A DELIGHTED Marcus Lawler of CBS Carlow left the Aviva Leinster Schools' Track and Field Championships at Santry last Saturday with a nice haul of three wins – and three records.
His first outing of the day came in the senior 100m, which he won in a spectacular time of 10.38 – one of the fastest 100m runs on Irish soil in recent years and an Irish junior record. It also broke Derek O'Connor's long-standing Leinster schools record set in 1983.
Next up was the 200m, which Lawler won in 21.17, again breaking a 1983 time set by O'Connor.
Finally came the 4x100m, where Lawler anchored his team to victory in 43.17 for his third record of the day.
In a unique family double, Marcus is following in the considerable slipstream of his mother Patricia Ammond, who still holds the Leinster senior girls' 100m and 200m records.
Another record-breaker was Síofra Cléirigh Buttner of Coláiste íosagáin, who struck out on her own from the start of the senior girls' 800m. She soon stretched away and her reward was a new Leinster senior record of 2:06.67, improving Gillian Lynch's 1989 record by more than three seconds and not far off the personal best of 2:05.26 she set indoors last February.
In the field, Wesley's Stephen Rice added almost two metres to the old senior javelin boys' best when he threw 59.48m.
St Fintan's Sutton enjoyed a good day, Cillian Kirwan running a smart race to take the senior 800m title, and Eoin Strutt winning the inter 1500m, with Leinster cross-country champion Pierre Murchan of St Declan's CBS a close second.
A runaway winner of the inter 800m was Carla Sweeney of St Mac Dara's, while even more dominant in the inter 1500m was her schoolmate Nadia Power. Among the day's double winners was Cliodhna Manning of Loreto Kilkenny, winner of the senior 100m and 200m.
On the opening day of the championships a few days earlier, Eoin Taggart of Rathcoole won the senior boys' steeplechase in style and will be favourite to take the national title in Tullamore in 10 days' time.
In the inter 100m hurdles, Matthew Behan of CUS had a good win over Joe Halwax from CBC Monkstown despite suffering with a dead-leg.
Molly Scott of Scoil Conglais repeated her double from the East Leinsters when she won the junior hurdles and 100m, while Siobhra O'Flaherty of St Leo's Carlow was the class of the field in the junior 1500m.