Mollie Blooms in Athlone!
Mollie O’Reilly once again displayed her quality at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone at the weekend. On Saturday, in the 400m U.19, she produced a power packed display of front running, that saw her win by a wide margin in 57.04. The 200m on Sunday was a different story, as Ara Freeman 60m specialist, put it up to Mollie in the early part of the race. Mollie was not found wanting in the closing stages as she surged through to a PB of 24.66. Rachel Dunne was also in top form with bronze medals in the 400m (U.19) and 100m hurdles. Laura Gallagher was dominant in the U.14 Girls hurdles winning in 9.28 (Heat 9.23); and finishing 5th in the 60m final. Katie Magee also produced a PB in the U.18 girls 400m final, finishing 3rd in 58.25; and also 3rd in the 200m final 25.94; with James Holden also 3rd in the U.18 boys 400m with a gutsy performance (51.19). Aimee Kenna followed up on her All-Ireland Schools cross-country win last weekend with a 2nd place finish in the U.14 girls 800 2.22.79, with Lilymay Craig 6th in the same race. Liam Jenkins finished 3rd U.15 High Jump 1.63, with Tai and Alejandra both clearing 1.55 in the U.17 Girls High Jump with Tai taking the bronze on count back. Cian Dunne finished 5th in the U.14 boys hurdles final, Tara Jenkins 6th U.18 girls Long Jump 5.28; Ben Davidson 5th in the U.19 boys Long Jump 5.68 and Claudia Moran 5th U.13 Girls High Jump 1.40. Gracie, Ciaran, Aoife, Grace, Ross and Nathan gave their best in the middle distance races without getting on the podium this time. Well done to all!
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