track and field season.