Furlong wins on the double
Wexfordians prove worth
The second and third outings for Wexford's Juveniles to the national track and field championships took place on Saturday and Sunday in Tullamore Harriers Stadium, and Wexford once again proved their worth across a range of events.
Adamstown's Marguerite Furlong made the top of the podium to become a double national champion as she took the Under-16 shot putt title. This added to her gold the previous week in the discus and for the third year in a row secured the double with a throw of 10.92m in the 3kg shot.
With a lot of throwing talent coming up through the ranks, there was plenty more to celebrate when training partner, D.M.P's Kathlyn Furlong, took the national title in the girls' Under-17 hammer prior to heading off to Scotland next weekend to compete in the schools international. This is Kathlyn's fourth consecutive title in the hammer, showing remarkable consistency for one so young.
Pádraig Hore's gold from the discus the previous week was followed up by a silver in the shot putt in the boys' Under-16 with a new Personal Best of 15.51m. In the girls' Under-18 discus, St. Paul's Tara Connick secured a bronze, throwing just outside her P.B. Clubmate, Gergely Pap, had qualified for both the shot and the discus and went home with an All-Ireland bronze medal in the shot putt in the boys' Under-14 with a throw of 11.78m.
Also doing a double in the shot and discus at Under-15 level was Enniscorthy's Lystus Ebosele, who had both events on the Saturday. Lystus first took a bronze in the discus and went one better to take silver in the shot putt.
In the jumps, Ryan Carthy-Walsh was again in top form, jumping a P.B. for the second time in less than a week. This time he soared over 2.08m in the Under-17 high jump, breaking the national championship best performance which stood at 2.01. He attempted 2.10m and was not far off clearance on his third attempt. With the opposition gone at 1.98m, Ryan was 10cm clear for the national title on this occasion.
The other high jump medal of the weekend went to D.M.P's Eimear Doherty, who secured a bronze in the girls' Under-19 event.
In the long jumps, Taghmon's Aisling Kelly put in a great series of leaps to take the bronze medal in the Under-13 event. David Obasam from Enniscorthy A.C. was competing in his third-ever triple jump competition, showing flair and ability for the event at the recent county championships. The Leinster champion became the All-Ireland silver medallist with a hop, skip and jump of 10.94, losing out on first place by just 3cm.
The sprints saw great success for the Menapians duo of David McDonald and Sabia Doyle. Sabia easily won her heat and went into the final as a clear favourite in the girls' Under-13 80m. The national indoor champion proved her consistency when she powered across the line as All-Ireland champion, setting a C.B.P. in the process.
Clubmate David McDonald had run a brilliant sub-eleven seconds 100m at the national Juniors the previous weekend and went even better in the boys' Under-17 100m final when he ran a fantastic 10.92 to be crowned national champion.
In the walks, Adamstown's Joe Mooney once again took gold when he completed the 5k event in the boys' Under-18, his tenth national gold. Training partners from Taghmon, the Hanlon brothers, also joined Joe with podium positions.
In the boys' Under-14 2k, James Hanlon went well clear of all opposition to be crowned the All-Ireland champion. His older brother, Joseph, competed in the Under-16 3k and on this occasion took a silver medal following seven and a half laps of the tartan.
Sophie McCabe of Bree won her 400m heat and went on to claim a bronze medal in a very fast final in the girls' Under-18.
In the long hurdles, Tim Bowler of Enniscorthy cleared the boys' Under-19 400m course with ease to earn himself a silver medal. Clubmate Kevin O'Connor took a well-deserved bronze in the boys' Under-17 100m hurdles.
Next weekend will see the final outing to Tullamore for the Juveniles with the national inter-club relays and the national Juvenile 'B' championships where Wexford will likely feature once again.
Meanwhile, Gorey's Corrine Kenny (12) won her 16th All-Ireland gold medal in Tullamore recently.
She came first in the Under-14 800m in a time of two minutes and 17 seconds. Corrine, a member of the St. Laurence O'Toole's club in Carlow, is unbeaten in the middle distance track events and cross-country events in the past three years and holds Leinster, Irish and international records in the 600m and 800m track events.