March 8, 2015 in Indoor Results, Results by Colm Turner

Nenagh Olympic Stadium

LAC’S SARAH HOSEY took a U-12 girls 600m silver medal home from day one of the Munster Juvenile U-9/U-12 Indoor Championships held at Nenagh Olympic Stadium on Saturday March 7, 2015.

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Sarah Hosey from earlier this year

Sarah along with Sorcha Jennings, Fiona O’Connor, Olivia Kiely and Amy McMahon were drawn in some extremely competitive heats for the U-12 600m. All athletes endeavoured to reach the finals and following some of the closest races to have been seen in Nenagh, Sarah was the solitary LAC athlete to reach the finals. She ran a spectacular final race and claimed the silver medal with ease.

Throughout the two days – which coincides with the indoor season winding down across Europe the LAC athletes will arrive at the stadium and demonstrate their incredible dedication to their sport, their club and themselves. Any athlete will tell you that waiting for your event can be particularly nerve racking while being simultaneously tedious. It takes a superb character to be an athlete, for example Luke Calitz, who along with Jack O’Neill ran early in the day at the U-9 Boys 60m sprint, both qualified for the semi-finals with fantastic runs with Luke claiming first position in his semi later in the afternoon. Jack, was pipped at the post and didn’t manage to join his club counterpart for the final which was to be held later in the evening. Following a full day at the track Luke’s 60m final came round and from the pistol it was a fast race. Luke was mere milliseconds away from claiming a medal and with respect for his competitors wished them well and was the last LAC athlete to leave the stadium that evening.

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.
Conor Gavan, Daniel Walker, Jack Doyle and Aaron O’Connor all competed in two events on day one; the Boys U-11 60m and the long jump. All four executed four fantastic heats in the sprint and each of the boys were narrowly pipped for further qualification. In the long jump the boys all improved on their training jumps and they are concentrating on improving their technique for the outdoor season.
When the official results are announced we will bring you the full round-up from day two at the Munster Juvenile Indoor Championships from Nenagh.