Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 13 November 2017.

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Another Great Day for WWAC Athletes at the Munster Cross Country Championships Day 2
West Waterford athletes showed once again last Sunday that they could hold their own against the best in Munster claiming individual, club and county honours at the Munster under 9,11,13,15,17 and 19 Cross Country Championships. The event was held in Galbally in the foothills of the Galtee Mountains a new venue for us. The course was level but the grass was long and it was very soft and heavy underfoot but our athletes were well able for the conditions. In all ten WWAC athletes won individual medals and the club collected two second and one third place team medals. There were some great strides made by some of our athletes over the year with Liam Broderick improving by over fifty places and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich, Angelina Chizhikova and Kate Keogh up over twenty places on their finishing positions of last year. 
First Munster Medal for Kyla Flavin  
Kyla Flavin got the day off to a great start when she had a super run to finish in 9th place and win her first Munster medal. Niamh McCarthy put in a strong finish to secure a place in the top fifty. Eimear Dower was next home in 86th place and Riona Towey finished 95th. This was their first run in a Munster Championships for these young athletes and with a little more experience will do even better next year. Kyla was also a scoring member of the Waterford team that finished 3rd in the inter county competition.
Individual Silver Medal for Eoin Prendergast  
The day  got even better as the under 9 boys got underway as Eoin Prendergast was up in the leading group a strong last 200m saw him move from third into second place and win his first individual Munster medal. Eoin ran with the Waterford under 10 team in Clare a few weeks ago and that little bit of experience made a big difference to his run on Sunday last. Owen Morrissey also had a better run in his second outing last Sunday to finish 44th. He was followed by Rory Donnelly 56th, Aedán O Raghallaigh 86th and Cormac O’Regan 99th all running at Munster level for the first time.  
Silver Team Medals for under 11 Boys 
The biggest field of the day were in the under 11 age group with 137 girls and 155 boys completing the 1500m course. Best of the girls was Sarah Gaffney in 51st place followed closely by Aoife O’Donovan 54th an improvement of fourteen places on last year. Aoife Lattimore was next home in 88th with Sarah O’Riordan 101st and Leah O’Riordan 110th. Hannah Power and Doireann Moloney kept pace with each other and finished 117th and 118th.  
We had some great running from the boys under 11 team with all of those who competed under 10 last year improving on their finishing positions. There were two West Waterford athletes in the top twelve with David Gaffney improving two places to finish 4th and David Nyhan improving nine places to finish 9th. Liam Broderick 21st , Joe Kelly 29th and Paddy McCarthy 44th all improved on last year’s placings and Ben Qualter who was under the weather during the week made the trip to compete in his first Munster championships and finish 62nd. These six will now qualify with the club team for the All Ireland Championships in December.  Also completing the course were Sam Blake 73rd and Cillian Towey 148th. The club team finished second in the inter club competition just one point behind Ennis Track AC and the county team finished 3rd with David Gaffney, David Nyhan, Liam Broderick and Joe Kelly all scoring on the Waterford team.
Individual Silver Medal for Caoimhe Prendergast   
There was some great running from Caoimhe Prendergast in the under 13 girls race. Early in the race a group of three including Caoimhe broke away from the field and dominated the race. The lead changed several times as each of the girls tried to break away but none of them could break free of the others. It all came down to the last 200m with Louise O’Mahony of Clare crossing the line in first place Caoimhe Prendergast 2nd and local girl Leah Quane in 3rd.  Next home in 41st place was Angelina Chizhikova  a big improvement on last year.
Grainne Moore 61st and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich 97th also made a big improvement in their performance from last year. Alanna Willans made it into the top 100 and Fiona O’Riordan 105th and Aisling O’Donovan 110th completed the team. 
The under 12 boys stepped up to compete in the under 13 race and they too improved on their performances last year finishing close together with Cal Tutty first home in 34th followed by Eoghan Lattimore 37th Ian Holmes 38th and Darragh O’Regan 48th.
Three WWAC boys in the top 10 in under 15 Race
In the under 15 boys race twins Tommy and Rory Fennell and Oisin O’Riordan all made it into the top ten with Tommy 4th Rory 5th and Oisin 10th . This was great running from all three in the tough conditions. In fact Ennis track also had a set of twins in the top ten and took the club team title just ahead of West Waterford.  Asier del Rio has improved with every race and finished 28th to complete the scoring four for the team. Not far behind was Pete Finnegan in 32nd place with Eoin Buenaventura 40th both taking the last two qualify spots on the team. John David White ran his first Munster race and finished 62nd with Mark Blackwell just one place behind in 63rd. 
The girls team were unlucky not to qualify for the All Ireland missing out on the third place county spot by just three point. Kate Keogh had a great run to lead the team home in 26th place just ahead of her sister Megan in 31st with Kate Killigrew 30th and Lia Cunningham 33rd.
Bronze Team Medals for under 17 Girls 
The under 17 girls were missing two members of their team but the other four really upped their performance of last year to finish 3rd in the inter club contest and ensure automatic qualification for the All Ireland. The biggest improvement came from Mary Kate Prendergast who finished 16th and with club and county medals added to the Prendergast haul of medals on the day. Danni Cunningham was not far behind in 18th place and also scored on the county team that finished 3rd. Aoife O’Brien 46th and Orla Keane 49th were the other scoring members of the team.
Individual Medal for Cian O’Riordan
Running in his own age group this week Cian O’Riordan had a much better race this week and finished in 6th place. Conor Mullany who who has missed the last two weeks training was back in action again and finished 14th.  David O’Connor is another athlete who is improving with each race and finished 35th with Jordan O’Rourke in his first Munster Championship finishing 43rd. Cian and Conor were both members of the Waterford team that finished 2nd.
