Hyland And Maher Claim National Junior Gold

James Hyland and Sean Maher both secured gold medals on day one of the national junior championships in Santry on Saturday.

James Hyland posted 9:43.95 to win the steeplechase title an improvement of some 35 seconds on his personal best.

Hyland fourth Shamrock to win the title following Aodhan O’Braoin (2001), Mark Kirwan (2004) and Brian Fay (2017). Hyland’s time was the fastest of the four winning times.

Sean Maher claimed the hammer with a best of 55.39 metres and becomes the third Shamrock to claim this title following Willie Doyle (1987 & 88) and Paddy McGrath (89 & 90).

Meanwhile there was two gold, one silver and two bronze at the national masters championship held in Santry Stadium on Sunday.

Melaine Hearns took W35 gold in the 100m Hurdles in 21.44 second, while Annette Kealy added to her bulging mantel piece with the W50 3000m gold medal winning out in 10:28.17.

Siobhan McArdle took silver in the W50 800m in 2:40.79 ahead of Patricia O’Cleirigh who clocked 2:43.02 for bronze.

Angela Charlton took bronze in the W50 1500m in 6:32.02 with Alan McCarthy taking bronze in the M40 800m in 2:16.64.

Others who competed saw Martin Kerrigan take fourth in the M55 400m in 66.84 seconds, Niall Power eighth in the 1500m M45 in 5:17.61.

Paul Curtayne posted 2:51.26 in M50 800m, Ciaran O’Coigligh 3:23.03 in the M65 800m, Orla Gormley 12:21.56 in the W55 3000m and Colm Cassidy was seventh in M35 5000m in 16:29.30.