The start of the men’s 4x400m relay- Declan Owens leading off in lane 7
The 150th consecutive edition of the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships continued today at Morton Stadium Santry. It followed Saturday’s full programme of heats and finals.
Conditions were tough on both days with a strong wind affecting competitors particularly in the track races, and in field events such as pole vault.
On Sunday competitors also contended with wet and chilly conditions during the evening.
The livestreamed National Championships produced keen competition on both days.
It was great to see Mayo AC compete in the National Senior Championships again this year.
Our Senior 4x400m relay team had to wait until nearly 9pm at the end of the day’s schedule to compete in the final event on Sunday evening
Declan Owens, Keith Conroy, Mike Griffin and Conor Duffy had all been recovering from recent injuries, but thankfully made the start line.
There was top class competition again in today’s race with five teams in action in the relay.
Last year’s winners Emerald AC (3:23.45), Mayo AC, plus two clubs who did not compete on 2021- Le Chéile, and Nenagh Olympic made up the club team’s startlist. The National u20 team were the fifth team
Led off by Declan Owens, with handovers to Mike, Keith and Conor – they all ran bravely and strongly throughout to finish 4th in 3:55.34.
Last year they won a brilliant bronze in 3:50.53.
Winners today were Emerald AC in 3:18.34, Nenagh Olympic AC 2nd, Le Chéile AC 3rd.
Well done to Declan, Mike, Conor and Keith on a great effort today.
Next up in Track and Field are the National Masters Championships at Tullamore at the newly laid track on August 13. Try it out – there’s plenty of time to get prepared – run, jump, or throw!
Connacht results at today’s event:
Despite a relatively small number number of competing, Connacht athletes had significant medal success over the two days of exciting action.
Michaela Walsh Swinford AC won two golds – women’s shot putt in 14:58, and hammer in 57:37. That’s a total of 14 National titles so far for magnificent Michaela!
Lauren Cadden Sligo AC ran 24:94 to win the women’s 200m.
In the women’s 100m hurdles Sarah Quinn St Colman’s South Mayo won bronze with clubmates Niamh O’Neill and Louise King in 5th and 6th place respectively.
Sean Breathnach GCH threw a championship record 4.94m to win the weight for height event. He won silver in the weight for distance with 7:98.
Andrew Egan GCH won silver in the men’s 200m in 22:4
Conor Cusack Lake District AC retained the javelin title with a 64:55m throw.
Keelan Kilrehill Moy Valley AC finished 6th in the men’s 5,000 in 14:16. The race was won by his training partner Darragh McIlhenney UCD AC in 13:53.
Chris O’Donnell North Sligo AC won gold the men’s 400m final in 46:82, with Eanna Madden Carrick on Shannon AC in bronze 48:11.
End of first lap in Men’s 1500m final: Swinford AC’s Shane Bracken well placed in lane 2 foreground – and on way to super silver.
In a very tactical men’s 1500m final Shane Bracken Swinford AC came through in the burn up down the finish straight to claim a super silver medal in 3:59.99 beating Paul Robinson 3rd, Luke McCann 4th and Nick Griggs 5th to the line. Cathal Doyle Clonliffe Harriers was winner in 3:59.36.
Full results from Santry: