SIOFRA CLEIRIGH BUTTNER of Coláiste íosagáin underlined her massive potential when she ran away with the senior 800m at day two of the Aviva East Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Irishtown yesterday.
After reloading from the start, Cléirigh Buttner was barely out of breath after she crossed the line in 2 minutes 12 seconds.
She then anchored the íosagáin team to win the open relay. Running the first leg was former Leinster cross-country champion Clár Nic Chártaigh, who was making her final appearance at a schools competition.
Longest race of the meeting was the 3000m, with Sarah Ní Mhaolmhuire of íosagáin first of the seniors and Isabelle Odlum of Rathdown second overall and first inter.
The dominant performance in the sprints came from Coláiste Chonglais' Molly Scott, who won the junior 100m, beating Mollie O'Reilly of Loreto Dalkey and Tara Jenkins of Sion Hill.
Winning the senior 100m comfortably was Claire Foley from St Gerard's in Bray.
A dramatic win for Jamie Cullen of Arklow CBS in the senior 400m was one of the highlights on Tuesday – day one of the East Leinster event.
In sight of the line, one of the other athletes fell, but Cullen kept his concentration to win the race, beating Ruairí Martin of Ardscoil Rís and Fionn ó Rian Broin from Coláiste Eoin.
Also from Ardscoil Rís was Adam Foley, who clocked a time of 4 mins 15 secs to win the 1500m. Inter and senior athletes ran together, with Blackrock intermediate Christian McKenna pushing the early pace and holding on to finish second overall behind Foley.
In third place overall was Wesley senior Rick Nally with Liam Mac Giolla Phádraig of Coláiste Eoin fourth and second inter, ahead of Ed Tottenham from St Columba's. Running a smart race to win the U-16 mile was Blackrock's Luke McCann.
With time tight on a packed day of sport, the inter 1500m and senior 2000m steeplechase races were also held together. Leading the race until 1500m was Pádraig Lennon of St David's who took inter gold, while running an extra lap and finishing first senior was Kieran Bower from the Institute of Education.
In the field, Andrew Heney from Mount Temple retained his senior high jump title, while Blackrock's Oliver Jager added to his collection of shot putt titles.
In the minor competition, Willow Park managed the remarkable feat of taking a medal in all but one of the nine disciplines on offer, as well as A and B relay medals. A star of the team was Liam Turner, who won both the 80m and 500m.