Bringing the national juvenile indoors to a close, Leevale rolled into Athlone with over 40 athletes and parents and siblings in tow for what was to be a day of success, personal bests, team bests and a championship best performance.
As a Club we brought excitement, dedication and respect with us and the support shown by our athletes for not only their own team mates but also all our athletes on the day inspires us all as Coaches and Parents.
While all the relays dominated the excitement on the track the field events produced fantastic results once again. The sand pits saw Caoimhe Daly set a PB of 5.11m to take 2nd in the u15 girls long jump and Ryan Onoh matching his training group compatriot with his own silver in the u15 boys with 5.46m. In a very competitive u17 boys Patrick Corkery jumped 4.62m. Adding in a hop and a skip Jessica Lyne took on the triple jump walking away with a PB of 10.32 and a fifth place finish. Backing up our increasing presence in the field events the Shot Putt saw Chris Furlong take 10th and a PB of 9.50m in the boys u17, Kate Naughton PB’d once again in a championship with 8.91m and a ninth place finish in the girls u18 while Briana Onoh brought balance to the Onoh car trip home taking her own medal in the girls u17 and a third place finish with 11.80m.
Girls u12: with Sydney Forde unable to join her team mates the importance of a good squad shone through. Alannah Roche-Sheehan stepped in and super sub Cliona Waldron joined Joelle O’Leary, Edith Hannon and Anna Creagh to come close to their Munster time finishing 10th overall. The five girls did their Coach and team mates at home very proud.
Boys u14: supported all the way by their sub Rahman Amusa who helped them get to Nationals through his great performance at the Munsters, Luke Mullins, Luke Merrigan, Calum Harrington and the returning Ronan Keenan rewarded Rahman with a dominating performance through the heats and final taking gold and dropping their time from the Munsters by over 6 seconds to 1.48.09.
Girls u15: despite knowing her long jump was to follow Caoimhe Daly made a roaring start to the relay in both the heat and the final handing over to Ava Hanley, Olive Burger and Faye Scriven. The girls dropped their qualifying time from the Munsters from 1.53.12 to 1.49.44 and a fifth place finish.
Boys u15: With nerves of steel the boys team of Josh O’Mahony, Anthony Goggin, Tyreek Bannon and Ryan Onoh took gold in 1.42.50 – there’ll be no living with them now!!
Girls u16: pushed constantly by their sub Faye Scriven in training the four girls of Elena O’Sullivan, Jamie Rooney, Natalia Golka and Sophie Mulcahy made their intentions clear in the heat in 1.46.59, finishing third in the final in the most exciting of finishes in 1.44.99.
Girls u17: with the u12 girls being their best supporters for the day Okwu Backari, Orla O’Sullivan, Lucie Healy and Fatima Amusa (in her first relay of 2 for the day) took nearly four seconds off their Munster time to bring home a second place finish in 1.46.20.
Girls u18: Fatima lined up again in the afternoon session this time along with Ella Jenks, Gabby Bowen and Ayisha Clinton – a bronze medal came calling this time and another great time of 1.45.41.
Boys u18: next the boys and Sean Carmody anchored Amro Amir, Chris Furlong and Matthew Wilkins; the boys smashed their Munster qualifying time by over 4.5 seconds crossing the line in third in 1.37.32.
Girls u19: the penultimate final of the morning session our u19 girls set a championship best performance of 1.42.52 winning gold…congrats to Ella Jenks, Ella Scott, Ciara O’Mahony and Lucy-May Sleeman.
Boys u19: with Sean Carmody returning for a 2nd run he was joined by Colin Murphy, Conor Callinan and Yasin Salim Said to take gold and the morning session in 1.32.44.
Now we take a deep breadth, reset and prepare ourselves for the Leevale Open as we head into our Outdoor season.
Full results here