A bitterly cold Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt was the venue for the Ulster Juvenile Indoor Athletics Championships last weekend.
Twenty seven of Lifford AC’s young starlets were in action bringing home a hugely impressive haul of eight gold, ten silver and five bronze medals.
Aaron McGrath claimed the border club’s first gold medal of the championships taking first place in the U13 Boys Long Jump and followed this up later in the day by adding a second gold, this time in the U13 boys 60m.
Niall Quinn had an outstanding day on the track doubling up to take gold in both the U15 boys 60m and 800m in commanding fashion.
Indeed, Lifford AC athletes were to the fore on the track throughout the two days of competition with further gold medals making their way to the border club courtesy of Olivia Cuskelly (U14 girls 1000m Walk), Conor McGinley (U16 boys 1500m) and Alan McGinley (U17 boys 800m).
The McGinley brothers were in tremendous form over the two days with Conor adding a silver medal in the U16 boys 800m and Alan taking the runner up spot in the U17 Boys 1500m.
Charlie McElwaine had a great championships too, doubling up in the u16 Boys middle distance races to take second in the 1500m and third in the 800m. All Ireland Track and Field 200m medallist from 2014, Tom Mullen, ran well to take bronze in the u16 Boys 200m while the 60m Hurdles events saw further success for the red and white vests with three silver medals making their way home through Ben Connolly (U13 Boys), Conor Breslin (U16 Boys) and Brandon Connolly (U17 Boys).
Lifford AC has a proud tradition in field events and this tradition was maintained at these championships by the latest generation of young athletes.
Eoin Breslin jumped to a magnificent new personal best height of 1.33m to win the U13 Boys High Jump in a closely fought battle with Patrick Marry from Rosses AC.
Brendan O’Donnell turned his hand to shot putt and high jump for these championships and took silver at u17 level in both. There were also shot putt medals for Tom Mullen (silver in u16 boys) and Andrew Mullen (bronze in U14 boys).
Shannon Craig had her best jump of the season to take silver in the U16 girls High Jump with a leap of 1.52m while Nicole Cuskelly got over 1.32m to take third place in the U18 girls event. Cuskelly followed this up by taking her second bronze of the championships in the U18 girls Triple Jump.
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