Wexford women on fire
The Wexford men's and women's teams competed in the first round of the National League on Sunday in Templemore. Menapians also had two teams competing.
The Wexford women were on fire in the Premier Division with wins in the vast majority of events in their pool.
The relay teams took two victories, both in the 4 x 400m (Fiona Kehoe, Sophie McCabe, Ciara Wilson and Sinéad Moloney) and in the 4 x 100m (Antoinette Stafford, Sophie McCabe, Sinéad Moloney and Catherina Corcoran).
Adamstown's former international race walker, Marie Mooney, took maximum points in the walk, as did Bree's Sophie McCabe in both the 400m hurdles and in the triple jump. In the 1,500m, fresh from a great run in the recent Senior road race, D.M.P's Ciara Wilson was first over the line.
Our only Senior track and field medal winner at national level so far this year, Kilmore's Fiona Kehoe, was true to form to win both the 400m and the 800m. In the 3,000m Elizabeth Egan of Bree was once again running strong and made no mistake about gaining the maximum for her team.
Wexford picked up two more wins in the throws, in the hammer with Christina Furlong of D.M.P., while in the discus, Emma Owens of St. Paul's reigned supreme. The young rising star in the high jump, Eimear Doherty of D.M.P., won with clubmate Antoinette Stafford winning her long jump competition.
In the sprints Wexford was represented in the 100m by Sinéad Moloney of St. Killian's who was an unconfirmed first or second at the time of going to print. Similarly in the 200m, Antoinette Stafford was unconfirmed for the top spot.
In the pole vault, Catherina Corcoran was third and also second in the shot putt.
These excellent performances meant that after the first leg of the league the Wexford ladies were over 150 points clear in their pool, with a very positive outlook for the second round.
In Division 1 the Wexford men were also producing some fine performances, with a lesser pool of athletes. Tim Bowler of Enniscorthy was a clear first in the 400m hurdles and second in the high jump. Joe Mooney from Adamstown was second in the walk as was Enniscorthy's Ciarán Joyce in both the long jump and triple jump.
The Senior road race champion, Slaney Olympic's Ger Forde, was a new addition to the team in the 5,000m where he placed third. Also on the track, Kilmore's young gun Fionn Roche was fifth in the 1,500m and Enniscorthy's Cathal Byrne was fifth in the 400m. Thrower Kieran Murphy from St. Paul's was placed second in the hammer.
Meanwhile, at another national competition, the A.A.I. Combined Events championship, two young Enniscorthy athletes excelled. Peter O'Connor won the bronze in the Youths decathlon and his younger brother Kevin was placed fifth in the multi-events. Peter scored 4,212 points and was a clear winner in both the shot putt and in the discus, pushing him well into medal position with consistent performances in all the track events and the jumps.
The next national event will be the very high standard All-Ireland Schools championship next weekend, where the toughest competitions lie ahead for Wexford's greatest rising stars.