The USAC juveniles completed a very successful Wexford Track & Field Championship, last weekend, with lots of great performances and plenty of medals. The day had many highlights with many athletes achieving their personal best times on the track and personal best distances and heights in the field events. These highlights included a sprint gold for Aaron Browne and a sprint silver for Oisin MacEochaidh, in the U14 80m, where Sean Barry and Owen Lennon also made the final. For the second week in a row the Striders excelled in the middle distance events. Over 600m, Myles Hewlett won the U13 event, with Eoin Shannon finishing third. With the distance up to 800m, Aidan Shannon, Adam O’Connor and Cian Flanagan won their respective U14, U15 and U16 events, with fantastic performances. Against a competitive field, including some real speedsters, Aedan Rogers decided to lead from the gun and judged the pace to perfection, to win gold in his U18 800m event. Likewise the girls had middle distance success with Rebecca Bawden leading out her 800m race and finishing strongly to win gold, ahead of Alanah Byrne in third place. In the final middle distance race of the day, Elaina Browne ran a perfect race to claim another gold.
In the race walking events, all three Striders excelled, with podium finishes. In her competitive debut, Ciara Murphy won gold in a thrilling finish, in the U14 girls event over 1km. In the same race Isabel Bawaden won bronze, despite being a year out of her age group. After some great performances in schools events recently, it was no surprise to see Ryan Kielthy win gold in his 2km walk.
In blustery conditions, Louise Doyle and Conor Murphy did really well to win medals in the High Jump event. Louise had some good training sessions and won gold in her first competitive attempt. Likewise Conor’s training program paid dividends as he equaled his PB, in adverse conditions, to win silver. In the throws, Oisin MacEochaidh and Darragh Flannelly won gold and silver in the U14 Shot Putt event. The best event of the day for the Striders was undoubtedly the U13 Javelin, where Cosmo Hewlett, Eoin Shannon and Myles Hewlett filled the first three places.
A great championship wrapped up for the Striders with relay medals for the following :
Bronze BU12 – Sean Lennon, Luca O’Connor, Olan Delaney, Sam Myers & Ronan Shannon
Silver BU14 – Sean Barry, Owen Lennon, Oisin MacEochaidh & Aidan Shannon
Silver GU16 – Eve Byrne, Aoife NiEochaidh, Aisling Power, Louise Doyle & Erinn Shannon
Bronze BU16 – Cian Flanagan, Conor Murphy, Adam O’Connor & Ryan Kielthy