Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 11 March 2019

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Training Starts back On Wednesday March 13th 
The track and field season will be coming up soon so it is time for our younger athletes to start back training. We will start back on Wed March 13th @6pm in the Friary College. We welcome back all those who have been on their winter break and any new members who would like to join us. Children from age 8 and upwards are welcome.
Super Run by Lucy leads Ard Scoil to Bronze Medals
Conditions were ideal for cross country at the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday last. The venue was Clongowes Wood College and the course threaded its way around the playing fields. It was flat and fast but the many twists and turns on the course made it more challenging than it looked. The weather was bright and breezy with a cold wind blasting across the course. The best performances from West Waterford athletes came in the two senior races.
In the senior girl’s race as expected double European champion Sarah Healy led out the race from the start and came home first. Out the course behind her a very interesting tussle for second and third place was underway. Munster Schools champion Laura Nicholson was in second place but tracking her all the way was Ard Scoil’s Lucy Holmes. As both athletes entered the home straight Lucy attempted to pass Laura who matched her stride for stride. Lucy pulled slightly ahead but Laura came level again. Lucy made one last burst and her 800m speed showed as she pulled away to claim the silver medal. The other three Ard Scoil girls battled it out to make up every place they could and Mary Kate Prendergast 47th , Kate Hickey 50th and Sinead O’Brien 62nd combined to see the Ard Scoil girls win the bronze medals in the team event.
 Other WWAC athletes competing for the Ard Scoil were Sarah Nyhan who ran a very good race to finish 34th in the Inter Girls race an event she will be under age for again next year. Caoimhe Prendergast was best of the juniors as she finished in 36th place with Aoibh Murphy finishing 71st.
Cian O’Riordan Signs Off with his best  ever run at the Schools Cross Country
Cian O’Riordan WWAC ran his last cross country race for Dungarvan CBS on Saturday last and he ended his schools cross country racing in style with his best place finish ever at an Irish Schools Cross Country event.  Running steadily from the start of the race and always in the top 20 as the race wound its way around the four laps he put in a strong finish to cross the line in 15th place. Cian was the second Munster athlete just one place behind Midletons Frank O’Brien and this was a big improvement from his 6th place in the Munster Schools Championships. Conor Mullany who represented Blackwater finished 54th in the same race.
Tommy Fennell best Finisher for St Augustine’s 
Tommy Fennell  was the best finished for St Augustine’s coming home 16th in the junior boys race but he just made it by the skin of his teeth as twin brother Rory battled hard to catch him and finished just two places behind in 18th place.
Ally Cunningham was the top West Waterford athlete in the junior girl’s race. Competing for St Augustine’s she finished 28th in a very fast and competitive race.  Angelina Chizhikova was competing in her first All Ireland Schools event and finished 41st in the minor girl’s race. 
Munster Schools Indoor Games 
We had just two athletes from the club competing at the Munster Schools Indoor Games in Nenagh on Tues last. Both Sean and Paul Mullarkey represented Dungarvan CBS and competed in the shot. First up was Sean in the intermediate grade and throwing the five kilo shot for the first time he threw 10m 67 to finish in second place and win his first Munster schools medal. Paul competed in the junior shot and this was his first ever competition he finished in 5th place with a throw of 8m.78.