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Another successful day at Juvenile Championships

A bright and still morning greeted the competitors for today’s latest Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships once again at Morton Stadium Santry. The Clonliffe Harriers distance athletes put in sterling performances across all age groups, the 3000 being the offering today for U/16’s upwards.

The U/17 girls were first into action, their race being mixed with the U/16’s, the Clonliffe trio performed superbly making it a black and amber clean sweep: first Aoife Hession, second Katie Halpin and third Alanna Fitzsimons. Next into action was Sarah Bateson in the U/18 girls 3000. This was a pretty loaded field and Sarah displayed great battling qualities powering home in a very strong third place in an outdoor PB time of 10.56.

The boys also put in great performances, Sean Boyne was second U/16 (9.59). In the U/17 race a battling Niall Carberry secured bronze in an impressive 9.40. Fine runs also in this from Alex Neuroth (10.16) and Eoin Byrne (10.22). In the U/18 and U/19 combined race Aaron Cullen, U/19, took up the running from the start and after a 67 second opening lap gradually opened a unassailable lead to win in a time of 8.52. In the U/18 category Callum Simpson was a smooth silver medallist in a time of 9.14 with Daragh Carter, putting his frustrations from Friday nights 1500 well behind him, to take bronze (9.24). Alex Murray clearly still carrying a shoulder injury battled away gamely and finished in a time of 9.55.

Also in action today was the Clonliffe U/13 girls 4 x 100 team, the girls looked majestic in their semi-final easily qualifying for the final and putting in an equally gutsy fine performance in the final to take Dublin silver, the team was Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Sarah McDonnell and Ava Usanova, Ali Connelly (reserve). A short time later both Rebecca and Sarah lined up for the U/13 600 final, both girls, who between relay had also taken part in the high jump competition, were tired looking athletes who competed well in the 600 but finished outside of the metal positions.

Sally Sumola was competing in the U/16 girls long jump winning gold with a best of 5.06m. Sally was also 3rd in the 100. Keith Burke was just out of the medals, 4th in the boys U/16 long jump and 8th in the 100 final. Making it a sprints double gold today was Val Sroganvous adding U/17 100 gold to his 200 from yesterday. Alex Toomey was 2nd in the girls U/17 100, with Holly Roche 5th and Milcah Anevho 5th in the final. Earlier in the heats Sandra Egwin just narrowly missed qualifying for the final, likewise Immy Hauer just missed qualifying for the girls U/16 100 final.

Middle distance medals won at Dublin Juveniles

Clonliffe athletes were in action in the pouring rain at last night’s Dublin juvenile Championships in Morton Stadium. Last night was day three, four or five (hard to keep count!) of the championships and on the card was the 1500s and relays. Dublin titles were taken by both Aaron Cullen in the boys 1500 U/19 and by Aimee Warren in the girls U/19.

First in action where the U/16 girls were Naoise Cullen, who last week was third in the 800 put in a fine performance over the longer distance finishing fifth in a time, unofficial, of 5.16 with Amy Sheehy following her in in a time of 5.22. The U/17 girls put in a great shift with Aoife Hession placing second (5.12), Katie Halpin third (5.14) and Alanna Fitzimon’s fourth (5.25). One of the races of the day was the girls U/18 1500 were Sarah Bateson put in another battling performance finishing a close second in a time of 4.56.5 and then in the U/19 girls Aimee Warren took Dublin gold.

Of the boys Owen Housney was sixth in the U/16 1500 in a time of 4.44 with Jack Woods seventh in 4.49. Fourth place for the Niall Carberry in the U/17 boys in a time of 4.25 Alex Nuroth eight in 4.43. Callum Simpson ran 4.19 in the U/18 boys to 5th place with Darragh Carter seventh (4.25). Then in the boys U/19 a Clonliffe one two with Aaron Cullen  first (4.02) and Daniel Stone second.

Once the 1500s were completed proceedings moved on to the even age relays. The U/U/18 girls team having completed the 1500s decided that they would give the relay a go and were rewarded for their tenacity with fine bronze with a team of Carra Curran Beggs,  Alanna Fitzsimons , Abbey Sheehy and Sarah Bateson.

