Cranford AC at Ulster Track and Field Championships

On what was perfect conditions for running Cranford AC travelled to Lifford to compete in the Ulster children games under 9, 10 and 11. We had 14 athletes who all had great performances, some who were performing for their first time in competition. We got off to a great start with our boys under 9 Caolan McFadden and Ryan McMenamin, both boys performing very well. Caolan had a great race in the 300m leading the race from start to finish closely followed by Ryan. Caolan also won the long jump with a great jump of 3m.35 with the boys winning the team event in this age group and will now go on to the Nationals later this month.

Next up were our girls under 10 with Blathnaid Gallagher and Clodagh Neely. Both girls had good runs in the 500m and just missed out narrowly on 3rd team in the turbo javelin.

Our boys under 10 were Caolan Curran and Aidan mc Fadden, these boys are only new to the club and both had great runs in the 500m and long jump, well done boys.

Our girls under 11 were well represented with Orla Neely, Caoimhe Browne, Nazara McFadden and Caoimhe Neely. These girls all competed in the 60m sprint with Nazara narrowly missing out on a medal coming in 4th place. Orla had a great throw in the turbo javelin of 12m 39 getting her a bronze medal and with her team mate Caoimhe Browne they came 3rd team and both Orla and Caoimhe will now go on to the Nationals later this month.

Last up were our boys under 11 who were Conor Neely, Max Roarty, Ben Fox and Cian McMenamin. All the boys took part in the long jump with Conor Neely having a great jump claiming a silver medal with Max coming in 4th, these boys got 2nd team in this event and now qualify for the Nationals later this month. Max had a great run in the 600m coming in second place closely followed by Cian McMenamin in 4th and again both boys now qualify for the Nationals in Tullamore.

On Sunday it was the turn of the u12-u13 athletes. On a day that had the four seasons of weather in Finn Valley we again had some great performances from our young athletes.

First up was the u12 boys with Johnny Trearty in the turbo javelin. Johnny threw very well and came a respectable 6th place in a strong field. In the long jump there were great jumps from Oisin Kelly, Liam Donnelly and Oran McMenamin with Oisin and Liam claiming gold and silver medals. Liam was also in the 80 metre sprint final and ran a great race to come home in 5th place. All the boys then ran the 600m with good runs from all the boys but it was Oisin that set the pace and once again came away with a well deserved gold medal.

In the u12 girls it was gold all the way for Aoife Giles with Aoife showing her class in the field events winning gold in the turbo javelin with a throw of 18.03m and gold in the shot putt. Sophie Curran and Caitlin O’Hara both performed very well in the long jump, 60m and 600m in what was their first Ulster Championships.

Our u13 boys had a good day with Allan Neely and Killian Browne both throwing well in the shot putt and javelin with Killian qualifying for the Nationals with a brilliant throw of over 18m. Both boys also ran well with Killian making the 80m sprint final and Allan running well in the 600m.

Our only u13 girl was Marcella Dolan who jumped well in the long jump and done very well in the 80m sprint final only just missing out on qualifying for the Nationals.

Thanks to the coaches Eamon Giles, Ernie McElhinney, Joe Boyce and Rose Gavaghan who attended on both days and to all the parents for the support to the young athletes. Good luck to our u14-u15 athletes who travel to Belfast next weekend for the Ulster Championships.