Relay impressive showing by the Cushinstown club
It was a very busy Sunday in the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown, on Day 4 of the Leinster Indoor Championships where Cushinstown AC had seven teams taking part in the competitive relay races in front of a packed stadium.
All the teams ran very well, especially as for many this was their first time competing in the Leinster Championships in the tough 4x200m race.
The Under-15 girls 4x200m relay team of Ella Barry, Laura Bolster, Isabella Gogan, Roisin McManus and Aoife Rohan ran brilliantly in their heat, getting through to the finals where they ran a fantastic race to finish in third place.
All the other relay teams also put in great performances and were unfortunate to miss out on getting through to the finals.
The U-12 athletes all ran well on their first outing in Abbotstown. The U-12 girls 4x200m team included Anna Dardis, Jane McDermott, Mia Heagney and Nessa Rohan, while the boys in that age group were Peter Bellew, Barry Lenehan, Jack McGinn, Kenny Kileen Evan Hoey and Kyle Hetherton.
The U-13 girls 4x100m relay team included Ruby Harford, Nicole Hoey, Doireann Power and Trudy Power, while the boys in that age group comprised Kevin Doyle, Luke McAleese, Jyles Gogan, John Dardis and Conaill Deehan.
Competing in the U-14 boys 4x200m relay team were James Bellew, Lee Callaghan, Conor and David McCluskey, while the Cushinstown girls in that age group were April Andrews, Ruby Harford, Nia Hetherton and Aoife Rohan.
Also taking place on Sunday was the U-19 shot putt event and Aoife Jane Lenehan gave some great throws to claim the bronze medal. Aine O'Sullivan was also competing in the U-17 shot putt and high jump event and finished fifth in both events.
Meanwhile, Cushinstown AC had plenty to celebrate as they featured prominently among the winners at the recent Meath County Athletics Board Awards in Navan's Ardboyne Hotel.
In the 2018 Interclub Track & Field League Cushinstown AC were delighted to improve on their 2017 placing to come second.
Cushinstown underage athletes Aoife Rohan, Laura Bolster, Amy Callaghan and Niamh Quinn, along with two of their older athletes in Aoife Jane Lenehan and Zoe Mohan, who all won medals at National Championships last year, were presented with plaques noting their achievement.
There was more Cushinstown success in the Track & Field section, with Lee Callaghan winning the award for the U-11 to 13 Field Boys, Laura Bolster securing the prize for the U-14 to 16 Track Girls and Amy Callaghan winning the U-14 to 16 Feld category.
Aoife Jane Lenehan won the award for the U-17 to 19 Field section, in the Junior Field category Zoe Mohan won the award, Donal Kearns took the Senior Track accolade and Elizabeth Morland won in the Senior Field category.
Along with all her other sporting success throughout the year, Elizabeth Morland improved on her 2017 record in the National Junior, U-23 and Senior Outdoor Heptathlon, earning 5,815 points at the 2018 European Junior Track & Field Championships in Tenerife.
The Cushinstown club were also delighted for Amy Callaghan, the worthy recipient of the Cathy Daniel Cup as Juvenile Track & Field Athlete of the Year and it was lovely for the winners' parents, families and coaches to share in the celebrations.