Ardee & District Athletic Club were named the first recipients of the Pat Walker Memorial Shield at the annual Boyne Sports Day at Lourdes Stadium on Sunday, as they enjoyed another stellar day of competition at the penultimate event of the counties’ track and field season.
Club chairman Derek Gillespie was on hand to collect the award for best visiting club on behalf of the Ardee club, and especially all of the young juvenile athletes whose achievements – picking up medals and points – on the day lead to the win. A great cheer was let out as Ardee were announced as winners.
In total, the club finished with a total of 24 medals on the day, and it’s little wonder they took home the Shield for their efforts.
Courtney Commins and Holly Murray both made the finals in the Under 8s 60m sprint with Courtney finishing second and Holly a very close fourth. Courtney also finished third in the 200m. Also among the Under 8s, Tom Joe McCormack made the final in the sprint finishing sixth and, along with club mate Harry Breen, he moved up an age and competed well in the Under 9 turbo javelin.
Jessica McCarron finished fourth in the Under 9s sprint final, with Lilly Breen close behind in fifth. Jessica then threw 9.45m in the turbo javelin claiming the silver medal. Caoimhe Carolan claimed bronze for third in the Under 10 long jump and followed that up with a second bronze when she and Amy Murray joined with two St. Gerards girls for the Under 12 relay.
The boys Under 10 relay team of Callum Caffery, Tom Maguire, Arthur Sands and Dylan McCarron dominated the track to win gold before Callum also won two individual bronze medals – in the Under 10 sprint and long jump respectively. Sands and Maguire finished second and third in the longer 500m race.
Amy Murraydid brilliantly to finish second in the Under 11 sprint and then ended in fourth in a closely contested 500m. Charlie Sands and Tadgh Caffery both competed well in the hotly contested boys Under 11 events with Tadgh finishing second in the 80m. Jack McCarron also took a place on the podium when he finished 3rd in the boys Under 12 600m and just missed out on a medal with fourth in the long jump.
Hallie Sands got the girls Under 13s off to a flying start by winning silver in the 100m and soon after it was a 1-2-3 on the podium for the club in the javelin with Orlaith Carolan, Ava McNally, and Samantha McCarron finishing in the first three slots. Ruth Gillespiie then joined the girls for the relay and they were rewarded with a silver medal.
On a packed day of events, there was still time for James Maguire to top the podium twice – winning both the 100m sprint and the long jump. However, the day wasn’t over for James as he guested on a team in the U14 relays where he completed his hat trick of gold medals.
Rebecca McCarron just missed out on a medal finishing fourth in the girls 800m and Isobel Delaney finished in the same position in the 100m. The girls then moved up an age to join Aoibheann and Emma Gillespie for the Under 16 4x100m. Each girl ran a great leg and were rewarded with a bronze medal finish. Finally, Conor McMahon moved up an age to compete in the junior boys events. Running a superb 100m, he took home gold and also moved out of his comfort to win silver in the javelin.