David Donegan clocks up 17th National title

Clonliffe`s ace pole vaulter David Donegan won his 17th National title at day 2 of the Woodies DIY National track and field held it to say the least difficult conditions. Torrential down pours were the order of the day throughout making it a trying day for all the athletes. David won with a best of 4.65 with Ian Rogers 4th with 4.30.

Tomas Rauktys made it a National double as he successfully retained his discus title with a throw of 53.70m adding it to the shot title he won yesterday claiming the 5th Clonliffe track and field title of the weekend.

Young Aaron Hanlon was third in the junior 3000 having made the running for most of the race before being out kicked over the final 300. In the 1500 Eoin Pierce found it difficult to repeat the pb form of yesterday and placed 12th in 3.57.18. In the women`s 1500 Eleanor Alexander was 5th in 4.33.83 with Becky Woods 7th in 4.37.54. Ryan Whelan also medaled placing 3rd in the javelin (48.88, Ryan Cleary 5th in the 10,000 race walk with 50.26.39. Ciara McCallion placed 6th in the 400 in a season`s best of 55.50, Leah Moore after winning 200 bronze yesterday  was 6th in the 100 (12.19) and junior international 4 x 100 team member Keith Pike was 10th in the 100 in 11.27.

So in all a pretty successful Nationals for Clonliffe athletes: 5 national titles and 6 other medals. Next up is the National league final on August 18th.