Tuesday 18 June 2019

Boyne trio set their sights on All-Irelands

A busy week for Boyne AC's cross-country and distance athletes saw them compete in two major championships held last week.

The Leinster Schools Cross-Country took place on Wednesday last, with Eva Cummins finishing in 14th place, Rourcan O'Gibne eighth and Oisin O'Gibne 15th, with all three qualifying for the upcoming All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country.

Then, with barely enough time to change their spikes, it was off to Athlone on Saturday last for the Leinster Indoor Championships, where once again Boyne AC excelled.

Oisin O'Gibne ran a super race to finish first in the U-18 1500m in a time of 4:10, while Eva Cummins was placed second in the U-16 1500m. Ruarcan O'Gibne finished fourth in his 1500m, and once again all three now qualify for the National Championships.

Cormac O'Gibne ran well in his 1500m and Ciara Reilly had a super win in her 800m heat and ran well in her final, while Moya McCabe ran well in her 800m race.

The Leinster Indoor Relays also took place on Saturday, where the Boys U-13 team of Calum Sheedy, Euan Canniffe, Eoghan Brennan and Killian McLoughlin finished fourth in their heat and ninth overall, while the Girls U-12 relay team of Caer Ni Ghibne, Lily Cummins, Anna Faulkner and Emer Doyle had a super run, finishing fourth in their heat, the fastest one in their event.

On Sunday it was the turn of Amy McTeggart to grace the podium in Athlone on no fewer than three occasions, with a gold medal win in the Leinster Indoor Junior Women's Shot Put, a silver in the High Jump and a bronze in the Long Jump. She was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the 400m, finishing in fourth place in time of 1:00.4.

While love was in the air on Valentine's Day, the inaugural Erins Run took place in Termonfeckin, where some of Boyne AC's more mature athletes took to the roads in this 5K race.

Anthony Tiernan had a great run in a time of 20:34 and was 25th male overall, while Frances Smyth knocked 16 seconds off her time to set a new PB of 30:11.

Some of the new Fit4Life group also made their debut in the yellow vest of Boyne, With Olwyn McGinn finishing in a super time of 28:47, Cornelia McHugh clocking 30:12, Carly Dunne close behind in 30:38 and Elaine Murphy striding home in a fine time of 31:50.

Also on Sunday, the Duleek National School 5J took place, with Rebecca Carolan repeating her super performance from the previous week's BHAA 2.5 mile race when finishing third female, while juvenile athletes Neil Culhane, Tiernan Rowley and Odhran Rowley all had a super run.

Drogheda Independent