Former female 3000m and 5000m World Champion Sonia O’Sullivan on hand to present medals at the Leevale AC Open Sports Day. (Image Courtesy of Der Donovan, Cork)
LIMERICK ATHLETIC CLUB had a strong cohort of athletes that traveled to Bishopstown in County Cork for the annual Leevale AC Open Day over the weekend of April 18 and 19, 2015.
Saturday April 18, is the day of the senior competitions and LAC was represented by in the 100m sprints by Glodi Swana who ran in heat one finishing fourth in 12.03secs and seventeenth overall. Roland Pika ran in heat two coming fourth in 12.26secs and twenty second overall.
The Ikeh brothers of Stanley and Danny ran in each of their heats crossing the line in third and fifth respectively with overall places of twenty fourth and twenty seventh.
This is an immense achievement for the four young men as the level of competition was fierce and also as the heats were run as graded finals.
Sunday April 19, Day two, had LAC’s juvenile athletes make the journey to Cork and LAC took to the podium four times.
In the Girls U-11 Long Jump, Yanna Leahy secured gold with her 3.57m leap and joining her on the bronze section of the podium was Molly Quirke as a result of her bound of 3.51m.
The Hosey sisters, Sarah and Rachel, both were awarded silver medals for their efforts. Sarah’s silver came from the Girls U-12 600m for her time of 1:50.3 and Rachel’s medal came from a time of 2:25.91 in the Girls U-15 800m.
The LAC community are extremely proud of all the athletes that made the journey and everyone performed exceptionally well at this event which draws athletes from across the nation and is considered to be an unofficial national competition. Former female 3000m and 5000m World Champion Sonia O’Sullivan was at the event and she was impressed by the standard throughout the entire weekend.
Well done guys.