On May 21st 2018 it was time again to travel to Morton Stadium in Santry to the annual Cumann na mBunscol Athletics competition
Our 60 metre hurdlers were the first to compete.
Rachel Bennet (U11) got promoted from sub to runner only in the morning of competition day because Juliette Coburn was injured. She cruised into the final with a 3rd place in her heat. The final was a close affair with places 3 to 7 separated by less than a metre. Rachel finished in 6th place! Rachel Marron (U12) had a bad start in her heat. She closed in on her opponents hurdle by hurdle but it wasn’t enough to get into the final. She finished in a respectable 6th place. Zoë Bracken (U14) wanted to defend her gold medal that she won in the U12 category last year. She ran a great heat and qualified in 1st place for the final. The standard in the final was extremely high with several runners still with a chance of the win at the half way stage of the race. At the end Zoë and another athlete crossed the line at the same time, we weren’t able to call it from our place in the stands. To our delight Zoe was declared the winner. Gold for Zoë again!!
Our U12 Long Jumper Leah Burke was up against some very good competitors, quite a few of them training in athletics clubs. She did her best but didn’t make it into the medal positions.
Isobel O’Riordan competed in the Shot Putt event. She qualified with a great distance of 7.68 metres for the team, so we knew she had a chance of a medal. She got very close and eventually finished in 4th place.
The High Jump events are always very exciting, and it was no different this year. The U11 High Jump and the U14 High Jump were both on at the same time in the indoor arena. Grace Kennedy (U11) (using the scissors technique) and Aoife McMahon (U14) (using the Fosbury Flop technique) cleared the bar on the first attempts in the early rounds. At a height of 1.30m only 6 athletes were left in the U14 event. Aoife had 3 good attempts but unfortunately the bar fell every time. Only 2 athletes got over that height so gold and silver were taken. Bronze was decided by counting back the failed attempts that every competitor had. Aoife had only failed twice before 1.30 so we were hopeful. In the end it was 4th place! The winner went on to jump 1.40 metres, a height that Aoife had cleared once in school.
Grace had an amazing competition. One by one athletes got knocked out of the competition until only 2 were left, our Grace and another girl. So we knew she had a medal but would it be silver or gold? They both cleared 1.15 on the first attempt, then 1.20 – a new personal best for Grace. At 1.25 – a huge height for that age group – Grace hit the bar three times while her opponent got over it. Silver for Grace!!
The last event was the 600m races.
It was Méabh Bolger’s (U11) first time representing the school in Santry. She did well in a very fast race and finished in the top 10 but outside the medals. After being the sub for this event last year, Mia Barry (U12) ran the race for the school this year. At the beginning she stayed towards the end of the pack running her pace but in the second half of the race she worked her way up the rankings and also finished in the top 10.
Grace Naughton (U14) was our last competitor. She also was a sub last year and wanted to prove herself this year. The pace was very fast. Grace was in the top 15 from the beginning, made up some places towards the end and finished in the top 10 as well.
Well done and thanks to all our subs who trained just as much as all the girls who got to compete: Juliette Coburn, Carrie Dillon, Méabh Kernan (all hurdles), Nessa Bolger, Aisling Moran, Ella McCarthy (all 600m), Ellen O’Gorman, Ciara McCabe (high jump), Ruby Davis (long jump) and Líadan Murphy (shot putt). Thanks to all the parents for driving and cheering!
Another trip to Morton Stadium in Santry for 24 girls from Mt. Anville to compete in the Cumann na mBunscol Athletics competition!! This time the Track Events, i.e. sprint and relay, took place.
After the parade around the stadium and the National Anthem, the competition started with the Sprint events. Our sprinters were: U10: Susie Halpin U11: Juliette Coburn U12: Sarah Davy U14: Sarah Flynn Only the top two runners from each heat get through to the final.
Susie and Juliette both ran a good race and came 6th in their respective heats. The two Sarahs had us on the edge of our seats. Sarah Davy’s heat was very close with a clear winner but the next 4 athletes within less than a metre. Sarah came 3rd and unfortunately was out of the competition. Sarah Flynn was in 2nd position after a great start and was trying to fight off an athlete who was closing in on her. It was too close for us to call who crossed the line in 2nd and 3rd place so we had to wait for the judge’s decision. Sarah was given 3rd place and was also out. It couldn’t have been any closer. Well done!
The relays are run in the same format: The top 2 teams from each heat go through to the final where 8 teams compete for the medals awarded to the top 4 teams. For the U10-team (Holly Farrell, Susie Tarpey, Greta Patterson, Dawn Hamill, Sub. Naoise McCarthy) it was their first running experience in a big stadium. They showed no nerves and ran a brilliant race. All changeovers worked and they came out of the last bend in a comfortable 2nd place and kept that all the way to the finish. They were in the final!! In the final we were given lane 8, the worst lane because you are running a blind race with all the other teams behind you. But that didn’t bother our girls. Holly had a great start and stayed ahead of the field on the outside lane. Susie flew down the back straight pulling away from some opponents. Greta had an amazing race and handed the baton over in 3rd place. Dawn had the runner beside her in 4th place breathing down her neck. She had to dig deep and to the cheers from the spectators crossed the finish line in 3rd place. Bronze for Mt. Anville!!
The U11-team (Holly Hearty, Louise Fenlon, Sophie Curtin, Grace Beatty, Sub. Amy Kennedy) also ran a brilliant race in their heat and came out of the last bend in 3rd place. Grace closed in on 2nd place but the distance was too big and they finished in 3rd place. They’ll be back next year!
The U12-team (Rachel Marron, Leah Burke, Carrie Dillon, Lucy O’Brien, Sub. Sophie English) was nearly identical to last year when they were the U11s, only Carrie and Sophie had switched places. They had reached the final last year so that was the aim again this year. Perfect changeovers, fast pace, Lucy took over in 2nd place. The runner behind her – a club runner who had won a medal in the sprint earlier on - closed in steadily. Lucy fought and fought but was just pipped at the line. The team can be proud of their achievement!
The U14-team (Ella McCarthy, Aoife McMahon, Ella Sparling, Sadhbh Murphy, Sub. Isobel O’Riordan) were determined to make amends for last year. After winning the cup the year before, they dropped the baton in the final last year. This year you could feel the nerves in the team and also among the spectators. They ran a brilliant heat with perfect changeovers, no sign of any nerves any more. 1st place and a well-earned spot in the final! The final was nail-biting stuff. Ella had a perfect start and was among the first few runners to hand over the baton. Aoife sprinted down the back straight closing in on the athletes in the outer lanes. Because of the staggered start, it is hard for the spectators to see who is ahead at the 2nd changeover but it seemed our team was in a good position. Ella ran the last bend like a pro and handed over the baton in 1st place with a lead of just a metre. The runner in 2nd place started closing in but Sadhbh responded quickly and pulled away again. She managed to keep the advantage and crossed the finish line in 1st place! Gold and the cup again for the U14s!!
Thanks to all the parents for driving the girls over to Santry and for cheering them on! There were certainly a few sore throats among the fans! Well done to the whole team, you did us proud!
Posted on Jun 05, 2018