Local Juveniles to the fore

20 July 2013; Jenny O'Brien, City of Derry, races towards the finishline to win the U-19 Girl's 4 x 400m. Woodie's DIY National Juvenile Track and Field Championships,  Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
20 July 2013; Jenny O'Brien, City of Derry, races towards the finishline to win the U-19 Girl's 4 x 400m. Woodie's DIY National Juvenile Track and Field Championships, Tullamore Harriers Stadium, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

As Track & Field dominated the weekend action, there were successful local performances at the Aviva Schools International in Dublin and in Tullamore at the National Juvenile championships.

In Tullamore Amy Jackson was a comfortable winner of the Girls Under-19 individual 1,500m title on Sunday on the back of a valuable contribution to the winning Spartans’ U19 400m Relay squad the previous day.

The Inter county 100m sprint Relay in the same age group also went to a Spartans’ quartet; Claire Dougherty took the U19 Triple jump gold; Naomi Morgan the U18 long Jump silver and Jack McCloskey was a close up third in the Boy’s U18 200m.

Martin McGeady meantime was in the Irish vest in Dublin on Saturday at the Aviva Schools International and clocked an impressive 50.70s for fourth place in the 400m - an excellent performance against top class opposition from a rapidly developing athlete who has produced big time already this season and looks set to develop even further. Indeed Martin’s 50.70s was a new pb for the one lapper and he could well even go quicker before the summer is out!

Amy Jackson had a busy weekend, she was an integral part of a classy City of Derry Spartans U19 relay squad on Saturday as the red vests cleaned the opposition in the 400m relay, clocking an impressive 4m 01.31s to win by more than the length of the home straight from Blackrock AC Louth, Leevale AC and Galway City Harriers.

With big runs from Emma McCay, Tamara Boyle and Jenny O’Brien the local quartet were a class apart and were deserving gold medallists.

Amy had a five second winning margin in Sunday’s 1,500m championship, clocking 4m 58.01s.

After sitting in for most the race she sprinted clear in the closing stages for a morale boosting National title and looks like a genuine prospect for the future.

The equally busy Tamara Boyle and Jenny O’Brien linked up with Naomi Morgan and Ciara Armstrong to take the Inter County sprint relay gold with a swift 49.72s, well clear of Galway and Louth.

Naomi Morgan went so close to another gold on Sunday in the U18 Long Jump, her 5m 26cm leap only a single centimetre off the winning 5m 27cm jumper.

Claire Dougherty got out to 10m 85cm for the U19 Triple jump gold, another consistent performance from the Spartan and in fourth place was the improving Fiona Mallett with 9m 65cm. Jack McCloskey ran 23.12s for U18 200m bronze, not far off the top two and is another who has done well this season. Lisa Bradley meanwhile, continued her learning curve with a good outing in the Under-16 2K Walk as did Diarmuid O’Doherty in the Under-18 1,500m.