Classy Ciara the Limerick leader in Tullamore
Ciara Neville reaffirmed what we already knew at the GloHealth All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore – that she’s a star in the making. The Castletroy College and Emerald AC athlete crushed the field in the intermediate girls (U17) 100m in 11.64 seconds. The legal wind of +1.4 ensured a new record and the fastest time ever recorded at the schools championships, faster than Phil Healy’s senior record of 11.83.
This was Neville’s first act in what would end in triple gold by the end of proceedings as she won the 200m in 23.99 seconds (+2.6 wind) and then anchored her Castletroy team to the glory with a storming leg. Neville’s 100m time qualified her for the European juniors and she is now in a quandary as to what championship to compete in – she is also qualified for the world youths.
Zak Irwin (Sligo Grammar) was another to shine in the sprints as he took the senior boys title in 10.60 seconds – a European junior qualifier and just one hundredth of a second outside Marcus Lawler’s record from 2013.
At junior level Aaron Sexton (Bangor Grammer) was in superb form winning the 100m (11.06) and the 200m in a time of 22.47, the 200m time was a new championship best performance.
Walsh Outstanding in the Throws
Michaela Walsh (SM & P Swinford) was in outstanding form in the throws event as she easily won the intermediate shot put and hammer titles. Walsh threw a massive 63.76m in the hammer to set a new championship best performance.
Kate O’Connor (SV Dundalk) was a class apart in the junior girl’s javelin as she set a new CBP of 43.77m having earlier finished second in the 800m. Eoin Sheridan (St Finians) won the senior boy’s discus event with a 50.62m throw as Anu Awonusi (Kilkenny College) dominated the senior boy’s shot put with a throw of 17.11m.
No record for Mulcaire as he eases to victory
Newly minted Irish junior record holder Kevin Mulcaire (St Flannan’s, Ennis) couldn’t add the schools record to his CV as he eased to victory in the senior boy’s 5,000m in a time of 14:51.98. Mulcaire was on record pace for the opening laps but a mixture of tiredness and poor conditions scuppered his quest to erase John Treacy’s 14:17.00 set in 1974. “It was a tough ask. I would have regretted it if I didn’t go for it,” said Mulcaire of his crack at the long-standing record. “The aim now is to win a medal at the European juniors. That’s been the goal of the season.”
Hope Saunders (Mount Temple) dipped under ten minutes in the senior girl’s 3,000m to win the title in a time of 9:56.88. Jack O’Leary (Clongowes Wood College) won the 2,000m steeplechase in a time of 6:03.67. James Edgar (Friends School) produced a strong final 400m to win the inter boy’s 3,000m title in a time of 8:55.18. Kevin McGrath (St Pats Navan) was a class apart in the inter boy’s 800m as he coasted to victory in a time of 1:57.22.
Mark Milner (Colaiste Coilm) was the man in the junior boys 800m and he smashed Paul Donovan’s record of 2:00.00 set in 1978 with a dominant front-running performance in 1:57.58 to the delight of the Harriers stadium where the Tullamore athlete has circumnavigated many a lap. An honourable mention must also go to Sean Corry (Omagh CBS) who also dipped under the previous record with 1:59.74.
There was new CBP’s set in the U16 mile events with Laura Ward (Presentation Carlow) winning the girl’s event in a time of 5:15.12 and Rory Lodge (St Kieran’s) the boy’s title in a time of 4:31.74. Eimear Fitzpatrick (Our Lady’s Terenure) was another of those in record-breaking form as she set a new championship best in the 1500m steeplechase with a time of 5:09.33.
Behan a clear hurdle ahead
Irish junior record holder Matthew Behan (CUS) dominated the senior boy’s 110m hurdles event claiming the title in a time of 13.90, but unfortunately the wind reading was slightly over the allowable limit (+2.6).
Morland on the Double
The multi-talented Elizabeth Morland (Dunshaughlin AC) collected two Irish schools titles in the senior girl’s high jump and long jump competitions. The combined event athlete won the high jump with a clearance of 1.65m and the long jump with a distance of 5.88m. Sophie Meredith (Newcastle West) set a new CBP of 5.67m in the junior girl’s long jump competition.
David Cussen (Spioraid Naoimh) cleared an impressive 2.05m in the high jump to win the senior title. Jana Joha (Col Iosagain) set a new CBP of 10.61m in the junior girl’s triple jump.
Full results of the day here