Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 21 January 2019

West Waterford Athletic Club Notes
Good Turnout for Mc Grath’s Colligan Cup
Fifty three athletes took to the road and woodland track to compete in last Sundays Colligan Cup sponsored again this year by McGraths Newsagents.
 First off were a group of young athletes most of whom were competing for the first time and set themselves a target of 15mins. The clock counted down and each athlete went off at their predicted time with Grainne Moore 8m10 and Eoin Buenaventura 8mins the last two off.  Ten athletes ran faster than their predicted times which was nine less than last year. Some like Sean Nyhan, Derry Dwyer and Conal O’Droma were much faster than they thought both coming in about two and a half minutes ahead of their predicted time. Next across the line were Maeve Bradfield and Aoife Butler who ran the course side by side. They were followed by Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich, Cormac O’Regan, Ian Holmes, Darragh O’Droma   and Aoife Buenaventura just three seconds too fast. Victor Mullins and Tony Shalloe were watching the clock closely and a large group of athletes was approaching the finish as it ticked down the last few seconds and as it struck zero young Natalie Barry crossed the line to become the youngest winner of the race. 
Next home was Clodagh Lattimore who was also second last year and was just 1secs outside her time. She was followed by Owen Morrissey and hot on his heels was Oisin O’Riordan. Next home was Eoin Prendergast who just finished ahead of Liam Broderick. A large group including Mark Blackwell, Lucy Holmes, Caoimhe Prendergast, Sarah Nyhan, Lia Cunningham, Sean Hogan and Mary Kate Prendergast all crossed the line one after the other less than 20 secs outside their time. Everyone else ran slower than their predicted times. A malfunction with the new timing devise on the day meant it did not record the actual finishing times of all the athletes on the day but this was a different devise to the countdown clock so we were able to countdown those who were ahead of slower than their times.  Well done to all the young athletes who completed the course. Our thanks to Albert McGrath for his continued sponsorship of this event. Thanks also to all our stewards and officials who helped to run the event and to Victor Mullins who is on hand each year to pick the winner
 Patrick Fitzgerald wins Munster Indoor Title with new PB
There were five pole vaulters from West Waterford AC in action at the Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Sunday last and all came home with Munster medals. Patrick Fitzgerald set a new indoor pb of 4m winning the under 19 title and in fact came very close to clearing 4m10 Sam O’Neil also improved on his performance of last year clearing 2m80 for second place in the same event and Ryan McGrath cleared 3m to finish 2nd in the under 18 boys event.
 Kate Killigrew finished 2nd  in the under 17 girls event with a new pb of 2m60 while in the under 18 girls Alannah Kelly who also finished 2nd attempted a new  of 2m60.  Aislinn O’Regan competed in the shot and finished in 6th place with four of her six throws over 5m50.
Cross Country Running in the Friary and Belfast
West Waterford athletes put in some very strong performances when competing for their schools last Friday. It was an ideal day for cross country running and the Friary course was as always well laid by Bro. Lennon. Competing for St Augustine’s Angelina Chizhikova won the minor girls race. Ali Cunningham also St Augustine’s won the junior girls race just ahead of Caoimhe Prendergast who was competing for the Ard Scoil and West Waterford athletes helped the Ard Scoil to the team title in this race. The Fennell twins Tommy and Rory representing St Augustine’s were first and second in the junior boy’s race.  Sarah Nyhan competing for the Ard Scoil won her first county schools title in the intermediate girl’s race and led the Ard Scoil to the team title while in the boy’s race Eoin Buenaventura finished third. Mary Kate Prendergast finished 3rd in the senior girls race and led the Ard Scoil team to third place while Sophie Landers scored on the Blackwater team that finished in second place. Cian o’Riordan kept the flag flying for Dungarvan CBS with a convincing win in the senior boy’s race. Conor Mullanny finished in 5th in this race and helped Blackwater to third place in the team competition. 
Well done to all those competing on the day and a special thank you to the official from West Waterford AC who ensured the smooth running of the event with all eight races completed in less than 2hours.
Meanwhile Lucy Holmes competed on the Irish under 20 team in the Celtic International Cross Country in Belfast. Lucy who was the youngest member of the team finished in 20th place and the experience she gained should stand her in good stead as we look forward to her competing in this event again in 2020 and 2021. Lucy made the long trip home from Belfast on Saturday and was out in Colligan on Sunday morning to compete in the Colligan Shield using the event as a recovery run from her race the day before.   
Aislinn’s Fundraising Quiz in Minnies on Fri Jan 25th @8pm
Aislinn O’Regan has been selected by the Irish Wheelchair Association to compete in the World Games in Sharjah in the UAE. West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Committee is organizing a fundraising quiz to assist Aislinn in her bid to get to the World Games. The Quiz will take place in Minnies on Friday January 25th @8pm. 40euro for table of four. This will be a fun night as well as a chance to help a young athlete reach her potential.
Dates for your Diary
Friday Jan 25th Fundraising Quiz to send Aislinn to the World Games
 Minnies Bar 8pm
Thursday Jan 31st  East Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30
Friday Feb 15th Munster Schools Cross Country Carriganore 12.30
Tuesday  March 5th Munster Schools Indoors Nenagh 11am
Saturday March 9th  All Ireland Schools Cross Country Clongowes Wood College Clane Co Kildare