On Saturday our juvenile members headed North to the bush track to compete in the Louth Setanta juvenile open sports.
Conor McMahon in the boys u16 got proceedings off to a flying start when he claimed gold in the u16 100m sprint. His good form continued throughout the day with a second gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.85m. He then moved up an age to u17 for the shot put. Throwing a heavier implement of 5kg, a fine throw of 8.41m secured first place making it a hat trick of golds for Conor.
Abbie Sheridan claimed the bronze in the u14 800m where she ran home in third place. In the long jump her best jump of 4.30m secured her the gold medal.
The u12 girls Rebecca McCarron and Eireann Hoey and u13 girls Emma Gillespie and Aoibheann Carolan competed well individually and joined forces to narrowly miss out on a medal in the u13 relay.
Orlaith Carolan had a super sequence of throws in the u11 turbo jav and made her way to the podium for the silver medal in second place. 2cms divided 3rd and 4th place and Ruth Gillespie missed out on the medal. However on the track Ruth pushed herself to the limit in the 300m to take the final place on the podium and take home the bronze medal.
Ruth and Orlaith joined Ava McNally and Samantha McCarron for the u11 relay. The girls performed well but once more had to settle for 4th place.
The silver medal came Rob Kellys way in the u10 200m where he stormed around the track into second place. Jack McCarron too was up with the leaders until an incident on the track forced him into 4th place.
In the girls u9 200m, Paulina Kelly put in a great effort to finish just outside the medals in 4th place, with Sarah Lynch coming in close behind her.
Our youngest athletes had a great day earning themselves medals in the relay events. Jessica McCarron and Caoimhe Carolan stepped up an age to join Paulina Kelly and Sarah Lynch for the girls u9 relay where they received the bronze medal for third place. Paulina then joined the boys Cian, Fintan Kelly and Dylan McCarron to win silver in the boys u9 relay.
A short talk from local international athlete Tomas Cottor led the coaches into the final event of the day a relay for coaches. Ardee and district were ready for the challenge with Tracey McCarron, Derek Gillespie, Mudger McCarron and Peter Carolan out in lane 1. The crowd cheered on all teams and the Ardee coaches were pleased with their forth place finish.