National Senior 4 x 400m relay bronze medal winners Conor Duffy, Mike Griffin, Sean Hynes, Declan Owens
The National Senior T&F Championships took place at Morton Stadium at the weekend. In Saturday’s action Declan Owens ran 11.86 in the heats of the 100m, slightly outside his pb but he failed to progress. Israel Olatunde won the 100m final in 10:49.
On Sunday Declan ran in heat 3 of the 200m finishing in 24:13, marginally outside his 24:04 pb. Wind was 1.9, a factor for all competitors throughout the championships.
Fair play to the Mayo AC Senior relay team who competed in the final event on Sunday afternoon- the 4 x 400m relay.
Sprinter Declan Owens was joined by Sean Hynes, Mike Griffin and Conor Duffy. There was top class competition in the race with Ireland’s u20 squad looking for a qualifying time. That left three club teams in the event. Emerald AC were the winners in 3:23.45 Mayo AC came home in 3:50.53 in 3rd, a well deserved bronze – and wonderful effort! Congratulations to all four.
A number of Connacht athletes had medal success over the three days. They took all three medals in the men’s 400 metres – Cillin Greene (GCH) gold, Chris O’Donnell (North Sligo AC) silver, and Robert McDonnell (GCH) bronze – a magnificent performance.
Michaela Walsh (Swinford AC) added to her national medals tally with gold in the hammer on Friday. She followed that brilliant success up with with a season’s best 15:66 and gold in the shot put on Sunday.
Aoife Kilgallon of Sligo AC won the women’s 5 000m with an excellent run in 16:16 – it’s been a great season for her so far.
Another highlight was Sligo AC’s Finley Daly’s who ran a EUu23 standard in the 3,000m steeple winning silver in 8:56.57.
One of the outstanding performances by a Connacht athlete on Sunday was by Conor Cusack (Lake District AC) who won the senior javelin title with 72:13, and adding to his junior triumph. He finished second in the senior javelin in 2020.
The 19-year old Ballinrobe athlete now moves to 5th place in the Irish all-time list and 72:13 is a new national u20 record.
Men’s 110m hurdles winner Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC) with 3rd placed Iarlaith Golding (St Colman’s South Mayo AC) photo credit Pierce O’Callaghan
In the men’s 110m hurdles there was more Connacht success with Gerard O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Shannon AC) winning his fifth title, and young Iarlaith Golding (St Colman’s South Mayo AC) finishing an excellent third.