The start of British summertime may have signified the outdoor track & field season is just around the corner, however, the final indoor competition of the year took place on Sat 30th & Sun 31st March, as the first two days of the Irish Indoor Age Group Championships were held in Athlone.
Kate Fenlon arguably produced the performance of the weekend with a massive first round throw of 12.38m to claim an emphatic gold in the U13 girls’ shot (2kg). Not only did she improve her pb by well over a metre but she was also more than 2m clear of second place and just behind the championship best performance.
Another athlete to narrowly miss a record was Murphy Miller who was back to her best as she set a new pb on her way to claiming gold in the U18 girls’ 800m where her winning time of 2:14.10 was a mere 0.3sec outside the championship best performance.
In the U15 girls’ shot (2.72kg), Beth Hammond significantly improved her pb and was well clear of third place when throwing 11.47m to take the silver medal.
Having won her heat of U18 girls’ 400m with a new pb of 56.99s, Rachel McCann was the fastest qualifier going into the final and in a hotly contested race, despite posting an even faster time, had to be content with a well deserved silver medal. Her time of 56.47s places Rachel 6th in the UK U20 rankings.
Stephanie Bell was 5th in her heat of the U14 60m (8.52s), 11th in the long jump (4.39m) & 11th in the shot (2kg) (9.88m)
Lucy Kerr was 3rd in her heat of the U15 60m (8.27s pb)
Niamh Fenlon finished 6th in the U15 60mH (9.49s) & was 4th in her heat of the 60m (8.31s pb)
Megan Briggs was 4th in her heat of the U17 200m (27.57s pb)
Louis Albrow finished 4th U18 60m (7.06s) & 3rd in his heat of the 200m heat (22.97s)
Bryanna Catney finished 11th in the U18 1500m (5:33.80) & 8th in her heat of the 800m (2:39.7)