Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 27th March 2017

All Ireland Medals for Pole Vaulters

The first session of the All Ireland Indoor Juvenile Championships were held in Athlone last weekend. Several pole vaulters from West Waterford travelled to compete in the event. The standard of pole vaulting has been on the rise for the last few years and the with the arrival of the Drucks and Trucks pole vault academy in CIT the standard in Munster has really risen with Munster athletes accounting for most of the records and medal winners over the weekend.

On Saturday Kate Killigrew was in action in the girls under 15 event. This was Kate’s first All Ireland competition and she cleared 2m20 to win a silver medal. Alannah Kelly cleared a new personal best of 2m45in the under 16 girls but was beaten for the bronze medal on countback.
The boys were in action on Sunday. Ryan McGrath cleared 2m60 to take third in the under 16 boys. The under 17 boys competition was a very close affair with three jumpers clearing 3m. The medals were decided on countback with Patrick Fitzgerald taking gold and Sam O’Neil bronze.

We had only one runner in action on the track with Niall Blackwell qualifying through to the final of the boys under 19 1500m. Niall ran 4.20.15 to finish in seventh place and was the second Munster athlete home.

Training continues on Wed and Fri @ 6pm in the Friary and new members are always welcome.