It was very much sprints and long jumps for our athletes on the opening day of the Leinster Indoor championships in Athlone today. Emma Hogan showed well for the u12 girls. In a very competitive 60m event she had her best performance with 9.36 in the semi-final. Charlie Lyons made the semis but his time of 9.47 didn’t get him to the final. Mathias Quaglia did make the final and running 8.55 he won bronze.

The 60m under 13 proved an exciting one for the girls with both Ruth Crowley and Molly Daly qualifying fotr the final. The result in the final was very rewarding as the girls made it 1 and 2 with Ruth on 8.46 and Molly 8.63. Mighty running girls. Best for the boys was Oisin Henderson who placed 6th in the final in 8.62. Nicky Healy was best of the long jumpers. He finished 6th with a best jump of 3.58.   

Patrick Lacey was best of the under 14 sprinters – 4th in the 60m final in 8.62. In the high jump he cleared 1.45 to clinch second place in a tie with clubmate Louis Raggett. Other under 14s performing well were Ella Wall 8th in high jump and Cara Duggan 6th in Shot (8.45m).

There were no medals for the under 15s. Alex Cullen came close with 4th (4.87m) in the long jump and Sean Young 6th(4.78). Sean was also 7th in the 60m(8.31). It was a similar story with the under 16s with Conor Byrne coming close – 4th in the 60m final (7.86).

Andres Mara, on his debut with the club, won bronze in the 60m (7.48) and did well also in the 400m with 55.71. Jennifer Obah placed 7th in the 60m final (8.14). Under 19 athlete, Dylan McLaughlin, on his Indoor debut with the club was 4th in the 1500m (4.26.43).