THE second leg of the National Track and Field league took place in Athlone last Sunday with our women and men’s teams having it all to do in order to qualify for the finals to be held in Tullamore next month.
With the top eight teams going through to the finals, it proved to be a disappointing day for the club with our Women’s team finishing in ninth place and our men having to settle for tenth place. Every athlete gave their all on the day but ultimately could not overcome the handicap of been short some athletes through injury and other commitments.
On a damp windy day, the weather conditions were more akin to what would be experienced in the cross country season. There were however some good performances on the day. Stephen Kelly equalled his own club record when he cleared 3.40 on his way to victory in the Pole Vault. Lauren Dunne had a great win in the 200 metres in a time of 28.30. Gordon Kennedy was second in the 200 metres in 22.53 and helped the 4x100 metre relay team to second place also. Laura Dolan also had a second place finish in the Javelin with a throw of 28.60 metres.
Men Premier Division - 100m 4 Gordon Kennedy 11.14 ; 200m 2 Gordon Kennedy 22.53 ; 400m 3 Stephen Kelly 52.28 ; 800m 7 Sean Donegan 2.10.25 ; 1500m 7 Richie Galvin 4.37.29 ; 3000m S/Chase 7 Darren Butler 11.33.56 ; 5000m 5 Noel Kelly 15.48.41 ; 3000m Walk 4 Larry Rigney 19.01.31 ; 4x100m 2 Tullamore Harriers 43.97 ; 4x400m 3 Tullamore Harriers 3.31.26 ; P Vault 1 Stephen Kelly 3.40 ; Long Jump 5 Fearghus Hannon 5.12 ; High Jump 6 Gordon Kennedy 1.60 ; Triple Jump 4 Darragh McNamara 11.30 ; Discus 3 Darragh Hanlon 34.90 ; Shot Putt 4 Darragh Hanlon 10.53 ; Javelin 3 Tom Rafferty 41.45 ; 56lbs for distance 3 Tom Rafferty 5.67.
Women Division 1 - 100m 3 Lauren Dunne 13.36 ; 200m 1 Lauren Dunne 28.30 ; 400m 5 Niamh McNamara 71.90 ; 800m 4 Michelle Mullaney 2.42.38 ; 1500m 5 Michelle Mullaney 5.19.37 ; 3000m 3 Liz Cuskelly 11.15.24 ; 100m Hurdles 4 Marlena Sznicer 23.36 ; 400m Hurdles 5 Marlena Sznicer 90.53 ; 1500m Walk 3 Liz Cuskelly 9.38.26 ; 3000m 3 Liz Cuskelly 11.15.24 ; 4x100m 4 Tullamore Harriers 57.18 ; 4x400m 4 Tullamore Harriers 4.,50.98 ; Long Jump 5 Marlena Sznicer 3.76 ; Hammer 3 Laura Dolan 31.27 ; Discus 4 Kelly Cunningham 25.86 ; Javelin 2 Laura Dolan 28.60 ; Shot Putt 5 Kelly Cunningham 7.94.
News Round-up: Declan Fahey finished in 21st place out of a field of over 6,000 runners in the National Lottery Irish Runner 5 mile road race in the Phoenix Park last Saturday in a time of 27.29. John Todd was first man home in the over 60 category and 152nd overall in 31.33 while John Phelan continued his upward progression with a time of 35.06.
Fixtures: July 21 - Offaly Track and Field Championships. July 28 - Club League Mile at 7pm. July 29 - Daingean 5k Road Race.