29 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The were many outstanding performance and Championship best performance broken as the country’s top juvenile athletes rose to the occasion as the Athlone Institute of Technology Arena was packed to capacity for the first National Juvenile Championships to be held at the venue.

Right from the gun Nadia Power and Amy Hamill made there intentions clear as they broke clear from the field in the first lap of the Girls U16 1500m. Power the regining 1500m National Champion in this age group cut out a very swift pace with the Harriers athlete tracking her as the laps passed. With just over 600m to go Amy moved to the front but the Celtic A.C, Dublin athlete was still right there. Power a recognised front runner hit the front again with just over 400 to go but Hamill just sat on her shoulder as the athletes went down the back the straight for  the second last time.

Coming into the home straight to take the bell, the Harriers athlete made her move and Power could not match Amy’s sheer pace with Hamill taking ten seconds out of the Dublin athlete in the final 250m to take the title and a new Championship best performance of 4:46.49, erasing the figures of 4:46.55 set by Frances O Shea of North Cork in 2005. A footnote, this time would have won any of the Girls 1500m races at the Championships. Monaghan Phoenix athlete Niamh Malone  had a demanding but superb weekend.  It took a Championship Best performance from Navan’s Eva O Donovan to beat her in the U15 800m with the Phoenix athlete recording a new personal best of 2:21.29.

Earlier in the day Niamh was also on the podium in the 60m Hurdles as she took Bronze in another superb personal best of 9.41 seconds. Tiernan Mc Court of Carrick Aces was just out of the medals in the U14 Long Jump his second round effort of 4.59m seen him finish 4th. Well done to all the athletes from the clubs within the county who competed very well against high class competition in two long packed days of competition.

Athletes will now continue their training towards what will be a busy outdoor season that begins with the County Spring League on consecutive Fridays 21st and 28th April with Glaslough and Carrickmacross as the venues.

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