Muireann Duffy takes Gold and Munster Record

The Munster under14 to under 19 outdoor Track and Field Championships took place in MTU Cork on Sat 18th and Sun 19th of June and Clonmel AC juvenile athletes were to the fore in many events. The first 4 athletes from each province will qualify to compete in the National Championship in Tullamore in July.

In the boys under 14 Harry Weymouth put in an impressive time of 11.37 secs in the 100m to just be outside the qualifying time for the final in a big field of athletes. In the girls under 14 Niamh Clarke walked a great race to place second and take the Silver medal in 12 mins 55.39 secs. Ivy Rhatigan also put in a great race to place 2nd in the girls under 15 2km race walking event when finishing in 11 mins 27.45 secs. Both girls will go through to compete in their first National Championship.

In the Boys under18 800m Darragh Walsh clocked an impressive time of 2 mins 0.30 secs. In the girls under18 1500m Ruby Carroll had to dig deep in a top-class field to take the bronze medal in a time of 5 mins 7 secs. In the girls under 19 3000m Laura Cooney had a superb run when clinching the silver medal in a time of 11 mins 7 secs. Although the club had much success the performance of the weekend was that of Muireann Duffy who on Saturday in the girls under 19 3000m ran the race of her life when winning the Munster Title in a time of 9 mins 58 secs, so good was the time that it completed obliterated the previous Munster record set 15 years ago by 24 seconds. Muireann returned on Sunday to race the 1500m and took the Silver medal after being narrowly beaten in a time of 4 mins 49 secs. Well done all, fantastic performances. Special thanks to parents and coaches for getting our athletes to this level.