Report - National Indoor Juvenile Champs 2018 - Day 2
Sunday, 25th March 2018
The second day out in Athlone at the Indoor Juvenile National Championships saw another set of fine performances by 11 MSB athletes in attendance.
First up was Noah McCarthy in the U12B 600m. In the first heat, he ran a steady race in his first indoor nationals and came through in seventh place in a time of 1:59.00. He has got a taste for it and definitely wants to be back next year.
Eoin Casey was next in the U12B Long Jump where he jumped out to 3.48m to finish in 16th place.
Three of our U14 girls had qualified for the 800m. Gara Williams and Aoife Brown ran a very controlled heat coming in first and third in 2:29.20 and 2.29.67 respectively to automatically qualify for the final. Zoe Coquart ran a very solid race in the second heat and ran a PB of 2:37.34 to finish in seventh place.
Up next was Finn Woodger in the U16B 800m. In the tougher of the two heats, Finn ran a very good tactical race and pushed himself all the way to the line to take fourth place in a massive four second PB of 2:07.65 knowing a fastest loser place was on the line. The second race was slower and Finn duly qualified for the final with the fifth fastest time (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792023530828474/?t=2089 )
Robert Rebegea, in the first heat of the U17B 800m race, ran a solid race and came over the line in fifth place in a time or 2:13.21 but, as it was the slower heat, there was no chance to qualify for the final. (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792023530828474/?t=3163 )
Sean White-Mullin was running in the U18B 800m. You never know what to expect with Sean but he ran a very good heat to finish in second in a time of 2:04.44 to qualify automatically for the final. (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792023530828474/?t=4296 )
In the final heat of the U19B 800m, Simon Ayres, more used to the 400m after his Bonze last week, was trying out the 800m at national level for the first time. A gutsy run saw him finish second in 2:02.28 to qualify for the final (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792023530828474/?t=5042 )
More representation for MSB in the field events were two more U14s in the Shot Put and Long Jump.
Louie Woodger had qualified for the third year running for the Shot Put. Having previously finished third and sixth he was looking for a PB and to be in the final top eight for the extra three throws. A throw of 9.44 put him in fifth place after three throws but after the fifth round he had dropped to sixth. One final throw was needed, a PB of 9.96, which pushed him up to a very creditable fourth place.
Oisin Tebite, hot from his Bronze in the High Jump last week, launched himself out to a PB jump of 5.04m. With four more jumps over 4.90m, he put in a very consistent performance to win the Gold medal by six centimetres.
The finals of the 800m were next up with five of our MSB athletes qualifying for their respective finals
The U14G 800m final had both Aoife and Gara who both used their growing experience during the race. Sophie Quinn, of Ratoath AC, was "uncatchable" so they moved into second and third place respectively and opened up a large gap to fourth place with two laps to go. With Aoife finishing second in a PB time of 2:22.92 and Gara in third in 2:26.35, also a PB, they took a superb Silver and Bronze for MSB. (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792290114135149/?t=3959 )
Finn was up next in the U16B 800m final. With the eventual race winner setting off at a blistering pace, Finn kept a steady pace and battled his way to the line to take sixth place in a time of 2:08.53. (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792290114135149/?t=5157 )
Sean, in the U18B 800m final, knew he had to go quicker in the final to have a chance of a podium place. He duly did just that but just missed out on a medal coming over the line in fourth place in a time of 2:01.14 (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792290114135149/?t=6042 )
Simon was last up for MSB in the U9B 800m final. The race was a very fast one and Simon hung on for the four laps coming through the line in sixth place. A massive milestone was broken with a PB time of 1:59.96 breaking the magical 2-minute barrier by the finest of margins. (Stream: https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsIreland/videos/1792290114135149/?t=6277 )
Special mention to Leila McCormack who came down to Athlone to cheer the rest of the U14G 4x200m relay team in their 800m race
So three more medals for MSB along with a couple of fourth places and a couple of sixth places along with some other fine performances. The relays plus some other field events are up next in just less than two weeks on Sat 7th April back out in Athlone.