Glory Days for DCC athletics
Morton Stadium in Santry was basking in sunshine for the first day annual North Leinster Track and Field Championships. D.C.C. athletes were presenting with a confidence in their step thanks to their recent triumphs in the Meath T&F meet and they didn't disappoint. Conor Jones sailed to victory in the much coveted 100m Inter Boys race. Niamh Hetherington had an awesome battle up the home straight and was just nudged out of the gold position in the last 15 metres of the 100m senior sprint. Eoin Harkin was very impressive in his heat of the 400m and was just beaten by half a stride in the finals. Paddy Maher lined out for the 1500m and this was a spectacular race to watch as himself and his rival vied for the top position. Paddy made a number of bursts to overtake only to be pipped to the post at the end, lifting silver. Jarlath Jordan was the final competitor for D.C.C. in the what can only be described as the exhausting 1500m steeple chase. A combination of endurance, skill, dexterity and sheer determination is required here and Jarlath showed this in abundance and he was on the podium once again with a bronze medal, taking the total haul of medals for D.C.C. to 5. Luke Brady was nearly on the podium as well with a very close 4th in his race while Rahul Singh threw a very solid 10.46m in the shot. Sarah Bateson looked very comfortable in the 1100m minor girls race and secured a very respectable 5th. Sean O'Connor and Jake Cullen proved their consistent ability in their race while Surjeet Singh, ID Yussuf and Luke Phelan are knocking on the door of sprinting glory with very solid performances. Evan Maher coped well with a move up in shot weights while Amy O' Connor enjoyed her venture into the world of 300m running. Some of these athletes will be travelling back to Santry on Friday for the next leg of the North Leinster competition while those in the medals yesterday are setting their sights on the upcoming Leinster T & F Championships in the coming weeks. We wish all these fantastic young athletes all the best!