Donegal athletes started the first round of the National Indoor League strong with some winning performances in Dublin.
Finn Valley AC’s Gavin McLaughlin won the men’s shot put event with ease, throwing a 16.51 on his last throw, well ahead of Eoin Sheridan of Clonliffe Harriers whose best was 13.35.
In the women’s shot put, Bridget McDyer once again had Finn Valley victorious with a best of 9.53m, ahead of nearest rival Lara O’Byrne (Donore Harriers) who threw a best of 9.34m.
Oisín Gallen won his 800m narrowly with a time over 1:56.84, just ahead of Aaron Mangan of Tullamore Harriers who finished in 1:56.86.
All three athletes took the maximum team points for Finn Valley AC.
Ciara Kearns was second in the long jump with a best of 5.47m and she was also third in her 200m in 27.41.
Meanwhile, Catriona Devine finished second in her 800m, finishing with a time of 2:27.91.
Aoife McGee was 5th and Luka Browne was 6th in their respective 60m sprint races, finishing in 8.48s and 7.63s respectively.
Daniel McHugh was 4th in his 200m with a time of 24.18s and 7th in the long jump with a best of 6.02m.
In the guest events, McHugh won his 400m race in 54.94 while several Letterkenny AC athletes performed well in these events.
Kathryn McDevitt won her 200m in 27.42.
Sheldon Romeo Nyoni was the winner of his heat in the 200m. His time of 23.72 saw him finish an impressive 2.54 seconds clear of his nearest challenger, Craughwell AC’s John Walkin. Sheldon also put on a very impressive performance in the 60m. He was 2nd in 7.47 seconds, just 0.31 of a second behind winner, Gabriel Kehinde, Ennis Track AC.
Ryan Canning and Joseph Aidoo dominated their heat. Ryan was the winner in 23.57; Joseph was 2nd, in 24.03.
Joseph also performed well in the 60m, where he was 3rd in 7.58 seconds. The winner was Colin Murphy, Leevale AC, in 7.27s.
Ryan was 2nd in his 400m heat. His time of 50.93 was only 0.3 of a second behind the winner, David Mannion, South Galway AC.
Tir Chonaill AC’s Conall Mahon won the long jump with a best of 6.50m.