Report - National Indoor Juvenile Champs 2018 - Day 1
Sunday, 18th March 2018
It was not all bad news for MSB after the cancellation of the St. Patrick's Festival 5k race due to the bad weather.
Six of our juveniles were in action in indoor Arena in Athlone IT on the first day of the National Indoor Juvenile Championships.
Oisin Tebite was first up in the U14B High Jump. With first time clearances up to 1.45m, Oisin struggled with the next height of 1.48m. Lying in 4th place he managed to clear it with his last attempt to move to the next height. Clearing 1.51 on his second jump he was assured of the Bronze medal. 1.54m proved a jump too far but a fantastic start for Oisin and MSB.
Oisin was also running in the U14B 60m sprint and came third in his heat and just missed out on getting to the final with the ninth fastest time.
Molly Brown in the U18G 400m eased through to the final coming first in her heat with a time of 59.17. The final proved a tougher affair with Molly running strong to finish in third place in a brilliant time of 58.26 to claim the second Bronze of the day for MSB.
Simon Ayres got through to the final as a fastest loser in 51.46 in his heat of the U19B 400m. He pulled out a superb run in the final to resoundingly break the 51-second barrier in a time of 50.80 to claim the third Bronze of the day.
Ethan Monahan in his first nationals took part in two events and performed solidly with a throw of 6.81m in the U13B Shot Put and a jump of 1.20m in the U13B High Jump.
Aisling Mohan was running the U18G 1500m. Unusually, this consisted of a heat and a final. Aisling eased through her heat gaining an automatic qualifying spot after coming fourth in her heat in a time of 4:59.21. The final was a lot quicker and Aisling battled it out and crossed the line in a time of 4:55.82 finishing in fourth just outside the medals.
Nkem Onwumereh was in action in the U15B 60m having claimed a gold and two silvers in the previous three years. Qualifying from the heat in a time of 7.39, just edging out his Dublin rival by 1/100th of a second, to get to the final. Shane, who has come out on top at both Dublin and national level for the last couple of years, was the firm favourite. However, Nkem ran a superb final in a time of 7.28, just 2/100ths of a second outside the Championship Record. The fourth medal of the day for MSB and first Gold.
Four medals in total on the first day is a great start to the Indoor Championships. Hopefully, there'll be more to come in the next weeks.
Full results are here: http://live.athleticsireland.ie/event108h01.html