Indoor term starts
Medals for Adamstown colleagues
The indoor championship season kicked off in Athlone I.T. last weekend with the Junior and Under-23 Nationals on Sunday.
Wexford athletes from D.M.P., Adamstown, Menapians and Bree made the journey to the midlands with medals on their minds. For many younger athletes, this was a good taste of high standard competitions before the Juvenile and Senior championships which start next month.
Sprinters, hurdlers, walkers and jumpers were in action in a jam-packed programme of events that saw some outstanding performances from young Irish athletes.
It was a bittersweet day for Menapians' Tony Stafford who had blistering performances in both the 60m and the 200m to record two personal best times, only to come in fourth place in both finals. Clubmates Michael Deady and Conor Wilson also made the finals of the Under-23 sprints.
Bree's Chloe Whelan recorded a P.B. in the Junior 60m in a time of 7.84, an outstanding performance for the young athlete, qualifying for the final. Shaun Donohue from Menapians also recorded a P.B. in the Junior 400m final, finishing fifth.
The first medal of the day went to Adamstown's Joe Mooney in the Junior men's 3k walk which saw the Juniors and Under-23s race together.
Joe, who trained with the Irish race walking squad last year, crossed the line in third place to take his first National Junior bronze.
Another bronze medal went to Ryan Carthy-Walsh, also from Adamstown, who was having his first competition outside of the Juvenile ranks and his first competitive jumping since last August.
The talented 15-year-old jumped below his personal best of 1.93m, but nevertheless was always going to be a serious medal contender and he took a Junior bronze medal in his opening jumps of the season.
Also at just 15, David McDonald from Menapians barely missed qualifying for the Junior 200m final as did Bree's Ryan Murray in a field of 38 athletes, with David third in his heat and Ryan second in his, but with qualification based on times only.
All in all it was a good start to the 2015 track and field season for these young athletes with improved performances from many in a competition that saw many of Ireland's stars of the future excel.