A large group of Colaiste Chiarain students represented themselves and the school with distinction over two days this week at the West Leinster Schools Athletics Championships in Santry. With over 2700 students from around Leinster taking part, the odds were stacked against them but they surpassed all expectations and brought home 7 medals.
In the very first event, Colaiste Chiarain got off the mark, with both Aoileann Hayes and Daniel Jupe winning bronze medals in the Junior Girls and Senior Boys Walk, qualifying for the Leinster Championships in the process. The star of day one was Ciarán Connolly, who lived up to his favourite tag by taking gold in the Senior Boys High Jump, winning by a whopping 14cm! Ciarán will have high expectations as the Championships progress. We also picked up to more medals on Day 1, with Jamal Akbani in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles, and Robert Jackson in the Minor Boys Javelin securing bronze medals. Special mention also goes to Keely Hogan who finished 4th in the event with the most competitors of any race, the Junior Boys 100m.
Day 2 saw all of our relay teams take to the track in what are always extremely competitive events. Our Senior Boys 4x400m team were the most successful on the day, narrowly missing out on a medal when finishing 4th after a very good performance. We did, however, manage to win two more individual medals. Ciarán Connolly again showed his class, taking a second gold medal in the Senior Boys 400m Hurdles, while Saoirse Hyland ran a superb race to take bronze in the Senior Girls 200m against a very strong field. Ciarán, Aoileann, Daniel and Robert now progress on to the Leinster Championships early next month, where they have a great chance of more success. Well done to all of our athletes over the two days!
Many thanks to Oisin Scanlon for the superb photos..