Thursday, July 06, 2017

THE sun shone down on Tullamore Harriers athletics grounds as a host of St Laurence O’Toole athletes competed in the Athletics Leinster U9-U11 pairs and U12-U13 track and field championships.

Callum Shorten proved a force to be reckoned with in the shot putt

The atmosphere was electric as competitors, coaches and families arrived from all over Leinster, eager to compete and prove their abilities. There was excitement all around as the sounds of gun starts and event commentary echoed throughout the track.

Padraic Spillane crosses the line to win the U13 600m

It was a successful day for local athletes, with many children competing for the first time in such events. First up for the U11 pairs were Lucy Myers and Chloe Ryan, both showing great speed in the 60m. Alongside them was Emily Lawlor and Emma Nolan who both showed strength and determination in both the long jump and 60m.

Daniel Uchendu with his parents Judith and Wisdom

A host of U12 St Laurence O’Toole girls competed in the 60m, with Leila Colfer winning bronze with a personal best of 8.68 seconds. Tara Lyons ran a fantastic 600m, showing great determination to the end. Next up, the high jump saw Emily Heffernan, Aoife Kelly and Kate Ryan put a spring in their step.

Leila Colfer in the shot putt

Aoife Byrne showed her speed and stamina as she ran a great U13 600m race.

St Laurence O’Toole athletes at day one of the Leinster championship in Tullamore: (back row) Callum Shorten, Daniel Uchendu, Kate Ryan, Aoife Kelly, Emily Heffernan, Leila Colfer, Sophie Myers, (front row) Padraic Spillane, Chloe Ryan, Tara Lyons, Lucy Myers Photos: PL Curran

Hats off on the day to gold medallist Padraic Spillane who kept a constant lead in the U13 boys 600m for a fantastic win. Also winning gold was Callum Shorten who proved a force to be reckoned with when he took gold in the boys U12 shot put.

Callum’s coach Eileen Moore said that he had progressed well in one year and we have not seen the best of from him as yet.

The last event of the day was the county relay finals which saw Aoife Byrne, Sophie Myers, Emily Heffernan and Leila Colfer represent Carlow showing speed and slick baton changes over 4x100m.

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