ON A DAY when Lifford Strabane AC’s Ashleigh McArdle won FOUR gold medals, Adrienne Gallen broke the Donegal hammer record at the U15 and U17 Jumps and Throws Meet in Belfast
McArdle won the under-15 girls high jump, long jump, javelin and shot put events.
McArdle won the under-15 girls high jump, going over at 1.56m for a new personal best.
McArdle’s 4.86m won the under-15 girls long jump from club mate Emer McFadden (4.46m) while Ellie McCurdy, also of Lifford-Strabane AC, won the under-17 javelin with a 38.35m throw.
It was a one-two-three for Lifford-Strabane in the under-15 girls shot with McArdle winning (10.42m) followed by Caoimhe Gallen (9.19m) and Emer McFadden (8.20m).
McArdle won the under-15 girls javelin, her farthest effort touching down at 29.73m in an event that saw McFadden take bronze (21.33m).
Finn O’Neill of Lifford-Strabane AC won the under-17 boys shot put, reaching out to 11.06m. O’Neill also won silver in the under-17 boys long jump with a 6.10m best.
Lifford-Strabane AC’s Gallen won the mixed senior hammer, launching a best attempt of 49.39m. That effort was not only a new PB, but it shattered the 2002 record of 33.25m set by Michelle McElawaine of Tir Chonaill at Tullamore.
Gallen also took silver in the under-17 girls shot, throwing 11.12m.
Finn Valley AC’s Blaine Lynch was the gold medalist in the under-17 boys javelin. Lynch bagged the top spot as he threw to 49.22m, beating off Paddy Taylor from Cookstown, whose 48.84m secured silverTags: