Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 19th June 2017

Another Successful Munster Championshipsfor West Waterford Athletes

CIT was the venue for the Munster under 14-19 championships last weekend. On Saturday we had glorious sunshine and a breeze to keep the temperatures down but the breeze disappeared on Sunday which made conditions difficult for the middle distance runners.

Double Gold for Niall Blackwell

On Saturday Niall competed in the 3000m under 19 winning in an impressive time of 9.15 a full thirty seconds better than last year. On Sunday he added gold in the 1500m winning in a time of 4.20

Silver for Cian O’Riordan and Conor Mullaney

Cian O’Riordan finished second in the boys under 17 3000m in a time of 9.33 just slightly faster than he ran in the schools earlier in the year. On Sunday he ran a very fast time of 4.16 to finish second in the under 17 1500m. Michael Troy finished 5th in the 3000m under 17. Conor Mullaney was also second in the boys under 16 3000m running just over 10 minsand finishing 5th in the 1500m on Sunday.

Improved Performances from Lucy Holmes

Competing in both the 800m and 1500m in the intense heat on Sunday Lucy Holmes improved on her performances of last year finishing 2nd in the 1500m and 3rd in the 800m. The finish was so close in the 800m that the photo finish had to be called in to decide the top four places.

First Track Medal for Tommy Fennell

Both Tommy and Rory Fennell made the step up to compete in the Munster A championships and both put in good performance in both the 800m and 1500m.

Tommy Finished 4th in the 800m in 2.22 and later took a bronze medal in the 1500m to qualify for his first All Ireland A championships. Rory was unlucky not to qualify in the 1500m with the first four to qualify he finished just one place out in 5th.

Pole Vault Titles for Kate Killigrew and Diarmuid Harty

Our pole vaulters were in good form on Saturday winning two titles as well as two silvers and a bronze medal. Kate Killigrew won her first Munster title when she cleared 2m12 to win the under 15 girls pole vault and also equalled her personal best when she jumped 1m40 in the high jump. DiarmuidHarty added to the under 17 title he won last year taking the under 18 title with a jump of 3m 22.
Patrick Fitzgerald was second in the boys under 17 with a leap of 3m 02 and Ryan McGrath also finished 2nd in the under 16 boys jumping 2m 62.
Alannah Kelly was closed to her personal best jumping 2m 42 to finish third in the under 16 girls event.

First Munster Medals for Darragh Curran, Aleksander Wagner and Darragh Moynihan

We had three new athletes competing in their first Munster Championships and they all came home with bronze medals. Darragh Curran jumped 1m 60 to claim third place in the boys under 17 high jump while Aleksander Wagner also finished third in the triple jump under 17 with a jump of 11m 95. Darragh Moynihan also won a bronze medal when he threw 24m 07 in the boys under 14 discus and also finished 5th in the hammer.

There were also good performance from CaoimheHorgan who added two metres to her personal best in the under 15 discus and there were also personal bests for Aislinn O’Regan in the under 15 discus and mark Blackwell in the under 15 javelin and also megan Keogh who finished in the top 8 in the 250m hurdles.

Tailteann Games in Dublin next Saturday

West Waterford A.C. will have several athletes in action on the Munster Schools Team at the Tailteann Inter Provincial Championships. Kate Hickey and Conor Mullaney Steeplechase, Lucy Holmes 1500m, Cian O’Riordan 3000m, Aleksander Wagner triple jump, Patrick Fitzgerald, Sam O’Neil and Alannah Kelly pole vault. Competiton will be very keen at this event as just three athletes are chosen to represent each province.

Flag Day Collectors Needed

We are looking for collectors for our annual flag day on June 29th and 30th . If any parents or athletes aged 14 upwards can help by doing a two hour slot on Thursday or Friday please give your name to Angela,Mary or Antoinette at training.

Good Turnout at Club Championships

The first session of the club championships was held on Wednesday last. Boys under 12-14 competed in the shot and 100m with the under 9’s to 11 competing in the 100m . The girls competed in the 100m and long jump. On Wednesday this week all will run a middle distance event with long jump for boys and12 -14 girls throwing for the girls and turbo javelin for boys under 9-11.