County Gold for Rachel Wyley 
The final girls race of the day the girls under 18 Waterford won the inter county race and Rachel Wyley was running at her best to finish 14th and make it into the scoring six on the Waterford team. Sinead O’Brien was well up on her performance of last year and finished 17th. Caoimhe Dwyer was next home in 21st place two ahead of Sophie Landers with Dairina Ní Sheanlaoich in 25th place. The team finished in 4th place to qualify for the All Ireland.
Individual Medal for Niall Blackwell   
In the final race of the day over 6000m Niall Blackwell was our only competitor and ran well to finish 8th. Niall was the second scorer on the Waterford team that finished second in the inter county contest. 
Well done to all our athletes who competed over the two days of the Munster championships and to their coaches’ parents and club officials who travelled to support them.
Elverys Inter Sport Juvenile Winter League
Tony's League' continued last Wednesday and there was a great turnout with 91
athletes taking part. After the first night of the team competition, there are just five points separating the first three teams so things are very competitive at this early stage. Despite the heavy going, some athletes recorded very good times.
 Grainne Moore, Shima Lanniigan, Elliot Henley, Lia Cunningham and Grace Power
all had significantly better times on Wednesday last.
David Nyhan broke the 7 minute barrier for the first time recording a time of 6.59.
Well done to all & keep up the good effort for the next three weeks!
Below are the times recorded for all athletes on Wednesday 8th November.
Cian O Riordan 5.55
Oisin O Riordan 6.35
Tommy Fennell 6.39
Luke Power 6.46
Rory Fennell 6.54
Asier De Rio 6.55
David Nyhan 6.59
Eoin Beneventura 7.09
Ian Holmes 7.12
David Gaffney 7.15
Eoghan Lattimore 7.16
Jordan O Rourke 7.21
Pete Finnegan 7.27
Cal Tutty 7.27
Kieran Bueneventura 7.27
David O  Connor 7.28
Mary Kate Prendergast 7.30
Caoimhe Dwyer 7.31
Caoimhe Prendergast 7.32
Sinead O Brien 7.32
Eoin Prendergast 7.38
Darragh O Regan 7.38
Rachel Wyley 7.42
Megan Keogh 7.43
Darina Shanley 7.43
Angelina Chizhikova 7.44
Dani Cunningham 7.46
Kate Killigrew 7.47
Joe Kelly 7.52
Eve Power 7.54
Ben Qualter 7.58
Liam Broderick 8.02
Sophie Landers 8.04
Elliot Henley 8.04
Nicky Fitzpatrick 8.06
Adam Fitzpatrick 8.06
Lia Cunningham 8.11
Shima Lannigan 8.11
Sarah Gaffney 8.14
Robert Quinn 8.14
Mark Blackwell 8.19
John David White 8.25
Ulysse Bard 8.29
John Power 8.31
Aidan O Donovan 8.33
Gráinne Moore 8.33
Grace Power 8.38
Cian O Regan 8.39
Elia Tutty 8.43
Conor Keane 8.45
Aoife O Brien 8.46
Paddy Mc Carthy 8.52
Kieran Dower 8.58
Sam Blake 9.00
Rody Morrissey 9.00
Ele Mc Dermott 9.05
Meabh Kiely 9.05
Kyla Flavin 9.10
Aisling O Donovan 9.10
Cathy Shanley 9.11
Aoife O Donovan 9.12
Aoife Lattimore 9.13
Orla Keane 9.15
Emer O Neill 9.18
Sarah O Riordan 9.21
Lia O Riordan 9.23
Fiona O Riordan 9.29
Mattie Kupczyk 9.33
Thomas Broderick 9.34
Lara Prunty 9.34
Rhiann Flynn 9.37
Crea Frisby 9.39
Roisin Prunty 9.43
David Horgan 9.47
Jack Power 10.03
Tara Casey 10.08
Hannah  Power 10.20
Eva Nogueira 10.26
Doireann Moloney 10.28
Abigail Henley 10.29
Michael Horgan 10.38
Daniel Coonan 10.51
Caoimhe Horgan 11.20
Emer Dower 12.10
Ruby Curran 12.53
Short Lap
Aodan O Raghallaigh 4.15
Sean Nyhan 4.15
Cormac O Regan 4.17
Simon Power 4.54
Orla Ni Chonduin 5.11
Riona Towey 5.25
Teams for All Ireland in Abbottstown on Sunday Nov 26th
Under 12 Girls County Team
Alanna Willans, Grainne Moore, Éle McDermott
Under 12 Boys Club and County Team
Ian Holmes, Eoghan Lattimore, David Gaffney, David Nyhan, Cal Tutty, Darragh O’Regan
Under 14 Girls Club and County Team
Caoimhe Prendergast, Lia Cunningham, Emma Hickey, Kate Keogh, Eve Power, Angelina Chizhikova, Sarah Nyhan.
Under 16 Girls Club and  County Team
Lucy Holmes, Mary Kate Prendergast, Megan Keogh, Kate Killigrew,  Elia Tutty,    Aoife O’Brien
Under 16 Boys Club and County Team
Conor Mullaney, Oisin O’Riordan, Asier del Rio, Pete Finnegan, Eoin Buenaventura, Mark Blackwell
Under 18 Girls County Team
Sinead O’Brien, Dani Cunningham, Sophie Landers
Under 18 Boys  Club and County Team
Cian o’Riordan, Micheal Troy, David O’Connor, Cian  Buenaventura