ATHLETICS | Blackrock AC finish the track and field season on a high in Ardee

Kellie finishes her campaign with victory in 100m and relay

Blackrock AC’s Kellie Breen (centre) pictured on the winner’s podium at the Ardee & District AC Sports Day

The rain cleared up just in time for the athletes from Blackrock AC to enjoy a very pleasant and successful afternoon at the last track and field event of the season which was hosted as usual by Ardee and District AC.

The boys U8s were represented by the dynamic duo of Cormac Greene and Emmett Kearney and despite a tough start to the day, which saw both lads just edged out in the 60m sprints, things turned golden for Cormac who timed his finish brilliantly to top the podium after the 200m.

This was followed up with a fine bronze medal won in conjunction with his 4x100m relay team providing a fitting end to an excellent debut season.

The sole representative at girls U9 level was Bonnie Hawe who gave her all over 60m and 200m just coming up short in both events. However, fortune favours the brave and she was rewarded with a silver medal winning performance in the 4x100m relay.

Cormac Greene (1st) pictured with his 200m winner’s trophy

Another dynamic duo, Grace Reilly and Caoimhe Doherty formed the girls U10 team with both athletes producing the goods. Grace collected a bronze in the 200m and followed this up with a silver in the turbo javelin.

The girls combined brilliantly to win bronze in the U11 4x100m relay against stiff opposition and Grace teamed up with members of the host club to pick up yet another bronze in the U12 4x100m.

Jack Greene was the club’s U10 star on the day and, as usual, he put heart and soul into all his events. Although there wasn’t a podium finish this time, Jack has proven to be one of the club’s most dedicated and consistent athletes this season. Hopefully the cross-country season will see him pick up the rewards his efforts deserve.

Lauren Reilly, Katie Clarke and Rebecca Baldwin were the girls U12 trio with Rebecca storming to a brilliant silver medal in the 800m. Katie jumped a personal best in the long jump competition and, along with Ciara O’Brien, the girls pushed hard but finished just run out of the medals in the U13 4x100m relay.

Sean Reilly maintained his superb form to earn his place on the podium once again by collecting silver, just behind the Leinster champion, in the boys U12 100m before winning gold in a perfectly executed 800m, kicking 60m from home to edge out the Louth champion and round off a brilliant season.

At U13, Ciara O’Brien was back in action after a few weeks away and demonstrated her talent and versatility by performing well in the 100m and 800m before winning a fine silver medal in the U14 shot putt competition.

One of Ireland’s best track and field athletes, Aoibhín McMahon was on top form, easily winning the girls U16 shot putt before doubling her gold medal tally with a blistering run in the U15 girls 100m.

Sarah Clarke made a welcome return to form, rounding off her season with fourth place in the U16 shot putt, a well-deserved win in the girls U16 100m and another gold as part of the victorious U17 4x100m mixed relay team.

Eoghan Smyth and Donnacha Hughes represented the club in the boys U16 100m and 800m with both lads having an excellent day. Eoghan medalled first when he collected silver in the 100m with Donnacha edged out into fourth.

Rebecca Baldwin in action in Ardee

The tables were turned when long-distance specialist Donnacha won gold in the 800m and both lads were reward when they teamed up with Sarah Clarke and Kellie Breen to storm home first the U17 4x100m mixed relay.

Kellie wrapped her incredible season with yet another victory in the girls U17 100m, another win which places her in contention for athlete of the year in this age group.

All in all it was an excellent day’s work by all athletes involved, rounding off a decent season for the club which saw success at the Louth, Leinster and All-Ireland championships along with international honours for our top athletes.

The cross-country season beckons for those hardy athletes brave enough to take it on with winter training resuming for those who will focus on track and field for next year.

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