In the U/12 girls relay the practice the team put in during the week paid off with superb button changes from all of the girls in the 4 x 100 the team of Mia, Rose, Sienna and Harriet were just off a place in the final. Likewise the U/12 boys team of Steve Connor Cian and Ethan, who ran a particularly strong final leg, again were very close to making the final. Likewise the boys U/14 4 x 100 team put in an excellent performance and were just shy of making the final.

The Dublin juveniles continues today (Saturday) and this report will be updated later this evening.

Bronze taken from Dublin Juveniles

The Dublin juvenile track and field championships day 2 took place this evening in Morton Stadium. Clonliffe athletes mainly competed in the middle distance events. At the end of the evening Orla O’Sullivan took a fine bronze in the U/15 800. Naoise Cullen then did likewise in the U/16 800 with Amy Sheehy in a very solid 5th place. 5th place also for Jack Woods in the U/16 boys 800. Other notable performances include Ethan Somula winning his U/12 600 semi final to qualify for the final in a weeks time.

Sarah McDonnell and Rebecca Walsh both had great runs tonight and are through to the final of the U13 girls 600m. Likwise Sorcha O’Connor is through in the U14 800m with Hazel Kenny also running well 7th. Jonathan Fitzsimmons was 6th U/14 800. Other U/12 athletes were Harriet Kenny in 600m and Long Jump. Cara Connolly in U/12 600m, Conor Tynan, boys U/12 600m, Ali Connolly missed out on time for final of U/13 600m. Cathal o’neill U/13 600m.

Ava jumps too it at Juvenile league

Many of the clubs juvenile athletes travelled to Tallaght this morning for the final round of the Dublin Juvenile track and field league. Reports are in of several fine performances from the young Harriers with Ava Usanova being the stand out as she won both high and long jump competitions. Next up for the juveniles is the Clonliffe All Medal Ooen Sports on Sunday June 2nd followed by Dublin championships in mid June.

National juvenile indoors

The indoors continued this weekend in Athlone IT. There was a great performance put in by the club’s U/13 girls relay squad of Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Sarah McDonnell, Ave Usanova and Sally Anne Nyberg to get through to the final as a result of a 3rd place heat finish and then to place 7th in the National final.

Jonas takes National indoor silver

On day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT today Jonas Norvaisas took a fine silver in the U/16 boys shot (13.34m).

Sprinters run out of luck at indoors

The few Clonliffe athletes competing at the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT were out of luck today with both Sally Sumola and Val Strogonovs placing in that unlucky 4th place in their respective 60 finals. Sally had qualified for the U/16 final as a fastest looser after an 8.00 run in her heat and went faster in the final 7.99 to place 4th. Val in the boys U/17 60 had similar fortunes 7.22 in his heat and 7.16 in the final also for 4th. Alex Twomey was 5th in the girls U/17 60 in 7.90.

Dublin Juvenile Indoor championships (updated to Sunday)

There was significant Clonliffe involvement at the weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown. On Friday night the track action revolved around the relays. Clonliffe highlights included: the U/13 girls 4 x 200 squad of Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Ava Usanova , Sarah McDonnell, Eva McMillan and Alexandra Kelly winning the Dublin title. The U/17 girls 4 x 200 team of Alex Twomey, Kirstin McGrady Hogan, Holly Roche and Emma McDonnell took silver.

Great team efforts also by the U/11 boys team of Ethan, Conor, Cormac and Edward, the U/13 boys Jack, Colm, Angus, Andrew and Senan and the U/11 girls Ava, Una, Lana, Sienna and Fotiene.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious winning the boys U/16 shot.

Saturday saw the 1500s where the first success came via Sean Boyne taking U/16 silver (4.39). Silver was also won by Aoife Hession in the girls U/17 race after a fine run (5.11), unfortunately Alana Fitzsimons came a cropper with a had fall putting her out of contention. Both Alex Nuroth and John Lawrence ran well in the U/17 heats but didn`t progress. In the U/18 race Evan Foster put in a very good run but was piped on the line for bronze (4.41) with Callum Simpson, a little leg weary after his heroic run in Sunday`s European Clubs XC, 6th.

Later on Saturday afternoon and into the evening it was the turn of the sprinters to enter the arena and with some degree of success indeed. Sally Sumola took U/16 60 gold, Alex Twomey U/17 silver, with both Holly Roche and Kristin McGrady Hogan making that final and placing 4tb and 5th respectively.  Val Strogonovs won boys U/17 60 gold in an impressive 7.23 and Rebecca Fitzsimons did likewise in the girls U/18.

