Santry 29th April 2017
League 2 kicked off early on a bitterly cold but dry Saturday morning in Santry Stadium. We had 43 athletes competing in various track and field events ranging from U10 to U16, some of these athletes competing in their first ever competition.
First up was Sam Burgess competing in the U/13 60m Hurdles and completed his race in a great time of 11 seconds. Next up, was the U/11 and U/12 Long Jump, all athletes performed amazingly, even though we have no long jump pit in Skerries. Each athlete had three jumps with their longest jump recorded.
This was followed by sprints and we had entries in all age groups with distances ranging from 60m U/10 to 100m U/16. The U/10 to U/12 sprints were run as heats, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. Many of our athletes progressed to the semi- finals and finals, special mention must go to Emer Fanning 3rd U/10 60m, Luke Carr 3rd U/11 60m, Jake O’Hara 4th U/11 60m. Fantastic times were posted by our older athletes. The number of athletes in the sprints caused the schedule to be delayed by over 90 minutes but there were no complaints from the Skerries athletes, who were all in great form supporting each other.
During the sprints, we had U/10 and U/12 Turbo Javelin, again all athletes had three attempts at throwing with their longest throw being recorded. Everyone had a great time, even though numbers were high so it took time to get through the event. Coaches from the club helped out to speed up the event.
Once all the sprints were completed, it was time for the Longer Distance races. These ranged from 300m for U/10’s to 1,000m for U14 –U16. All these races were decided on times, again all our athletes posted very respectable times.
Congratulations to all the athletes who participated, especially those competing in their very first event.
Thanks to all the coaches for preparing the athletes and to the coaches who were present on Saturday. Thanks also to the parents for their support and encouragement and to Barbara, Michelle and Michael for officiating on the day.
Next League is Saturday 13th May in Tallaght, starting at 10.30am