Tuesday 17 September 2019

Bree club double

Rochford and Murray win sprint titles

High jump specialist Ryan Carthy-Walsh (Adamstown) added another county title to his collection
High jump specialist Ryan Carthy-Walsh (Adamstown) added another county title to his collection

The Mr Oil Senior Wexford track and field took place on Wednesday in the Enniscorthy Sports Hub.

The evening commenced with the 400m hurdles. Chloe Whelan of Bree took gold in the Senior women's, with Cathal Byrne (E.A.C.) taking the Novice men's title and Conor Gaffney (Menapians) winning the Senior men's crown.

The 3k walks were a family affair with Adamstown's Marie Mooney taking the Senior women's title and her son, Joe, securing the men's crown.

In the sprints, the 100m ladies' final was won by Aoife Rochford (Bree), and Ryan Murray completed a club double in the men's race. Aoife also made it a double with her 200m Novice final win, and Chris St. Clair Johnson of Menapians took the men's equivalent.

The 200m Masters ladies saw a double win for Slaney Olympic with Emily O'Connor (Over-35) and Mary Redmond-Stamp (Over-50) successful. The Masters men's categories were won by Gavin Kelly of United Striders (Over-35) and John O'Connor of Slaney Olympic (Over-50).

The Senior 400m titles were taken by Sophie McCabe (Bree) and Chris St. Clair Johnson.

As the sprints were taking place, field events were being held throughout the hub.

Sophie McCabe added Senior long jump and triple jump titles to her earlier victory in the 400m. James Fortune of E.A.C. won the Senior men's long jump and Conor Gaffney of Menapians won the triple jump.

The Senior high jumps were won by Ciara Kelly of United Striders and Ryan Carthy-Walsh from Adamstown.

The middle distance races saw some great battles. Sonya Byrne took them out for the first lap in the 800m Novice ladies, only to be caught by Sharon Kehoe of Kilmore on the second lap and Sharon went on to win.

Enda Cloake won the 800m men's title. The Masters 800m races were won by Lillian Lawless of S.B.R., John McGrath of United Striders and Steven Flavin of Croghan (Over-50).

Anne Gilshinan of Menapians ran a great race to take the Senior 1,500m. Ger Forde won the men's event and a great sprint finish saw Paul Gibbons take second and John McGrath third.

The Novice 3,000m was won by Enda Cloake who led from the start, and Christine Stone won the ladies. Jackie Carthy retained her Masters title at the same distance, and Niall Sheil won the men's Masters while Jim Stafford took the Over-50 crown.

As the floodlights came on the relays finished off a great evening of athletics. The ladies' 4 x 100 was won by United Striders, with Slaney Olympic second and S.B.R. third. The men's relay was won by Menapians, with E.A.C. second and United Striders third.

The second night will take place this Wednesday, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the action starting at 7 p.m.

Also this week, two of Wexford's rising stars will take part in the European youth championship. We wish David McDonald (Menapians) and Ryan Carthy-Walsh the best.

As these two stars head for European competition, our young athletes will participate in the summer camp from Tuesday to Thursday this week, and we know new stars will emerge in the sports hub.

Wexford People

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