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Maher enjoys 1500m win


PADDY MAHER of Dunshaughlin was all smiles after a clear-cut victory in the junior boys' 1500m at yesterday's opening day of the North Leinster Championships at Santry.

Maher was out on his own for much of the race. Behind him, Dunshaughlin team-mate Jarlath Jordan just pipped Alex Hogan of St Aidan's on the line. Equally impressive in the girls' inter 1500m was Rhona Pierce of Skerries Community Schools, who finished well clear of Claire Fagan of St Finian's Mullingar.

In the inter-boys' 1500m, Cathal Doyle of St Aidan's pulled away for victory over David O'Hanlon of St Aidan's.

In the senior 1500m, All-Ireland senior cross-country champion Andrew Coscoran of St Mary's, Drogheda, had to find an extra gear when Eoin Strutt of St Fintan's made a sprint for the line off the final bend.

A clear winner of the senior was Sean O'Driscoll of St Fintan's, with Peter O'Brien another winner for the Sutton school when he soared over 3.80m to win the pole vault.

For Ashbourne Community College, Luke Redmond won the 100m and Keith Marks the inter hurdles, where Fiacra O'Flynn of St Fintan's finished second.

Winning the senior 100m was Vicky Harris of Wilson's Hospital, with Malahide's Bronwyn Keogh second. Malahide's Mieke Kiernan retained her senior hammer title with a throw of 45.81m. An impressive winner of the junior girls' hammer was Lauren O'Keeffe of Loreto Balbriggan.