Clubs out in force for Senior championships
THE WEXFORD Creamery Senior track and field championships, day one, took place on Wednesday evening last in the D.M.P. grounds in Wexford.
There was a larger than usual turn-out in very hot conditions which made for some very good races in all categories - Novice, Masters and Senior.
Some athletes were new to the Senior championships, particularly in the Novice men events, and the competition was very strong with not a medal easily earned. There was a record turn-out in terms of clubs, with athletes from Enniscorthy, Slaney Olympic, Menapians, S.B.R., Adamstown, United Striders, St. Paul's, Kilmore, St. Killian's, Bree, Croghan and D.M.P. taking part.
Everyone is now looking forward to the final leg of the championship which will take place on Wednesday next, July 17, at 6.30 p.m. once again. The Senior 200m and 800m as well as the Masters 100m should provide some great sprints, while in the longer distances, the Senior 3,000m will be hotly contested also. On the field the shot putt should also produce some strong competition.
Novice 100m hurdles: 1, Lorraine McMahon, Menapians; 2, Frances Tierney, Menapians; 3, Nora Boggan, Menapians.
Masters 100m hurdles: 1, Lorraine McMahon; 2, Frances Tierney; 3, Nora Boggan.
Novice 800m: 1, Lillian Lawless, S.B.R.; 2, Marie Kirwan, S.B.R.; 3, Sabina Sweeney, Slaney Olympic.
Masters 800m: 1, Jackie Carty, Kilmore; 2, Lillian Lawless; 3, Marie Kirwan.
Novice 200m: 1, Nora Boggan; 2, Lorraine McMahon; 3, Marie Kirwan.
Masters 200m: 1, Nora Boggan; 2, Lorraine McMahon; 3, Marie Kirwan.
Senior 1,500m: 1, Jackie Carty; 2, Niamh Coman, D.M.P.; 3, Helen Doyle, Kilmore.
Senior 400m: 1, Sharon Kehoe, Kilmore; 2, Catríona Corcoran, Bree; 3, Marie Kirwan.
Novice 3,000m: 1, Sharon Kehoe; 2, Lorraine McMahon; 3, Sinéad O'Brien, Kilmore.
Masters 3,000m: 1, Jackie Carty; 2, Lorraine McMahon; 3, Sinéad O'Brien.
Senior 4 x 100m relay: 1, Menapians.
Novice 4 x 400m relay: 1, Kilmore; 2, Menapians.
Senior high jump: 1, Catríona Corcoran; 2, Denise Wickham, St. Paul's.
Novice 110m hurdles: 1, Ciarán Joyce, E.A.C.; 2, James Fortune, E.A.C.; 3, Mark Kearney, S.B.R.
Senior 100m: 1, Colin Nolan, E.A.C.; 2, Ciarán Joyce; 3, Shaun Donohue, Menapians.
Novice 800m: 1, Thomas Cousins, Kilmore; 2, Shane Connick, St. Paul's; 3, Mark Kearney, S.B.R.
Masters 800m: 1, Kevin Cogley, Menapians; 2, Stephen Flavin, Croghan; 3, Myles Gibbons, S.B.R.
Novice 200m: 1, Ciarán Joyce; 2, Shaun Donohue; 3, Cathal Byrne, E.A.C.
Masters 200m: 1, Jimmy O'Neill, Menapians; 2, Kevin Burke, Menapians; 3, John Wall, Adamstown.
Senior 1,500m: 1, James Cloney, St. Killian's; 2, John McGrath, United Striders; 3, Jason O'Connor, Slaney Olympic.
Senior 400m: 1, Chris St. Claire-Johnson, E.A.C.; 2, Mark O'Connor, E.A.C.; 3, Davin O'Connor, E.A.C.
Novice 3,000m: 1, Martin Monaghan, Slaney Olympic; 2, Thomas Cousins; 3, John McGrath.
Masters 3,000m: 1, Myles Gibbons; 2, Martin Monaghan; 3, Jason O'Connor.
Senior 4 x 100m relay: 1, Enniscorthy, Team A; 2, Menapians, Team A; 3, Enniscorthy, Team B.
Novice 4 x 400m relay: 1, Enniscorthy; 2, S.B.R.; 3, St. Paul's.
Senior high jump: 1, Colin Nolan; 2, James Fortune; 3, Davin O'Connor.
Next Saturday, July 20, will see the county and club relay teams compete for national titles in Tullamore in the Athletics Association of Ireland National Juvenile relay championships. Wexford teams did exceptionally well in the Leinster championships, with the boys Under-19 and girls Under-17 taking Leinster gold. Also competing are the boys' Under-13 and girls' Under-15 county teams with a number of other club teams from Menapians and Enniscorthy.
Training in baton change for the county girls' Under-15 team will take place in Adamstown on Thursday next, July 18, at 8.30 p.m., and all members of the squad are required to attend in advance of the All-Ireland.
The Wexford Juvenile athletes will make their last outing to the A.A.I. national track and field championships on Sunday next, July 21, in Tullamore Harriers Stadium for day four of the All-Irelands.
A few to watch include Menapians' David McDonald who recently broke the 200m record at Leinster level and will be looking for a strong performance in the Under-15 200m. Defending their national titles will be Adamstown duo Marguerite Furlong in the Under-14 shot putt and Joe Mooney in the Under-16 walk. Marguerite will be looking to make it double gold as she already holds the national title in the discus as well as the Leinster record in the shot.
After the success of days one and two there is high expectation that more gold will be Wexford-bound on Sunday evening next.