Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2

Posted on Mar 26, 2018

Sunday was another great day at the National Juvenile Championships for Dooneen, as our athletes once again proved their quality at the highest level. Medal winning, finalists and personal bests were all features of Dooneen’s day.
Pride of place goes to our two gold medalists, Leagh Molony in the Girls U13 Long Jump and Kelvin O’Carroll in the Boys U15 800m.
Spare a thought for our Girls U12 600m, Orla O’Shaughnessy, who after comfortably qualifying for the final, then had to withdraw due to injury and our Girls U16 60m hurdler, Oyinkan Adedeji, who unfortunately false-started in her final and was disqualified. A tough day for both girls. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and both girls will be back.

GIRLS U12 600m
Orla O’Shaughnessy (PB) qualified for the final and was definitely a big medal contender but had to withdraw through injury.

Leagh Molony 1st
Pressure was on as Leagh trailed in the early rounds. However her technique and determination saw her record a super fifth round jump of 4.75cm and claim the title by the narrowest of margins, thus completing a notable Irish/Scottish Championship double. Long jump can be as much a mental challenge as a physical one and Leagh proved herself at both levels on the day.

Victoria Adiadamen 7th
A personal best performance saw her qualify for the final in which she finished seventh in a very tight race.

GIRLS U15 800m
Sarah Hosey 2nd
Sarah Butler 5th
Maria Campbell 8th
It was wonderful to see three Dooneen athletes toe the line for an 800m national final. All three girls ran PBs in a high quality event. Although finishing second, Sarah H’s time was faster than the previous championship best performance. A measure of just how good a race this was is that Sarah’s time in this the Girls U15 final would have been good enough to win every other girls 800m race from U16 to U19.

BOYS U15 800m
Kelvin O’Carroll 1st
A quite superb run from Kelvin saw him win his first national title. After comfortably qualifying, he proceeded to dictate the final from the front. When others attempted to inject pace at the 400m, he covered the move and then produced a kick at the 200m to forge away and claim the title in decisive fashion.

Oyinkan Adedeji qualified for the final and had a definite medal chance. Unfortunately, she false started in the final and was disqualified.
Dooneen’s club spirit was very much in evidence as a gang of her club mates ran around the track to console an understandably disappointed Oyinkan as she left the track.

Tesse Lawal competed in both the 200m and the 60m Hurdles.
A PB in the 200m semi final, saw him finish a close second. Unfortunately only the winner and the three fastest losers advanced to the final and Tesse just missed out.
An early hurdling error put paid to his chances in the 60m Hurdles.

Tesse’s older brother, Diro also competed in both the 200m and the 60m Hurdles.
A PB saw him finish 2nd in the final of the 200m, beaten by a mere 0.06 seconds. He also finalled in the Hurdles and ran a very creditable 6th. Both boys are exceptional athletes and will once again be serious contenders in the outdoor season

Attention now turns to the rescheduled Relays finals day which takes place on Saturday April 7th.