In the long jump Kristian Bosnajak took U/17 silver. Great efforts also in the U/19 400 where both Aaron Nnadi and Neil McLochlain got through to the final where they filled 4th and 5th places.

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Sunday was the final day of the championships and boy was it a long one! Again some excellent athletics from the Clonliffe crew. Highlights included Rebecca Fitzsimons making it an U/18 sprints double as she won the 200 day in some style. After being a little slow out of the blocks she had up ground on the back straight and then kicked for home from the final bend to come home a clear winner. In the U/17 200 both Emma McDonnell and Alex Twomey had the final, placing 4th and 5th. In the U/16 Sally Sumola also made the 200 final placing 4th.

Val Stognovus after a fantastic 23.28 U/17 200 took gold to make it a sprints double.

The middle distance athletes all ran well in today`s 800s with Jack Woods taking U/16 bronze some 2 and a half hours after his heat. Andrew Gaffney also made this final. Likewise Naoise Cullen made the girls U/16 final where she put in a battling 5th place performance. Orla O`Sullivan also battled her way into the U/15 final placing 7th. Sorcha O`Connor was another athlete to make an 800 final where she took a very good 4th place in the girls U/14.

In the U/16 girls high jump Nicole Laply took gold with a hight of 1.45m, she also made the 200 final placing 6th. In the long jump Keith Burke had a fine competition only loosing out on bronze on count back! Making it a great weekend for the Norvaisas brothers Laimis won silver in the boys U/12 shot.

The 2018 Clonliffe Juvenile Year

Attached to this is the Juvenile Captain’s end of year report which sets out the magnificent achievements of our juvenile athletes over the course of 2018. I am sure Gladys will be happy to give the credit for this fantastic report which was prepared on her behalf by Sarah Bateson.  An impressive body of work setting out all the extremely impressive performances of our juvenile athletes at indoor, outdoor and cross country championships (for both club and school).

Fantastic job Sarah. To view click: 2018JuvenileReview

Dublin Juvenile XC: All that glitters isn`t gold!

The Dublin Juvenile even ages cross country took place in Abbotstown today with Clonliffe teams very much in the mix. At the end of the day 5 sets of team medals were on the way back to Santry, unfortunately not the gold ones the athletes were looking for…but it`s early days yet! Abbotstown is a tough course. While the underfoot conditions were superb it is a hard course featuring some really taxing climbs. All the club`s athletes put in very solid efforts.

The U/18 boys placed 2nd, only missing out on gold to DSD by a single point. This was a great inter club battle between two evenly matched squads. From the gun there were 3 Clonliffe and 3 DSD athletes in the lead pack, the Clonliffe lads were lead home after the 6000 race length by 3rd place finisher Aaron Cullen, 5th Daniel Stone, 8th Ben Guiden and 12th Thomas Baltzar. This scoring four were very well backed up by their team mates: Ian McAlweney, Calum Simpson, Alex Murray, Daragh Cartner and Dermot Buckley (several stepping up from U/17).

Silver also for the U/18 girls, again behind DSD: Ella Brown 8th, Tess Loftus 10th, Aimee Warren 11th, Vicky McDonnell 14th.

The U/16 girls were also in silver, and yes behind DSD! A great run in particular by Aoife Hession 4th, the rest of the team were very impressive indeed Alana Fitzsimons 11th ,U/15 girl Naoise Cullen 13th, Katie Halpin 15th, Lara Gallager, another stepping up a year, 17th and Ella Cooley 18th.

The U/16 boys also impressed. A great run in this race by Niall in 5th place, again an athlete stepping up a year, also Ronan 20th, Jack 27th, Alex 29th, Andrew 36th, Adam 38th and Jacob 46th. The efforts of the lads was rewarded with team bronze.

Bronze medals were also won by the U/14 boys team of Cillian Keegan 12th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 13th, Sean Boyne 15th, Alex Usanova, Calcum Regan and Sandy.

Great runs earlier in the programme by the U/14 girls team with Orla O`Sullivan leading the tam home in 25th place and by both the girls and boys U/12 teams.

Next up from the crew is the Dublin uneven ages in Santry on November 4th.

 

 

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