Dublin Track & Field Championships Days 3 – 5 report

It was an all female weekend for Skerries AC at the Day 3 -5 of the Dublin Championships.

The U15 girls relay team (Abaigeal, Daphney, Eimear & Orlagh) competed on Friday night in Irishtown Stadium and acquitted themselves very well against strong opposition.

Eimear and Orlagh were back in action on Saturday afternoon for the U15 200m, along with Cressida who was running in the U16 200m. There were 4 heats and Eimear was first up in a very fast heat with winner crossing the line in just over 25 seconds, Eimear didn’t qualify for the final but ran a great race. Orlagh was next up and ran blinder coming 3rd just missing out on the final as they were only taking the top 2 from each heat. The last 3 heats were run in a time of just over 28 seconds.

Next up were the U16 200m heats with a lot of drama. The first heat saw a false start and a disqualification and then it was time for Cressida to step into the blocks. The second heat was very similiar to the 1st and again had a false start and a disqualification. Cressida being the professional she is, took all this in her stride and flew through her heat to take 2nd place and secure a place in the final. Time for lunch and rehydration while the walks were taking place.

No drama in the lineup for the finals and Cressida finished in 4th place just outside the medals but securing a place in the Nationals in Tullamore in mid-July.

Home to Skerries for the girls and a quick session on block starts before their 100m races on Sunday.

Sunday morning saw the Dublin Championships moving to Tallaght AC and Lottie was up in the U17 3,000m. The organisers decided to run the U16 – U19 girls all together in one race. Lottie ran a great race finishing in 3rd place securing a bronze medal and a place at Nationals in mid-July.

Back to the track for Cressida, Eimear and Orlagh fresh from their 200m the previous day and they were joined by Abaigeal who had a day off following her relay on Friday night.

Abaigeal and Oralgh were in the 1st heat of the U15 100m and were side by side through the 100m but missed out on qualification. Eimear was in the 2nd heat and for the second day running seemed to have been drawn in the fastest heat of the day. She ran a great race finishing in 6th place. All this experience will stand to the girls.

Cressida had a fantastic heat and came 1st qualifying for the final. She came 4th in her final for the 2nd day running again missing out on a medal but qualifying for Nationals. She will now represent Skerries AC in both the 100m and 200m, congratulations Cressida. A tremendous achievement for her considering she only finished her Junior Certificate on Thursday.

Congratulations to all the girls on their strong performances and support of each other. Thanks to the parents for their constant encouragement and lifts.