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Written by Michael Tobin   
Sunday, 14 January 2007

It was a busy weekend for Galway's track & field athletes as the indoor season got underway in earnest with events held in the National Indoor Arena in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Saturday and Sunday. The National Juvenile Combined Events championships took place on Saturday with Catriona Farrell of Craughwell AC the leading light from a Galway perspective.

Multi-event competition such as this could be described as the true essence of athletics and in Galway we have many accomplished athletes in this area. Having benefitted from stiff competition at the Galway Indoor Championships the previous weekend Catriona improved on her lifetime best in the high jump with a hugely impressive leap of 1.72 metres.  She went on to win the silver medal in the over-all competition. Catriona broke a national championship record in her age group last summer and saturday's performance equalled a long standing record held by Deirdre Ryan, current national senior record holder. Rachel Finnegan finished 8th over all and Sophia Rolston finished 16th. Full results as follows:

U16  Girls

  • Cathriona Farrell 2nd with 2965 points (60m Hurdles - 9.9- 731,HJ - 1.72-879, LJ-4.83-514, Shot-6.94-332, 800m-2.45.7-509)
  • Rachel Finnegan -Craughwell -7th with 2300 (60m H-10.0-712, HJ-1.30-409,  LJ-4.35-391, Shot-5.45-237, 800m-2.41.9-551)
  • Sophie Ralston Craughwell - 16th with 1654 (60m H-11.9-398, HJ-1.33-439, LJ-3.98-303, Shot-5.70-253, 800m-3.12.1-261)

On Sunday, the AAI games were held in the same stadium.  This is an open championship event aimed at giving the countries top senior athletes an early season run out and we had some fine performance from Galway athletes. Claire McNamara of Athenry AC finished second in the high jump with a leap of 1.65 mteres. Although short of her pre-injury best, Claire is showing a level of consistency of late which hints that a return to loftier heights is just around the corner.

In the 3000m walk Olive Loughnane of Loughrea AC finished 2nd behind former world championship silver medallist Gillian O'Sullivan with a 12:35.3 clocking. Olive is not long back from giving birth to her first child and, incredibly, achieved the World Championship 'A' standard just before Christmas.  Former World Youth Championship silver medallist Anne Loughnane, Olive's younger sister, finished 4th in the same event with a time of  13:29.96. Sarah Finnegan finished 5th in the triple jump with an 8.86m performance. In the mens triple jump William Finnegan of Craughwell achieved a leap of 12.99m to win the silver medal in a tightly fought contest. 

Several of our athletes head cross channel next weekend for the Scottish Indoor Championships, while closer to home the Connacht Senior cross-country championships takes place in Sligo on Sunday.

 
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