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Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country 2019 Results

Results

Photos

A selection of photos of medallists at this year’s Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country.

Co. Longford Primary Schools Cross Country Results 2019

3rd\4th Class Girls 800m race

3rd\4th Class Boys 800m race

5th\6th Class Girls 1000m race

5th\6th Class Boys 1000m race

Secondary Schools 1st\2nd Year

Team Results

Connacht Qualifiers

Irish Life Health National Outdoor Juvenile Championships – Day 2

13 July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

Sprinting was the main event on Day 2 of the Irish Life Health National Outdoor Juvenile Championships and Edgeworthstown sisters Yemi and Funmi Talabi were in top form taking the National title in U15 and U18 Girls’ 100m.

Funmi is well known at Connacht level as she has consistently been ‘the fastest girl’ since she started competing at U9 level. In early June she won the All-Ireland Schools Minor Girls 100m with new pb of 12.35 seconds so she was in great form going into the Juvenile Championships.

Funmi clocked the fastest heat time, 12.67 seconds, of all 15 girls and advanced to the final to win in 12.43 seconds. Next up for Funmi will be the trip to Limerick to compete in the National Community Games in August.

The success for Longford AC continued as Yemi won her heat and had the fastest time of all 14 runners going into the final. She stormed out of the blocks and clearly owned the race as she powered across the finish line at 12.20 seconds to take the National Outdoor title for the second year in a row. It was definitely a proud day for the girls’ mother, Adetutu Talabi, to have both daughters stand tall on the podium receiving national gold medals.

Sisters Funmi and Yemi Talabi from Edgeworthstown celebrate winning Athletics Ireland National titles in sprint on Day 2 of the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore.

It has been a very busy few weeks on the track for Yemi winning Bronze, 12.27 seconds, at the All-Ireland Schools Championships, Gold, 12.35 seconds, at the Tailteann Schools Inter-provincial Games, finishing 7th in the National Junior\U20 Championships and competing at the BAUHAUS Junior Gala in Mannheim, Germany achieving her season’s best performance of 11.89 seconds.

Not yet seventeen years old it is fantastic that all these achievements have culminated in Yemi being selected for both the SIAB (Schools International Athletic Board) in Swansea, Wales and the Ireland U20 Women’s 4X100m relay team competing at the European U20 Championships in Boras, Sweden from the 18th – 21st July 2019. She is part of the six member squad that includes top sprinters Patience Jumbo-Gula, Lauren Cadden and Alannah McGuinness.

Longford AC coaches and juvenile members are looking forward to following Yemi’s progress as she travels this week for European competition.

Irish Life Health National Junior and U23 Outdoor Championships

6th July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers’ Stadium

Longford Athletics Club had four athletes entered in the National Junior and U23 Outdoor Championships on 6th July 2019 at Tullamore Harriers’ Stadium. The Junior category comprises athletes aged 16-19 years with three age groups competed together in one category as U20.

All the best upcoming talent in athletics from across the country were in completion on the day, fine tuning their preparations ahead of the European U18 and U20 Championships later this month in Baku, Azerbajan and Boras, Sweden respectively.

As predicted High Jump Champion Nelvin Appiah lived up to the Athletics Ireland preview that was posted ahead of the event “Nelvin Appiah (Longford) is sure to grab the crowd’s attention in the men’s high jump”. He got the crowd behind him supporting him with a clapping beat as he took Gold at 2.00m in the Junior Men’s High Jump.
Nelvin adds this National title to his collection as he has already had a busy summer winning the All-Ireland Schools Senior Boys High Jump with new pb of 2.10m and competing with team Ireland at the European Games in Minsk with the highlight finishing third in his group and adding 7 team points.

Sixteen year old Adeyemi Talabi clocked 12.32 seconds as she won her 100m heat and advanced to the Junior Women’s final finishing seventh place in the extremely talented line-up that included Ireland’s top sprinters Rhasidat Adeleke and Patience Jumbo-Gula. Yemi recently clocked an extremely impressive new 100m personal best of 11.89 seconds competing at the BAUHAUS Junior Gala in Mannheim, Germany.

