Report - National Indoor Juvenile Champs 2018 - Day 3
Saturday, 8th April 2018
The final day of the National Indoor Juvenile Championships saw 13 MSB athletes across three relay events and two long jumps events.
The day had been rescheduled due to the bad weather so it had been a long wait for the relay teams.
Up first was Finn Woodger in the U16B Long Jump. His first jump saw him go out past five metres just one centimetre behind his PB with a jump of 5.05. This jump got him into the final three jumps in seventh place. His final jump was a 2cm PB of 5.08 just 1cm off sixth place, seventh in Ireland was a great start to the day.
The relays are usually a great and exciting event with thrills and spills. The uneven relays in the morning were full of drama and the afternoon even age events proved even more dramatic.
The U14G (Aoife, Gara, Leila and Zoe) were the first MSB relay team to take to the track in the heat of the 4x200m. The Dublin champions ran a great heat in a time of 1:53.62 which was almost two seconds quicker than in the Dublin championship to qualify for the final as the second fastest team.
The U14B (Oisin, Louie, Ben and Sam) team knew it was going to be a tough ask to make it out of the 4x200m heat and in to the final. A very good run and set of changeovers saw them improve their Dublin Championship time by just shy of two seconds to 1:54.58 running even quicker than the Blackrock team that had beaten them to the Gold in the Dublins. Unfortunately, it was still not quick enough to make the final.
The U16B (Nkem, Finn, Scott and Calum) stormed their 4x200m heat to qualify for the final with the second fastest time with a PB run of 1:40.06.
The finals came round thick and fast and the U14G took to the track in the final of their relay. With the best teams running it was a tougher affair with more congestion around the changeovers. The girls ran a great race and claimed the first medal of the day taking third place and the Bronze medal in a new PB time of 1:53.56.
In the meantime, Nkem was involved in the U15B Long Jump. With his second jump he flew out to 5.32m - a big PB - putting him into second place. His third round jump of 5.25 meant he stayed in second place on countback going into the final three jumps. With neither Nkem or the third place athlete making any improvement in the final three jumps, Nkem claimed Silver and the second medal of the day for MSB in as many minutes.
The final race of the day was the U16B 4x200m. A brilliant run by the boys saw them cross the line in third place just a whisker off second in a new PB time of 1:39.46. Calum, running in the final leg, sensed an injury in the last 50m but still gave it his all down the finishing straight. Unfortunately, the team was disqualified due to a lane infringement. An appeal was unsuccessful and the decision did seem a harsh one as the boys did not gain from it or impede any other athlete and were 2.5 seconds ahead of fourth place. The boys were bitterly disappointed but they will learn from it and will be back.
So two medals (and almost one more) was a fantastic return from the day.
Special mention to Sinead D who came along as the U14G sub and supported her team-mates throughout the day.
So nine medals in total over the three days which is a brilliant return for MSB along with many other fantastic performances over many different events. Big thanks to all the parents, coaches and volunteer officials for making it all possible!