Eight Donegal athletes came back from Athlone with 10 medals at the Irish Life & Health National Junior and U23 Indoor Championships on Sunday.
Finn Valley AC’s Sean McGinley was the only gold medalist of the Donegal contingent and one of Finn Valleys three medalists while Tir Chonaill AC had a successful day with 4 athletes winning 6 medals and Sheldon Nyoni was the only Letterkenny AC medalist.
McGinley won the Junior Men 1500m with an impressive 3:59.96, just ahead of Mark Hanrahan of Ennis AC who finished in 4:00.85.
Fellow Finn Valley athletes Cara Laverty and Michaela Byrne both took home bronze medals in the Junior women 800m and the U23 triple jump respectively. Laverty finished in a time of 2:12.59 while Byrne’s final jump of 10.12 saw her finish third place.
Tir Chonaill AC’s Lucy McGlynn won silvers in both the Junior Women 60m hurdles and the 400m, with times of 8.86s and 56.77s.
Fellow Tir Chonaill athlete Alex Anderson won silver in the Junior Men weight for distance (35lbs) with a best of 7.12m while he took bronze in the shot put as he threw 11.60 in his final throw.
Other Tir Chonaill medalists included Siobhan Doherty and Fintan Dewhirst. Siobhan’s time of 16:28.50 was enough to get her 2nd place in the U23 Women 3000m walk while Fintan was 3rd in the Junior Men 60m hurdles with a time of 8.42.
Letterkenny AC’s Sheldon Romeo Nyoni left with a bronze from the U23 triple jump with a best of 12.22m.