46 young athletes from Blackrock AC descended on the 2012 Louth Juvenile Track and Field Championships last weekend and bagged their customary bumper haul of swag.
Big individual Gold winners were Annabelle Morris with six out of six events, Rebecca Carr with four, and Neasa Reilly with three.
First up were the under-9s where the boys Sean Cassidy and Leo McRuairi performed strongly, with the promising Leo taking a super Bronze in the 60m. For the girls Lily McEntaggart took a wonderful Bronze in the 200m, and later along with Laura Cosgrove, Ffion Kieran, Faye Tinsley and Niamh Cassidy they had a scintillating victory when coming from behind in the 4 x 100m relay.
At under-10, Marc Lane and Jonah Power flew the flag with both running very well in the sprints, with the consistent Jonah adding a fine Bronze in the Long Jump to his fifths in 60m and 200m. Neasa Reilly battled home from clubmate Aoibhinn McMahon in the 60m with semi final winner Caoilfhionn McCarthy just behind in fifth. Eve Brosnan and Kate O’Brien also starred.
Later Neasa brilliantly won the 200m with Aoife O’Brien a fast finishing unlucky fourth after being boxed in badly. Neasa then got a Bronze in the Long Jump, and came fourth behind the excellent Aoibhinn in the ball throw . Then Neasa, Caoilfhionn, Aoife and Aoibhinn combined magnificently to beat a very strong St Gerrards team comprehensively in the 4x100m relay.
Patrick Brady, Eugene McEntaggart, Fionn O’Brien, Mark Durkin, Declan Curtin and Oisin Hughes all put up strong performances at under-11 with the latter four combining for a very exciting Silver in the sprint relay. Also doing well at under-11 were Niamh Cunningham, Holly McEntaggart and Rachel Smith.
Finn Reilly may have been Blackrock’s only u nder-12 boy, but this did not prevent the club taking home a Bronze in the 60m Hurdles courtesy of his great run. Penny Morris went one place better in the under-12 Girls60m Hurdles with a fine Silver, and later had a personal best of 1.15m for fourth in the High Jump.
The ultra consistent Kelly Breen was the bridesmaid of the Championships with three Silvers – in 80m, 600m and Long Jump, and a Bronze when joined by Penny , Sorcha Cassidy, Mia Smith and Eve Morrissey in the under-12 Girls 4x100m relay.
Aidan Curtin won a great Bronze in the under-13 Boys 80m whilst the under-13girl Gemma McCrave took a wonderful Gold in the 60m Hurdles looking like a very smart hurdle prospect in the process. Gemma also got Bronze in the 80m and produced a personal best leap of 4.07m in the Long Jump which extraordinarily left her out of the medals in fourth – very hot competition.
Also in the under-13s, Shauna McMahon, having earlier made the sprint final, took a Silver in the Shot. And the long striding Clodagh Roe ran a beautiful race in the 600m to be just run out of Silver, but should be content with her fine Bronze. These girls combined with Grace Brosnan and Abi O’Connor in the sprint relay squad for one of the most exciting Golds of the day.
Blackrock’s only under-15 was Aaron McGuigan, and he did not let himself or his club down with a nice Silver in the Long Jump.
And on to those all conquering older girls at under-16, 17 and 18. Under-16 Aine McElarney once again was crowned Louth 100m champion with Aoife Cunningham in third. Aoife also took Bronze in the 200m behind Annabelle Morris, and then these great friends and colleagues were at it hammer and tongs in the Long Jump with Aoife having to cede the Gold to Annabelle by only a couple of centimetres! Erica Murphy, the North Leinster Schools champion, took Bronze. Annabelle had already won the 80m Hurdle and High Jump. The four aficionados Aine, Aoife, Erica and Annabelle then ran out easy winners of the relay.
At under -17 Rebecca Carr took Gold in both the 100m and 200m with Amy Smith taking Silver in the 100 and Bronze in the 200. Rebecca also won Gold in the Long Jump. And Megan McGuigan got Silver in the Shot Put.
Finally, Aine Lynch took double Gold by winning, when out of her age group, the under-19 Girls 200m and 400m.