Track & Field

Lawler to lead young stars at Leevale Sports

The Leevale Sports is set to showcase Ireland’s best up-and-coming talent today as they bid for qualification for various age grade championships with Marcus Lawler heading over 330 entries.

Sonia O’Sullivan will also be in attendance for the first time in 28 years when she was aiming to qualify for the European Juniors and she’ll be taking a keen on eye on the junior girls.

“The last time I was at the Leevale Sports was 1987 aiming to qualify for the European juniors at the Mardyke (now Sonia O’Sullivan) track,” said O’Sullivan of the event which now takes place at the CIT track. “I ran just under 9:40 (for 3,000m) that day. I’m looking forward to seeing the current Irish junior girls this weekend get their season started ahead of European junior championships, European youth and world youth championships this summer.”

Women’s distance action

There promises to be plenty of exciting races in store. Leevale’s Louise Shanahan will take on Nadia Power (Templeogue) in the senior women’s 800m and both will have their eyes set on getting a standard (A – 2:07.00/ B – 2:09.50) for the European juniors in Sweden in July. Shanahan is the 2013 European Youth Olympic champion and will be looking to put in a good performance. Both have recently returned from an Athletics Ireland junior warm weather training camp in Portugal. Niamh Malone (Monaghan Phoenix) will also be in the mix and is aiming for European youth qualifying of 2:11.50.

Other distance starlets in action will be Caoimhe Harrington (Bantry AC) and Rhona Pierce (Leevale) in the women’s 3,000m. Harrington won the Irish schools cross country intermediate title while Pierce won the senior crown in Clongowes back in March and it is set to be an intriguing battle. Both will be looking to post a fast time ahead of the Schools track and field programme which starts with the zone championships next week.

Top quality hurdles

The junior women’s 100m hurdles is set for a three-way tussle between Shannon Sheehy, Elizabeth Morland (both Cushinstown) and Molly Scott (St Laurence O’Toole). 14.15 seconds is the standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tblisi, Georgia in July and is well within their compass.

Sam Healy (Leevale) leads the way in an equally high-quality junior men’s 110m hurdles where Jack Rudden-Kelly (Donore Harriers) and Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo) will also look to take their mark. Healy will be aiming for the European junior A standard of 14.25 with Rudden-Kelly and Ryan aiming for European youth time of 14.30. Ryan will also compete in the senior men’s long jump and he will be looking to break the sand at 6.80m or further for another youth qualifying mark.

In the sprints Molly Scott (SLOT) and Ara Freeman (Sli Cualann) will duel in the senior women’s 100m. Newport’s Sharlene Mawdsley is the lead entrant in the 200m and all three will again be looking for qualifying times.

Aaron McGlynn in his JTG t-shirt. Image via Kieran Carlin

Aaron McGlynn in his JTG t-shirt. Image via Kieran Carlin

Aaron McGlynn (Finn Valley) has travelled all the way from Donegal for the senior men’s 400m with eyes on the European youth standard of 50.0 seconds.

Marcus Lawler (SLOT) won the 100m and 200m at the Irish University Championships last week and he will face Kieran Elliott (North Sligo). Both of them will be looking to go under the European U23 200m standard of 21.2 seconds.

McCarthy debuts for Leevale

Intriguingly David McCarthy has recently signed up for Leevale and he will be making his debut in the black and amber in the men’s 800m and 1500m.

Other leading entries

Senior Women 400mH

Kate McGowan (Tir Chonaill) looking for a Q for European Juniors -the B standard is 61.25secs
Kelly McGrory (Tir Chonaill) looking for Q for the European Junior 400m Hurdles -B qualification is 61.25secs
Leanne Prout (Carrick On Suir) looking for qualification for European Junior Championship 400m hurdles

Senior Men 400mH
David O’Brien (Dooneen AC)
David Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo) hurdles @ 2ft 9″ for EYOF qualification.

Senior Women Hammer

Jade Williams (Shercock) will guest, guest throwing the 3kg hammer.

Senior Men Hammer
Brendan O’Donnell (Lifford AC) looking for EYOF standard in Hammer. Weight of hammer = 5kg.
Adam King (Iveragh AC) looking for European Junior B standard – 66.00m

Senior Men Long Jump

Daniel Ryan (Moycarkey Coolcroo)
Looking for EYOF qualification standard in long jump

Senior Men High Jump

Ryan Carthy Walsh (Adamstown) looking for EYOF height 2.03

You can check out all the qualification standards on our resources section here

Action gets underway at 11:30am with live results here

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