24 Sept 2022

Louth Athletics Round Up: Success for Dundalk St Gerard's and Ardee

Louth Athletics Round Up: Success for Dundalk St Gerard's and Ardee

Tara O'Connor and Meabh O'Connor who claimed All Ireland Gold and Silver in the Girls U15 All Ireland Pentathlon

Dundalk St Gerards

Just two weeks after claiming the All-Ireland U15 Girls High Jump Title while setting a new Championship record in the process, Tara O’Connor has delivered on the National stage yet again for Dundalk St Gerards.

On Saturday, the All Ireland U14-16 Combined Events Championships took place in Tullamore AC. In a hotly contested U15 Girls Pentathlon, Tara put in a superb day’s work to claim Gold overall and the National Title, with Meabh O’ Connor, also of Dundalk St Gerard’s picking up Silver.

The pentathlon is made up of five events – Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot Putt, High Jump and 800m – where competitors battle it out for points accumulated over performances in each of the events.

The range of athletic ability required to compete and win over multiple events on the national stage is a testament to just how talented and dedicated these young athletes are.

Tara finished the competition with the winning total of 3076 points, with Meabh pushing her all the way, racking up a total point haul of 2928 over the five events. 

While they were busy claiming All-Ireland Gold and Silver medals respectively, a handful of fellow club members and coaches made their way to Drogheda for the Juniors, Seniors and Masters Championships, in what was the final instalment of the Louth 2021 Track & Field season.

Laura McConville claimed Gold in the Junior women’s 800m event. It was only Laura’s second time competing, and her very first 800m race, making her performance even more impressive, showing great promise for lots more to come.

Mother and daughter pair Favour and Victoria Ovie picked up a haul of medals of their own. In the senior women’s category, Favour claimed Gold in the Shot Putt, Gold in the 100m as well as Silver in the Javelin. Not a bad day out for the first-time competitor.

Daughter Victoria competed in the Junior Women’s category and came home with four county medals – Gold in the Shot Putt, and Silvers in the Javelin, the 100m and 200m events.

Some of the St. Gerard’s coaching team had the opportunity to compete too. Throws coach Scott Dorian who was competing for the first time in five years made a respectable comeback to competition. 

He led by example to claim Gold in the Senior Men’s Javelin event as well as finishing just outside the medals in 4th place in the Shot Putt.

Andrew Quinn, another St. Gerard’s juveniles coach laced up his own spikes and competed for the first time in the Masters category in the 1500m, the 100m and 3000m events.

He finished first in his Masters age category in the 1500m, second in his age group in the 100m, and top three in his age group in the 3000m.

Long-time club athlete turned coach George Maas competed in the Junior men’s 400m event and took home the Gold medal while DSG coach Niall Fergus, who was competing for North East Runners claimed Silver in the Senior Men’s 3000m.

Ardee and District

Meanwhile there was some fantastic results also from the veteran athletes of Ardee this weekend, who found success running, jumping and throwing.  

Pauline Breslin – won Gold in the Masters' 100m, 200m and Long Jump; Peter Carolan - Gold in the Masters' 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump; Alice Turley - Gold in the Masters' Javelin and David Tyhuis - Gold in the Masters' 3000m; 

Conor McMahon - Gold in the Senior Shot Put & Silver in the 100m, Long Jump and Javelin and Aoibheann Carolan - Gold in the Junior Long Jump & Silver in the Shot Putt were also successful on what was a superb way to finish the track season. 

The following morning, they were out again flying the Ardee colours at the Drogheda & District AC 10 Miler and thoroughly enjoying themselves while taking fifth place in the men’s' team event.

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