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Santry sees slick Saints Strutt stuff

With close to 2,000 young athletes from 66 schools in action, yesterday's opening day of the Aviva North Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships smashed every record going for attendance.

In the junior 100m, more than 100 boys and girls had entered, with Gina Moses of St Vincent's Dundalk winning the girls' race, and Nathan Grant of Boyne CS taking the boys' title. Even more had entered the minor races with six heats required in each.


In the older age groups, Sean O'Driscoll in the inter 100m final and Dylan Archibald in the senior 100m made it a St Fintan's double. An impressive winner of the girls' 75m hurdle was Shannen Sheehy of Loreto Navan.

With big numbers in the longer distance races, more than a few athletes ended up with cuts and bruises. One of these was Cliona Murphy from St Dominic's Cabra who crashed to the ground midway through the U16 mile, but recovered to finish second behind Rhona Pierce of Skerries Community College. Laura Tuite of Mercy Beaumont finished third.

No such drama in the inter boys' 1500m comfortably won by Eoin Strutt of St Fintan's.

Strutt had led out the race and when Mark Molloy of Gormanston moved to the front after 300m, he tucked in behind, making his move with 500m to go. Brian McGrath, of St Pat's Navan, then passed a tiring Molloy for the silver medal.


In the younger age groups, Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin CC won the minor boys' 1100m, while Hannah Byrne, of Holy Faith Clontarf, won the junior girls' 1500m.

Winning the senior 400m comfortably was Seanna Reilly, of Malahide Community School, with multi-eventer Amy McTeggart, of Our Lady's Greenhills, in second place.

On a good day for Dunshaughlin CS, Oisín Foley won the senior boys' 400m.

One to watch is Rebecca Power of Loreto Swords who won the minor javelin with a throw of 25.56 metres. In the U-16 shot there was a good win for Andrew Belvonic of St Aidan's – the Whitehall school had 70 athletes competing.