In Bloom

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Duleek and District Athletic Club

The daffodils are in bloom, the Easter bunny has been and gone, the clocks have gone forward to lift what seemed like the eternal darkness and the athletics season is in full swing. The second round of the Meath Track and field league was held in Cushinstown last Wednesday evening. This round of the league was solely for juvenile athletes and contained both sprint and long jump events. Once again, the little green vests were out in force to cement the clubs standings in the league table and amass a further points tally. A total of 12 of the clubs juvenile athletes made the short trip to Cushinstown for the event.

First up was the girls Under 9 60m sprint. In a close and exciting race the strong Duleek contingent of Soracha Bell, Isabella Field, Holly Dunnion and Nessa Rohan all put in great performances. The same quartet carried their form from the track to the pit where they all surpassed their achievements on the track. Next up was the boys  Under 9s where Eric Ludlow, Cathal Levins, Kenny Killeen, Jack Maxwell and Harry Meehan flew the green flag with equally consistent performances in the long jump and 60m events. Aoife Rohan and Sophie Quinn carried on the clubs rich vein of form in the Under 11 Long Jump and 60m and a very successful evening for the club was rounded off by Jake Meehan in the Under 11 60m and Long Jump.

Not to be outdone there were also some notable performances from the adult section of the club also. Niall Doyle continued an excellent start to the season in the Clane AC 5k run in the spectacular grounds of Clongowes college.  A fast start and strong finish were strong contributory factors in an overall time of 20.12 which is a personal best for Niall. The club was also well represented in the Irish Runner paced mile series in the ALSAA complex. The mile is a distance many consider to be the most accurate barometer of a middle distance runner’s ability. The event, which was well attended by clubs throughout the region saw a series of paces miles run off from Sub 5 minute to Sub 12 minute. In a fitting coincidence the date marked the 87th birthday of the distance’s most famous exponent – Sir Roger Bannister. The night was marked by a great season opening performance from Cathy Cawley who came home in an impressive 7 minutes and 16 seconds.