Tuesday 23 January 2018

Club call

Conor Wilson, Barry Upton, Shaun Donohue and David McDonald of Menapians who won the 4 x 400m at the National League in Athlone
Conor Wilson, Barry Upton, Shaun Donohue and David McDonald of Menapians who won the 4 x 400m at the National League in Athlone
Niall Sheil of St. Killian's (right) in action in the Pearse Road 6k, battling with S.B.R's Paul Gibbons
Dillon Cousins, Adam Mahon, Eoghan Mahon, Michael Leacy and Denis Miculescu from Wexford Swimming Club at the Leinster Division 1 gala

Wexford Swimming - The Leinster Division 1 gala was held over the three days of the Bank holiday weekend in the 50m pool at the National Aquatic Centre. Wexford Swimming Club had eleven swimmers who qualified to compete at this event.

All swimmers were in action on the first day. The first event was the 100m freestyle with ten swimmers competing and seven getting new P.B's. Eoghan Mahon, Darragh Sinnott and Cameron Steel all qualified for the finals in the evening session but only Eoghan was able to compete. He went into the final lying in tenth place and finished up in eighth place with a new P.B.

Next was the 200m back with Dillon Cousins, Adam Mahon and Cameron Steel taking part in the boys' section. Dillon, in his first Leinster Division 1 competition, had a great swim, taking 18 seconds off his time and in doing so he qualified for the final and it also secured him his first Irish Division2 time. He had another great swim in the final and finished in tenth place in his age group.

Adam also had a great swim, taking three seconds off his time, finishing as reserve finalist and securing another Irish Division2 time for him. Cameron had a great race, knocking two seconds off his time and finishing fourth in his age group.

In the girls' section Olivia Middleton, Egle Matuzaite and Georgina Steel all swam really well and qualified for the finals but unfortunately couldn't stay to compete in the evening session.

In the 200m I.M., ten swimmers competed with six qualifying for finals. Eoghan Mahon qualified in fourth place and went on to win the bronze medal in the finals session in the evening.

The middle session of day one was the 1,500m. Dillon Cousins was in action again. He took 26 seconds off his time and earned himself the bronze medal.

Day two of the competition started with the 200m free. Wexford Swimming Club had five swimmers competing with all of them entered into the first event.

Dillon swam well and matched his previous time. Michael Leacy got a one-second P.B. and Denis Miculescu got a two-second P.B. Adam Mahon got a 1.5-second P.B. and another qualifying time for the Irish Division 2 competition.

Eoghan Mahon qualified for the final in eighth place and improved his time in the final by one second to finish in seventh place.

The 200m breast was next and Dillon got a great ten-second P.B., while Denis Miculescu had a 2.9-second P.B.

The last event of day two was the 100m fly. Michael Leacy took 1.6 seconds off his time and finished just outside the finals. Adam Mahon got another P.B. and another Irish Division 2 qualifying time. Denis Miculescu also swam and got close to his previous time.

On day three we were down to three swimmers with Liam Devaney up first in the 100m breast. He got a two-second P.B. and finished just outside the finals.

In the 100m back, Adam Mahon knocked two seconds off his time while Eoghan finished in fifth place.

The three boys were back for the middle session in the afternoon to compete in the 400m free. All the boys got P.B's with both Liam and Eoghan knocking 16 seconds off their previous times and Eoghan finishing just outside the medals in fourth place.

Coach Mary Duggan, who was in attendance over the weekend, was very pleased with all the results.

Menapians A.C.

It was a busy weekend recently for the club including runs from athletes in Belgium on Saturday, Tullamore on Saturday, and Ballon and the mini-marathon on Monday.

There were 400m P.B's in Belgium for David McDonald (49.76) and Shaun Donohue (50.88), while David also went 10.94 and 21.91 in the 100 and 200, an impressive day's work.

Ruth Bowe was also in impressive form, running a second quicker than her previous best for the 400m to take the win in her race. Ciarán Maher ran his fifth P.B, of the week with 23.11 in the 200m and is going from strength to strength, while Conor Wilson rounded up a busy week with great runs in the 200m and 400m.

Congratulations to Anne Gilshinan on her win in the 1,500m and a C.P.B. of 5.02.33 in very warm conditions. Michael Deady came fourth in the 100m.

Well done to Michael Gately who was first in Masters javelin, fourth in Masters discus and third in Masters shot putt. Laura Halpin was first in Masters discus, second in Masters shot and second in Masters javelin. These were great results from a small travelling party!

Sharon Dier was representing the club also in the Dublin women's marathon and had a great time, adding to some recent great runs from herself and John.

A small but talented crew of Juveniles travelled to Ballon and came home with a stack of silverware. Seven athletes participated and we came fourth club overall, with wins in the Under-15 relay and Under-14 mixed.

There was another 600m win for Danika, with Sinéad on a roll winning her 100m, much to her surprise, and her 600m with a brave run from the gun.

Nathan collected even more honours, coming second in the 100m, first in the shot putt, fourth in the long jump up an age and a scintillating run to take third in the 800m.

April and Susie dominated the Under-15 100m, with Susie taking silver in the long jump with a big new P.B. of 4.27 and April third.

Róisín was second in the 800m, with Sabia winning her 100m and taking second in the shot putt, throwing 8.54 from a standing throw.

Well done to our athletes who competed in the Leinster championships on Saturday.

