Taking it in their Striders
It was a great day for the United Striders Juveniles at day one of the Wexford county track and field championships, hosted by the club at a wet and cold New Ross town park.
The youngest age group in action were the Under-9s, who put in some great performances without collecting any medals. Hope Murphy, Cillian Browne and Seán Lennon all made their way through the heats and semi-finals to make the sprint finals. Kayleigh Aylward also contested the sprints and some field events.
The Under-10s, Isabel Bawden, Leona Berry, Aisling Ryan, Ruby Murphy, Owen Shannon, Caolan Costello, Finn Kelly, Ryan Murphy, Ben Myers, Myles and Cosmo Hewlett, had a quiet enough programme, with just sprint and relays. Leona and Caolan made their way to the finals and many of the Under-10s moved up an age group to compete in the relays.
The Under-11s were easily the most successful age group. The girls' relay team of Aoibhe Cullen, Ciara Burke, Michaela Smith and Ciara Murphy won gold in spectacular fashion, and had three-quarters of their team make the sprint final.
Kelly Corbett, Mia Ryan and Elaine Aspel also came close to medals in the field events. Aidan Shannon was the most successful Strider, winning a relay gold and a gold and two bronze medals in individual events. Aidan was joined on the relay team by Christopher Murphy, Owen Lennon and Darragh Flannelly for an emphatic win.
Lee O'Neill, Seán Barry and Billy Byrne also put in some great efforts. A special mention for James Quinn who showed blistering speed in his first-ever track and field event to come fourth in the sprint final, where he was joined by Darragh, Aidan and Christopher, with the Striders making up half of the field.
The only medal for the Under-12s was won by Erin Shannon when she ran faster than ever before to take third place, just ahead of Shade Animashaun in fourth, in the 600m. Aoife Barron, Meadbh Rogers, Leah Myers and Conor Phelan also put in strong performances in many events against strong opposition.
Catríona Ryan was the only Under-13 girl in action and was just outside the medals in her events. Some strong performances for the boys' Under-13s also earned some medals. Conor Murphy bounced back to his best form to win a bronze in a very competitive 600m event.
Aran Browne, in his first-ever track event, came through heats and semis to just miss out on a medal in the final, but later joined up with Conor, Patrick Doyle and Cian Flanagan to get silver in a super team effort relay. Also putting in great performances at this age group were Travis Phillips, James Callaghan, Mikey Murphy and Ryan Kielthy.
At Under-14, the ever-reliable Joshua Hewlett was the only individual medal winner, with second place in the long jump. Rebecca Bawden and Gráinne Flannelly moved up an age group to help win a relay silver medal. Matt Rossiter and Joanne Kelly performed strongly in all events and were unlucky not to collect medals along the way.
At the next age group, Emma Callaghan won the day's first medal for the Striders when she came second in her 250m hurdles event. Cheyenne O'Farrell-Molloy added to the team strength at this age group. Katie Murphy and Ciara Kelly were part of the relay silver medal team, with Katie also earning a silver in the high jump. Aedan Rogers was possibly the most impressive winner of the whole day, controlling his 1,500m race from start to finish.
The girls' Under-16 relay team of Laura Callaghan, Ellen Kehoe, Elena Browne and Hayleigh Bawden claimed a bronze medal, thanks to a last-gasp finish by Hayleigh. Our only Under-17 athlete in action was Ethan Anderson, who put in a number of fine performances and deservedly won a medal when placing third in the shot putt event.
In summary the club had a super day, fielding 60 or so athletes to win four golds, five silvers and six bronze medals.
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ST. JOSEPH'S A.C.
St. Joseph's A.C. were out in force on Sunday week last at the first day of the county track and field championships in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny, with over 60 athletes wearing the green and white singlet. Fantastic performances from athletes as young as six years old were recorded with club athletes competing in individual track events, field events and relay teams for a hectic four hours of competition.
It was a long and busy day for the athletes, coaches and parents but a fantastic medal haul bodes well for the remaining days of the championships throughout May.
Sunday week also saw two St. Joseph's marathon runners on the roads pounding out 26.2 miles each nearly 5,000 miles apart. John Richardson, running his second marathon in two months, had a superb run in the Limerick Marathon, setting a new personal best of 3:21:38. Meanwhile, Paul Sheehan was blazing a trail in the green and white singlet through the streets of Vancouver, Canada, running the Vancouver marathon in a fantastic time of 3:27:32.
At the Wexford half-marathon and 10 km. races recently, Tom McDonald ran the 13.1 mile distance in a new personal best time of 1:35:27 while his wife, Helen, had a fine run in the 10 km.
A total of 408 runners started the Waterford to Tramore 7.5 mile race recently with six St. Joseph's runners putting in great performances. Michael Ryan was the sole male representing the club and finished in an excellent 27th position. Immediately behind him in 28th was the superb Sally Forristal, finishing as third-fastest woman overall in the race. Elaine O'Donovan, Anita Barry, Mairéad O'Donovan and Maggie Helen O'Connor also had fine runs.
At the Leinster Novice and Masters road championships held in Gowran, Frances Mullally had a great race, finishing third Over-45 lady, with Mary Doolan and Susan Lanigan also having fine runs. In the six km. men's race, David Lanigan had an excellent race, recording a new personal best time for the distance.
At St. Abban's A.C. competition in Laois, on his pole vault debut, and in wet and windy conditions, Shane Power had an excellent competition, winning bronze in the Junior men's category.
