Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 22 October- 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Inter Sport Elverys to Sponsor Tony’s League
 This year we welcome back Inter Sport Elverys who will again sponsor the juvenile winter league. The league will get underway on Wed Oct 24th @4.15. Check in will be open from 4pm with the first group under way by 4.15. Wed 24th Oct and Wed 31st Oct are the two trial days. You have to compete on one of those days in order to be in a team. If you miss those two dates you can still compete as an individual but will not be included in the team event. The team competition will be run over four weeks Nov7th, 14th 21st, and 28th. The final run and presentation will take place on Wed 5th of Dec. with the Power Family cup going to the captain of the winning team.
Another Great Day for WWAC Athletes at the Munster Cross Country Championships 
West Waterford athletes showed once again last Sunday that they could hold their own against the best in Munster claiming individual, club and county honours at the Munster under 10,12,14,16 and 18 Cross Country Championships. The event was held in Beaufort just outside Killarney. The course was level but it was soft underfoot from the early morning drizzle but our athletes were well able for the conditions. In all eight WWAC athletes won individual medals and the club collected a second and third place team medals.
First Munster Cross Country Medal for Isobel Gaffney and Niamh Mc Carthy   
Isobel Gaffney got the day off to a great start when she had a super run to finish in 4th place and win her first Munster cross country medal. Niamh McCarthy put in a strong run to finish 54th and both Isobel and Niamh were members of the Waterford team that finished 3rd in the inter county competition. Clarissa Willans was next home in 90th place and Aoife Buenaventura finished 107th. This was their first run in a Munster Championships for three of these young athletes and with a little more experience will do even better next month in the under 9 event. 
Individual Silver Medal for Eoin Prendergast  
The day  got even better as the under 9 boys got underway and Eoin Prendergast was up in the leading group a strong last 600m saw him move from third into second place and win another individual Munster medal. Anthony O’Donnell running in his first Munster Championship finished in 18th place. Owen Morrissey took a tumble at the start but got back up running to finish 46th and Cian Qualter finished 112th and the team finished in 7th place.
Good Running from Girls under 12 
The biggest field of the day were in the under 12 age group with 127 girls and 120 boys completing the 2000m course. Best of the girls was Sarah Gaffney in 38th place a big improvement from her 51st  place last year. She was followed by Claudia O’Halloran who finished 65th in her first Munster race and Aoife O’Donovan 79th .Aoife Lattimore was next home in 90th. Catherine O’Donnell running in her first Munster finished 96th and Sarah O’Riordan also made it into the top 100 finishing 98th. The team finished in 9th place up from 14th last year
Silver Team Medals for under 12 Boys 
We had some great running from the boys under 12 team. There were two West Waterford athletes in the top twelve with David Gaffney in th leading bunch from the start of the race and improving another place from last year to finish 3rd and David Nyhan finishing 9th. Liam Broderick moved up five places from last year to finish16th. Ben Qualter made a big improvement from last year to finish 39th.  Paddy McCarthy was next across the line in 68th and Conor Keane had his first taste of Munster competition and finished 92nd.. The club team finished second in the inter club competition just one point behind Ennis Track AC andthese six will now qualify with the club team for the All Ireland Championships in late November. The county team finished 3rd with David Gaffney, David Nyhan, Liam Broderick and Ben Qualter all scoring on the Waterford team. In last year’s Munster Championships Ennis also beat this team by one point but they came back strongly to beat them in the All Ireland let’s hope they do the same this year.  
In the girls under 14 Caoimhe Prendergast was up with the leaders for much of the race but there was big group pushing for the top twelve places and in the sprint for the line Caoimhe just missed out on an individual medal finishing 13th. Angelina Chizhikova was next home in 43rd place with Fiona O’Riordan who despite being spiked at the start of the race improved over forty places from last year to finish 60th with Ele McDermott just behind in 62nd.
Cal Tutty was another to make an improvement on his position of last year finishing 21st an improvement of thirteen places from last year. Eoghan Lattimore finished 45th and Ian Holmes 54th.
In the girls under 16 we had just one competitor and Aoibh Murphy competing in her first Munster Championship put in a very good run to finish 41st. 
Two WWAC boys in the top 10 in under 16 Race
In the under 16 boys race Oisin O’Riordan and Tommy Fennell made it into the top ten with Oisin 7th and Tommy 9th. These two were also in the top ten last year but this year Oisin edged his way ahead of Tommy. This was great running from these two athletes in a very competitive race. They helped West Waterford to the bronze medals in the inter club race and with Eoin Buenaventura 31st Robert Quinn 42nd and Mark Blackwell 62nd  all in good running form they will compete in the All Ireland in Abbotstown on November 25th.
County Gold for Lucy Holmes and Mary Kate Prendergast
In the girls under 18 race Lucy Holmes made a welcome return to cross country running finishing 3rd. Mary Kate Prendergast improved on last year’s result to finish 15th. Both Lucy and Mary Kate were members of the Waterford team that won the inter county competition this was the only gold won by Waterford on the day.   
Individual Medal for Cian O’Riordan in last race
In the last race of the day Cian O’Riordan put in a big performance to finish 4th claim an individual medal and lead the Waterford team to second place. This was a good finish to the day as Cian finished two places up from last year.
Well done to all the West Waterford athletes who competed on the day. The next big day is Nov 11th where they will all be in action again in the uneven ages and we will have even bigger numbers competing at this event.
Don’t forget training is moving back to 4pm stating on Wed 24th of Oct  and our winter league is also starting that day.