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Written by Michael Tobin   
Sunday, 30 January 2005

Galway athletes achieved a notable treble at the weekend, with National AAI Pentathlon Titles being won by Daniel Loughnane (Loughrea AC), Claire Rockall (Athenry AC) and Cathriona Farrell (Craughwell AC).

Loughnane’s and Rockall’s good form continued from their pre-Christmas success with the Irish International Schools Team in Scotland, while Farrell’s success built upon national titles in high jump and long jump last year. Loughnane won the U18 boys event with a total score of 3953 pts ahead of Tom Cross (3924 pts, Belgooly AC) and Eoin Kelly (3712 pts, St. Abban’s). In the U16 girls event, Rockall took first place with a score of 2981 pts, beating her international teammates Harriet Cross (2841 pts, Belgooly AC) and Grainne Moggan (2840 pts, Brothers Pearse AC). In the U14 girls event, Farrell took first place with a score of 2776 pts, ahead of Ellen Crotty (2674 pts, Brothers Pearse) and Aoife Bartley (2520 pts, Carrick-On-Suir AC). Rachel Shaw from Athenry AC took 4th place in U14 girls, narrowly missing out on the medals with a score of 2440 pts. Full details of the athletes’ individual performance are as follows.

Daniel Loughnane:  Long Jump 5.76, 60m Hurdles 8.75, High Jump 1.74, Shot Putt 9.36, 800m 2:20.14.
Claire Rockall: Long Jump 4.88, 60m Hurdles 10.3, High Jump 1.50, Shot Putt 8.61, 800m 2:26.56.
Cathriona Farrell: Long Jump 4.88, 60m Hurdles 10.0, High Jump 1.62, Shot Putt 7.61, 800m 2:55.87.

Other athletes who recorded good performances at the weekend include Michael O’Connor (GCH) who finished 13th in the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tinryland, Co. Carlow, covering the 10k distance in a time of 30:25; and Paul Hession (Athenry AC) who notched a time of 21.12 seconds in the 200m in Birmingham to qualify for the upcoming European Indoor Championships in Madrid. Hession’s time was just one tenth of a second outside his personal best set last year and is an impressive performance at this early stage of the year.

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