Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships

June 22nd, 2016

Longford Athletics Club Impressive Wins in Boys’ Middle Distance Races

18 June 2016 at Sligo IT

Longford AC won 15 medals: 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze, from High Jump, Sprint and Middle Distance events
Longford Athletics Club was very successful at Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships held last Saturday at Sligo IT. 540 juvenile athletes in the U13-19 age group from across the Western Region took part in the extensive programme that included 20 events on the track and in the field. At day end a total of 15 Longford athletes secured their places at next month’s Athletics Ireland All-Ireland Finals, joining the 8 younger athletes that qualified from Day 1.

Nelvin Appiah won all 3 of his U16 events, returning home with Gold in high jump, long jump and the 200m. This follows on from Nelvin’s recent success in the All-Ireland Secondary School Finals in the same events. Brendan Finnan added a Gold, Silver and Bronze to his 2016 collection of medals in High Jump, Relay and Hurdles. Cian McPhillips put himself to the test again this year running both the 1500m, winning Silver, and only an hour later the 800m, Gold, where he shaved off 6 seconds from his February indoor time.

Both the U13 Girls and U14 Boys Relays Teams had the winning formula with good baton hand overs and speed. Sarah McPhillips, Avril Cosgrove, Funmi Talabi and Laura Farrell won the set of Bronze medals in the time of 58.20. The U14 Boys race was the most competitive relay of the day with only 0.02 of a second ensuring Longford’s set of Silver medals for Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Brendan Finnan and Cathal Farrell.

Jack Gallagher led off the Longford domination in the boys middle distance events as he won his first Connacht Gold medal in the U13 600m with a time of 1:47.48. Joe Reilly took Gold in the U14 800m, 2:28.20 and Christopher Conaty never let his teammate ease up when he finished only 0.20 seconds behind for 2nd place, 2:28.40, an impressive improvement on his indoor performance. Both had very little recovery after the demanding 200m race which made their victories all the better. Cian McPhillip’s Gold in the U16 800m as well as Aidan O’Boyle’s 4th place qualifying time in the U14 Boys 1500m rounded off the fantastic middle distance results.

Aaron Kelly’s Bronze 12.15 seconds in the U17 Boys 100m sprint earned his place on the All-Ireland roster. Club newcomers Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle made their mark in both the 100m sprints and 200m races with solid times that mean they will also be making the trip to Tulllamore as they move from Provincial to National competition. Killian 1st in U15 Boys 100m, 12.66 seconds, and 4th in the 200m, 27.11 seconds. Gospel 2nd in U16 Girls 100m, 13.23 seconds, and 4th in 200m, 28.99 seconds.

The GloHealth Athletics Ireland National Juvenile Outdoor Championships are run over four days in July at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. First up will be the three Relay teams, U12 & 13 Girls and U14 Boys, all hoping that they can further improve on their performances when they take to the National platform.

Longford AC- great success on Day 2 of Connacht Outdoor Championships

June 22nd, 2016

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The U13-17 juveniles from Longford Athletics Club were in great form on Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships, winning a total 15 medals: 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze, as well as three 4th place finishes all qualifying for All-Ireland Finals next month in Tullamore. Longford dominated the Boys U13, 14 and 15 middle distance races winning Gold in each age group. A further two relay teams, U13 Girls and U14 Boys also qualified for next month’s Athletics Ireland National finals.

Longford AC Connacht medallist bring home a BIG haul

June 22nd, 2016

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The boys’ side of the Longford Athletics Club was well represented on Day 2 of the Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championship last weekend at Sligo IT. Jack Gallagher, Brendan Finnan, Cian McPhillips, Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly and Nelvin Appiah display their collection of Connacht medals at the end of a very long day of competition. Longford was well represented across a range of distance  100, 200, 600m, 800m, 1500m as well as High Jump and Long Jump events. Missing from the picture Cathal Farrell, Killian Rawle and Aaron Kelly were also medallists on the day. A total of 15 medals were won by the Club on the day.

Longford AC U14 boys relay team- Connacht Silver

June 22nd, 2016

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Longford Athletics Club U14 Boys 4 X 100m Relay Team that won Silver at last weekend’s Connacht Track & Field Championships at Sligo IT. Cathal Farrell, Joe Reilly, Christopher Conaty & Brendan Finnan showed further improvement on their indoor relay time when they qualified for next month’s Athletics Ireland Relay finals in Tullamore.

June 21st, 2016

Longford AC Katie, Sian & Jane, 11 June 2016 at Connacht Outdoor T&F, Dangan

Longford AC juveniles Katie, Sian & Jane relaxing in between their races and staying cool under the Longford AC banner at the Connacht Outdoor T&F at Dangan, Co. Galway on 11 June 2016

Rachel, Maria,Sian & Jane at Connacht Outdoor T&F, Dangan, 11 June 2016

Rachel, Anna, Sian & Jane resting on the grass in between action on the track at Dangan, Co. Galway on 11 June 2016 at the Connacht Outdoor T&F Championships

Longford AC Connacht medallists- 2 relay teams

June 16th, 2016

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Connacht Gold medallists: Longford AC U12 Girls 4 X 100m Relay team that won 1st place at last weekend’s Connacht Outdoor Championships in Dangan, Co. Galway. Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly and Kaela Brady secured their place in the upcoming All Ireland Relay finals with a time of 59.23.

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U12 Girls Relay Team A : Rachel Mulligan, Tara Crossan, Tamara Cosgrove & Kate MacEntire who took part on Day 1 at the Connacht Outdoor Championships in Dangan, Co. Galway.

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U11 Boys 4X100m Relay team running together for the 1st time in their new blue Longford AC singlets- Conor Mulligan, Ryan Keogh, Enda Quinn & Diarmuid Mulligan at the Connacht Outdoor Championships, 11 June 2016

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Longford AC’s U9 Boys relay team put in an impressive performance at last weekend’s Connacht Outdoor Championships winning Silver in their very first outing. Max Gallagher, Cormac & Padraic Mulligan and Conor Wright proved to be the right combination on the day and will go forward to Athletics Ireland Nationals in July.

Longford AC U12 Girls win GOLD

June 16th, 2016

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Connacht Gold medallists: Longford AC U12 Girls 4 X 100m Relay team that won 1st place at last weekend’s Connacht Outdoor Championships in Dangan, Co. Galway. Funmi Talabi, Laura Farrell, Siog Reilly and Kaela Brady secured their place in the upcoming All Ireland Relay finals with a time of 59.23.

Longford AC U9 pair win Silver and Bronze

June 16th, 2016

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Twins Cormac & Padraic Mulligan from Dromard were in great form at their first Connacht Athletics Championship winning Bronze medalsin the U9 pairs Turbo Javelin event. The brothers also won Silver as part of the Longford AC U9 boys relay team. They have qualified to compete in next month’sAthletics Ireland Nationals in Tullamore.

Funmi wins Sprint Gold

June 16th, 2016

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Funmi Talabi surrounded by her Longford AC clubmates just after she won the U12 Girls 60m sprint and achieved a new pb of 8.84 seconds. This is the 4th year in a row that Funmi has been the fastest girl in her age group at Connacht level. She will travel to Tullamore in July for AI nationals in both sprint and as part of the U12 Girls relay team.

Longford AC U10-12 Girls

June 16th, 2016

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Longford AC U10-12 Girls were in action at the long jump pit last weekend on Day 1 of the Connacht Outdoor Championships at Dangan track in Galway.