Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 18 December 2017.

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Season Ends on a High Note at All Ireland Championships
The final events of 2017 the Irish Life Health under 11, 13, 15, 17&19 was held in the WIT Campus at Carriganore on Sunday last and it was another good day for West Waterford AC juvenile athletes with three athletes winning individual medals, four athletes scoring on medal winning Munster teams, a silver county medal with Waterford and a second placed club team ensured thirteen All Ireland medals came home to Dungarvan.
Weather conditions in Carriganore yesterday were ideal for cross country running. This is a tough cross country course with plenty of long uphill sections and very sticky muddy conditions in the lower parts of the course. It certainly was not one for the fainthearted.
Individual Medal for Caoimhe Prendergast 
Caoimhe Prendergast was in superb form on Sunday competing in the under 13 race she was full of running and up with a large leading bunch for much of the race. Caoimhe came home in 7th place a big improvement on her 12th place last year. This is the third year in a row Caoimhe has placed in the top 12 and now had individual medals under 11, 12 and 13. Caoimhe was the second Munster girl home and scored on the Munster team that won the inter-provincial contest earning her a gold medal. Caoimhe is certainly one to watch out for over the next few years.
Silver Medals for Boys under 15 Team
The best team performance on the day was from the boys under 15. Tommy Fennell led the charge with a great individual performance to finish in 9th place an improvement of two places on last year. He was followed in 20th by his twin brother Rory who has made a huge improvement this year and next home was Oisin O’Riordan in 29th place. They were backed up by two newcomers to the club this year Azier del Rio (92nd) and Eoin Buenaventura (121st).  With a combined score of 150pts the team finished second behind Munster Champions Ennis AC.
Tommy, Rory and Oisin were all scoring members of the Munster team that finished third in the inter-provincial contest.
Individual Medal for Micheal Power 
 Micheal Power rounded off his career in juvenile athletics with an individual medal in the boys under 19 race. At this point in the day the underfoot conditions were very sticky making it a very energy sapping race. Throughout the race  Micheal was in a medal winning position and crossed the line in 9th place. Also competing in this race was Niall Blackwell in 40th place. Waterford had five strongly placed athletes in the race but did not have a sixth scoring member and missed out on the bronze inter county medals.
Silver County Medal for Rachel Wyley 
For three of our under 19 girls this was their final juvenile race and Rachel Wyley  finished the day with a silver medal as a member of the Waterford team that finished second in the inter county contest.  Rachel finished in 39th place a big improvement on her 61st first place of last year. There were also improved performances from Caoimhe Dwyer 44th, Dairina Ní Sheanlaoich 47th, Sinead O’Brien 49th and Sophie Landers 50th. The team finished in 6th place.
Under 11 Boys Team finish 6th in team Contest
There was also some good running from our under 11 boys for four of the team this was their first experience running at this level. David Gaffney and David Nyhan who both won medals with the under 12 team led the way finishing 22nd and 25th and narrowly missed out on the Munster team medals. Joe Kelly who ran in the All Ireland B last year continues to improve and finished 69th. Newcomer to this level Ben Qualter and Paddy McCarthy finished one behind the other in 95th and 96th places. Liam Broderick was feeling the effects of a recent stomach bug but battled home in 117th place. If these work together over the next few years it won’t be long before they are among the medal winners.
West Waterford also had competitors in the girls and boys under 17 races. Cian O’Riordan was the best of the boys finishing 35th with Conor Mullany improving on last year to finish 59th.  Best of the girls was Mary Kate Prendergast in 52nd place. Dani Cuningham improved from last year to finish 87th and Elia Tutty made it into the top 100 finishing 96th. Orla Keane was next home in 101st with Aoife O’Brien in 106th place.
Well done to Waterford AC on a very well organised event and to John Mc Grath Athletics Ireland and his team from West Waterford AC who assisted in the running of the event. 
We rounded off the year with a meal in the Park Hotel where our athletes were presented with their All Ireland medals. We were joined by Eunice Power who presented the Powersfield House Cup to Azier del Rio winning team captain in the juvenile winter league sponsored by Elverys Inter Sport.   
West Waterford AC Juvenile Committee wishes all their athletes and their families, our coaches and sponsors a very happy and peaceful Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all on Jan 21st at the Colligan Cup