36 young athletes from Ardee & District Athletics Club travelled to Drogheda on Saturday to begin their outdoor track and field season in earnest at the pre-Louth Championships – and the squad took home a huge total of 21 medals across a range of events.
The young Ardee contingent won nine gold medal totals with eight six medals and five third place finishes too on what was a very fruitful day of competing for the club out at Lourdes Stadium.
Conor McMahon ended the day with two gold medals as he topped the standings in both the boys 100m and the boys long jump while Abbie Sheridan also excelled in earning gold medal wins in the girls 8oom and the Under 17 long jump.
Ardee’s Niamh Whyte also competed in those events, doing very well and finishing fifth on each occasion,
Earlier in the day, newcomer Courtney Commins ran in the Under 8 60m race where she claimed silver. It was a great introduction for Courtney as she then took bronze with a long jump measured at 2.63m and she then topped herself – winning gold in the turbo javelin.
Another young newcomer on the day was Tom Joe McCormack and after good shows in the 6om and long jump, he earned silver in the turbo javelin.
Jessica McCarron took home a silver medal for second position in the long jump after a 2.69m jump – that coming after just missing out on a medal in the U9 80m final. Both Lily Breen and Fintan Kelly also took part and competed well in those events.
After Caoimhe Carolan claimed top spot in the U10 turbo javelin, Tom Maguire and Dylan McCarron both got through their heats in the U10 80m but were unlucky to miss out on medals. However, Tom claimed third position in the turbo javelin with a throw of 12.35, while teammate Senan Lundon took silver with a throw of 13.27m.
Calum Caffrey, Arthur Sands and Lennon Murphy also competed well in the U10s events. In the U11 age grade, Amy Murray made the 80m final and then Paulina Kelly did tremendously well to come third in the U12 turbo javelin event – winning bronze. In addition, Charlie Sands made the U11 80m final and also competing in the U11 events was Cormac Lundon.
There no were no medals for the U12 boys but Joe Murphy can be very proud of reaching the 80m final, while Jack McCarron and Rob Kelly competed well in the events in that age grade.
Hallie Sands took silver in the U13 80m and she went one better by taking top spot on the podium with gold in the 600m. Hot on Hallie’s heels were teammates Samantha McCarron, Ava McNally and Ruth Gillespie.
James Maguire took gold in the Under 13 80m – the second of Ardee’s six gold medal haul on the day – before Eireann Hoey throw a PB of 8.54m to take gold in the girls U14 shot put. Rebecca McCarron performed well in the u14 events also.
Emma Gillespie had a fantastic race in the U15 800m earning her a well deserved silver medal while Aoibheann Carolan moving up an age grade to compete in the shot put was impressive – especially as she was rewarded with a bronze medal.
Last up out on the track were the relays – the U10 boys ran home with 2nd place with Arthur Sands, Fintan Kelly, Calum Caffrey and Dylan McCarron running. The U13 girls were rewarded with 3rd place with Ava McNally, Ruth Gillespie, Orlaith Carolan and Hallie Sands impressing.