Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 14 July 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Another All Ireland Title for Lucy Holmes
The Irish Life Health All Ireland Championships got underway in Tullamore on Saturday and Sunday last. The top athletes from all over the country descended on Tullamore in seach of personal best performance and much sought after All Ireland medals. First in action for West Waterford A.C. on Saturday morning was Eoin Buenaventura who competing in his first All Ireland Championships finished 6th in the boys under 16 high jump with a leap of 1m50.
On the track Lucy Holmes captured her third All Ireland title in five weeks with a win in the under 17 girls 800m. The race started at a modest pace and as they went through the first 200m Lucy was in the middle of the pack in 6th place. Coming down the home straight for the first time Lucy moved out into lane two and was in 3rd place as Arla Stewart City of Derry took them through the bell in 70 sec. A group of five broke away on the back straight with Lucy in the middle. As they hit the 600m the pace really picked up with Lucy coming wide in the home straight and putting in a blistering finish to take her first national club title with  Danielle Jansen Finn Valley 2nd and Tara Ramaswmy St Senans in 3rd. The second lap was run in a much faster 66secs.
Later in the day Cian O’Riordan went in the under 18 boys 800m .This was run at a blistering pace with the winner coming home in 1.52. Cian was close to his best finishing in 2.07.
Gold for Kate Killigrew in the under 16 pole vault 
It was wet and windy in Tullamore on Sunday and not a great day for pole vaulting. Kate Killigrew made the best of the conditions to win gold in the under 16 pole vault with a clearance of 2m 60. This was a big step up from her silver medal last year. In the triple jump Kate finished 6th with a jump of 9m19.
In the under 17 pole vault Alannah Kelly cleared 2m40 to finish in 5th place.
Bronze for Ciaran Buenaventura in High Jump
Ciaran Buenaventura was also in action on Sunday in the boys under 19 high jump. This was Ciaran’s first All Ireland final and his only chance to win an All Ireland juvenile medal as next year he moves into the senior ranks. He made the most of the occasion jumping 1m75 to take a bronze medal in the in the boys under 19 high jump. I’m sure it brought back many memories for his mother Andrea who competed in the javelin at these championships a few years ago.
Cian O’Riordan was again in action in a very competitive under 18 3000m with the first three athletes home in under 9mins. Cian finished in 8th place in a new personal best time of 9.25.40
Cian and Lucy Holmes will compete in the junior 1500m at the Cork City Sports on Monday Night.
Silver and Bronze for Aislinn O’Regan at IWA  Senior Championships 
Just a week after represting Ireland at the IWA World under 18 championships Aislinn O’Regan was back in action in Santry at the IWA National Senior Championships in Santry. Aislinn threw close to her personal best in both competitions and finished 2nd in the shot and 3rd in the discus. This was a very good result for the youngest competitor in the competition.
Munster B Championships next Saturday in CIT
The Munster B track and Field Championships will be held on Saturday next July 31st on the track at CIT. West Waterford will have fourteen young athletes competing at this event.
Under 9   Cian Qualter 60m, 300m
Under 10 Owen Morrissey 60m, 500m
Under 11 Sarah Gaffney 60m 600m             Aoife Lattimore Long Jump, Turbo Javelin
Under 12 Ben Qualter 80m Long Jump,       Mattie Kupczyk 80m, Long Jump
                David Gaffney 600m,                    David Nyhan 600m
Under 13 Grainne Moore 600m, Shot           Sophie Crotty Long jump, Shot
                Eimear O’Neill Shot, Long  jump
Under 13 Cal Tutty 600m
Under 15 Sarah Nyhan 800m
Under 16 Oisin O’Riordan 800m  
Please collect an order of events from Antoinette at training on Wed night
All Ireland Championships Day 3
The final day of the All Ireland Track and Field Championships will take place on Sunday July 21st in Tullamore.
West Waterford will continue it long and successful tradition in the pole vault with Eoin Buenaventura in the under 16 boys
Patrick Fitzgerald, Sam o’Neil and Darragh Curran in the under 18 boys and 
Diarmuid Harty in the under 19 boys
Cian O’Riordan will be our only representative on the track competing in the boys under 18 1500m
Lucy Holmes Competes in Scotland
On Saturday Lucy Holmes will represent Irish Schools in the Schools International Track and Field in Grangemouth Scotland where she will compete in the 800m.
The best of luck to all our athletes competing next weekend in Cork, Tullamore and Scotland.