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Monday, 4th March 2024

Standout performances from Boyne AC at Leinster Indoor Championships

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Hannele Raji, Aimee Rice And Shauna Rice at the Leinster indoor Championships at the weekend.

Boyne AC had a busy weekend of racing, with some standout performances, medals, and personal bests.  The Boyne Ac squad arrived at the spectacular Athlone International Arena with around 40 entries in the Leinster Indoor Championships.

Boyne Ac's head coaches, Ken Meier and Keith Byrne, who guided the competitive team of athletes to success, were always present to offer advice and support. 

  Twenty Boyne AC athletes competed on the first day, and they did not disappoint. What a thrilling day that was. Ryan Mc Mahon, who was competing in his first-ever Leinster Indoor championship, comfortably won the gold medal in the U16 sprint with a remarkable time of 7.61. An incredible performance.  

Sam Doyle competed in the U16 60-meter sprint as well, he placed fourth in his heat and narrowly missed qualifying for the final.

Romeo Fomenky and Ledley King Abor, two gifted athletes, represented the U17s in the 60 metre sprint. Romeo took home the Silver medal with a blistering timing of 7.28 seconds, though both athletes performed outstandingly, Coach Ken Meier was very proud.

Boyne Ac's amazing sprinter Nina King Abor achieved a well-deserved silver medal after competing against the top athletes in Leinster, in a remarkable 60-meter sprint finishing in 7.92 seconds. Another medal to add to her collection.

 Returning to the Boys U12 Metre Sprint, Boyne AC featured three athletes. Sean Clarke easily won his heat and advanced to the semi-finals, where he was defeated at the finish line in a photo finish.

Charlie Kelly performed quite well and finished fifth in his heat. He is definitely someone worth keeping an eye on. However, it was all up to the versatile Cillian Hickey, who advanced through the heats, semi-final, and final to provide a flawless performance and earn the bronze medal.  

Boyne AC’s Isabelle Winters in full flight at the Leinster Indoor Championships.

 Long-distance specialist Seamus Keenan competed in the 1500-meter race in the U16s. With an incredible effort, he finished fifth overall in his heat with a time of 4.51. A new PB for the mighty Keenan.  

Jack Garvey was the next to compete; he is no stranger to high-level competition, so he did what he did best and produced another incredible 1500-meter performance. He set a new personal best and won a bronze medal in the U17 race, adding  to his silverware collection. He finished in 4.17 seconds.

Boyne Ac's only representative in the girls' U17 400-meter race was Aimee Rice. After clocking in at a very impressive 1.15 seconds, Aimee was unfortunate not to have made it to the final. A new PB and Aimee was cheered on by proud dad Ian.

Instead of muddy footwear, young Evan Gamble, who enjoys cross-country courses, switched to the perfect six-lane indoor track and finished the fiercely contested U16 400-meter race in precisely one minute. A happy Evan and a new Pb are eager to return!

Shauna Rice in action at the Leinster Championships.

The final runner of the day for Boyne, Caomhin Mc Shane, put on an exciting race in the U19 400 metres setting a new Pb finishing in 55.97 seconds but was unfortunate not to make it to the final, Caomhin is undoubtedly someone to keep an eye on.

Boyne Ac had three representatives on day one of the high jump. Charlie Kelly led off the U12 competition with a fantastic leap, placing him sixth overall. Not bad for his debut Leinster Indoor Championship effort!
Ryan McMahon and Sam Doyle competed in the U16 high jump, with Ryan placing fifth and Sam placing sixth. Both boys set new personal bests by jumping over 1.45 metres.

 Ruadhan Fangeru represented the U14 class in the shot putt and broke his previous record Pb when he threw the 2.72 kg over 6.93 metres. This young athlete, who narrowly missed out on a medal, has a bright future in field events.

Hannele won the silver medal in the U16 Shot Putt competition with a superb throw of 8.68 metres and on Day 2, she returned to participate in the U16 long jump and, true to form, turned in a medal-winning effort, jumping 4.71 metres to claim a well-deserved bronze medal. Hannele was cheered on by her proud parents and fellow athletes.  

Determination on the face of Hannele Raji at the Leinster Indoor Championships.

The next athlete to represent Boyne Ac in the U12 long jump was Aoife McCabe who had a great jump of 2.88 metres, but she was just outside of the medal hunt.

After winning bronze on the first day of the Leinster Championships, Cillian Hickey returned for more action and competed in the U12 long jump. He missed a medal by a small hair, but his excellent jump of 3.51 sets a new personal best.

 Sean Alhaddad was the sole Boyne AC representative in the boys' U15 shot putt. However, despite a great throw of 5.99, he was unable to take home a medal today.

 Day two continued with more athletes in the 200 metre race and as usual the Boyne Ac supporters lined the stadium to cheer on our gutsy athletes. Hannele Raji was the first competitor in the girls' U16 race, and after a good finish in her heat, she advanced to the final and finished an impressive 4th overall just missing out on a medal.

In the U16 200-meter race, Emmett Mc Shane, Ryan Mc Mahon, Sam Doyle, and Evan Gamble were the following competitors. Ryan Mc Mahon and Evan Gamble easily won in their heats to go to the final, where the Mighty Ryan won the bronze medal.

Sam Doyle ran a great race, setting a fast time of 26.84 to place second in his heat. Emmett had an amazing time of 28.40 to place third in his heat. The four athletes are an inspiration to Boyne Ac younger athletes.

Medal winners Ryan Mc Mahon and Jack Devitt.

Brothers Jack and Harry Devitt excelled in the 200-meter race, with Harry turning in a superb run. In his heat, Jack finished second in the U19 race. Even though this race had the most entries of the day, Jack produced a strong run in the final and did well enough to finish in a fantastic 3rd place, with a new PB of 24.94. 

In the girls 200-meter race, Aimee Rice was the only representative. Her fast time of 30.61 saw her narrowly miss qualifying for the final. Another well-earned new personal best for the dedicated athlete. 

The strong Isabelle Winters had another outstanding performance in the 600-meter event. She advanced to the final, where it was a fight to the finish, thanks to a strategic run in her heat. Isabelle, who was unlucky not to win a medal, is excited for the upcoming season.

Aoife McCabe faced a strong field of competitors in the metre U12 race, where she was making her championship debut. Her outstanding performance in her heat earned her a spot in the final where she had another fantastic run, however she did not manage to secure a spot on the podium.

Eoin Mc Entee and Riley Byrne competed in the 800-meter race to cap off Day 2. With a terrific time of 2.38, Eoin just missed qualifying for the final. Riley, meanwhile, breezed through his heat to face the best of the best in the final. Despite finishing just outside the medals after a fantastic race, it should be noted that these two athletes are well-known for their long-distance abilities. Everyone at the Boyne Ac Camp had an incredible weekend, and the club will be back next weekend with teams competing in the Championship relays.

 

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