The GloHealth National Juvenile Track and Field Championships, Day 3, took place in Tullamore On Saturday and today. Megan Coomber claimed the National U/19 long jump title with a best jump of 5.46m. It was a great performance by Megan who got off to a great start in the competition with a fine jump which put her in pole position and thereafter she was never bettered. Megan will move on from the juvenile ranks now and looks to have a great future in the sport.
Silver was claimed by Michael Curley in the U/19 shot, and two bronze medals came in the 3000, the first in the U/18 boys from Cathal Doyle after a stunning last lap as he shattered his pb running 8.54.11, and then from Hope Saunders in the girls U/18 (10.33.97).
Of the other Clonliffe athletes in action Laura Tuite placed 5th in the U/17 girls 800, 5th also after a great run 2.05.80 in the U/15 boys 800 by Craig Giles, Cian Bolger placed 10th in the U/14 800 (2.26.42). Joseph Hession had a busy day placing around 8th in the U/16 800 and 10th in the 3000. Sean Carrigg was 5th in the U/18 3000 with Kevin McKenna 8th. In the U/18 400 Dylan Gibbons was 6th in his heat 54.78. In the U/18 3000 injury forced Josh Stubbs out before half way and Niall Norman`s progress was hampered by illness in the U/19 3000.
At the final day of the championships today Sunday there was a mixed bag for Clonliffe. Greg Hossenny secured U/17 3000 race walk silver in a time of 17.58.22 and Caitlin O`Reilly U/15 200 bronze in 26.46.
Earlier Rebecca Fitzsimons ran 27.89 in her U/14 heat. In the 1500s Alannah Cooley in her first national outdoor final placed 7th in 5.02.16 in the girls U/17. 7th also for Laura Tuite in the U/18s in 4.59.49. Joseph Hession placed 10th in the boys U/16 1500 (4.33.02) with Alex Hogan 15th in 4.44.48. Cathal Doyle showed the effects of a long season placing 16th in the U/18 race (4.19.95)
That brings the juvenile season to a close save Hope Saunders looks forward to the Cetlic International in two weeks time in Morton Stadium. The young Clonliffe Harriers can now enjoy a well earned break with training for all resuming on August 26th.