DONEGAL ATHLETES took part in competitions in Dublin & Belfast...

Donegal athletes took part in competitions in Dublin and Belfast on Saturday last, The Irish schools Tailteann Games were held in Santry and following standout performances six Donegal girls were selected on the Irish team for the schools International in Derbyshire on Saturday week. Lucy Mc Glynn, Colaiste Colm, Ballyshannon was selected in both the long hurdles and 4 x 300m relay, Tori Murchan, Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town selected in the High Jump, Ellie Mc Curdy, Holy Cross, Strabane was selected in the Javelin, Adrienne Gallen, St Columba’s Stranorlar, in the Hammer, Harriet Mc Crossan, St Cecelia’s, Derry in the sprint relay and Hannah Murray, St Columba’s Stranorlar in the 4 x 300m relay. The Ulster girls were victorious in the overall team competition with a total of 100 points and the Girls captain Adrienne Gallen accepted the trophy on behalf of the team. In what was another red-letter day for Adrienne she won the hammer with a monster throw of 62.80m beating the old record by over two metres and was selected as the Outstanding Female Athlete at the meeting.

Adrienne Gallen


St Columba’s Stranorlar athletes in Santry on Saturday L to R Daniel Mc Hugh Hannah Murray, Adrienne Gallen, and Oisin Thompson  

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The end of season Belfast International took place also took place on Saturday and athletes from Cranford, Finn Valley, Lifford Strabane and Letterkenny took part. The big news coming from the meet was the new Donegal Senior Record in the Men’s Javelin by Gareth Crawford. Gareth had a lifetime best throw of 68.88m and held the lead until the fifth round when English International Joe Dunderdale moved into the lead with a throw of 68.95m.


Sommer Lecky finished third in the High Jump with a jump of with a jump of 1.73m beating Shannon Craig Lifford Strabane on count back. Finn Valleys Janine Boyle took silver in the women’s 100m in 12.9 secs. Cranford duo Aoife Giles and cousin Orla Neely finished first and third in the senior discus, while Ross Henderson, Lifford Strabane was third in the men’s discus. In the U/15 events Riona Doherty, Finn Valley was a most impressive winner of the 100m with Amy Cullen, Cranford in third. Coalan Mc Fadden, Cranford was just caught on the line by Enniskillen lad Ben Warnock running for Monaghan Phoenix, both athletes were given the same time but Warnock was adjudged to have won.





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