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Irishtown 'Rock stars

BLACKROCK College won all but one of the boys' relays at the second day of the East Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships held in Irishtown.

Only in the minor race were the college's first years from Willow Park beaten by Clonkeen.

Individually, 'Rock's squad of sprinters were also picking up medals. Liam Turner won the junior 200m, while Brian Masterson took the inter title, beating Conor Dempsey of Pres Bray. A day earlier, he had won the 400m, with Dillon Gibbons of Ardscoil Rís second and Conor Dempsey from Pres Bray third. Winning the senior 100m on Tuesday was Matthew O'Callaghan, ahead of Clonkeen's Killian Waldron and Chris Carey of St Michael's.

With Siofra Cléirigh Buttner abroad and her Coláiste íosagáin team-mate Sarah Ní Mhaolmhuire injured, the girls' middle distance races opened out and Mount Anville took both of the 3000m titles.

Ella Fennelly beat Deirdre Healy from the Institute of Education to win the senior 3000m, while Sophie Murphy won the inter race, beating Niamh Ní Chiardha of Coláiste íosagáin.

A day earlier, James Maguire of St Benildus was one of the standout performers on an altogether sunnier day at Irishtown. Maguire, who finished a brilliant third in the junior race at the SIAB Schools International cross-country last March, won both the 800m and 1500m at inter level.

Having a busy day was Aengus Meldon of Blackrock. No sooner had he nailed down the senior 800m title, than he was called up for the 400m – heats, semi-finals and final.

Winning the inter boys' 800m was Alex Flynn of Clonkeen, last year's junior champion. Wesley's Luke Campion finished second and Chris Aylward of Blackrock third. In the combined steeplechase, Padraig Lennon of St David's Greystones took a comfortable victory in the senior 2000m race, while Paul Courtney of Ard Scoil Rís was the inter winner.

Coláiste íosagáin in Stillorgan has long had a reputation for its female athletes, but this season, it's the turn of Coláiste Eoin, its next-door boys' school, to shine. Just one of its winners over the past two days was Ruadhán ó Gradaigh, who won the inter boys' 1500m on Tuesday and the 3000m yesterday.

Defending the senior long jump title he won last year was James Burns of CBC Monkstown, with Pavel Peev of Wesley second and Gonzaga's Conor Gowing third. In the senior javelin, Stephen Rice of Wesley was in a class of his own, winning with a throw of 56.24m. Although she didn't compete in the 800m heats yesterday as expected, Cléirigh Buttner has been given a bye into the Aviva Leinster Championships.


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