Olympian Thomas Barr Ferrybank preparing for his busy outdoor season in the 400 metres hurdles competed in the Athlone Grand Prix Indoor meeting on Wednesday last in the 400 metres flat and in a good class international field he ground out a fine win in 46.94 seconds just outside his best of 46.87. After being passed with 60 metres to go he came back again with a renewed effort to win readily. At the same meeting Niamh Whelan again from Ferrybank competed in the 60 metres finishing 4th in her semi final in 7.45 seconds and 7 th in the final in 7.51
Competing in an 800 metres indoor race in Abbotstown last Thursday evening Joe Gough West Waterford broke the over 65 World Record with a time of 2 minutes 16.65 seconds,the old record of 2.16.80 was set by American Earl Fee back in 1994. Joe continues his magnificent career in Master's competition with his appetite for training and racing regularly being an example to all sportspeople in any sport
In Douglas in the Isle of Man on Saturday Órla O'Connor Waterford had a fine winning performance in the 10 km race walk setting a big new personal best of 48 minutes 52 seconds and it was well inside the B qualifying standard of 51 seconds for the World Junior Championships later this year,Ruth Heery her club mate was 8 th in the same race and Kate Veale retired after 5k or so with shin problems.
Nenagh was the venue on Saturday and Sunday for the Munster u 14 to 19 Indoor Championships and the week end was a brilliant one for Waterford. athletes. Star performer was Shane Monagle Tramore who won 4 titles u 19 over the two days the 200 metres with a new record,the 60m, 60 m hurdles, 400m and long jump. Ferrybank had a brilliant week end with eight victories. Katie Murphy had a sprint double u 19 in the 60 and 200m, Lorna Monahan also a double in the 400 m and triple jump u19, Jake Bagge u 16 800m, Callum Hurley u15 800m, Katie Nolke u15 high jump and Annabelle Walsh u 13 hurdles ,silver medal winners were won by Lorna Monahan u 19 60 and 200 m,Kylie Heinen u 17 high jump ,Katie Nolke u 15 long jump,Zoe Kiely u18 400m,Paula Igwe u 16 hurdles Waterford AC had five winners and these were; Hugo Blair u19 1500 metres,James Murphy u 19 long jump, Emily O'Mahony u 18 triple jump,Matteo Mary u 17 1500 m, Eoin Kenny shot putt u 19,silver medals went to David Scanlon u 14 high jump,Andrew Scanlon u 13 shot put,t Sarah Heery u 15 shot putt, Aidan Burke u 15 800m Luke Brennan u 18 800 and 1500m,Eoin Kenny u19 200 and 400 m, Anna O'Connor u 19 1500m while third placings went to Sarah Jacob u17 shot putt,Jams Murphy u19 high jump and Lanve Baylan u19 triple jump.In addition to Shane Monagle's 4 wins Tramore medal winners were Mark Hartery second in the u19 60m hurdles and long jump while Dara O'Neill was third in the long jump u 15. West Waterford did well in pole vault competitions with wins by Kate Killigrew u 16 and Patrick Fitzgerald u 18,Sam O'Neill was second u 18 as was Alannah Kelly u 17 and Darragh Curran was third u 18
The Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships were staged at the WIT Sports Arena in Carriganore on Friday last in cold but dry weather conditions and over 500 athletes competed from schools all over Munster. Athletes from Waterford Schools performed very well in large fields. Tommy Fennell St Augustine's College had a thrilling victory in the minor grade and Tadg Connolly fought hard to get up for third place behind him,Anna O'Connor from Waterpark ran a blinder to finish second in the senior grade and Tara Ramasawamy Presentation Convent ran very well also to finish third in the intermediate race. Other high placings were secured with Hugo Blair Waterpark senior and Callum Hurley Ard Scoil na Mara both 4th in their races,5th placings went to Una O'Brien Waterpark senior, Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore intermediate and Aidan Burke De La Salle junior and 6 th placings to Emily Goff Ursuline senior and Rory Fennell St Augustine's twin brother of Tommy at minor level. Niall Blackwell St Augustine's was 7th at senior level ,8th placings went to Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas intermediate,Lucy Holmes Ard Scoil na Deise also intermediate and Aoife Redmond Abbey CC junior, 9 th placings went to Fergal O'Brien Gael Scoil Phort Lairge senior,Mollie Hutchinson Ursuline senior ,Ml Troy St Augustine's intermediate,Lia Cunningham St Augustine's was 10th intermediate,Craig O'Brien De la Salle was 11 th senior Emma Hickey Ard Scoil na n Deise again 11 th junior and 12th were Herbert Homa De La Salle junior and Ali Cunningham St Augustine's minor. In team competitions Waterpark senior girls were first beating Ursuline by one point, the winning team being Anna O'Connor,Una O'Brien and Olivia Queally second placings went to Árd Sciol na nDeise Intermediate girls and junior girls,De La Salle junior boys,St Augustine's were third in minor boys and intermediate girls.
200 competed in the O'Reilly Butchers 4 miles road race on Sunday and the first home was Sean Mc Grath East Cork in 20 minutes 35 seconds,Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir was second in 20.47 and Eoin Lyons Focus on Fitness was third in 21.05.Firat lady home was Lorna Fitzgerald Mallow in 25.18,Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners was second in 25.38 and Kate Veale West Waterford was third in 25.47 It was race 4 of the Michael Roche Carpets Series and proceeds go to Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responder scheme. Category results .Men;M40 Frank Quinlan Waterford ,M45 Sean O'Dwyer West Waterford,M50 Ray Hahessy do,M55 Joe Gough do. Ladies; F35 Louis Morgan Ferrybank F40 Martina O'Dwyer Carrick on Suir F45 Maria Murphy Griffin St Joseph's, Onra Power West Waterford
From Thursday to Sunday the World Indoor Championships are in Birmingham and a small number of Irish athletes compete. On Saturday in Trinity College Grounds in Santry Dublin the Irish University X Country Championships go ahead with a2 pm start.On Sunday Athlone IT is the venue for the Irish Life Health Master's Indoor Championships and Waterford will be well represented at the fixture which begins at 11 am. On Tuesday next the Munster Secondary Schools Indoor Games are in Nenagh at 11 am and Waterford will be represented there also.
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