Wednesday 24 January 2018

Ryan maintains form

A very small squad from Wexford competed on Saturday at the Leinster Junior championships held in Greystones.

While the gold medal-winning standards were quite high, this event rarely attracts large numbers of athletes but does attract those seeking qualification standards for Junior or European events. Many Leinster Schools champions were also competing in preparation for their All-Ireland competition the following week.

The first gold went to Ryan Carthy-Walsh of Adamstown who sailed over 1.95m to take the victory, having been called away to compete in the 110m hurdles where he took the silver, just before jumping.

He went on to jump a new P.B. in the triple jump and earn another silver. His clubmate, Shannon Wall, also had a P.B. in the Junior ladies' triple jump to take the silver medal.

Tara Connick from St. Paul's took Leinster bronze in the discus while Clodagh Walsh from Adamstown took silver in the shot putt, following a bronze in the high jump.

The final medal went to Adamstown's Joe Mooney who took off halfway through the 3k race, leaving the opposition in his wake to be crowned Leinster Junior champion.

Our youngest athletes from Menapians, D.M.P., Bree, Enniscorthy and S.B.R. travelled to Greystones on Saturday competing in the Leinster relay championships. For many of these athletes as young as Under-9, it was their first taste of provincial competition.

Standards at these Leinster events are usually very high and this year was no exception with a place in the finals a hard fought for battle. Two teams of young boys, however, made it to the medals podium.

In the boys' Under-10 the Bree team of Fionn Andrews, Cilian Dempsey, Oscar Redmond and Oisín Rochford powered home in the final to take a set of bronze medals.

Similarly the Bree Under-11 boys were also third with Robbie Chapman, Shane Doran, Rhyan Whelan, Seán Rowley and Oisín Rochford making their way to the podium.

The Wexford team trials for the Leinster inter-county relays will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at Enniscorthy Sports Hub starting at 7 p.m. sharp with the boys Under-11. This event is by invite only to sprinters who competed in the 100m at day one of the recent Mr Oil Juvenile county championships and finished in the top positions on that day.

With teams to be picked in all the uneven ages, the first four from the uneven age group 100m and the first two from the even ages are eligible for the run-offs. The County Board are managing the process and all clubs have been informed of the named list of invitees. Non-attendance at the team selection night on Wednesday will make an athlete ineligible to compete.

The Under-11 and Under-13 teams will don the Wexford singlet in Tullamore on June 6 and the Under-15 and Under-17 teams will be out on June 20, also in Tullamore. Both events will coincide with the relevant Leinster track and field championships for those age groups.

Any Under-18 or Under-19 athletes interested in this competition should forward an expression of interest to the County Board via their club Secretary. This event is provincial only since national discontinued the inter-clubs following last year's Congress in Cork.

Wexford People

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