Aaron Kelly and Gospel Idahor both competed in the 100m and 200m heats but missed the qualification cutoff for finals. Gospel continues to improve in Triple Jump finishing in 8th place over with new pb of 9.96m which is a 12 inch improvement from her gold medal Connacht performance in early June (9.61m).

Further National completion continues for the next few weekends in July at Tullamore which will see several of Longford AC’s talented teenage athletes take to the track at the Irish Life Health Juvenile All-Ireland Championships in sprints and middle distance events.

Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 for athletes U14+

15th June 2019 at Sligo IT

Longford AC 10 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze & 1 X 4th Place

Gold:

U19 Girls 4X100m Relay 54.13 sec, Gospel Idahor, Adeyemi Talabi, Regina Rawle, Aoife Maher

U19 100m 12.88 sec, 200m 26.97 sec, Triple Jump 9.61m- Gospel Idahor

U19 400m 50.95 sec, High Jump, 100m 11.16 sec (guest)- Nelvin Appiah

U18 100m 11.52 sec- Killian Rawle

U15 100m 12.86 sec- Funmi Talabi

U16 800m 2:32.84 min- Kate Hagan

Silver:

U18 100m 12.266 sec, Long Jump 5.49m- Adeyemi Talabi

U16 800m 2:11.07 min, 3000m 10:57.05 min- Jack Gallagher

Bronze:

U16 100m 13.48 sec- Sarah McPhillips

U16 3000m 11:38.98 min- Kate Hagan

4th place

U16 1500m 5:17.49 min- Kate Hagan

Gold was the colour of the day as Longford Athletics Club teenage athletes came home from Sligo with 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals after Day 2 of the Western Region Provincial Outdoor Championships on 15th June 2019.

The U19 Girls 4X100m Relay team of Gospel Idahor, Adeyemi Talabi, Regina Rawle and Aoife Maher got the day off to a great start winning their event outright. It is an achievement to see the girls staying together throughout the winter to make a team.

The very full timetable of events for over 450 athletes in the U14 to Masters age groups took eight hours to complete such was the variety of races on the track and eight separate field events: hammer, discus, long jump, javelin, high jump, pole vault, shot putt and triple jump.

Gospel Idahor and Nelvin Appiah made a clean sweep in U19 events and between them they are 2019 Connacht Champions in 100m, 200m, 400m, triple jump and high jump. This lines them up for a very busy summer of Athletics Ireland National competition in both juvenile and junior age groups. Nelvin who was selected for Team Ireland in Senior Men’s High Jump is preparing for departure to Minsk at the end of the week for the European Games.

Killian Rawle and Funmi Talabi were the other two sprinters to take the Connacht Outdoor title in the 100m. After a strong run in the U19 girls relay Adeyemi Talabi won a pair of Silver medals in U18 100m and Long Jump. In the very evenly matched U16 age group where every fraction of a hundredth of a second makes a difference Sarah McPhillips won Bronze in the U16 100m and 5th place in the 200m.

The focus then turned to the middle distance runners with Kate Hagan and Jack Gallagher both impressing on the day. They put themselves under pressure running multiple distances with very little recovery time. Kate was in great form finishing 4th in the 1500m in the morning and managed to win Gold in the 800m and Bronze in the 3000m in the afternoon. Jack Gallagher ran very well to take Silver in the 800m and even with very heavy legs he was back on the track with essentially no break to take his second Silver in the 3000m.

With all the Provincial Championships now finished it is straight into all the outdoor action this summer. Longford Athletics Club takes great pride in seeing our juvenile athletes continuing to exceed expectations as they go forward to compete on the National and International platform. 

All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships 2019

1st June 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

There were great results for the Longford AC teenage athletes at the All-Ireland Schools Championships. We now have 2 All-Ireland Schools Champions in high jump and sprint, plus Silver & Bronze medallists. Congratulations to all the competitors, what a great way to end the school year!

Moyne Community School

Nelvin Appiah- 2nd year in a row All-Ireland Schools High Jump Champion when he cleared 2.10m for a thrilling new pb to win Gold in Senior Boys High Jump and 6th place in the 100m 10.89 seconds.

