Saturday 20 January 2018

Cushinstown trio fly Irish flag in Glasgow

Cushinstown AC representatives (l to r) Shannon Sheehy, Keith Marks and Elizabeth Mooreland.
Cushinstown AC representatives (l to r) Shannon Sheehy, Keith Marks and Elizabeth Mooreland.

THREE of Cushinstown AC's top athletes competed in the Schools International team multi events on Saturday in the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

The trio comprised Ashbourne CC pupil and Duleek native Keith Marks (16), Elizabeth Mooreland (15) from Dunshaughlin CC and Shannon Sheehy (14) of Loreto Navan, and they set out from Dublin Airport on Friday along with 14 of Irelands other top schools multi-events athletes.

The athletes had a full day competing in five events, the boy's pentathlon consisting of the 60m hurdles, shot put, 200m, long jump and 800m, while the girl's pentathlon featured the 60m hurdles, shot, high jump, long jump and 800m.

Keith Marks, making his Pentathlon International debut, started the day with the 60m hurdles and managed a time of 9.18sec, close to his PB, despite having hit the second hurdle and gashed his knee.

Keith then threw 11.19m in the shot - a PB by 46cm - and next was the 200m where he recorded another personal best performance time of 24.70, taking a second off his previous mark.

Keith's fourth event was the long jump and here he managed a superb indoor PB of 6.18. That left the 800m as his final event where he clocked 2:18, giving him a total of 2,993 points which was another new personal best.

The Cushinstown ace's efforts helped secure a silver medal for the Irish boys Over-16 team.

In the Girls Over 16 pentathlon Elizabeth Mooreland represented Ireland, again having been on the U-16 girls team last year. Elizabeth, who has had an astonishing season, started her day with the shot and threw 9.19m, and next up was the 60m hurdles where she ran a time of 8.75sec - the only athlete in this category to run sub nine seconds.

In the long and high jumps she topped out at 5.55m and 1.66m respectively to win both those events, and there was no resting on her laurels as she ran a time of 2:23 in the 800m to help the Irish team to victory and also earn her the gold medal for the best athlete in this category. Elizabeth finished with 3,740 points and this fantastic result earned her a new championship record.

Shannon Sheehy also made her Pentathlon International debut and competed in the U-16 Girls category. Shannon's day started with the long jump where she achieved 4.72m, and she then ran the 60m hurdles in 10.30sec. The high jump was her next event and she peaked at 1.54m, and she then went to the shot put circle and threw 8.86m. Shannon ran the final 800m event in 2:40 for a debut points total of 2,834, helping the U-16 girls to the bronze medal.

Drogheda Independent

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