Over the weekend ten Tullamore Harriers athletes travelled to Nenagh to compete in the All Ireland Indoor Track and Field Championships. Three medals were won and there were a number of other athletes who can count themselves very unlucky not to have taken a place on the podium too.
James Mulligan won the only gold of the weekend for Tullamore and he did it with ease. James competed in the U-18 Shot Putt and won the event by well over a metre. His throw of 14.05 metres is also a new pb by over forty centimetres.
Christopher Whittle competed in the Boys U-13 Long Jump. Christopher trains very hard and he competed well last Saturday. His jump of 4.15 got him into the final jump off and gained him 7th place in the end.
Emma Darby is relatively new to the sport but has proven over the last couple of months to be a determined competitor. Having eased into the girls U-14 60m final, she raced right to the line and won a hard earned bronze medal. She was only two hundredths of a second off the silver medalist and should be rightly proud of her great medal win.
James Dunne competed in the boys U-12 60m and although he started relatively slowly was passing athletes right to the line and can count himself unlucky to have missed a medal by one hundredth of a second. Still fourth in Ireland is a great achievement.
Mark Milner, Dean Power and Patrick Heffernan had qualified for the finals of the boys U-13, Un-17 60m and U-19 60m Hurdles but uncharacteristically for the trio they were adjudged to have broke and were disqualified. Still these lads have massive potential in sprint events and are already in fine form with the outdoor track and field only a month or so away.
Eileen Rafter continued her fine form of the past year when winning a bronze medal in the U-17 girls 1500m. Her time of 5.00:02 is her second fastest time ever over the distance and considering she probably went out a bit too hard over the first 400m she should be looking to run a pb in the event soon.
Nicole Cuskelly also posted her second best time ever with a great tactical race which saw her coming fourth just behind Eileen in a time of 5.01. Nicole had ran the first half of the race in eight place and then set about moving up which she did with great ease.
During the race that preceded Eileen and Nicole’s Tullamore also had two girls competing- Nadine Donegan and Emily Grennan. Both girls ran sensible races and stayed away from the early fast pace. They were rewarded with good times with Nadine running 5.21 and Emily 5.31 when finishing 8th and 10th respectively.
In the girls U-13 600m Claire Rafter acquitted herself well and her brave front running meant that she avoided most of the pushing and shoving in the pack. Claire raced hard to the line and should proud of her fifth place finish.
Mark Milner was suffering from a bout of flu earlier in the week but this didn’t stop him from putting in his maximum effort in the boys Under 13 600m. Mark was in the leading group from the start and was unlucky to find himself out sprinted for a medal. Still his fourth place finish is a great performance.