Juvenile athletes to the fore over the weekend

LIFFORD Strabane AC’s juvenile athletes took centre stage on Saturday at two different events.

At the Irish Life Health Irish Schools’ Combined Events Championships, which took place in Athlone IT, there was extremely high quality athletes in attendance.

Lifford Strabane AC’s Finn O’Neill, representing Limavady Grammar School, retained his minor boys’ title. He took first place overall with a total of 2,996 points, 73 points ahead of his nearest rival, achieving new personal bests in both the 200m hurdles event and shot putt.

In the minor girls event, Lifford Strabane AC’s Ashleigh McArdle, representing Holy Cross College, Strabane, placed second overall with a total of 2,935 points for a well deserved silver medal. She also achieved two new personal bests on the day in the high jump event and shot putt.

Both athletes are coached by Sharon Gallen and Barry McArdle.

Six club runners were in action at the Bobby Rea International Cross-Country Meeting, hosted at the Billy Neill Playing Fields in Comber, where the conditions were described by officials as challenging, horrific and the worst that could be remembered for over 30 years!

Despite the demanding underfoot conditions all six athletes produced gutsy performances in their respective races.

In the U11 girls’ race, Emily Rose Kelly placed 29th overall in a field of 81 competitors. In the U13 girls’ race, Lifford Strabane AC had three entrants amongst the field of 89 competitors. Orlaith McCrory was first to finish for the club, placing 28th overall and the third Donegal athlete to finish. Emer McFadden was next to finish for the club in 30th place overall, followed by Jaime McGinley in 61st place.

Elsa Moore finished an impressive seventh place overall and the first Donegal athlete to finish in the U15 girls’ race in a field of 81 competitors.

Solo male representative Wilson Craig competed in the U19 boys’ race, placing 23rd overall and the third Donegal athlete to finish in a field of 36 competitors.



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