Connacht Track and Field 2018
Another long day in Athlone saw the large contingent of 46 Mary’s athletes emerge victorious as the Overall Best Boy’s school for the 12th year in succession, but we had to fight for every single point on a day of excellent athletics. We succeeded in winning the Minor (u-14) and Junior (u-15) best school shields, while narrowly missing out by a single point in the Intermediate (u-17) shield and also finished runner-sup to a brilliant Summerhill Sligo team in the Senior (u-19) shield.
Individually there were some great performances form the Mary’s boys with a few new Connacht Champions to add to the roll of honour. In the minor boys event the first winner was John Osifo who took the 200m title. Not to be outdone his brother Joshua followed up with gold in the 100m. the first years were on fire as JJ Walsh next captured gold ahead of his teammate Artemiy Vershinin in the Junior Hammer. Another Junior Connacht Champion was Adrian Mamali, whose final jump in the Triple Jump just carried him ahead of teammate Max Marselek. The other winners on the day were the Intermediate 4 x100m relay team of Dylan Traynor Canavan, Patrick Nnadi, Abraham Shomefun and Zino Johnny. There were silver medals for seniors Eimhin Mulkerrins (3k walk), Faustus Tamulis (Hammer) and Thomas Caffrey (Discus), for inter athlete Max Zacynski (Javelin) , for Gavin O’Sullivan (1.2k Walk), Solomon Shomefun (Shot Putt) and Cyrus Palmer Agbontaen (Javelin) in the Junior age group and finally for the minor relay team featuring the Osifo brothers along with Ryan Tierney and Chukwudi Nwonukwube. Bronze medals were secured by Henok Dems, Kevin Hourigan, Bernard Sarpong, Zaid Abu Diak, Abraham Shomefun, Ryan Tierney and Max Marselek.
Next stage for many of these athletes will now be the All-Ireland Finals in Tullamore on June 3rd.
This season’s Connacht Combined Events Championships saw an 11 strong Mary’s team head east to the excellent indoor facilities at Athlone IT to compete. There was a huge entry in each competition and the
e lads had their work cut out to achieve success. Despite this, each and every one of our athletes performed admirably, with every one finishing in the top ten of their event. Medal winners on the day included Cyrus Palmer Agbontaen who was third in the Minor (U-14) competition, Patrick Nnadi who finished as third Junior (U-15), while Zino Johnny and Henok Dems both succeeded in qualifying for the All-Ireland finals when finishing 4th in their respective Inter (U-17) and Senior (U-19) competitionsCross-Country
Unfortunately, the weather played havoc with even the cross country this year as we saw the usual courses waterlogged and so faced postponement of the South Connachts not once, but twice. Then to compound things when they were eventually run on the Swamp course we could were unable to send all our teams due to the mocks! Nevertheless, both teams that competed did qualify for the Connacht finals, the minors, led home by Darcy and Evan, finished third, while the seniors slogged their way to a second place finish.
However, when it came time to travel north to Sligo the weather once again played up and we found ourselves unable to compete due to the treacherous road conditions. Not our year!!