Recent DSD sporting highlights

Shane Sheridan wins silver for Ireland in Daegu, South Korea

The DSD Champion asked our coaches what they felt were the performance highlights from the last couple of months.  Here’s what they came up with:

Seniors and Masters

Performance of the year must go to Síofra Cléirigh Büttner, who won two major awards in the American Collegiate scene, being elected ‘Athlete of the Year’ in the Mid-Atlantic Division, following on her ‘Athlete of the Meeting’ while competing for Villanova University at the Penn Relays.

It is never a guarantee that a child prodigy like Síofra, who was unbeaten in Irish Schools competitions for six years whilst coached at DSD, will maintain improvement upon moving into the senior area – so good luck, Síofra – the Olympics beckon!

The girls are lording it at the moment with Sophie Murphy, now heading Stateside to Iona College, retaining her unbeaten record in cross-country (U20).  

Jodie McCann gave a prodigious display lately in Belgium, with a 4:22 in 1500m, ranking her 9th in the world at U17 level.

Congratulations to our three athletes, who were selected to represent Ireland in the European Team Championship in Vaasa, Finland; Sinéad Denny in the 400m, after a good win in Geneva (53:54); Sean Roth in the Pole Vault; and Sarah McKeever in the Pole Vault.  The team performed very well retaining their place in division 2. 

Laura Shaughnessy has been demonstrating top form of late on the road.  After a great 2nd place in the Women’s Mini Marathon (34:27), she has since raced an impressive victory in the 15th Irish Runner 5 Mile in the Phoenix Park (27:53) and retained her title from last year in the Dunshaughlin 10K (34:02) in difficult windy conditions. Well done Laura!

A great result came from our 14 athletes who competed at the Leinster Senior & Masters in Tullamore, bringing home no less than 23 gold and 4 silver medals.  Our Master athletes continue to win at national and international competitions and are a great example to all in the club.  A particular mention should go to Shane Sheridan who won a silver medal in the 200m in the M55 category in the World Masters Indoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea in March.   A superb achievement!

Courtesy of Eddie McDonagh


Juvenile

Amongst our younger athletes, Claudia Moran (U14) achieved a silver medal in the National Combined Events Championships in Santry at the end of May.  On a miserable day with the competition delayed for nearly 3 hours due to torrential rain Claudia was in 3rd place on the scoreboard going into her final event (800m), with just a 100-point difference between her and the 4th place athlete.  The fear was that the 4th place girl, who was expected to win the 800m, would knock Claudia out of 3rd.  Claudia, however, showed incredible determination during the 800m knocking 5 seconds off her previous PB, and reckoned she had given her best to hold onto 3rd place, but was stunned when she actually achieved 2nd place in the final result.

Claudia more recently topped the Dublin Track & Field League, together with 1st place in the 75m Hurdles and High Jump, and a bronze in the Shot Putt during the recent Dublin Track & Field Championships. Well done Claudia!

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Eva O’Donohoe (U16) achieved her first individual Dublin Track & Field medal in the Javelin with a winning throw and new PB of 22.18m.  Talent obviously runs in the family, as her younger sister, Ella (U14), came 3rd in the 1500m to achieve her first individual Dublin Track & Field medal.
 
While we have many rising stars in the club, two U10 boys, Cian Dunphy and Mathew McCarthy, are showing great athletic talent.  Winning most of their events in the Dublin Track & Field Leagues, both boys were in the top six over the 4 league meets.  Unfortunately, they were unavailable to take part in the Dublin (U9 - U11) Team Championships.  But watch this space!

Courtesy of Damien Moran, Juvenile Coach

 

DSD's Síofra Cléirigh Büttner was elected ‘Athlete of the Year’ in the USA Mid-Atlantic Division, following on her ‘Athlete of the Meeting’ while competing for Villanova University at the Penn Relays (University of Pennsylvania).

 

Claudia Moran (U14) achieved a silver medal in the National Combined Events Championships in Santry at the end of May.