Cian McPhillips- Silver in the Senior Boys 800m, time of 1:53.41 min

Yemi Talabi- Bronze in the Intermediate Girls 100m, in 12.27 sec and 4th place in Long Jump (5.65m)

Kate Hagan- 10th place in the Junior Girls 1500m in time of 5:11.56 minutes

Gospel Idahor- Senior Girls 400m 7th place, 1:00.14 min

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard

Funmi Talabi- Gold in the Minor Girls 100m, and a new pb at 12.35 sec

Nelvin Appiah

Nelvin Appiah soaring over the bar at 2.10m for Gold, finishing his Moyne Community School athletics career with a thrilling new pb. For the 2nd year in a row Nelvin is All-Ireland Schools High Jump Champion. His progress in High Jump over the years: 2016 Silver 1.85m, 2017 Bronze 1.90m, 2018 Gold and new CBP 2.02m, 2019 Gold 2.10m. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Funmi Talabi

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard 2nd year student Funmi Talabi winning Gold in the Minor Girls 100m sprint, with a new pb at 12.35 seconds, at the All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore on 1st June 2019. Funmi has been fastest girl in her age group in Connacht since she was U9 and has excelled in Community Games so we are very proud to see her reaching the national schools podium. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Yemi Talabi

Yemi Talabi captured in action in the Inter Girls 100m final at the All-Ireland Schools Championships on June 1st in Tullamore. She worked hard to win Bronze at 12.27 seconds in a very talented line-up. Yemi finishing in 4th place in Long Jump at 5.65m.
This is Yemi’s third year to compete: In 2018 Yemi won Gold in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump 6.02m and set a new CBP. In 2017 she was the Bronze medallist in the Junior Girls 100m, 12.82 sec, and took 4th place in Junior Girls Long Jump, 5.10m. photo by Keith McClure Photography

Cian McPhillips

Without a doubt the race of the day! Both feeling the burn after 800m as they tried to out run each other to the finish line… photos by Keith McClure Photography
Cian 2016 10th place Junior Boys 800m,2:11.71 minutes
2017 Bronze U16 Boys 1 mile, 4:34.65 minutes
2018 Gold Inter Boys 1500m, 4:09.93 minutes

4 Counties Midlands Inter-County Match

17 May 2019 at Tullamore Harriers Stadium

This is Longford’s eighth year to take part in the Offaly invitational 4 Counties Track & Field competition at Tullamore Harriers Stadium. 26 juvenile athletes in the U9-U14 age group took part with many trying shot putt for the first time. Thanks to Coaches Donal Mulligan and John Fitzpatrick who were on duty as officials at the finish line and turbo javelin events.

15 Longford AC medallists (5 Gold, 6 Silver, 4 Bronze)

1st place U9 Boys Turbo Javelin Sean Og Browne 11.61m

2nd place U9 Boys 60M Sean Og Browne

2nd place U9 Boys 300M Sean Og Browne

2nd place U9 Boys Turbo Javelin John Fitzpatrick 8.81m

1st place U10 Girls 60M Izzy Masterson                

1st place U10 Girls Turbo Javelin Sinead Masterson 9.15m

3rd place U10 Girls Long Jump Sinead Masterson 2.55m  

2nd place U10 Boys Turbo Javelin James Burke 10.42m                

3rd place U10 Boys Turbo Javelin Thomas Reilly 10.33m

1st place U12 Girls 600M Rachel Keenan

3rd place U12 Girls 80M Rachel Keenan

1st place U12 Boys Long Jump Max Gallagher 3.28m

3rd place U12 Boys 80M Sean Grealy                                            

2nd place U13 Girls 80M Aoife Farrell   

2nd place U13 Girls Shot Putt Ella Reilly 6.64m

Longford Primary School Relay Races 2019

Hosted by Longford Athletics Club
Clonguish GAA Grounds, Newtownforbes on Friday 10th May 2019

This was the 7th year that Longford Athletics Club has hosted the Primary Schools’ Relay Races and we had the participation of 475 children running in the relays and subs races.

