Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 18 June 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile News. 
Success Continues for West Waterford Athletes
The Munster under 14-19 Track and Field Championships were held last weekend in very blustery conditions in the RSC Waterford. Nineteen athletes from West Waterford competed over the two days and enjoyed success on the track and in the field events.
Double Gold for Lucy Holmes
Lucy Holmes continued her run of success on the track winning the 800m on Saturday and the 1500m on Sunday. On both days she ran the races in a similar style sitting off the early pace in third place and then moving up a gear in the final 200m to take the lead and win comfortably. Despite the blustery conditions on Sunday Lucy ran 4.53.59 which was a new personal best time. Next weekend Lucy will represent Munster in the Tailteann Games where she will run in the 800m.
Silver for Cian O’Riordan and Kate Killigrew  
On Saturday Cian O’Riordan added another silver medal to the one he won in the 3000m in Castleisland. This weekend he finished 2nd in the 800m in a close fought race with three athletes within one second of each other. Running 2.06 Cian has improved his time in the 800m and 3000m over the last two weekends. He also competed in the 1500m on Sunday where he finished 5th.
Kate Killigrew continues to make progress in the pole vault and cleared 2.40 on Saturday the same height as the winner but Kate had to settle for second on countback. Later in the day Kate also finished 2nd in the under 16 triple jump.
In the under 17 girls pole vault Alannah Kelly also had a good day finishing 3rd with a jump of 2m50.  Alannah will compete on Saturday next in the Tailteann Games as part of the Munster team and will be hoping for less windy conditions.
Gold for Patrick Fitzgerald and Diarmuid Harty
There was more success in the pole vault with Patrick Fitzgerald winning the under 18 boys with a clearance of 3m70 and Diarmuid Harty won the under 19 event with al leap of 3m40. West Waterford athletes had a clean sweep in the under 18 event with Sam O’Neil second with a jump of 3m60 and Darragh Curran 3rd with 3m 20.
Silver and Bronze for Eoin and Ciaran Buenaventura
Competing in their first Munster championships both Eoin and Ciaran were among the medal winners. Ciaran won a bronze medal in the under 19 boys high jump with a leap of 1m70 and Eoin finished second in the under 16 boys pole vault clearing 2m50. Eoin was back again on Sunday for the under 16 boys high jump were he finished 3rd with a jump of 1m50.
On the track Conor Davidson finished 5th in the 80m Hurdles and also finished 5th in the under 15 long jump and Angelina Chizhikova finished 8th in both the 800m and 1500m under 14 with Oisin O’Riordan 11th in the under 16 1500m.
Good Performance in the Throwing Events
Most of the throwers were competing in their first Munster Championships and gave a good account of themselves with many recording personal best performances. Sean Mullarkey finished 5th in both the under 16 discus and shot. In the shot he threw over 11m for the first time and had a new personal best of 33.78 in the discus.  Mark Blackwell also finished 5th in the under 16 javelin. 
David Horgan competed in the under 14 javelin and made it into the final 8th finishing 7th with a new personal best of 22m. 
Adam Haydens best event was the hammer where he improved in every round to finish 6th with a throw of 23.06. Sean Killigrew was another to have a personal best finishing 7th under 14 with a throw of 19m70 and Sam  Warren also finished 7th  in the under 18 boys discus.
Well done to all who competed over the two days 
Aislinn O’Regan wins Shot and Discus at Laois Games  
Aislinn O’Regan continued her preparations for the IWA World Championships with a win in both the junior shot and discus at the IWA Laois Games on Saturday last. Aislinn had a new personal best in the discus adding almost two mts to her previous best. The IWA World Championships will be held in early July in Athlone and Aislinn will be working hard in the next few weeks preparing for this event.