Athletes reap rewards of winter's training
ALL STAR PERFORMANCE by athletes at county championships.
Sunday last at CIT all athletes gave us a day to be happy.
We can count success in medals won but on this occasion the big success is that everyone competed in all their events and did it with a challenge that had almost everyone reaching finals.
The one thing to be said is that they all got out of their events the results of efforts put in at training over the winter.
Results as follows: Joe Ivory U11, a regular winner at ball throw in the past, won a good silver in the new event, the turbo javelin; Sean Tarrant U9, in his first counties was not long getting into the medals when he won silver in turbo javelin and also finished 5th in sprint out of approx. 40 runners; Shauna Linehan U12, is getting better as time goes by.
She had a fantastic gold medal result in the shot putt and was just pipped for bronze in the discus; Lauren O'Leary U13 had a tough fight on her hands in the sprint qualifying from the heats to a semi final and finished third in a very close finish in the final; Kate Ivory U15 has at last seen her star rising with a great fighting run in the 250m hurdles to win her first county gold medal and added to this a bronze from her sprint; Rebekah O'Connell 16 has also turned up trumps with a double gold medal in the hurdles, first in the 250m and this was followed with her win in the sprint hurdles; Ciara Sheehy U12 was another golden girl with her constant improving in the shot putt.
She won last Sunday's event with a throw in excess of 9m.
She has come from 8m throws a short while ago; Vickie Cusack U14, everything has been written about her exploits in athletics and one can only marvel at her continuing ability to win gold medals at whatever event she chooses.
Last Sunday was no exception when she won the 200m hurdles, sprint hurdles, shot putt and long jump; Emily Linehan U11 had a go at the 60m hurdles but had not enough practice, not so in the shot putt where she won silver; Sean O'Connell U11 has been competing for a few years but hardly ever found it as tough as Sunday, to run a heat, semi final and final to be just squeezed out of the gold; Amy Linehan U17 added another gold to her collection with some good throws in the discus but was out of luck in the shot putt; Jodie Cusack U17 was also successful in gold in the 400m, one of the toughest track races.
She added a bronze from the 250m hurdles.
All the above brought the club medal tally to 12 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze from the first day at the counties.
Others who gave it their best were Ellie Coughlan, Daniel O'Connell, Fionn O'Sullivan, Amy Whelan, Vicky O'Connell, Lucy Reidy, Leah Bradley, Helen Moynihan, Stephen Walsh, Cormac Butler, Aoife O'Sullivan, Katelyn Cusack, Ciara Harty, Tara O'Sullivan, James Horgan, Jack Kilcommins, Laura Mortell, Katie Moynihan, Sarah Reidy, Lynn O'Regan, Ailish Bradle, Sarah Tarrant, Sarah O'Keeffe, Anna Walsh, Kailey Jewitt.
If the spirit shown can be transferred to next Sunday it is possible to equal day 1 scores. SCHOOLS: At South Munster Schools at CIT last week, Vickie Cusack was successful in hurdles and long jump, Kate Ivory was successful in long jump and Sarah O'Keeffe set a new personal record in excess of 4m in the long jump.
Next Sunday 12th is day 2 of the juvenile championships where everyone will have the opportunity to add to what they already have or the day for others to achieve their glory.
There will be a full day of competition for all the same athletes.
As these are county championships they do not have the pressure of qualifying for the next level, i.e. Munsters.
We advise everyone to be there on time.
reverts to normal days and times over next two weeks with emphasis on relays.
Mondays in Charleville U12 and older 6-7; Tuesdays Liscarroll, all athletes 6.30-8; Thursdays Liscarroll 7.30 to 8.30; Fridays Charleville, all athletes selected for relay teams 6.30 to 8.
If those selected are not prepared to turn up to train/practice with team mates, their place will be allocated to someone else or the team could be scrapped.
These relays are county championships but for all teams U12 or older they are qualifiers to All Irelands.
U9, 10, 11 qualify later through Munster team events.
Date for county relays is Sunday 26th May, for boys and girls U9 to U16.
Sunday 19th May will be a rest day for some while others are gluttons for punishment and will travel to Ballinspittal for Courceys open sports.
15th county graded league at CIT 7.30 p.m; 16th Eagle AC 4 mile road race at Fota; 18th Munster schools T&F; 19th Cork community games; 20th county graded league CIT 7.30 p.m; 23rd Ballycotton 5 series 5 mile; 31st Mallow AC 5k road race Doneraile 8 p.m.
Sunday 11th August Liscarroll open sports; Friday 30th August Tom Fitzpatrick Memorial 10k road race.