Ardee & District Athletic Club sent a team of 23 juvenile athletes to Saturday’s Setanta Games at Lourdes Stadium and the club enjoyed a fruitful morning and afternoon of competition by the Boyne.
In total, 15 medals made their way back to Ardee – with the first of the day coming courtesy of Courtney Commins who took silver in the girls Under 8 60m. She followed that up with a very impressive fifth place finish in the 200m.
Lily Breen and Jessica McCarron both ran well in the Under 9 Girls 60m & 200m races and they even moved up an age and competed well to finish middle of the group in the U10 Long Jump. There was to be medal success for Jessica, as she went on to run in a mixed club Under 9 relay. She finished first to claim gold. Caoimhe Carolan also competed impressively in the Under 10 Girls 80m & 200m.
When the boys finally took to the track, it was up to Tom Maguire, Callum Caffrey, Dylan McCarron, Arthur Sands and newcomer Niall McNiece to compete in the Under 10 Boys 80m & 200m, races in which they all ran well. Tadhg Caffrey, Charlie Sands and newcomers Daragh Murphy & Sean McNiece all ran through the heats to make the Under 11 final with Tadhg winning bronze and Daragh a very close fourth in the 80m.
Jack McCarron was unfortunate to narrowly miss out on the medals in the Under 12 Boys 80m & 300m but there was to be more medal success for the boys. Leinster Champion James Maguire, last out on Saturday, took gold in both the Under 13 Boys 100m & Long Jump.
As the afternoon progressed, Under 13s Hallie Sands, Samantha McCarron, Orlaith Carolan and Ruth Gillespie allran through the heats to the 100m final where Hallie took second place and Samantha just missed out on the medals. All four again ran well in the 500m with Hallie taking third this time. A little later on, the girls team dominated the relay to comfortably take gold and their place atop the podium.
Sheehy also claimed silver in the shot put, on a memorable afternoon. Under 14 girls Rebecca McCarron and Eireann Hoey competed well in their age group with the latter taking bronze in the Shot Put while the duo also moved up an age to join club mates Aoibheann Carolan and Emma Gillespie take bronze in the Under 15 Girls Relay. Emma also took another bronze in the Under 15 800m while Aoibheann claimed silver in the shot.
Last but not least, Abbie Sheridan ran superbly in in the 800m Under 17s race to earn a bronze medal win. A ‘Tiny Tots U7s’ race was also held on the day and a special mention is given to Daniel Murphy and Frank Sands – both under five – who finished in the top six.