Sprinting star Lawler shows quality to seal another title
As has so often been the case this season, Marcus Lawler of the St Laurence O'Toole club in Carlow proved the fastest man on the track at the Woodie's DIY Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday.
Lawler won the U-18 200m in 22.15 despite a strong headwind. Evan McGuire of Galway City Harriers finished second in the event in 22.42.
In the same age group, Kilkenny's Cliodhna Manning, who had won the 100m and 400m on the opening weekend of competition, completed a hat-trick by taking the 200m.
Phil Healy of Bandon produced the fastest girls time of the day when winning the U-19 200m in 24.60. Grainne Moynihan of West Muskerry finished just one-tenth of a second behind.
Sligo's Zak Irwin is clearly an athlete to watch after clocking a time of 22.42 for victory in the U-17 200m, while Roisin Harrison of Emerald, fresh from her outing at the Aviva Schools International, won the equivalent girls event in 24.88.
Over the longer distances, Ian Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers won his first national title with a convincing victory in the U-19 1,500m.
Finish of the day came in the U-18 1,500m. With the finish line approaching fast, Emerald's Kyle Larkin made a big effort to catch Rob Tully from Star of the Sea, but Tully held out for a narrow victory.
Fastest 1,500m time of the day came in the U-18 race, won by Tully's Star of the Sea clubmate Andrew Coscoran in 4:05.94, enough to give Coscoran a narrow victory over Mullingar Harrier Padraig Moran.
Not so lucky was Doonene's Jessica Coyne who was caught by Niamh Markham (Ennis) in the closing stages of the girls' U-18 1,500m.
In the field, a six-metre effort was enough to give Sarah McCarthy of Mid Sutton victory in the U-18 long jump, while Bandon's Shane Howard produced 6.62m to win the U-19 event.
The throwing performance of the day came from John Kelly of Finn Valley, whose winning effort of 16.80m in the U-17 shot was only 10cm off the championship record.
Meanwhile, Galway City Harriers won six titles at the inter-club relays.