National Champs 2017
MSB athletes qualified for three team events in the U9-U11s and 34 individual national events and four relays in the U12 to U19 categories which took place over five days in June and July in both Athlone and Tullamore. As it was the holiday period not all athletes could make their events but there was plenty of action all the same
The team evetns consist of two athletes combined times or distances to determine finishing places. Three teams had qualified for this event
In the U9B 300m Cillian Flynn and Cathal Tate ran a combined time to finish a creditable 12th place
The U10G Long Jump saw Grace o'Grady and Ruby Buckley jump out to a combined total of 6.59m to come in 8th place
The best performace was saved until last in the U10G 600m where Mia Coquart and Emily Bolton combined to run a time of 3:18.28 to take the Siler medal jsut 13/100ths of a second behind the winners.
The U12B and U13G had teams available for the relays out in Athlone on 8th June, 2017.
The U12B had a tough heat and were unable to make it out of their heat with the stiff competition.
The U13G, having won the Dublin Champs for the first time, ran a fantastic heat to take first place in 56.09 and qualify though to the final. The final was a seriously tough race and the team ran an even quicker time of 55.59 than the heat to claim a fantastic fifth place.
Day One focussed on the middle distance events where MSB are usually strongest and there were some great results.
Thomas Bolton took Gold in the U12B 600m, setting a new National record. He didn't have it all his own way with a Liscarrol AC athlete pushing him all the way to the line to take first place in a time of 1:37.75 taking over a second and a half off the previous record
Aoife Brown ran a brilliant race and took Bronze in the U13G 600m in a PB time of 1:41.79. MSB had two girls in the race and another string performance by Gara Williams who came in eighth place in the same race in a superb time of 1:45.22
Sadhbh Mohan took a fantastic silver in the U14G 800m in 2:18.65
Molly Brown capped the day off with a brilliant Gold in the U17G 800m in a time of 2:16.64
Day Two of the Championships in Tullamore saw some more great performances from MSB with two more medals to bring the tally up to seven so far.
Molly Brown was up once again running in the U17G 400m. After easing through to the final in second place she had to run a much faster race and came in at 58.02 seconds in the final in a blanket finish for second, third and fourth. Molly posted the same time as second place but was given third and beat the fourth place girl by just 2/100ths of a second to pick up Bronze; her second medal of the championships.
Nkem Onwumereh qualified through to the final of the U14B 80m in second place behind his Dublin rival Shane Gevaro. In the final he once again proved his medal winning form by picking up the Bronze.
Thomas Bolton, showing he's not just good at running, was in the U12B Turbo Jav and finished in a creditable 13th place
Adam Brennan put in a solid throw around his PB to come 13th in the U13B Shot Put.
Rebecca Ward was also running in the U17G 400m and ran a great race coming fourth in her heat in 1:00.67 missing out on the final by 2/10ths of a second.
Patrick O'Donnell ran in the 60m U12B sprint and came in fourth place in his heat just missing out on qualification to the final.
David Troy ran a fantastic race in the U18B 3000m with a great time of 9:08.58 to come in fourth place in a packed final of 16 athletes.
The final day of the Juvenile National Championships took place today in Tullamore. Seven MSB athletes took part today in various events and one more national medal was added to the tally to make a total of eight medals over the three days.
Nkem Onwumereh was in the U14B 200m where he eased into final with 25.16 in the heat and ran slightly quicker in the final with a time of 25.12 to take the Bronze medal!
Viviana McCann ran a great race and came seventh in the U14G 1500m in a time of 5:06.65
James Bolton in the U14B 1500m had a very solid performance in a time of 4:44.85 to come in eighth place.
Robert Rebegea running in the U16B 1500m ran a great race to finish in 10th place in a time of 4:31.92
Sean White-Mullen, who is much more used to the shorter 800m distance, ran in the U17B 1500m and came in eighth place in a fantastic time of 4:17.64 in a great race with a quality line-up.
Mark O'Connor in the U18B 1500m came fifth in a time of 4:24.30 in the heat to clinch a place in the final but was unfortunately unable to run in the final.
Special mention to Finn Woodger who missed out on a medal by one single centimetre with his final jump of the U15B Triple Jump competition but a massive PB of 10.32m and a fourth place in the Nationals is something to be proud of.
Well done to all who took part in the championships where MSB probably had their best performance overall for many a year with eight medals from the 20 events where an athlete or relay team was able to compete. Thanks once again to all the athletes, coaches and parents!