NENAGH OLYMPIC STADIUM hosted the U-9 to U-12 Munster Indoor Championships over the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2015 and Limerick Athletic Club sent forth a cohort of juvenile athletes to compete with their peer elites of Munster.
Limerick Athletic Club returned home with a new Munster Long Jump record, one Gold medal, one Silver medal and one bronze following the weekend at Nenagh.
GIRLS U-10 Long Jump
In the girls U-10 long jump Leagh Moloney leaped into the record books with a bound of 3.71m – a whole ten centimetres further than second place. This is also a personal best for young Leagh who was understandably beaming with pride on the podium.
Two LAC athletes were also joined Leagh, Yanna Leahy was a mere 15cm away from a medal when her jump of 3.40m put her into Munster’s top five for her age while Ellen Hosey’s 3.20m secured her position as the eleventh best in the province.
GIRLS U-12 600m
LAC’s Sarah Hosey qualified for the U-12 Girls 600m final in a time of 1:56.44 and both Sarah and her coaches were confident that she had a lot more to offer in the final. Sarah ran a spectacular race and as the bell rang for the final lap it was clear that Sarah would claim a medal from this event. At the final kick for home Dohney’s AC’s Maeve O’Neill took the advantage and stole gold from Sarah with her time of 1:50.29, young Hosey crossed the line in 1:51.24, almost four seconds ahead of the bronze medallist – Dooneen’s Sarah Butler.
GIRLS U-10 60m SPRINT
LAC’s Leagh Moloney, Ellen Hosey and Yanna Leahy all lined out for the 60m sprint and all three put in strong performances in the heats. Leagh qualified in 9.68secs while Ellen’s 9.89secs effort was just 0.02secs outside the qualifying cut. Yanna was equally unlucky not to qualify with her time of 9.95 secs.
For the final Leagh Moloney ran superbly following a difficult start and claimed the bronze medal for her run of 9.61secs behind Dooneen’s Angel Alfred (9.39secs) and Leevale’s Okwa Backari (9.55secs).
Limerick Athletic Club was represented by many athletes that have impressed themselves and their coaches over the weekend and who excelled past their own expectations for the event with a huge number improving on their qualifying times.
Aoife Grimes entered her first competition – the U-9 60m sprint – qualified for the final in 10.77secs and this young lady doesn’t appear to be fazed by big occasions as her time improved in the final to 10.73secs and Aoife is now the seventh fastest in her age group across Munster. She didn’t stop there, Aoife qualified for the 300m final in a time of 1:00.10 and seven seems to be her number for this season as she can also lay claim to being the seventh fastest in the province with her final time of 1:02.84 across 300m. In the long jump Aoife’s 2.80m leap was just 24 centimetres outside of the medal spots. Congratulations Aoife, on an amazing performance for your first ever competition.
Also out for their fist competitions were Luke Calitz and Jack O’Neill. Luke qualified for the U-9 60m final in a time of 10.23secs and is now officially the eight fastest sprinter in that age group in Munster following his run of 10.48secs in the final. Jack entered the long jump and leaped into the provinces top ten with 2.95m – a mere 5.05 centimetres out of the medals.
In the U-10 Girls 500m Ellen Hosey smashed through the existing record to post a time of 1:41.54 in qualification, unfortunately her record was short lived and it was broken in the final by Leevale AC’s Nicole Dinan who took gold with a time of 1:41.39 and Ellen was caught in a jostle for positioning and she finished in fourth with 1:43.28. Rachel Shannon ran the heats of this event in a time of 1:51.83 and was unlucky not to have qualified for the final. Both girls can lay claim to the fact they are both in the top ten of 500m runners in Munster for their age.
Molly Quirke and Laura Southern represented LAC in both the U-11 60m and long jump. Both performed extremely well and in their events. Molly’s 10.08secs and Laura’s 10.32secs in the 60m had them placed well in the final rankings while Molly’s 3.33m jump has her at the fifth longest jumper in Munster and Laura’s 2.43m is a personal best.
The LAC boys of Matthew Burke and Sean McHugo ran the U-10 500m in 1:40.73 and 1:40.96 respectively. Matthew’s time qualified him for the final and he is now the seventh best in the province and Sean’s time has him in eleventh. Both boys took on the long jump and Sean missed out on a medal by 23 centimetres with his jump of 3.21m and Matthew’s jump of 3.12 has placed him in Munster’s top twenty.
Matthew Carroll ran the U-11 600m in a time of 2:05.30 putting him in the top twenty of the province while in the same age group Daniel Walker’s long jump of 3.69m was just 30 centimetres outside the medals and securing his place as Munster’s eight best. Jack Doyle jumped 2.16m and performed exceptionally well.
In the Girls U-9 300m LAC athletes Oliva McCarthy, Aoife Gimes, Lucy Power, Aoife Feerick and Ailsing O’Connor ran fantastically well in their heats while making all the supportive parents and coaches from the LAC section of the track very proud of all of them. Aoife Grimes qualified for the 300m final and ran her best race of the season doing superbly, yet the podium eluded her by less than a couple of seconds.
The Girls U-10 500 had LAC’s Ellen Hosey, Yanna Leahy and Rachel Shannon line out for their heats in a characteristically competitive category. The three LAC juveniles ran tactful races where Ellen and Rachel qualified for the final and where Yanna was extremely unlucky not to. The coaches were immensely proud of their charges for this event and they felt that the three girls represented the club superbly and they should all be proud of their performances.
The Boys U-10 60m – one of the largest categories with over 50 athletes taking part – had LAC’s Sean McHugo, Matthew Burke and Ewan McHale sprint in their heats, all doing fantastic jobs in the huge competition against fantastic opposition runners. Matthew Burke sprinted his way into the semi-finals and just missed a final spot by the narrowest of margins. Sean and Matthew were also representing LAC at the U-10 long jump and both jumped incredibly well.
The Girls U-11 600m team for LAC consisted of Meadhbh Hurley and Aoife Ryan who both ran and who both surpassed their coaches expectations. Their coaches believe the girls should be proud of their run today and if they keep training the way they have been over the last few weeks there is no knowing what either of them could achieve.
For results of the event please follow this link: http://www.munsterathletics.com/results/2015/Juvenile%20Indoors/MMI%20MUNSTER%20INDOOR%20CHAMPIONSHIP%20%20RESULTS%209%20-%2012%20-%20Final%20version.pdf