Day 1 Report
Saturday, 25th March 2017
MSB had 13 athletes competing on Day 1 of the Indoor Juvenile Athletics Championships in Athlone. Twelve in the relays making up three teams and one athlete in the high jump.
Sean White-Mullin was up first in the U17B High Jump. Having only taken up the High Jump recently, it was a massive achievement to have qualified for the national championships and he cleared 1.50m with his first jump but narrowly failed to get over the next height of 1.55m and finished in 9th place.
The U13G 4x100m relay team was up next made up of Aoife Brown, Leila McCormack, Gara Williams and Zoe Coquart. With 15 teams taking part vying for just 6 places in the final it was a tough ask to make it to the final. They ran a good heat finishing in third place in a time of 57.76 seconds narrowly missing out on a spot in the final.
The U13B 4x100m team were up next and, again with 16 teams, it was a hard task to make it into the final. Even with slick baton changes from all the athletes (Ben O'Neill, Louie Woodger, Sam Dunne and Thomas Bolton) they finished 5th in their heat in a time of 58.31 seconds.
The U15B 4x200m team of Nkem Onwumereh, Traian Rebegea, Sean Og Mac Seoin and Finn Woodger produced the drama of the day when in their heat on the second leg an athlete from one of the other clubs, while trying to come past one of our MSB athletes, knocked the baton out of his hand. An appeal was lodged and the MSB team were allowed to run again with another team who had also been impeded in the other heat to see if they could gain a time good enough for the final. In the second race the U15Bs got the baton around safely finishing in a PB time of 1:49.39 but it was not quite quick enough to make the final.
Up next on Day 2 is Louie Woodger and James Monahan in the U13B Shot Put, Simon Ayres in the U18B 400m, Robert Rebegea U16B 1500m, David Troy U18B 1500m and, in the afternoon, Nkem Onwumereh in the 60m U14B.
Good luck MSB!