A magnificent win by James Maguire, U.18 1500m, was one of the highlights of the weekend for D.S.D., at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in A.I.T Indoor Arena. This followed on the gold medal for Jodie McCann, U.18 1500m, in a time of 4.41. Both ahletes showed grit and determination, as they took on top class fields in their respective events. James had a great boost to his self-confidence, after returning last year from an elite athletics school in Germany, to find that the training regime, which had seen him win national cross country and track titles at D.S.D., still worked after a lean year in 2016. His time of 4.03 was a P.B., and the margin of his victory was five seconds over second placed Jack Moran of Mullingar. Jodie dominated her race from the gun and finalized a great season after her second place in the National U.20 Cross Country in Antrim a few weeks ago.
Liam Jenkins produced a leap of 1.76 on Saturday to win the U.16 Boys High Jump and this was followed by a bronze medal for Hannah Bondzio in the U.16 Girls High Jump with a jump of 1.58.
James Holden also showed his class when finishing 2nd in the U.19 400m in 50.54.
Our U.15 girls were clear winners in the 4x200m relay, led off by Laura Gallagher on the first leg, followed by Hannah Murray 2nd leg, Cara Murphy3rd, and Aimee Kenna cruised home on the last leg to a great victory in 1.48.07. Also in the relays our U.19 boys finished 3rd, 1.34.20 ; U.18 Girls 3rd, 1.45.60; U.17 Boys 4th (despite dropping the baton!); U.19 Girls 4th 1.47.89 and U.13 Girls 5th 57.87.
Katie Magee 4th 400m 60.81
Laura Gallagher 5th 60m 8.13
Brian Maguire 6th U.17 1500m 4.20.99
Ciaran Carthy 6th 60m 7.35
Molly Hourihan 7th Long Jump 5.08
Paul O’Callaghan 5th U.19 400m 55.09
Well done to all!