Westport Athletics Club competed at the second day of the Connacht Track & Field Championships, recently, which again were held at the track at Sligo IT. The clubs athletes in the U13 to 18 age groups put in some outstanding performances resulting in 11 Connaught titles, 5 silver medals, 3 bronze and 4 fourth position places.

In the U13 girls Saoirse O'Brien had a blistering run, winning the 600m in a PB of 1:46.07, over 3 secs ahead of her nearest rival.  In the U13 boys Cillian Heaney came fourth in the 80m in a time of 11s and took a silver medal with an excellent PB of 1:45.81 in the 600m as well as being part of the silver medal winning relay team, together with Oisin Ryall, Kian Moore, Rossa McAllister and Tommy Scahill.  Oisin Ryall took a full 6 seconds off his PB in the 600m, winning the bronze in a time of 1:48.35, while also coming fourth in the Long Jump with a fine jump of 4.04m.  Adam Sheridan retained his provincial title winning the 2kg Shot Put with an excellent throw of 12.46m.

In the U14 girls Aisling Halpin Fahey won her first Connaught Long Jump title with a PB of 4.35m, a silver in the 80m in 11.27s, fourth in the 200m in 29.12s and a bronze in the relay, where she teamed up with Ava Lynne Kane, Anna O'Riain, Saoirse O'Brien and Kate Moran. Ava Lynne also won gold in the 80m in a time of 11.19s and a silver in the 200m in 28.41s.  Clare O'Malley won the her first Connacht gold in the Discus with a throw of 16.64m.  In the U14 boys Luke Dawson stormed home in the 1500m taking gold in 4:52.13.

In the under 15 girls Kate O’Malley won gold in the 2.72kg Shot Putt with a throw of 9.48m. Aoife O’Brien came home third in the U16 girls 800m (2:39.20) and third in the 1500m(5:22.43).  Jennifer Chambers won triple gold with a throw of 22.76m in the U16 girls javelin, 10.10m in the 3kg shot putt and 23.13m in the discus.

In the U17 girls Sorcha McAlister won gold in the 800m in a time of 2:30.66 and silver in the 1500m(5:13.18).  There were many other fine performances for the day from Emma Murphy, Sean Doherty and Thomas Devaney

The first four from each province qualify for the National Championships in each event(excluding middle distance where it only three), taking place in Tullamore July 5th, 13th and 26th/27th.