12 primary schools across the County took part: St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; St Sinneach’s NS, Colehill; St Colmcille NS; St Patrick’s NS, Dromard; St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; Fermoyle NS; Killeen NS; St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; Melview NS; Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; Tashinny NS

Congratulations to St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown (30pts) on winning the Ray Flynn trophy for the best overall school for the 4th year in a row. As two schools were tied on 13 points the place was determined by which school won the most races so 2nd place went to St Mel’s NS, Ardagh as they won 2 races and 3rd place St Teresa’s NS, Killoe as they won one race.

2019 Longford Primary Schools’ Relay Races Results

  1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2nd Class Girls Melview NS St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown St Teresa’s NS, Killoe
2nd Class Boys St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown St Teresa’s NS, Killoe Fermoyle NS
3rd Class Girls       St Teresa’s NS,
Killoe
St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown St Matthew’s NS
Ballymahon
3rd Class Boys Fermoyle NS Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes St Mel’s NS
Ardagh
4th Class Girls Scoil Mhuire NS
Newtownforbes
St Mary’s NS
Edgeworthstown
St Theresa’s NS, Killoe
4th Class Boys St Mel’s NS, Ardagh St Mary’s NS
Edgeworthstown
St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon
5th Class Girls St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes St Mel’s NS
Ardagh
5th Class Boys St Patrick’s NS, Dromard St Mary’s NS
Edgeworthstown
St Mel’s NS, Ardagh
6th Class
Girls
St Mel’s NS,
Ardagh
St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon Melview NS
6th Class Boys St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown St Teresa’s NS
Killoe
Melview NS

Results of Subs

Results of Subs Races

2nd Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Makayla Lyons, Melview NS; 2nd Katie Reynolds, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; 3rd Cathy McGillery, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon

2nd Class Boys

Subs: 1st Jack McGrath, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes; 2nd Tyrese Wenman, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd David Nicolas, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

3rd Class Girls

Subs: 1st Victoria Bodzioy, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 2nd Lois Gilbert, Melview NS; 3rd Olivia Johnston, Melview NS

3rd Class Boys

Subs: 1st Alvin Konton, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Cian D’Arcy, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd Sean O’Dowd, Fermoyle NS

4th Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Amelia Zukrowska, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 2nd Rowena Murtagh, St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; 3rd Ava Smith, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

4th Class Boys

Subs: 1st David Osabuehien, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Brian Mulvihill, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon; 3rd Kristers Stremers, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

5th Class Girls

Subs: 1st Ini Nicholas, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown; 2nd Rachel Gillanders, Tashinny NS, Edgeworthstown; 3rd Ellie Johnston, Melview NS

5th Class Boys

Subs: 1st Aaron Hopkins, St Teresa’s NS, Killoe; 2nd Daniel Hogan, Fermoyle NS; 3rd Fionn Crossan, Scoil Mhuire NS, Newtownforbes

6th Class Girls 

Subs: 1st Ciara Brier, St Mel’s NS, Ardagh; 2nd Caoimhe Kearney, St Patrick’s NS, Dromard; 3rd Ella O’Reilly, St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown

6th Class Boys

Subs: 1st Cormac O’Dowd, Fermoyle NS; 2nd Cillian O’Brien, St Teresa’s NS; 3rd Joshua O’Reilly, St Matthew’s NS, Ballymahon

The programme of events for the schools relay

4th Class Girls 4x200m Race ready for the starter’s whistle

6 Boys' race

Boys’ race at the starting line with batons in hand

Teams lining up and getting instructions

Teams lining up and getting instructions

St Mel's NS, Ardagh

St Mel’s NS, Ardagh win 2nd place trophy

Students from St Mary’s NS, Edgeworthstown lift the winning trophy for the 4th year in a row

U9-11 Indoor Competition – Report

Hosted by Roscommon County Athletics Board
4th May 2019 at Athlone IT Indoor Arena

longford-ac-junior-athletes

Well done to the nearly 30 children from Longford AC that took part in the U9-11 Indoor Competition at Athlone IT on Saturday 4th May 2019. This is the 4th year that the Roscommon Athletics Board has invited Longford to take part in this event and it proved to be a great day out again this year.

