Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 14 May 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile News.
Superb Performance at the County Championships.
Forty young athletes from West Waterford made the trip to the RSC on Sunday.
last for the first session of the County championships. With favourable weather conditions is was a good day for track running although a strong wind on the home straight made conditions challenging for the middle distance runners. In all our athletes captured seventeen county titles as well as numerous silver and bronze medals.
Success in the Sprint Events.
Our younger athletes set the tone for the day with Isabelle Gaffney getting us off to a great start winning the under 9 sprint followed by a win for Cian Qualter in the boys under 9. Owen Morrissey won the first of his three bronze medals when he finished 3rd under 10 and Liam Broderick did likewise under 11. Mattie Kupczyk won his first county title in the boys under 12 60m. He was followed home by David Gaffney in 2nd place and Ben Qualter just outside the medals in 4th place. Ian Holmes finished 2nd in the under 13 sprint with Adam Hayden also 2nd in the boys under 15 while Kate Keogh was 3rd in the under 15 100m. In the last of the sprint events Megan Keogh finished 2nd and Kate Killigrew 3rd in the under 16 100m 
West Waterford Dominate Middle Distance Events.
Isabelle Gaffney and Cian Qualter continued their winning ways in the 300m with both taking gold under 9. Kayla Flavin then stepped and won the girls under 10 500 with Owen Morrissey taking another bronze in the boys under 10. Liam Broderick ran a very strong race to take 2nd in the boys under 11 while Sarah Gaffney had to sprint all the way to the line to finish 3rd in the girls under 11 600m. In the under 12 boys race it was a sprint to the line with David Gaffney reversing last year’s result to take the gold medal and David Nyhan finishing in the bronze medal position. Eva Nogueira won her first county medal with a good run to finish 3rd in the under 12 girls 600m and in the last of the 6000m events Ian Holmes came with a strong sprint in the last 100m to win the boys under 13.
Lucy Holmes put in the performance of the day to win the youths 400m and came very close to breaking the 60sec for the one lap while Sinead O’Brien finished 2nd in the junior 400m.
It was then on to the 1500m events and Lucy Holmes recorded another win in the youths 1500m. Sarah Nyhan was another West Waterford athlete to win a first county title when she won the under 15 girls 1500. Angelina Chizhikova finished 2nd under 14 as did Megan Keogh under 16 and it was bronze for Sinead O’Brien in the junior event and Oisin O’Riordan in the under 16 boys.
In the long  hurdle events Kate Keogh finished 2nd under 14 as did Kate Killigrew under 16 with Megan Keogh 3rd in the same event.
Good Jumping From West Waterford Athletes.
Isabelle Gaffney won the third of her gold medals when she jumped over 3mts in the long jump while Owen Morrissey was also over 3mts when winning his third bronze medal in the boys under 10. Aoife Lattimore recorded a new personal best of 3m40 when finishing second in the long jump under 11 and she also took a silver medal in the turbo javelin. It was a clean sweep for West Waterford in the boys under 12 long jump with Mattie Kupczyk winning with a jump of 3.59 just one cm ahead of Ben Qualter in 2nd and David Gaffney in 3rd place. Kate Killigrew jumped over 9mts to win the under 16 triple jump with Adam Hayden also jumping over 9mts to finish 2nd in the under 15 boys event. Kate Killigrew also finished second in the under 16 High Jump with Megan Keogh in 3rd place.
More Success in the Throwing Events.
Sean Mullarkey in his first outing with the club had a double winning the under 16 discus and javelin and Mark Blackwell finished 2nd in both these events. Finn Wright won his first county title with a new personal best 21m15 in the under 15 discus and Adam Hayden finished 3rd in the same event. David Horgan finished 2nd in both the under 14 javelin and discus with Sean Killigrew 3rd in the under 14 discus.
Sophie Crotty competed in the shot for the first time and finished 2nd in the under 13 girls. Megan Keogh won another silver medal in the under 16 shot. Angelina Chizhikova  finished in third in the under 14 shot with Kate Killigrew 3rd in the under 16 shot.
In the relay events the under 11 girls team of Aoife O’Donovan, Aoife Lattimore, Kayla Flavin and Sarah Gaffney finished 2nd. The under 14 team of Sophie Crotty Grainne Moore, Alanah Willans and Eimear O’Neill put in a great run but just missed out on the medals finishing 4th and the team of Éle Mc Dermott Emily Hickey Doireann Ní hÍci and Claudia O’Halloran finished 6th. The under 13 boys team of Ben Qualter, Mattie Kupczyk, David Gaffney and Ian Holmes rounded off a very successful day with a win in the under 13 relay.
Western Final of the Primary School Sports
On Thursday May 17th a large crowd is expected at St. Augustine’s College for the western final of the primary school sports.  Over the last two weeks we have had some very exciting races as the young athletes tried to qualify for the final. We have been lucky with the weather so far and we hope this continues on Thursday.  All the schools have been notified with list of qualifiers and the first race gets underway at 6.30 with line-up at 6.15.  Once again we ask athletes and parents to arrive in plenty of time for the event.  Parking will be limited within the school grounds. Please obey the stewards and park in a sensible manner that does not restrict the flow of traffic. The first three in each of the individual events and the first two relay teams will qualify for the county finals on Thursday May 31st.  There will be overall trophies for the best boys and girls school in both the big schools and small schools sections and these trophies will be presented along with the Nora Healy Perpetual Trophy on the night of the county finals.
Irish Life and Health Munster Schools Championships.
Having taken part in the qualifying rounds at East Munster over the last two weeks a large number of West Waterford athletes will head to Castleisland next weekend to compete in the Munster Schools Championships where they will represent all the local schools we wish them all the best of luck.
Second Round of the County Championships Sunday 27th.
 The second round of the county championships will be held in the RSC on Sunday  May 27th starting at 11am. Below is the programme for the Day 2
Day Two
Track Events
60m Hurdles:   Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12, U13
75m Hurdles:   Girls & Boys U14
80m Hurdles:   Girls & Boys U15, Girls U16
100m Hurdles: Boys U16, Youth, Girls Youth, Junior and Senior (Women)
110m Hurdles:  Junior and Senior (Men)
Walks 2000m:   Girls U14, U15, U16   Boys U14, U15
Walks 3000m:   Girls Youth, Youth   Boys U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
200m:   Girls & Boys U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
800m:   Girls & Boys U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior 
Relays:  Girls & Boys 4x100m U10, U12, U14, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior 
3000m: Girls & Boys U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Field Events
Long Jump (Girls & Boys):  U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
High Jump (Boys):  U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Discus (Girls):  U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Shot Putt (Boys):  U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Javelin (Girls):  U13, U14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Hammer (Boys):  U 14, U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
Pole Vault: Girls & Boys U15, U16, Youth, Junior, Senior
There will also be a discus and javelin event for under 12 athletes and a discus and hammer under13 as development events