The GloHealth National Indoors Day 1 took place at Athlone IT on Saturday with a small Clonliffe team in action. The high light was a fantastic National title for Sally Sumola in the U/13 60m. Sally after qualifying with an 8.38 heat win then went faster in the final 8.27 to take a brilliant win. Sally also competed in the long jump with a 3.17m best. In the U/13 boys long jump James McDonnell had a best of 3.95m.In the sprints Caitlin O`Reilly qualified for the U/17 girls 60m final after a 2nd place heat finish in 7.96 and then placed 4th in the final (7.87). Mark Keirns ran 7.65 in placing 4th in his heat.
In the field events there was another excellent performance in the boys U/13 shot where Jonas Norvaisa won national bronze with a 10.68 best.
In the 1500s Cian Bolger ran a pb in the u/16 final of 4.24.91 to finish 5th missing out on bronze by about three quarters of second! Both Stephen Cashin and Daniel Lacey successfully negotiated the heats in the U/17, Stephen running 4.31.39 and Daniel 4.31.85 to qualify for the final. Stephen was a DNS in the final while Daniel was 6th in 4.30.46. Sean Carrig after a bright start ran out of steam somewhat to finish 6th (4.30.09) in the U/19 final.
Day 2 Sunday saw some outstanding performances for the club`s young athletes. Rebecca Fitzsimons continues to make great strides as a sprinter and today qualified for her first National final, after a 2nd place semi 200m finish in 26.49 and in the final placed 5th in the exact same time 26.49! Caitlin O`Reilly was a little off form today in the U/17 200 finishing 3rd in her semi in 26.76 and not progressing.
In the 800s Ella Brown was 9th in the U/15s (2.32.04) with Amy Hodson a fraction behind in 10th (2.32.44), this was a straight final. Hannah Browne in the U/17 heats finished 6th in 2.35.36. Jack Horan`s pb of 2.11.85 in the U/17 wasn`t quite enough to progress. Finally a real gutsy performance in the U/16 from Cian Bolger, first off in his heat where he ran a very mature race to finish 3rd in a pb of 2.10.02 and then a couple of hours later he ran another big pb of 2.05.60 to take national bronze. The presentation was made by Cian`s grandfather Pat O`Keeffe.
Congratulations to all who competed. Apologies for any results missed, text any missing to 0879599888.