James Maguire of Dundrum South Dublin on his way to winning the U18 Men's 1500m event. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC’s James Maguire, pictured, produced one of the highlights of the national juvenile indoor championships at the AIT arena to claim the Under-18 1,500m title.
It followed a gold medal for Jodie McCann in the girls equivalen in a time of 4.41. Both athletes showed grit and determination as they took on top class fields in their respective events.
Maguire had a great boost to his self-confidence after returning last year from an elite athletics school in Germany to find that the training regime, which had seen him win national cross country and track titles at DSD, still worked after a lean year in 2016.
His time of 4.03 was a personal best and the margin of his victory was five seconds over second placed Jack Moran of Mullingar.
McCann dominated her race from the gun and finalised a great season after her second place in the National Under-20 cross country in Antrim a few weeks ago.
Liam Jenkins produced a leap of 1.76 metres on Saturday to win the Under-16 boys high jump and this was followed by a bronze medal for Hannah Bondzio in the Under-16 girls high jump, clearing 1.58 metres.
James Holden also showed his class when finishing second in the Under-19 400m in 50.54.
Dundrum’s Under-15 were clear winners in the 4x200m relay, led off by Laura Gallagher on the first leg followed by Hannah Murray, Cara Murphy and Aimee Kenna who cruised home on the last leg to a great victory.
Also in the relays, DSDAC’s Under-19 boys finished third in 1.34.20 as did the Under-18 girls in 1.45.60. The Under-17 boys were fourth despite dropping the baton while the Under-19 girls came in fourth and the Under-13 girls were fifth.
Elsewhere, Laura Shaughnessy and Meghan Ryan finished first and secodnd in the BHAA Kildare 10k on Saturday.
Whilst the former was expected to win on present form, it was a great breakthrough for Ryan who knocked one minute off her personal best to dip under 36 minutes for the first time (35.28). Both athletes will be looking forward to the Women’s Mini Marathon in June.

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