FOUR athletes from the Boyne AC club are making final preparations to compete in this coming weekend’s All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore after top-class performances in the recent Leinster competition at Morton Stadium.
Having qualified from the North Leinster competition, Boyne had 12 athletes competing at provincial level, representing their respective secondary schools.
Day one saw Nina King Abor make light work of the U16 girls’ 200m sprint, clocking a time of 26.32 to take the victory.
Oliver Carolan was next to the medal winners’ podium as he too took gold in the junior boys’ javelin, with a best throw of 34.33m, and he was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the shot put, finishing fourth overall.
Both Oliver and Nina now progress to the All-Ireland Schools competition on Saturday.
Also in action at the Leinsters, Aimee Rice was unlucky to just miss out on a medal as her 4x100m relay team, representing Greenhills School, finished fourth, while Ledley King Abor placed fourth in his 100m sprint.
Hannah Newman was fifth in the U16 girls’ shot putt and seventh in the long jump, while clubmate Hannelle Raji finished eighth in both the junior girls’ long jump and shot putt.
Day two saw more of Boyne’s top sprinters in action.
Leon King Abor took silver in both the Senior Boys 100m (11.14sec) and 200m (22.45sec) and he too qualifies for the national finals.
Clubmate Sean Stratton was unlucky to just miss out on a podium position, as he finished fourth in both those events, while Nina King Abor ran well in her 100m sprint but didn’t feature in the medals.
No stranger to the podium, Euan Canniffe made it another gold from a Boyne AC athlete when he took victory in the Senior Boys Discus, throwing 40.85m.
He also just missed out on a medal in the javelin, finishing fourth overall.
The senior boys relay team representing St Mary’s DS finished in fifth place, with great legs from Adam Byrne and Cathal Monaghan of Boyne AC.