Another day another 34 medals

Jun 17, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Sunday back at HQ for Day 2 of the 2007 Dublin Juvenile Championships and not a sign of the young Harriers resting on their laurels from yesterdays successes. They turned out again a little tired but ready, willing and able for the challenges ahead. Yesterday brought a haul of 33 medals and at the close of today`s proceedings that total was more than doubled by an additional 34 medals: 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze.67 medals, some achievement. Well done athletes and coaches.

It`s been another long day with many high lights, here`s a few:

The field eventers once again chipped in big time. Mark Moloney in the boys U/14 High Jump – gold, he won 3 medals yesterday! Adam Greene bronze.In the boys U/18 long jump Chris Kelly also won gold. In the javelin we took U/15 silver thanks to Katie Jones, Katie than took gold in the Shot Putt, another multiple medal winner. Girls U/16 javelin silver and bronze from Niamh Hussey and Denise Callaghan and silver also in the U/18s from Rachel O`Kelly .

Our sprinters followed up on yesterday`s performances with more of the same powerful wins by John Conroy, a sprint double, adding the U/19 100 to yesterday`s 200 and also from Conor Coleman in the 100 U/18. Dylan Gibson took bronze in the U/17 100.

In the younger age groups Patrick O`Connor was 2nd in the U/15 200m and Leah Bergin won a thrilling gold in the girls U/14 200m at the very end of the day.

Shauna Furman was again in excellent form totally dominating the girls U/17 300m Hurdles to win gold. Tony Kavanagh tried his luck in the U/18 400 hurdles and took silver followed home in 3rd by Chris Kelly.

Once again Keith Hodson was the youngest medal winner today for the club taking silver in the boys U/10 500m with Rachael Murray bronze in the U/12 girls 600m.

The half milers took to the track and provided the closest and most exciting races of the afternoon first off with the U/14 boys where a great race saw Adam Greene take gold in a non too shabby 2:30 closely followed by Ian Guiden in 3rd. In the girls U/14 Leah was again our star performer taking Bronze, another multiple medal winner. Another great battle was served up in the boys U/16 with Graham Mahon taking gold from Tom Austin silver. Declan Moran took bronze in his 800. Sarah Finnegan was 3rd in the U/17 girls and Khadijah Dridi 2nd in the U/18s race. The boys U/18 was a cracker a great Clonliffe battle with the guys running a 60 second opening lap and a terrific last 200 which saw Eoin McDonnell (above) get the jump on the rest to take gold in a shade under 2 minutes, 2nd Mark McDonald and 3rd Paul Breslin.

On then to the distance races-the 3000m. First up were the U/16 boys in a race totally dominated by Jack Fay from start to finish and despite a mid race lapse when he allowed the second placed athlete to close up somewhat he quickly recovered to pull away in impressive style to win. Graham Mahon, tired from his 800m win a short time earlier showed great turn of speed over the last 200 to overhaul the second placed runner and take silver.

Dave Fitzmaurice had an excellent run in the U/18 race, after a very fast opening lap of 65 seconds the pace settled and running strongly Dave took silver taking a massive 10 seconds off his PB dipping under 9 minutes by a couple of seconds. The U/19 race was akin to a pace training run over the first 5 laps from Eoin Pierce and Dave Flynn swopping the lead at the end of each lap, however with 600 to go..they went. Covering the last lap in 59.2 (as timed by Mark McDonald) with Eoin taking the win. PB`s for both (8:48 for Eoin/8:49 Dave).Mention must also be made here of Larry Brady who also ran a 3000m PB of 9:45.

And so the day draws to a close, consigned to history already, ah but tomorrow… the future… and bright it looks. Well done each and every one of you