Gold medals galore
Juveniles show fine form in Ahtlone
The national Juvenile indoor championships took place in Athlone International Arena last weekend. Over the two days of competition, Wexford's young stars did themselves proud with a fair share of the gold medals heading Slaneyside.
In the walks the first Juvenile national champion for 2016 was Taghmon's James Hanlon in the Under-15 grade. His brother, Joseph, also won silver in the Under-17 walk and Adamstown's Joe Mooney also took the national title in the boys' Under-19 walk in his last year at Juvenile level.
In the high jump, Wexford excelled with two national champions emerging at the older age levels. Ryan Carthy-Walsh (Adamstown) jumped to gold in Under-18 high jump with 2.06m, once again exceeding the European Youths standard of 2.03m as he did the previous weekend.
Shane Parle from D.M.P., who is relatively new to high jumping, impressed with a 1.80m jump, clearing the height at his first attempt to take the Under-19 title.
Jack Forde of St. Killian's found himself on the podium with a bronze in the Under-14 high jump, having achieved a personal best of 1.55m.
It was raining silver medals for Wexford when St. Paul's Gergely Pap took one in the Under-15 shot. Also in the shot, Jack Forde got his second medal of the weekend with a silver and another P.B. of 11.54m.
Sophie McCabe of Bree added to the medal haul with silver in the Under-19 400m and a P.B. of 58.84 on the two laps of the track.
Bree won another silver as Seán Rowley crossed the line in second place in the Under-12 60m sprint. Two more silvers were heading the way of Menapians when Chloe Whelan was second in the Under-19 60m and Sabia Doyle was also second in the Under-14 60m.
David McDonald (Menapians) finished the weekend in style in the Under-18 200m, setting a championship best performance with a winning time of 21.77 seconds to add to his Junior 200m title and national youth record of 21.76 from the national Seniors.
David and Ryan Carthy-Walsh now both have achieved the European Youth Championships standards on two occasions, increasing their selection chances for places on the Irish team to head out to Georgia in July.
Next weekend will see the final Juvenile indoors national vhampionships with a few more Wexford hopefuls making one last trip to the boards of Athlone before action moves outdoors.
The Mr Oil Novice road race was hosted by Slaney Olympic on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy on Sunday.
The morning started with the Novice ladies' 3k and, as is always the case with the Novice, results were totally unpredictable. The Novice is where newcomers often emerge as serious contenders and over the last number of years it has seen athletes progress through the grades directly into Senior level in one season.
The victory in the ladies' race went to the home club, with Julie Kirwan of Slaney Olympic crossing the line in a time of eleven minutes and 26 seconds. Just over 20 seconds behind Julie, came Menapians' Siobhán Cloake in 11.48.
S.B.R., who are always strong in this event, had Belinda Kehoe come in to take the bronze in a time of 12.02. With the winner, Slaney Olympic were in a strong position to take the team title and the gold went to Julie Kirwan, Vanessa McShane (fifth), Mary Gorham (sixth) and Katie Gregan (eighth), scoring 20 points overall.
The silver medals went to S.B.R's scoring team of Belinda Kehoe (third), Leanne Kearney (ninth), Emma Morris (tenth) and Claire Gibbons (21st) on 43 points. Slaney's 'B' team won bronze, packing four in a row from eleventh place to 14th place. The scoring team with 50 points was Anne Marie Nolan, Esther O'Leary, Margaret Cahill and Sarah Walsh.
Next up were the men over 6k, and S.B.R's Pedro Calvo was an impressive winner to take the county title in a time of 19.57. He was followed in by team-mate Patrick Curley crossing the line in 20.37. Croghan's Brian Maher was strong over the course to take bronze in 20.51.
Not to be outdone by the ladies, Slaney Olympic also took the men's gold in the team event. Their scoring team was Billy Reck (fourth), Conor Hyland (seventh), David Kehoe (tenth) and club Chairman, Jessie O'Connor (15th).
The silver team prize was won on 41 points by Croghan with Brian Maher (third), Andrew Dowse (fifth), Derek Malone (eleventh) and Mark McGrath (22nd). The bronze went to the D.M.P. team of John Murphy (ninth), Eddie Kenny (13th), John Stone (14th) and Brendan Radford (16th) with a total of 52 points.
All of these athletes will take to the roads once again for the next event in the calendar, which is the Mr Oil Intermediate road race in a few weeks' time.