Kate Veale West Waterford’s top class race walker finished an excellent 2nd last Saturday at the famed 111th Millrose Games which was held at the Armory, New York City. Some of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes competed at this fixture including Eamon Coghlan, Marcus O’Sullivan and Frank O’Mara. Kate’s race held over the mile distance was also the American Indoor championships for 2018. Held in front of a packed house the winner was multiple America record holder over almost all race walking distances Maria Michta Coffey, of Polish decent, Maria has competed at 2 Olympic games and was the defending champion going into the race. Three athletes got away from the gun two Americans Taylor Edwert, Coffey and Kate, these three stayed tightly together for the first 5 laps of the 8 before the champion made the decisive move, breaking clear of the other two as she increased the pace she drew further away, crossing the finish line in 6.35 to claim her 4th Millrose games 1 mile walk victory. But what a battle for the runner up spot between Kate and Taylor Edwert Southwest Ohio Track Club, the two were neck and neck throughout and at the line just a second separated them with Kate just getting the nod in 6.44.17 and Ewert was clocked on the line at 6.45.68.Kate clocked 6.17.68 passing the 1.500 meters mark and this was the 2nd fastest ever by an Irish female over this distance. The fastest was Laura Reynolds from 2011 at the Irish Universities championships when she clocked a time of 6.17.04. Overall a super result by a very talented lady and World Youth Champion in 2011 and coming back to her best form again.
At the Irish Life Indoor Games in Abbotstown on Sunday Niamh Whelan Ferrybank won the 200 metres in 24.20 seconds and was second in the 60 metres in a personal best time of 6.47 seconds. Grace Furlong Waterford was second in the triple jump
Also in Abbotstown on Sunday Ireland’s first ever 400 metres Indoor hurdles race was held and due to the constraints with a 200 metres indoor arena just three runners competed using lanes 2, 4 and 6 with 8 hurdles in all and two were from Ferrybank. Olympian Thomas Barr and European Youth Olympics Champion of 2012 Ben Kiely and Paul Byrne St Abban’s joined them. Barr was most impressive in winning the 2 lap race in a great time of 50.50 on a tight track,the seventh best performance ever and the third fastest European performance. Byrne was second in 52.46 and Kiely third in 63.28.
Over 2,200 competed in the John Treacy 10 miles in Dungarvan on Sunday and the first home was Kevin Maunsell Clonmel in 49 minutes 27 seconds, David Flynn Clonliffe Hrs was second in 49.47 and Emmet Dunleavy Sligo was third in 50.04. First Waterford athlete home was Trevor Power Waterford in 9th place. First lady home was Laura O’Shaughnessy DSD in 56.32, Siobhan O’Doherty Borrisokane was second in 56.47 and Ruth Fitzgerald Waterford was third in 57.54. Local athletes who won age categories were as follows Women F 40 Adele Walsh St Senan’s, F 45 Cait Caulfield Waterford, F 55 Siobhan Kennedy Focus on Fitness, F 65 Terri Gough West Waterford, M 65 Joe Gough do. Proceeds to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
The WIT Sports Campus in Carriganore is the venue on Thursday next Feb 8th for the East Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championships which begin at 12.30pm. Races for boys and girls in minor, junior, intermediate and senior grades and Waterford schools will be well represented. Lots of local help would be appreciated.
Now firmly established on the athletic calendar the 12 th Annual Anne Valley 5 Miles road race is in Dunhill on Saturday next at 12 noon, with a large entry expected. Prior to the run a walk will be held starting at 10 am entries in Harney’s Dunhill from 9 am and late entries for run will also be taken at the same location until 11.30 am. Kilmacthomas 4 miles coming up Sunday February 25th 11 am.
On Friday at Athlone IT the All Ireland University Indoor Championships take place and quite a few athletes from Waterford will compete representing various Universities and Institutes and WIT will have athletes competing. A full day of competition begins at 10.15 am. Nenagh is the venue on Saturday and Sunday next for the Munster under 9 to 12 Indoor Championships and many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete over the two days and as usual we can expect some very prominent performances. The two long days of competition get under way at 11 am both days, full program on Munster Athletics Website. On Sunday again with an 11 am start the National Master’s X Country Championships and B Juvenile and juvenile inter club relays are in Kilcornan Estate Clarinbridge Co Galway.
Wed 14 th AIT International Grand Prix Athlone, Saturday 17th/Sunday 18 th All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships Abbotstown
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