Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 25th July 2016

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes

The GloHealth All Ireland Track and FieldChampionships were held in Tullamore lastweekend and as usual it was a feast of good athletic performances. The standard was high in both track and field events and athletes had to be in top form to meet the challenges presented. West Waterford athletes were well prepared and gave a good account of themselves over the weekend.

Silver All Ireland Medal for Josh Rockett

Josh Rockett was competing as a juvenile for the final time and he rounded off his juvenile career in style. Josh finished second in the under 19 hammer. His best throw of 47.74 was over 9mts further than his winning throw in the Munster championships. The under 19 hammer was the closest competition of the day with just one cm separating first and second place. Later in the day Josh finished 5th in the discus.

Bronze All Ireland Medal for Micheal Power

Just back from competing in the European Championships Micheal Power took to the track in Tullamore last weekend. He was due to compete in both the 1500 and 3000m but feeling unwell on Saturday he skipped the 3000m which is usually his better event. On Sunday he finished second in his heat of the 1500m and qualified easily for the final. The final was run at a much faster pace and Michealcrossed the line in 3rd place with a time of 4.06.99 to claim a bronze medal.

Silver and Bronze Medals for Pole Vaulters

WWAC had three pole-vaulters in action in the boys’ pole vault competitions on Sunday and they were all among the medal winners. Ryan McGrath was first to compete in the under 15 boys and he cleared 2m40 for the silver medal. Patrick Fitzgerald improved on his performance in Munster and set a new personal best clearing 3mts to take silver in the boys under 16 competition. Diarmuid Harty equalled his performance in Munster when he vaulted 3m 40 to take the bronze medal in the under 17 boy’s event. On Saturday Allanah Kelly finished 4th in the under 15 girls pole vault jumping 2m15 and just one height away from the medals.

Personal Bests for Ciara McKenna and Lucy Holmes

We had four more athletes in action on the track. Lucy Holmes went in the under 15 1500m. In a very fast race Lucy was well up with the pace and finished in 5thplace. Her time was two second faster than her time in Munster and was a new personal best of 5.03.39. Kate Hickey was in action in the under 16 1500m and she also improved on her Munster time finishing six second faster in a time of 5.12.10. We will be watching to see which of the two will be the first to go under 5mins next season. Both Caoimhe Dwyer and Niall Blackwell were feeling under the weather on Saturday but were determined to compete in their All Ireland championships. Caoimhe had to run both a heat and final in the 400m. She qualified for the final and ran 63.62 which was close to her personal best. Niall ran in the 3000m and he was running well in the bunch for the first half the race but in the second half it was obvious he was not himself but he was determined to complete the race but was well outside his usual time for this event.

Ciara Mc Kenna competed in the under 16 javelin and added almost three mts to her personal best. Ciarathrew 24.72 to make it into the last eight of the javelin and that throw was enough for her to finish 6th in the event.
Well done to all our athletes who competed in the championships.

Munster B Championships in Waterford RSC on Saturday

W.W.WA.C. has over twenty athletes entered for the final day of the championships which will be held in the RSC starting at 11am. Check with Mary Ashe at training for all the details.
Training will finish on Friday night our thanks to all our coaches who give so willingly of their time each week to coach our young athletes.