Juvenile News

Juvenile News, 29 September 2019

4 Individual and 3 Team Titles for West
Waterford Athletes at County Championships
The first session of the county cross country championships under 10,12,14,16
and 18 were held in ideal conditions at St Augustine’s College on Sunday last.
Almost sixty young West Waterford athletes turned up to compete at this event
and it was another successful day for the club as they took four individual and
three club titles. There was a good turnout of athletes from all the clubs in the
county and there were big fields in the younger age groups
First win of the day for Isabelle Gaffney
Isabelle Gaffney led from the start to win the under 10 title convincingly and get
the day off to a good start for West Waterford. Next home was Aoife
Buenaventura in 18 th with Shannon Radley just three places further back in 21 st .
Clodagh Lattimore improved three places from last year to finish 23 rd just ahead
of Luisne de Paor 24 th and Aimee Barry 25 th . Sophie Carroll Lawlor finished 30 th
with Amy Beresford 36 th , Amy O’Riordan 40 th, Ciara O’Donovan 42 nd and Abbi
Casey 44 th . The team finished in 4 th place.
County Team Title for Boys under 10
Taking the individual silver medal Cian Qualter led West Waterford to the team
title. Newcomer Natanas Lunskis finishing 6 th , Rian Curran 10 th and Caolán O’
Corraoin 13 th completed the scoring four. Paddy McCarthy was just one place
behind in 14 th with Tom Murphy next in 21 st . Dara Byrne and Peter Ahearn
finished one behind the other in 24 th and 25 th place as did Fergus Moloney and
Lochlainn Harty in 27 th and 28 th and Cameron Flavin running his first race
finished 32 nd .
Clean Sweep for Under 12 Girls
West Waterford had a clean sweep in the under 12 girls taking the three
individual medals and the team title. Sarah Gaffney retained the title she won as
an under 11 last year as she crossed the line in first place. Kyla Flavin made a
welcome return to cross country running and took the silver medal with Fia de
Paor winning her first individual medal in 3 rd place. Aoife O’Donovan put in a
great sprint at the end to take the fourth place a big improvement from 12 th last
year. These four won the team title with the lowest possible score. A much
improved Amy Flavin finished 10 th with Laoise Cummins running well to finish
14 th . Sarah O’Riordan 20 th was the first of five athletes who finished one behind
the other Sarah Murra y, Niamh McCarthy, Anna Murphy and Sarah Hallissey.
Another Team Title for Boys under 12
Last year they won the team title under 11 and they came back this year and
retained the title. There was a change around in the individual place with Eoin
Prendergast taking the title after a great battle with club mate Liam Broderick.
Owen Morrissey 7 th ans Conor Keane 9 th completed the scoring four with Kealen
Barry 17 th and Cormac O’Regan 19 th .
Bronze Medals for under 14 Girls
Having just missed out on the medals last year the under 14 girls team came
home with bronze team medals. First home was Lia Harty in 3 rd place followed
by Grainne Moore in 11 th and an improved Claudia O’Halloran 12 th with Fiona
O’Riordan 14 th and Hannah Power 15 th .
We were missing some of our under 14boys so were unable to field a team but
our thee athletes finished in the top seven. Best of the three was Darragh
O’Riordan 5 th followed by Ben Qualter 6 th and Ian Holmes 7 th .
First County Title for Sarah Nyhan
Having finished 3 rd and 2 nd last year Sarah Nyhan went one better this year
leading from the start and finishing strongly to take the girls under 16 title.
She was followed home by Angelina Chizhikova who improved two places
from last year to take the silver medal.
In the under 16 boys Tommy Fennell finished in2nd place with Rory in 5 th place
Lucy Holmes also took silver in the under 18 girls with Mary Kate Prendergast
in 5 th .
In the under 18 boys Conor Mullany finished 6 th with Mark Blackwell not far
behind in 8 th .
County Uneven Ages Cross Country Sunday next
Sunday next Oct 6 th the Friary will again host day two of the county
championships with races for under 9,11,13,15,17,19. Those who were out of
their age group this week will be in their correct age group next week. West
Waterford athletes will meet in the Friary at10.15 to check in and warm up.
Aislinn O’Regan finished the season on high note
Aislinn had her final competition of the year on Saturday last as she competed
in the IWA Throwsfest in Tullamore. Conditions were far from ideal with the
rain making the circle very slippery. Aislinn persevered with the turn and threw
over 15 m for the first time with a best of 15m11cms. Aislinn will now have a
well deserved break before she starts training for next season.
Sunday Oct 6 th County Championships under 9,11,13,15,17,19.
Sunday Oct 13 th County B Championships under 9,11,13,15
All county fixtures will take place in St Augustine’s College starting at 11am
Sunday Oct 20 th Munster under 10,12,14,16,18. Limerick Racecourse
Sunday Nov 10 th Munster under 9,11,13,15,17,19 Conna Co Cork
Sunday 24 th November All Ireland under 12,14,16,18. Abbotstown Dublin