All of our youngest athletes got the opportunity to try out all 4 events: sprint, middle distance, long jump and turbo javelin. It was a learning experience for both athletes and parents with all races done on timed results. For some of the children this was their first time representing Longford AC and wearing their new blue singlets. Taking part to try new things and showing good sportsmanship by all the competitors is important to learn from the beginning because not everyone can win a medal.
Many of our Longford athletes performed very well to reach the podium and you can see the wonderful smiling faces from the photographs!

The results from this competition are used as a guideline to make the pairs for the upcoming Connacht Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday 8th June 2019 at Dangan Sports Facilities in Galway.

Born 2011 =U9
Aoibhinn Coffey, Sarah Taitt, Cadhla Golden
John Fitzpatrick, Eoghan Mulligan, Seàn Òg Browne

Born 2010 =U10
Izzy Masterson, Bláithín Coffey, Lauren Mc Ardle, Emily Mc Ardle, Sophia Carey, Cara Dorr, Sinead Masterson, Ruth Dennigan, Taylyn Hoban
Ronan Grealy, Callum Cooke, Calum Duignan, James Burke, Odhran Crossan

Born 2009 =U11
Mia Lynn, Abbie Mulligan, Olive Forbes, Ella Duignan, Ailbhe Mulligan, Ellen Finn
Cian Costello, Odhrán Foley, Naoise Golden

Longford AC at National Indoor Championships

Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships
30 & 31 March 2019
Athlone IT International Arena

Longford Athletics Club juvenile members win 3 National titles in 800m, Long Jump and High Jump as the Club celebrates its most successful National Indoor Championships ever.

After a very successful weekend at the track Longford Athletics Club continues to go from strength to strength winning a grand total of eight medals at this year’s National Indoor Championships. The Club got off to a flying start in January with three medals at the National Juniors Championship. Cian McPhillips set a new championship best performance (CBP) as he won the 1500m, 3:54.77 minutes, and the two silver medals were won by Nelvin Appiah jumping 1.96m in High Jump and Yemi Talabi 5.24m in Long Jump.

Day 1 of the National Juvenile competition saw nine Longford athletes in action in sprints, long jump and the 1500m with most achieving new personal best (pb) times. Yemi Talabi won the U18 Girls Long Jump title at 5.42m and Bronze in the 60m sprint at 7.67 seconds. Nelvin Appiah had a fantastic photo finish at the line as he won Silver and got a new sub 7 second pb at 6.97. Both Funmi Talabi, U15 7.07 seconds, and Gospel Idahor, U19 7.91 seconds, notched new pbs in their respective heats to qualify for finals finishing 5th and 6th overall.

Events on the second day were 200m, 600m, 800m and high jump, with eight Longford athletes competing.  Cian McPhillips made the running look easy as he was the only one across the line in under two minutes as he took Gold in a straight final of fourteen runners in the U18 Boys 800m. Cian is already listed for both 800m and 1500m on the Athletics Ireland (AI) 2019 Top Performances List.

Attention turned to the centre of the track as Nelvin Appiah worked his charm on the large crowd in attendance getting them to support his every jump with a clapping beat.  He cleared 4 heights with no faults to take the U19 Men’s High Jump title and impressive new pb at 2.05m. This was bitter sweet for Nelvin as he had to sacrifice an expected medal in the 200m as both events clashed on the timetable. The 2.05m jump puts Nelvin in 2nd place on the AI 2019 Top Performances List and he moves from up 25th to 20th place as one of the youngest athlete to achieve this in high jump on the Irish All Time Indoor List.

Well done to Sarah McPhillips, Kate Hagan, Gospel Idahor and Killian Rawle who all qualified for events on both days and show continued improvement as they gain more experience in competition on the National platform. Many of the teenage members of the Club added Pilates and indoor strength and conditioning to their training over the last year and the benefits will continue to be seen in competition in the coming months.

As the Indoor season is nearly over Longford AC comes away with their largest collection to date, a grand total of eight medals, one Gold and two Silver in Juniors and three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze for Juveniles. Relays are the only event left for the final day of the National Indoor Championships next weekend with Longford AC’s U15 Girls 4X200m team competing in the morning session.