We shall start with our three double sprint champs. Not an easy feat to go and blast through the 100m finish line ahead of the crowd never mind to back it up by flying home to the 200m metre crown only hours later. First to achieve this on Saturday last was ur very own FinalBend athlete Rhasidat Adeleke who never ceases to amaze us as she puts on show after show every time she hears the bang of the gun. Rhasidat flew home in times of 11.62 and 24.05 seconds to claim the double just a week after being part of the team to break the u20 national 4x100m relay record. (inter girls)
Next up to achieve this amazing label of double national sprint champ is one of the stars of Irish athletics and was also part of the same relay team in Belgium. Ciara Neville has been here before but I imagine in her final year, finishing unbeaten in Tullamore in her 6 years was a huge deal for her and a proud moment for her family, friends and coaches. Ciara can have huge pride herself in her memorable performances during her years as a schools athlete and she rounded it off by coming home in 11.62 and 23.79 respectively to claim the titles. (senior girls)
Last of the sprint champs to cross the line is maybe a name not as well known to athletes not competing in sprinting as Aaron Sexton's season usually begins with the schools in ulster as his year is jam-packed playing rugby for Munster and Ireland. His performances are incredible, when he turns on the style not many can catch him. David McDonald came closest this weekend with the two athletes crossing the line in a time clocking 10.52 (World Junior B standard), with nothing separating the two only a whisker in the photo finish. This time meant both athletes eclipsed Marcus Lawler's record of 10.59. Crazy running from the two men in a race in which 6 athletes crossed the line sub 10.80!! Aaron rounded off his day with an exceptional 21.12 200m. (senior boys)
Moving onto the field event masters and Nelvin Appiah really had a huge breakthrough meet breaking the inter boys high jump record with a 2.02m jump! Now that is high!!! Congrats to Nelvin on the win and long may the high flying last!
Next in the field events there were two records in the women's high jump. Kate Hosey jumped 5.72m in the junior girls category to beat Sophie Meredith's old record of 5.69m and Yemi Talabi jumped over 6m for the first time in completion history in the inter girls long jump with a score of 6.02m.
Calum Keating had a massive Championship record in the minor boys shot putt of 15.10m which smashed the old record of 13.73 set last year by Mark Collins. This record spells big things for Calum who we hope sticks to the sport as there is a bright future ahead if so.
The long distance legends served up some thrilling races such as the battle of the cork men in the senior 1500m race where Charlie O' Donovan came out on top with Darragh Mcelhinney back in second. Charlie reclaimed last years title and heads off to Villanova University after his leaving cert having being scouted and signed by the college of late. We wish Charlie all the best on his journey and hope it brings massive success to him and his career.
The talk of the track over recent months has been the meteoric rise of Sarah Healy, small in stature she may be but she makes up for it ten fold in passion and determination. she went on to beat Ciara Mageean's 1500m record in the senior girls category with a time of 4:18.32. This is a massive result for Sarah as she follows in Mageean's footsteps up through the ranks. We ae sure they will have many a battle down the line and that they will be great advertisements for Irish athletics, just as the whole day always is in Tullamore at the Irish Life Health Schools Track and Field meet.
We congratulate all athletes and thank you for all helping our journey every day we wish you every success in all of your very own journeys in this wonderful sport!
p.s we know we left one out ;) stay tuned for tomorrow's athlete of the week post!