Track & Field

Walsh and Neville on the double as McGrath leads Leinster at Tailteanns

Michaela Walsh and Ciara Neville starred at the Tailteann Games in Morton Stadium winning respective double gold on the field and on the track to underline their growing reputations.

There was a timing difficulty that resulted in Neville’s times not being registered but there was no doubting her growing reputation as a rising star in the sprints. We still await official results but Michaela Walsh was supreme in the hammer and shot put. Walsh fired the shot out to a record 16.38m

Hammer time: Walsh eyeing up the hammer. Image: Kieran Carlin

Hammer time: Walsh eyeing up the hammer. Image: Kieran Carlin

Molly Scott blasted out of the blocks to put Ciara Neville under pressure in the 100m but wasn’t able to sustain the pressure on the Munster star. Scott was supreme in the 80m hurdles though and recorded 11.14 seconds for a new record. Jack Rudden-Kelly made it double gold for Leinster with 13.85

The 800m looked set to provide a mouth-watering clash between the junior and intermediate boys All Ireland Schools champions Mark Milner and Kevin McGrath. Passing 400m in 60/1 seconds, Milner went to the lead but the customary turn of gears by McGrath down the back straight settled affairs.

Stage is set in the boys 800m as they pass 400m

Stage is set in the boys 800m as they pass 400m

Leinster dominated throughout the day winning all four relays to round out an exciting day of action in Santry. We’ll update the report when we get full results.

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