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Irish on cloud nine with medals

Despite battling gale force winds, the Irish schools track and field team took a haul of 26 medals, including nine gold, at the annual SIAB Schools International in Glasgow.

Starting the day were the walkers, with recently crowned Irish senior champion Kate Veale from St Augustine's winning the girls' race by some margin. Evan Lynch, Colaiste Ceitinn Clonmel, then walked away from the field in the boys' 3,000m.

Dublin sprinter Patrick O'Connor from Colaiste Reachrainn has been making steady progress all summer and he had a sensational outing against top class opposition from England, Scotland and Wales.

In the 100m, aided by a +6 following wind, he finished second in a time of 10.66. He then won the 200m in 21.70 seconds, also wind assisted.

An unexpected victory came in the girls' 300m hurdles, won by Ursuline Waterford's Megan Kiely. In difficult conditions she powered away from the field to finish in 44.11 seconds. Less surprising was the win by Katie Kirk, Sullivan Upper, who clocked a time of 39.68 seconds in the 300m.

Over 800m, both Amy O'Donoghue (Villiers School) and Karl Griffin (Abbey VS) took silver medals. Sarah Lavin (Castletroy College) ran well to take second in both the 100m and the 80m hurdles.

In the girls' 200m, Desiree Henry of England ran 23.66 seconds with a +5.4 wind. A strong run from Ciara Giles Doran, Mercy Waterford, got her second in 24.61 seconds. For the boys' 100m hurdles, the wind died down with Ryan McParland (St Columb's Derry) finishing second in a legal time of 13.77 seconds.

Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Coláiste íosagain), came second in the 1,500m to the talented Jessica Judd, England, while Andrew Monaghan (St Colman's Newry) was second in the 3,000m.

Silver medals went to Sarah McCarthy (Maryfield) in the long jump with a best of 7.78m, and to Aisling Croke (Crescent CC) who soared more than 1.65 in the high jump.

Overall, Ireland finished second to England.


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