Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 25 February 2018

West  Waterford Athletic Club Juvenile Notes
Success for WWAC Athletes in Carriganore and Nenagh
It was a busy few days for West Waterford A.C.’s young athletes as some headed to Carriganore on Friday to compete in the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Cross Country Championships while on Saturday another group headed to Nenagh to compete in the Munster Indoor Championships. 
 First Munster Win for Tommy Fennell
Competing with St Augustine’s College in the minor boys race Tommy Fennell put in a great performance to reverse the result of the East Munster Championships and win his first individual Munster cross country title.  His brother Rory suffered a spike injury during the race but despite the pain battled to the finish to cross the line sixth. This laid the foundation for a team performance that saw the St Augustine’s team take the silver medals. There were two other WWAC athletes on the team Con Willans 56th and Conor Davidson 60th. In the minor girl’s race Ally Cunningham also representing St Augustine’s showed that she is coming back to top form with every race and finished 12th to qualify for the All Ireland on Saturday March 10th.
In the junior girls race good running fromWWAC athletes helped the Ardscoil girls improve on their performance in the East Munster and finish in second place in the team race. They were led home by Emma Hickey in 11th place with a much improved Sarah Nyhan in 13th with Anna Hickey completing the scoring in 26th and Aoibh Murphy in 38th. 
In the intermediate girls it was second for the Ardscoil and third for St Augustine’s teams.  The Ardscoil girls were led home by Lucy Holmes in 8th place followed by Mary Kate Prendergast in 17th Kate Hickey 23rd Elia Tutty 33rd and Orla Keane 37th. Lia Cunningham moved up from the junior grade to compete on the Friary team and she put in her best performance of the year to finish in 10th with Aine O’Neill 19th and Kate Killigrew 29th  they finished seven points behind the Ardscoil girls and took the bronze medals. In the inter boys race Michael Troy finished 9th and also qualified for the All Ireland.
There were just two local qualifiers in the senior races with Sinead O’Brien representing the Ardscoil finishing 15th to book her place in the All Ireland Final and Niall Blackwell kept the flag flying for the CBS finishing 7th in the senior boys race. 
We look forward to seeing them all in action again at the All Ireland in Carriganore on March 10th.
Wins for Patrick Fitzgerald and Kate Killigrew  in Munster Indoor Championships
There were five pole vaulters from West Waterford AC in action at the Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Saturday last and all came home with Munster medals.  Kate Killigrew had a win in the under 16 girls event with a new pb of 2m55 while in the under 17 girls Alannah Kelly equalled her pb of 2m55 to take second place.  It was a clean sweep for West Waterford athletes in the under 17 boy’s event Patrick Fitzgerald cleared 3m50 to take the gold medal. Sam O’Neil had a new pb of 3m35 to take the silver and Darragh Curran in his first pole vault competition cleared 3m05 to take the bronze medal.
We had just one runner on the track Cian O’Riordan who missed the qualifying round of the cross country through illness opted to compete in the under 18 boys 1500m and finished in 6th place.  Well done to all who made the trip to Nenagh to compete for the club.
Training for our younger athletes will be starting in March watch out on the website for updates.