This was Laragh Frawley's first time to wear the black and red colours of the club in a big championship. She competed in the Under-13 shot putt and long jump and performed very well. Cliona Kearney and Leah Sinnott teamed up for the Under-11 pairs competing in the 600m and long jump. They both put in a good series of jumps, with Cliona's best being 3.19 and Leah's being 2.49.

They both ran a very good 600m, with both looking relaxed and in control over the one and a half lap distance.

Sinéad O'Reilly ran a controlled heat in her Under-12 600m, qualifying for the final with a time of 1.54. She placed well in tenth in a very competitive final.

Ailbhe White was just off the qualifying pace in her heat, finishing fifth, but it was a very good run from her. Both girls then went on to contest the long jump, with Ailbhe jumping consistently around 3.50 to make the final eight. She took the bronze with a jump of 4.04, a new personal best for her.

Eimear Halpin had a busy day competing in the Under-13 javelin, making the final eight with a throw of 12.39. She ran a great 600m, just missing out on qualification for the final by finishing fifth in her heat. She finished the day with a good performance in the long jump.

It was a great day for the club at the first round of the National League in Athlone on Sunday. Under the watchful eye of team managers Conal Gaffney, Ger Mulhall and captains Conor, Damien, Laura and Catherine, the men's and women's teams returned some great results and showed fantastic team spirit.

We are still waiting on official results but some of the highlights were our men's 4 x 400 winning performance, and some fantastic relay running from our girls Chloe, Annie, Jane and Ruth who pulled in some serious points between them during the day.

Special mention to young David McDonald who just before anchoring the 4 x 400 team to its win ran a P.B. and Euro youth qualifying time for the 100m with 10.84 which now sees him qualified for both the 100m and 200m. Well done to everyone who competed, with a full report and round-up to follow!

St. Killian's A.C.

Congratulations to all the young St. Killian's Juvenile athletes who competed so well in the county 'B' championships held recently in The Hub in Enniscorthy. A total of 14 medals were brought home by seven athletes.

Kara Morrissey won gold in the 60m Under-10, silver in the long jump and bronze in relay. Jake Roche won bronze in the Under-12 mixed relay.

Anna Finan won gold in the Under-13 long jump, silver in the 60m and bronze in the relay. Adam Murphy won silver in the Under-10 long jump and bronze in the relay.

Chloe Murphy won bronze in the Under-9 turbo javelin and bronze in the relay. Deirbhile Sinnott won bronze in the Under-11 long jump and relay, and Rebecca Quinn won bronze in the Under-13 mixed relay. Well done one and all.

St. Killian's A.C. Senior athletes have been keeping busy over the last number of weeks with some excellent performances. Niall Sheil was in sizzling form on Sunday week when he won the Pearse Road 6k in aid of Sacre Coeur Boxing Club, breaking the record in the process.

This followed on from the previous Friday night when he competed in the Deadman five-mile race in Carrick, finishing in third place behind Kevin Maunsell and Brian Murphy.

The St. Killian's Senior men's team were on tour on Sunday week when they travelled to support their friends in Slaney Olympic for the annual Strawberry half-marathon and five-mile race. The setting could not have been better with ideal running conditions and an excellent atmosphere around the town both before and after the race.

Well done to Slaney for doing a great job in hosting the event and all the stewards who worked on the course.

The boys from Killian's did the club proud, with Pádraig Moriarty back to his best with a superb race, coming fourth overall and winning his category in the half-marathon in a time of 81 minutes 33 seconds.

In the same race the club's newest signing, Brian O'Shaughnessy, fresh from his exploits in the Limerick marathon, did the club proud in finishing in 20th place in a time of 88 minutes 32 seconds.

Niall Sheil did a great job in flying the club flag in winning the five-mile race in a time of 27 minutes 42 seconds.

Best of luck to all St. Killian's athletes as the summer racing season kicks in.

United Striders A.C.

With three different events, it was a busy weekend was a busy one for the Striders. On Friday evening we had a big attendance at the Juvenile Wexford track and field 'B' championships at Enniscorthy.

All that training over the last few months paid off big time for Anna Murphy who won a silver medal in the long jump and also helped her relay team to a medal.

Also at the Under-9 age group was Michael Byrne, competing in his first event for the Striders. Michael's efforts in 60m, 300m, long jump and turbo javelin earned him a bronze medal.

At Under-10s Moya Corbett was the big winner with a gold medal-winning throw in the turbo javelin and a relay medal. Conor Geoghegan was very unlucky not to scoop a medal in the long jump, but put in a great leg of his relay to win a medal there.

In the Under-11 age group we had Katie Whelan making her first appearance at a track and field event. After great performances in all events, including second place in the long jump and third place in the turbo javelin, Katie added a relay medal to make it three on the night.

In the next age group, we had Ruby Murphy, Aisling Ryan and Isabel Bawden competing for the girls. Winning plenty of medals between them, Isabel's turbo javelin-winning throw was possibly the highlight of their many great performances.

For the Under-12 boys, Finn Kelly and Ben Myers ran really well to record individual medals in the 300m and both earned relay medals to add to their collections.

Last but certainly not least was Kelly Corbett who came home with a load of medals after finishing in the top three in all her events.

Kelly continues to be one of our top long jumpers and, although not getting a P.B., her jump was easily good enough to earn her a silver medal.

The Striders had two athletes in action, Gavin Kelly and John McGrath, on Sunday at the Leinster Masters track and field team championship in Tullamore, and both acquitted themselves very well at this high level.

Gavin picked up silver medals in his long jump and 400m events and, not to be outdone, John also bagged a couple of silvers in the 800m and 1,500m events.

Wexford People

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