Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sprint trio top bill at schools finals

Cathal Dennehy

Published 04/06/2016 | 02:30

Sharlene Mawdsley has been a revelation this season, powering to a personal best of 23.55 for 200m last week in Waterford Photo credit: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Sharlene Mawdsley has been a revelation this season, powering to a personal best of 23.55 for 200m last week in Waterford Photo credit: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Sprinters are set to take centre stage at the GloHealth All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore today, with Sharlene Mawdsley, Ciara Neville and Elizabeth Morland set for star billing in the event's centenary edition.

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Mawdsley has been a revelation this season, powering to a personal best of 23.55 for 200m last week in Waterford, which was a world junior qualifier and launches her into contention for a tilt at the Olympic standard of 23.20. The Newport student will be an overwhelming favourite for gold in the senior girls' 100m and 200m.

At intermediate level, Limerick's Ciara Neville will attempt to replicate her triple success last year. The 16-year-old ran the fastest time in the history of the event when winning the intermediate 100m last year in 11.64, and will once again tackle the sprint double before anchoring Castletroy College in the 4x100m.

Multi-event specialist Elizabeth Morland is another with vast potential, and the 18-year-old announced herself as a current star last week by smashing the Irish junior and senior heptathlon record with 5,545 points. Despite being an accomplished jumper, the Dunshaughlin student will narrow her focus today, competing in just the 100m hurdles.

The action begins at 9.0am, features 120 events before its close at 6.0pm, and will be live streamed on YouTube by nTrai.

Irish Independent

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