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Munster Track And Field 2015

MUNSTER DELIGHT FOR SHARON

Posted: 15/6/2015 - West Muskerry A.C. were in action on Saturday and Sunday last the 13th and 14th of June at the Munster U 14 to U19 Championships in Waterford and what a great day all the athletes had. The level of competition was very high with everyone battling hard to make it to the All Ireland Track and Field Championships.

In the Girls U 19 3000m Sharon O`Sullivan had a fantastic run. She has improved with every race she ran this year and her Personal Best is improving all the time. She was the first of the West Muskerry athletes to take to the track and what a day she had. She sprinted down the home straight and crossed the line in 1st place. Sharon was delighted to be crowned Munster U 19 3000m Champion 2015.

In the Girls U 17 Stephanie Cotter also had a great weekend. She competed in the 800m and the 1500m. In the 800m Stephanie took the lead with 300m to go and battled all the way home but was just caught coming down the home straight but was well deserving of the silver medal. In the 1500m Stephanie had to battle hard with the lead group and was well deserving of the bronze medal.

In the Girls U 15 1500m Caitlin Hurley had a superb race. She had to battle hard with the lead group also but never gave in and her determination was rewarded when she crossed the line in 3rd place just missing out on the silver medal. Caitlin and her teammate Sarah Kelleher also competed in the 800m. While both athletes fought hard throughout the race both were out of the medals on this occasion.

In the Boys U 19 1500m Billy Cronin had a great race. While his preparation leading up to the race was not great due to studies he still gave it his all on the day and was well deserving of the bronze medal after battling hard with the lead group.

In the Girls U 15 Discus Meabh O`Riordan was a little off her best but this was due to an injury which had interrupted her training. Meabh is looking after the injury and is looking forward to the next competition which she hopes she will be back to her best.

In the Girls U 14 1500m Annie Maher competed in her first Munster A track and Field Championship. Annie battled hard throughout the race and will have gained valuable experience at competing at a high level. Annie was out of the medals on this occasion but was delighted with the way she ran.

In the Boys U 15 800m James Downey too competed in his first Munster A Championship and his race was lightening fast. James latched on to the front group for most of the race and battled down the home straight. He gave it his all and was delighted with his new Personal Best. In the Girls U 19 400m Stephanie O`Sullivan also ran in her first Munster A 400m and was delighted with her performance as she too is coming back after injury. Stephanie is looking forward to the next race.

MUNSTER SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHAMPIONS

Four of the Muskerry Special Olympics club were in action on Saturday last the 13th of June in the Munster U16 Special Olympic Track and Field Championships and what a day they had. The clinking of the medals around their necks and the broad smiles on the athletes faces made all their parents, coaches and volunteers feel on top of the world and extremely proud of their achievements.

The sun was shining and the athletes were extremely happy to go out and give it their all and cross the finish line. Their extremely proud parents, coaches and volunteers were watching in the stand and were absolutely delighted at how well they performed. All the hard training the athletes have been doing over the last year paid off for all of them.

Katie Maloney was absolutely thrilled when she was awarded 1st place in both the 200m and the 100m for her division. Katie has been improving all year and she was delighted with her two gold medals.

Cathy Dullea was also on top of the world. Cathy competed in the 100m and the 200m and she was extremely happy with her 2nd place and 3rd place medal in her division. Cathy was only off crutches with a few weeks so she was thrilled to be able to compete and the medals were the icing on the cake for her.

Eoin Nagle was our newest member of the club and it was his first time competing in a Munster Special Olympic Championship. Again Eoin worked really hard in training and he crossed the finish line with a big smile on his face. Eoin competed in the 50m and the 25m run. He won the gold medal and the silver medal.

Denis Buckley was on fire in the 100m in his division and there was no stopping him. He sprinted all the way home and crossed the finish line in 1st place. Denis also competed in the 200m for the first time and he worked really hard and crossed the finish line in 4th place. This was a fantastic achievement for Denis and he was delighted with his gold medal and 4th place ribbon.

The four athletes could not wait to go home and show their friends and family the medals and ribbons they won. The club are now on a break until September. A big thank you to all the Parents, Coaches and Volunteers who have helped make Muskerry Special Olympics Club the very enjoyable and successful club it is today.

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