Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dynamic duo win five medals for Ardee AC

The dynamic duo of Darren Weldon and Conor McMahon saw Ardee and District AC win five medals at the Louth Junior, Senior and masters championships held in the Lourdes stadium on Thursday evening.

Darren Weldon competed in the senior men's shot put and javelin and Conor McMahon competed in the junior boys 100m, 200m and long jump.

Throwing a 7.26kg is a mighty fest but Darren took it in his stride and with a best of 7.59m was worthy of the bronze medal for 3rd.

Earning new pbs seemed to be the order of things in the javelin. While Darren didn't throw a personal best he did win the senior men's competition to top the podium.

Meanwhile on the track Conor McMahon ran 25.49 sec in the 200m to finish 3rd.

A new pb in the 100m running a sub 12 (11.99sec) saw Conor win his 2nd bronze.

In the long jump, Conor' s leap of 6.07m saw his justly rewarded with the gold medal for 1st place.

The first weekend of the Irish life health National track and field championships took place last Saturday and Sunday in Tullamore. Having qualified from their provincial championships to earn a much coveted place in the National finals a great few days of action was promised.

On Saturday a fabulous summers day greeted everyone as they entered Tullamore harriers stadium looking for the shade before day 1s events began.

Jonathan Commins was first to compete when his u17 shot put was called for 10am. Taking his place among the top throwers in the country, Jonathan held his own to be among the top and take 3 more throws. Jonathan threw well and finished in 3rd place to take home a well deserved National medal.

Later in the morning Jonathan competed in the 100m hurdles, easily gaining a place in the final Jonathan ran well to finish 6th.

Out in the cage in the outer field Sian Motharim was competing in the girls u15 hammer throw. Another thrower in the top 8 Sian's best of 25.06m saw her finish in 6th place.

The final athlete in action was Conor McMahon. Conor ran in the boys u18 110m hurdles. Running well Conor hit the last hurdle and was thus denied a place in the final.

Conor then moved to the long jump. A good sequence of jumps put Conor among the top 8 with a further 3 jumps. His best jump of 6.07m placed Conor 5th overall.

On Sunday Day 2 of the championship, James Maguire competed in his first ever National finals in the boys u13 long jump.

Running into the wind James leaped a mighty 4.72m. This jump was enough to secure 2nd place and stand proudly beside the winner on the podium to receive his silver National medal.

Another Athlete to take her place on the podium in her first National competition was Kya Mothiram. Kya competed in the girls u12 shot put. Kya proved she is a force to be reckoned with as she took the last podium spot to receive her bronze medal.

Keeping with the throwers Sian Mothiram fresh from Saturday's hammer was competing in the u15 discus and shot. Competing with the best throwers North and South of the country Sian done well finishing 9th in the discus and 10th in the shot.

Out on the track Jonathan Commins also was back in Tullamore for a second day competing in the boys u17 400m.

Running a very tight heat Jonathan missed out on a place in the final by 100ths of a second.

Drogheda Independent

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