The Clonliffe Men’s and Women’s teams who travelled to Sligo yesterday for the first round of the National League performed heroically on the day. Both teams were slightly depleted for various reasons but put in very pleasing performances which demonstrates the club’s current strength and depth.
The Men’s team in particular was outstanding on the day and finished top of their pool on 123 points ahead of North Down 117points and DSD 101. This success being built upon no less than six fine wins. There were wins recorded by Keith Pike who ran an outstanding 100m recording a time of 10.89, one of the fastest 100s this year to date. Young Ryan Cleary, some 24 hours after winning the Leinster Schools Walk in the Morton Stadium, once again prevailed to record a fine win and maximum points winning in 15.19.55. Maximum points also recorded by Ian Rogers in the pole vault, a warm up 3.70 and his days work done, Andrew Heaney in the high jump (1.90m), Ryan Whelan Javelin (50.45) and Edgars Sumskis in the 5000m (15.29.55).
There were also six second places, two third places and three fourth places.
The women’s team was very depleted and the ladies Captain Pamela Cooper travelled with a small team who performed admirably on the day with a number of fine wins being recorded. There were wins recorded in the pole vault by Snezana Bechtina (Snezana with her usual team spirit also competed in the 100m and the walk), there was also a triple jump win by Aursa Jerumbauskyle, a fine 11.43m, and a 4th place by Aursa in the long jump, a win in the javelin by Denise Byrne with a throw of 35.92, and by Eleanor Alexandra in the 1500m winning in 4.39.57. Ciara McCallion had a busy day and a most productive day winning the 200m in 25.08 and finishing 3rd in the 400m (56.93) and then also running in the 4 x 400 where the team placed 5th. Emer O’Brien chipped in vital points with a third place finish in the 3000m and the team finished 2nd in the 4 x 100m. It is also pleasing to report that there were vital contributions made by two of the youngest members of the team Leah Bergin and Kate Hession who travelled with the team at short notice. At the end of the day the ladies team placed 3rd in their pool behind DSD and Galway County on 89 points.
Full official results click: League Round 1 2014
Both teams can now look with some degree of optimism towards round 2.