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Monday, 12th August 2019

Record crowds for Boyne AC Open Sports Day

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The boy’s u13 winning relay team receive the Killian Ekhator memorial award from Killian’s mother, Alicia Ekhator.

Boyne AC held its annual Open Sports Day recently, with record attendance once again. Building on its reputation as one of the most popular track & field events in Leinster, the club played host to athletes from Offaly, Kildare, Wexford, Kilkenny, Monaghan and Cavan with the day also well attended by the more local Louth and Meath athletics clubs.

With glorious weather and the superb facilities of the Lourdes Stadium, the day was set to be a success, and it certainly didn't disappoint. For the host club, there was great representation across all the age groups, with athletes competing across a range of events, and for some, their first try at competitive athletics.

Certainly one to watch, Leyton Byrne ran a super 60m in the u8 boys race to claim victory, and followed this up with another super win in the 200m race.

It was gold again for Boyne in the u10 80m sprint, with Peter Somdina taking the top spot, while in the u11 boys 80m, Calum Byrne took silver, and he also took a second place finish in the 200m.

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Oliver Carolan was unlucky to just miss out on a medal finishing 4th in the u12 sprint, while it was a comfortable win for Leon King Abor in his 100m u16 race.

Euan Canniffe, more noted for his throwing events, took on the challenge of both the u17 100m and the 800m, taking silver and gold respectively.

The girls track events were no less thrilling, and none more so than the u8 events, with a great win for Isabelle Winters in both the 60m and 200m sprint, followed by a third place finish for Cara Fagan, and just behind in fourth for Ruby Cooper, while in the 200m, it was a sea of yellow, as Ruby joined Isabelle taking silver, with Sarah Ann Walsh taking the bronze, and clubmate Robyn Reilly finished in an impressive 5th place in the u9 girls 200m. 

With the track races well and truly underway, the field events then began, with the u9 girls Turbo javelin getting things going. Robyn Reilly finished in an impressive fourth place, with a throw of 6.64m, with Ava Black and Ruby Cooper both throwing well too.

In the boys event, there were great efforts from Ben Kelly, Keelan Byrne and Ruadhan Fangerau. The u10s saw a stacked field in the long jump, with Bonnie Hegarty finishing in a fine 6th place from a field of 23, jumping 3.26m, while also jumping well were Sadhbh O'Donoghue, Freya Everitt, Isabelle Winters and Ava Black.

In the boys long jump, Louis Devitt also finished in sixth place, with Paul Okarah not far behind in 10th. Also performing well were Cillian Everitt, Ruadhan Fangerau, Peter Olanah, Joe Bell and Spencer Gaynor. Ally Fennell was the clear winner in the girls u11 Turbo Javelin, with a fine throw of 16.15m, setting herself a new PB throw also, with clubmate Shauna Rice also throwing well. In the u12 girls long jump, there were more super performances from Paige Gaynor, Abbie Connor, Roisin Black and Aimee Rice, while in the boys event, Oliver Carolan, Harry Devitt, Johnny Black, Callum Reilly and Harry Bell all competed well.

The u12 girls turbo javelin saw Aimee Rice and Abbie Connor finish in eighth and 10th respectively, while in the boys event, Oliver Carolan was back to his winning ways with a fine 25.51m throw enough to secure gold, while Calum Byrne was delighted with his 3rd place finishing throw of 19.56m, also competing out of age, there were fine throws too from clubmates Harry Devitt and Callum Reilly. 

Aaron Fennell jumped 4.62 to take silver in the boys u14 long jump, with Ruairi Black not far behind in eighth place. Aaron was then quickly back on to the podium, this time winning the u14 javelin with a huge throw of 43.64m, a clear 10m ahead of his nearest competitor.

In the u16 event, Max Kingston continues to impress as he threw 32.46 to take silver, while it was gold for Euan canniffe with a super 49.22m throw in the u18 javelin.

A great day finished on an emotional note, with the u13 boys winning relay team from Ardee and District AC awarded the Killian Ekhator memorial cup, presented by Killians mum, Alicia, honouring the memory of a much loved and missed young man.

The Pat Walker Shield for best visiting club was won for the first time by Dunleer AC, with Ardee unable to retain it for a third year, but promising to win it back next year!

Huge thanks must go to the hardworking Boyne AC committee and all volunteers who helped on the day, and to all those who came along to take part, making the day such a success.

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