Another super leap from Ryan
Fine show at Tailteann Games
The historic and prestigious Tailteann Games took place in Morton Stadium, Santry on Friday, with a host of Wexford athletes invited to represent Leinster in the inter-provincial test of Ireland's most talented Juvenile athletes.
Adamstown's Ryan Carthy-Walsh, representing Good Counsel College, exceeded his own expectations and put his stamp on the games with a second qualification standard for the European Youth Olympics in the high jump with a strong leap over 2.03m.
Ryan took the gold and was awarded the prestigious male athlete of the games, along with the award for best high jump, and was laden down with trophies and medals on the return journey to Wexford.
Another of Wexford's best Under-17s, David McDonald, representing C.B.S. Wexford, did his county, club and school proud with a second place position in the 200m and third in the long jump.
Mean Scoil Gharman's Sophie McCabe (Bree), who is going from strength to strength this season, put in a gold medal-winning performance in the triple jump. Kathlyn Furlong of Coláiste Abbain and D.M.P. also sealed herself a place on the podium with a silver in the hammer. Another silver went to Chloe Whelan, pushing Mean Scoil Gharman up the rankings when she smashed her P.B. in the 300m hurdles.
All five of these athletes are likely to get an Irish vest for the School's International between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, which will take place in Scotland on July 18.
The Leinster Under-14 to Under-19 track and field championships took place over the two days of last weekend in Tullamore Harriers Stadium, with medals aplenty for the Wexford athletes.
With most of the Juvenile clubs from Wexford being represented, there were numerous Leinster champions returning over almost all disciplines, from short hurdles to middle distance to the long and gruelling steeplechase events, which saw two Leinster gold medals coming back.
Each event allowed four athletes to go forward to the national finals in July and along with medals there were also a number of qualifying spots earned.
Three Wexford athletes set Leinster records: Pádraig Hore from Taghmon in the boys' Under-16 discus with a throw of 51.54; Ryan Carthy-Walsh of Adamstown with 2.00m in the Under-17 high jump, and Dylan O'Sullivan of Enniscorthy Athletic Club in the boys' Under-15 250m hurdles. Lystus Ebosele of Enniscorthy A.C. also broke the Leinster record in the Under-15 discus, only to be knocked back into second place by the next athlete to throw, who went on to break Lystus' C.B.P.
The Wexford teams in the inter-county 4 x 100m relays also performed superbly, with silver for the boys' Under-17 team of Ryan Carthy-Walsh, Kevin O'Connor, Jack Hayden and Ross Daly. The girls' Under-17 team of Shannon Wall, Haleigh Bawden, Elaina Browne and Aoife Muldoon demonstrated some fine sprinting to take the bronze medal. The Under-15 boys' and girls' teams and the boys' Under-19 teams all had close finishes for fourth place.
The Mr Oil Wexford Senior track and field championships take place on Wednesday, June 24, at Enniscorthy Sports Hub. This is the second year of Senior competition on the new track and promises to see some great competition over the two legs of the championships.
With a full range of competition for Novice, Senior, Masters and Over-50s on offer, the programme also includes the long jump and triple jumps for the older Juveniles.
The remaining throws event, the Senior shot putt, will also take place at the track.
Registration is from 6.30pm with the hurdles events kicking off the track series at 7pm sharp. The competition will culminate with the ever-popular relays which always provide excitement to finish the evening.
All points earned will go towards the Brother Egan Cup and a number of clubs will certainly be vying for the honour of being declared best track and field club for 2015.