Continuing the very regular winning sequence by Waterford athletes in all age groups at All Ireland Championships three Waterford athletes won titles last Sunday at Athlone IT Track at the Irish Life Health Junior and under 23 Indoor Championships. In the junior grade two of our most prolific winners were in top form in their events. Órla O'Connor Waterford AC easily won the 3000 metres walk in a time of 14 minutes 12.30 seconds and was over 18 seconds in front of the second athlete home, she had been second in this event in 2016 and 2017. The second winner was the recently crowned Credit Union Young Athlete of the Year Shane Monagle Tramore AC and again he had a clear cut win in the 60 metres hurdles in 8.05 seconds, the second athlete clocked 8.13. The third winner in the under 23 triple jump with 11.42 metres was Grace Furlong Waterford AC, Cian O'Brien also Waterford AC was second in the u 23 high jump with 1.75metres, the title was won with 1.80 and third placings went to Patrick Fitzgerald junior pole vault with a personal best of 3.80 metres, Yuri Kanash u 23 pole vault both West Waterford and Denise O'Connor Tramore was third in the 400 metres. Paul Murphy of Ferrybank was most unfortunate however as having won his semi final of the 400 metres he had to withdraw from the final with a pulled hamstring. Two Waterford AC junior athletes James Murphy long jump and Emily O'Mahony in the triple jump were 4th in their events just missing out narrowly on medals Congratulations to all who competed winners and losers. Competing as a guest at the National Indoor League in Athlone on Saturday last and making her seasonal debut Niamh Whelan Ferrybank won the 200 metres in 24.44 seconds.
Shane Monagle Tramore AC was named The Combined Credit Union's of St Dominic and Waterford Supreme Young Athlete of the Year at a function in the Dome at WIT last Friday evening. During 2017 among his best performances were setting a new record in winning the All Ireland u 18 110 M Hurdles Championship with 14.18 seconds and winning the Celtic International u 18 110 m Hurdles again with a new record of 14.21. In addition he won the 60 metres All Ireland u 18 Indoor Championships. The Tón Le Ghaoite 110 Metres Hurdles u 18 and was second in the All Ireland Indoor Youth's Combined Events. Present were Mayor of the Metropolitan area Sean Reinhardt who complimented all the monthly winners 8 from Waterford 2 from Tramore and one each from Ferrybank and West Wateford and paid tribute to the Combined Credit Unions for their sponsorship over the years of the event. Special Guest Olympian Lizzie Lee gave many words of advice to the twelve young athletes and emphasised to them to enjoy their sport, train regularly and set targets and listen to their coaches and on behalf of the Credit Unions Linda O'Kane said they were very happy and proud to be associated with the Awards which would continue this year and thanked the adjudicating panel. Many parents of the 12 nominees and also their coaches were also present at a very enjoyable occasion and all enjoyed refreshments laid on by the Credit Unions.
In spring like weather the Waterford Secondary Schools X Country Championships were held in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside on Friday last and there were some very competitive races seen. There were great tussles up front in the four boys events minor, junior, intermediate and senior and also the Intermediate girls. The following were the results.Girls Minor 1 Ali Cunningham St Augustine's 2 Shima Lanigan do 3 Crystal Bray Ard Scoil na Mara Team 1St Augustine's, 2 Ard Scoil na n Deise 3 Ard Scoil na Mara, Junior 1 Aoife Redmond Abbey CC 2 Emma Hickey St Augustine's 3 Anna Hickey do Team 1 Ard Scoil na n Deise 2 St Augustine's. Intermediate 1 Una O'Brien Presentation 2 Tara Ramasawmy do 3 Lucy Holmes Ard Scoil na n Deise Team 1 Ard Scoil na nDeise 2 Ursuline 3 Waterpark, Senior 1 Isobelle Cummins Mercy 2 Emma Caulfield Ursuline 3 Sinead O'Brien Ard Scoil na n Deise team 1 Blackwater College Ursuline 3 Ard Scoil na n Deise. Boys minor 1 Tommy Fennell St Augustine's 2 Tadg Connolly Abbey CC 3 Rory Fennell St Augustine's Team 1 St Augustine's 2 Waterpark 3 Ard Scoil na Mara, junior 1Callum Hurley Ard Scoil na Mara 2 Aidan Burke De La Salle 3 James Aylward do, Team1De La Salle 2 St Augustine's 3 Blackwater CC. Intermediate 1 Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas 2 Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara 3 Ben Keane St Declan's Team 1 CBS Dungarvan 2 Srt Augusrtine's 3 De La Salle, Senior 1 Craig O'Brien De La Salle 2 Fergus O'Brien Gael 3 Coleman St Augustine's Team 1 St Augustine's 2 Blackwater. All Ruond Cups; Girls Ard Scioil na n Deise, Boys St Augustine's.
The National Sports Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin is the venue on Sunday next for the AAI Senior Indoor Games which begin at 11 am and Waterford will be well represented at the meeting
Over 2500 are expected to compete in the 27 th Annual John Treacy 10 miles road race on Sunday next in Dungarvan. The race starts at 1.30 pm and the race headquarters is at The Dungarvan Sports Centre, no entries on the day. On Saturday week February 11th the Annul Anne Valley 5 Miles Road Race is in Dunhill, see event website.
Thursday 8th East Munster Secondary Schools X Country WIT Carriganore. Saturday 9th/ Sunday 10th Munster u 9 to u 12 Indoor Championships Nenagh, Sunday 10th All Ireland Master's and Juvenile B X Country plus juvenile relays Clarinbridge Co Galway,Wed 14th AIT International Grand Prix Athlone, Saturday 16th/Sunday 17 th All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships Abbotstown.
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