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Tim jumps for yet more Schmidt joy

TIM SCHMIDT of Terenure College, whose father Joe has become Ireland's new head rugby coach, was just one of the winners on day 2 of the Aviva West Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry last week.

Schmidt won a closely-fought long jump, with his best effort of 5.82m giving him a two-centimetre victory over Adam Raitt of St Colmcille's.

Best of the races was the senior 200m, with Dillon Kavanagh of Salesian Celbridge snatching it on the line from Keith Doherty of Drimnagh Castle, winner of the 100m on Tuesday.

Mitchell Byrne of Templeogue College added the 5000m title to the 1500m he had won two days earlier.

A day later, at Day 2 of the North Leinster's, 100m champion Niamh Hetherington of Dunshaughlin PP made it a double when winning the inter 200m.

Thrower Mike Kiernan of Malahide CS won the senior hammer with a personal best of 39.56m and also took the discus.

Oisín Foley, a member of the strong Dunshaughlin CC squad, beat Robert Tully of Gormanston in the senior boys' 400m, while Mark Rogers of St Joseph's Drogheda won both the inter high jump and 400m hurdles.

St Fintan's High School was again having a good day and won both the inter and senior 4x100m relays.