Monday 20 November 2017

Conditions just right for Conor

Silver for Ardee & District's Boys Under-9 relay team (left), with Boyne AC (right) in third place.
Silver for Ardee & District's Boys Under-9 relay team (left), with Boyne AC (right) in third place.

CONOR McMahon revelled in the sunny and windy conditions to win three gold medals for Ardee & District AC in Sunday's first-ever Louth open Setanta sports day at Bush on the lovely Cooley peninsula.

He moved up an age to win the U-16 long jump with a new PB of 5.69m and produced another personal best of 9.66m to top the podium in the U-15 shot put, before completing his tally of gold medals in the 100m sprint.

His Ardee & District clubmate Ciara Leacy took gold in the Junior Girls 800m and another winner on the day was Abbie Sheridan who led the Under-13 500m from start to finish, adding bronze in the Under-13 100m.

Ardee's younger members, some of whom were making their debut on the track, excelled themselves in competition to take home more medals for Ardee.

Charlie Sands progressed to the 60m final when he ran a terrific heat alongside Dylan McCarron and Arthur Sands, while Rob Kelly was third in the 80m final, just ahead of Darragh Osbourne who had also progressed from the heats. Rob also had a sequence of great jumps to take bronze in the Under-9 long jump.

Later in the day Rob and Darragh joined Jack McCarron and Joe Murphy to take silver and stand proudly on the podium in the Boys Under-9 relay, while Joe Rogers made a fleeting visit to compete in the Under-9 200m.

In the Girls Under-8 events Paulina Kelly ran a fantastic 200m to finish third and she also competed along with Jessica McCarron in the 60m, while Emma Gillespie finished just outside the medals in fourth in both the Under-12 Girls 80m and 200m.

Ruth Gillespie led the Under-10 group when she finished third in the 80m, but in the 200m it was Hallie Sands on her track debut who stormed the home straight to take the bronze. The girls then moved up an age age to join Samantha McCarron, Charlotte Osbourne and Rebecca McCarron for the Under-11 relay, and with flawless baton change the girls fought all the way to claim silver and stand in second place on the podium.

Ardee & District's annual Open Sports Day takes place on Sunday August 31st in the Boys School field, starting at 1.30 sharp.

Drogheda Independent

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