Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 08- October 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Seven Individual County Titles for WWAC
The second day of the county cross country championships was held in the Friary last Sunday.  Conditions were ideal for cross country running and there were some great individual and team performance from West Waterford athletes who won seven individual titles and three team titles.
First County Title for Anthony O’Donnell
In only his second race with the club Anthony O’Donnell showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition finishing strongly to win the under 9 boys and claim his first county title.
County Titles for Isabelle, Sarah and David  Gaffney
There was much to celebrate in the Gaffney household last night with all three 
athletes winning county titles in their age groups. First in action was Isabella who led from the start to win the under 9 girls race. Sarah was next in action and came with a strong finish to win the under 11 girls title. In the under 13 boys David had to work hard for his victory as he battled all the way with his West Waterford team mates with West Waterford athletes filling the top five places in this race. We had a number of newcomers getting their first taste of cross country running in the girls under 9 with Clarissa Willans 12th, Aoife Buenaventura 13th, Clodagh Lattimore 27th and Amy O’Riordan 34th. The team finished just outside the medals in 4th place
Silver Team Medals for Girls under 11
The girls under 11 took the silver medals in the team title. Sarah Gaffney led the team home in 1st with Aoife Lattimore and Aoife O’Donovan very close together in 11th and 12th place. Next came Sarah O’Riordan  14th followed by Niamh McCarthy in 15th and Sarah Hallisey in 17th.
Liam Broderick leads under 11 Boys to Team Gold
Liam Broderick had to fight all the way to the line to win the boys under 11 race. With 100m to go there was nothing between the top three but Liam finished strongest to take the title ahead of Finlay Mc Hardy of Waterford AC and Eoin Prendergast West Waterford AC with Owen Morrissey finishing 5th and Conor Keane 6th they easily took the team title. Aidan O’Donovan competed in his first cross country race and finished 11th with Sean Nyhan in 15th place.
Clean Sweep for West Waterford  Boys under 13 
West Waterford athletes dominated the boys under 13 race with five of them battling it out from the start for individual and team honours.  They ran together for much of the 2500m with the medals only decided in the sprint for the finish. David Gaffney took the gold ahead of Cal Tutty with Eoin Lattimore in 3rd David Nyhan 4th and Ian Holmes 5th Paddy McCarthy 11th and Mattie Kupczyk 13th. This was the best team performance on the day and our under 12 and 13 boys will be our strongest teams in the upcoming Munster Championships.
In the girls under 13 race our first finisher was Fiona O’Riordan in 9th place with Eimear O’Neill in 14th Claudia O’Halloran in 16th and Eva Nogueira in 18th . The team finished just out of the medals in 4th place.
Individaul Gold for Tommy Fennell Team Gold for under 15 Girls 
Tommy Fennell had a good win in the boys under 15 race holding off Aidan Bourke Waterford AC and his twin brother Rory who took second and third places. In the girls under 15 Caoimhe Prendergast had a good run out of her age to finish second and lead her team to the county title. Sarah Nyhan continues to improve with every race and finished 3rd followed by Angelina Chizhikova 4th  Aoibh Murphy 5th and Cathy Ní Sheanlaoich in 7th place.
Gold for Lucy Holmes and Cian O’Riordan
Lucy Holmes added to her growing number of county titles with a win in the girls under 17 race with Mary Kate Prendergast claiming her first individual county medal when she finished 3rd. Oisin O’Riordan finished 2nd in the under 17 boys race with Mark Blackwell in 10th place. There was a very strong field in the girls undr 18 race with Sinead O’Brien finishing 8th. In the final race of the day Cain O’Riordan was a decisive winner of the boys under 19 race.
Well done to all the athletes who competed on the day and the committee members and parents who came to help run the event and support the young athletes and also to our coaches Tony, Harry, Mary, Rosemarie and Sylvia. Our thanks to Bro Lennon for setting out the course for last Sundays races.
Next Sunday it will be the county B championships any athlete who won an individual medal or was a scoring member of a gold medal winning team over the two days of the championships cannot compete in the B championships. The start time will be 11am and the venue will once again be the Friary