Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 24 July 2018

West Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
It was a busy weekend for the club last weekend as we had athletes competing in four different venues. Our pole vaulters had a very successful day at Day 3 of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Championships. Lucy Holmes represented the Irish Schools at the SIAB International in Scotland. Aisling O’Regan was in action in Templemore and our younger athletes competed in the Munster B Championships in Cork where they enjoyed considerable success. 
Clean Sweep for West Waterford in under 18 Pole Vault 
It is most unusual in an All Ireland Championships to have three athletes from the same club on the podium for the one event but West Waterford athletes achieved this on Sunday when they captured all three medals in the under 18 pole vault. Patrick Fitzgerald took the gold with a jump of 3m90 which was a big improvement on his under 17 winning jump last year. Sam O’Neil again finished  2nd with a vault of 3m80 which was well up on last years performance  and Darragh Curran 3rd with 3m40 gave WWAC the clean sweep. 
In the under 19 boys event Diarmuid Harty cleared 3m70 to take the silver medal.
In the under 16 boys Eoin Buenaventura won his first All Ireland Title with a leap of 2m80. Well done to all the pole vaulters and their coach Bro. Lennon
Lucy Holmes Makes her International Track Debut
On Friday Lucy Holmes travelled with the Irish team to Scotland for the Schools International Track and Field Championships where she competed against the top under 17 athletes from England Scotland and Wales. Lucy went in the 800m which started at a very fast pace and the first 400m was run in 64 sec. The race was won by Scotland with the English athletes claiming the other two medals. Lucy finished 7th in 2m15 which was close to her best time and got her first taste of international track athletics.
Jamie Boyle Memorial Games Templemore
Aislinn O’Regan made the journey to Templemore to compete in the Jamie Boyle Memorial Games where she finished 2nd in the discus and 3rd in the shot.
Successful Day at Munster B Championships
West Waterford had thirteen athletes in action in the Munster B Championships in CIT. Cian Qualter won a bronze medal in the 300m under 9 and also qualified for the sprint final where he finished 7th.
Owen Morrissey competed in the boys under 10 500m and finished in 4th place missing the bronze medal by one hundred of a second.
Aoife Lattimore jumped 3m43 to take silver in the girls under 11 long jump and later in the day also placed 2nd in the turbo javelin.
There was also silver for Sarah Gaffney in the under 11 600m in a time of 2.02
David Gaffney won the boys under 12 600m in a time of 1m46.74 with David Nyhan 2nd in 1m51.46.
It was also 1st and 2nd for West Waterford athletes in the 80m sprint with Ben Qualter first across the line followed by Mattie Kupczyk in 2nd. Ben also took a bronze medal in the long jump with a leap of 3m.76  
Cal Tutty ran under 1m50 for the first time in finishing 4th in the boys under 13 600m. Sophie Crotty was 5th in the long jump and 6th in the Shot under 13 and Eimear O’Neill was 8th in the Shot with both girls throwing over 6m.
Sarah Nyhan finished 7th in the 800m in 2.39 and our final competitor Oisin O’Riordan was placed 2nd in the boys under 16 800m in 2m 22 
Well done to all our athletes and coaches on a very successful season. Our athletes and coaches will now take a well deserved break but will be back in action again at the end of August for the cross country season.