Thursday, March 02, 2017

The national senior indoor athletics championships took place at the new athletics arena in Abbotstown, Dublin over the weekend and St Laurence O’Toole AC athletes competed well.

Molly Scott of St Laurence O’Toole AC receives the Robin Sykes Achievement Award for Outstanding Performances in 2016 from John McGrath (Athletics Ireland Juvenile Committee chairman) at the awards function in the Tullamore Court Hotel over the weekend Photo: Dan McGrath/Editorial Images

Hacketstown’s Molly Scott claimed the bronze medal in the 60m sprint behind Ciara Neville (gold) and Joan Healy (silver) in a thrilling finish which saw the top three finish within 0.02 seconds of each other. The sprinters could only be separated by a photo finish. It proved to be one of the races of the weekend.
Adam Murphy reached the 200m final and finished sixth with a new personal best of 22.02 seconds.
Matthew Callinan Keenan vaulted well in the senior pole vault to finish ninth with a vault of 3.60 metres. It sets him up nicely for the Leinster U17 pole vault event next weekend.
James McAssey reached the final of the 1500m finishing in 12th place in his first national final. The pace was hot and the experience sets James up nicely for the outdoor season.
Niall Harvey ran a time of 1:48 in the heats of the 800m and laid down his mark for the 2017 season.
Grace Lawler, competing in her first senior indoor championships, reached the semi-final of the 60m and 200m but just failed to make either final. It was great to see Grace back on the track after being out throughout 2016 with injury.
Bronwen Kiernan ran 2:21.85 to set a new personal best and missed out on the final of the 800m.
David Hayde continues to run great times and keeps setting records in his masters category which he will be competing in over the next few weekends.
Marcus Lawler, who has a niggly injury, skipped the championships and will be setting his sights on the outdoor season.

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