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Monday, 10th June 2019

A busy week for Boyne AC with two Leinster Championship events

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It was a busy week in athletics last week, with two Leinster Championship events taking place in the space of six days!

The Leinster Team Championships took place on Bank Holiday Monday last, and for the first time, the event came to the wee county, taking place in the Lourdes Stadium.

There were great performances from all the athletes, competing on home turf in teams of four, each team member competing in two events and points determined on placings, it was certainly a team effort from everyone.

Boyne AC fielded three teams, and it was Gold for the boys u13 team of Sean Cummins, Sean Óg Corcoran, Oliver Carolan, Ledley King Abor (both out of age) with sub Calum Reilly. A long day of sprinting and throwing from these four young men culminated in an exciting relay finish, which saw the boys clinch the win at the end of a tough day’s competition.

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For the boys u15 team of Max Kingston, Aaron Fennell, Alex Devine and Amitesh Bala ( all three out of age) it also came down to the relays, with just a point separating second and third, and a fine run from all saw them take second place in the relay, and second team overall.

The girls u10 team of Wannita McCabe, Bonnie Hegarty, Sadhbh O'Donoghue and Ava Hand (out of age) had a great run to win their relay, but were just short of points across the other events, finishing in an admirable 6th place overall in one of the largest fields of competitors on the day.

After just a few days to rest, all roads led to Tullamore on Saturday last, with the first day of the Pairs and Individual Leinster Championships taking place. Adding to his Indoor Leinster title from March, Oliver Carolan continued his winning streak taking the Outdoor Leinster title, as he threw 9.87m to take the top spot in the boys u12 Shot Put, with a clear margin of over 60cm to 2nd place.

In the sprints, Ledley King Abor ran a comfortable heat in his 60m race to qualify for the semi-final, where again he was first to cross the line, securing his place in the final. A tough race saw just just .04 of a second separate the first two across the line, with Ledley just edged out into second place, taking the silver medal a fine result none the less.

Sean Cummins faced a tough heat and was unlucky not to progress to the final of the boys u13 80m sprint, while club mate Sean Óg Corcoran ran a fantastic time of 11.85s, just missing out on a place in the final by a mere half a second.

The final event of the day was the Inter County Relays, where teams comprised of the best sprinters from each county battled it out for a podium position, Boyne had two athletes chosen for the boys u13 relay, with Sean Cummins and Ledley King Abor both back on the track wearing the red vest of Louth with pride, and along with team-mates Jack Dowdall from Ardee & District AC and Aaron Hanratty from Glenmore AC, the boys ran a great race to take home the bronze medal.

The graded meeting hosted by Drogheda & District AC during the week also saw Boyne ACs Andrew White take on the tough 3,000m distance around the track, where he ran a fantastic time of 10.18.17, while in the Shot Put, Oliver Carolan threw a massive new PB of 10.58m, with Sean Cummins throwing 6.40m in only his second attempt at this event.


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