Results of the Smithwicks Wexford Town Darts League for last week were - Division 3 men: Gaelic Bar 'A' 3, Pike 'B' 4; Browne's 'C' 3, Wexford Arms 'A' 4; Foggy Dew 5, Mooney's 'A' 2; Browne's 'D' 5, Jack Bailey's 'A' 2.
Division 1 ladies: WicKed Swan 'A' 0, Pike 'A' 5; Jack Bailey's 'A' 4, Gaelic Bar 1; Browne's Babes 2, Loch n Quay 3; Wicked Swan 'B' 4, Jack Bailey's 'B' 1.
Qualifiers for Division 4 singles are Anthony Sinnott (Loch n Quay) and Barry Quirke (Farmer's Kitchen). The quarter-final play-offs will resume in Culleton's for Division 2 on Thursday, May 15, with the first game at 9.30 p.m. sharp.
The Division 4 final will take place on Friday night next in Jack Bailey's and the Division 2 final will also be in the same venue on Saturday night, May 17.
Some great performances were given by our contingent at the I.M.C. meet in Greystones in woeful conditions for sprinting and jumping. Nevertheless Barry Upton wasn't far off his 200 PB, taking second with 22.43 and following up soon after with second in the 400 in 50.42.
Tony Stafford won his 200 race in 22.88, not far off his new PB from last weekend. Orla Furney ran a super 400h race showing she is well and truly on the comeback trail. She led for most of the race and just ran out of steam towards the end, taking third in a very competitive event.
Damien Walsh took fifth in the unusual distance for a hurdles race of 30 where a new national record was set by St. Abban's man Paul Byrne, so congrats to him!
Annie Stafford was the sole competitor in the women's long jump but despite this and atrocious wind the talented young jumper pulled out a series of plus-5.50 jumps. Expect more from this talented athlete over the coming weeks. Next up will be the National League in Waterford where a lot of our athletes will kick off their outdoor season and our men's and women's teams will be looking for a strong start to the campaign.
Well done to all our athletes who competed in the second round of the county championship in Kilmore on Sunday last. To start at the end of the day, there was a great win for our Under-15 girls in the Under-16 relay with Ellie Mernagh, Catherine Devereux, Anna Hennessy and Julia Dempsey. Also our Under-10 girls were second in their relay: Ciara Dolan, Eimear Halpin, Sabia Doyle and Ellie Devereux.
Jack Halpin got his first championship medal, taking silver in the Under-9 turbo javelin. He also made the semi-final of the 60m. Seán Logue competed well in the Under-9 javelin, 60m and 300m. Fiachra Lehane made the semi-final of the Under-9 60m. Tara O'Grady ran really well in the Under-10 60m and also competed in the long jump, javelin and 500m. Sinéad O'Reilly was also competing at Under-10 and finished third in the 500m and fourth in the long jump.
Oisín Dunne made the final of the Under-10 60m, competing also in long jump and javelin. Mark Hennessy had a great run to win the boys' Under-10 500m. He was fourth in the long jump and made the final of the 60m. Joe Gilhooly was third in the Under-10 60m.
Eimear Halpin had a busy day also, making the semi-final of the Under-11 60m. She ran a very good 600m and was fifth in the high jump. Sam Norval, also Under-11, made the final of the 60m and had a good run in the 600m. Amy Barron competed in the shot putt and 60m.
Our Under-12 girls ran really well in the sprints with Sabia Doyle a clear winner in the final. Ellie Devereux made the semi-final and competed in the long jump and shot. Ciara Dolan also made the semi-final of the 60m. Nathan Murphy ran well in the boys' 60m as did Ben Logue.
Our Under-13 girls did particularly well at the sprints this time. April Keeling was a clear winner in the final. April also came fourth in the high jump and competed at javelin. Bonnie Neiland-Stewart made the final of the 80m and competed at high jump and javelin. Liadh Dwyer also made the final of the sprint following her silver medal in the hurdles. Róisín O'Reilly and Jade Nolan made the semi-final of the 80m.
Shane O'Neill was joint first in the Under-13 hurdles with Seán Maher second and Cillian Corkery third. Cillian made the semi-final of the sprint and Shane and Seán made the final. Tim Gilhooly made the semi-final of the sprint.
Marcus Logue competed well in the Under-14 sprints. Aaron Smith won the Under-15 hurdles and surprised himself with a win in the 200m, his first time competing at this event. The Under-15 girls had a great day out, winning the Under-16 relay. Julia Dempsey won the 800m to add to her 1,500 last week. She was third in the 200m.
Anna Hennessy had a great run to win the 200m and Catherine Devereux made the final of the 200, finishing just out of the medals. Ellie Mernagh was very close to making the 200m final and threw well in the javelin.
Ciarán Maher in his first competitive outing over the hurdles took bronze and was first in the 100m. Eoghan Doyle made the final of the 200m and was just outside the medals in fourth place. Chloe Doyle competed in the Under-16 javelin, with no results for that competition yet. We had a 1, 2, 3 in the county Under-16 100m with Ciarán Maher first, John Murphy second and Eoghan Doyle third.
Well done to our competitors at the Masters road race in Enniscorthy. Lorraine McMahon was eleventh with Catherine O'Connor not far behind In the women's. Michael Kinsella, Tadhg Henderson and Dave Percival finished in the main bunch in the men's race. Well done to all five athletes on their performances.
Well done everyone young and old who fly the flag for this great club week in, week out.