Striders U14 boys shine
Provincial relay success for New Ross club
The Leinster Juvenile relay, Intermediate and Master cross-country championships took place in Dunboyne on Sunday.
As happened on so many occasions in 2017, it was the boys of United Striders who most impressed. The Under-14 team of Eoin Shannon, Cosmo Hewlett, Myles Hewlett and Finbar Kelly were utterly impressive in the manner in which they added another Leinster title to their already impressive collection.
The county was well represented in the Masters men's race, with Jim Stafford (Slaney Olympic) taking the M55 title, Ted Flannelly (U.S.A.C.) third in M50, Ger Moloney (St. Paul's) third M55, and John McGrath (U.S.A.C.) fourth in M45.
Other placings: Alan O'Connor (U.S.A.C.), eighth M40; Joe Lillis (S.B.R.), 19th in the competitive M35; Pat O'Callaghan (U.S.A.C.), seventh in M50.
The Co. Wexford team took the M50 team title with Striders taking club silver in the same age category. The Co. Wexford Masters team placed fourth overall.
A young Menapians team had a good day at the first round of the A.A.I. National Indoor League at Abbotstown, Dublin.
Aaron Tierney-Smith got proceedings off to a good start with second place in the 60m hurdles and a big new P.B. of 8.72s. Aaron followed up with a second P.B. in the long jump for more valuable points. And there was a third P.B. in the 60m in which he competed as a guest.
Conor Wilson, also competing in the 60m, clocked 7.20s for fifth spot - impressive given that the training focus has been on the longer 400m distance.
Jack Hayden stepped up to 800m and acquitted himself very well for his first run over the event, taking sixth place in a solid 2.04m. Shane McCormack stood in for former national shot putt champion Paul Crowe.
The club had three girls competing as guests - April Keeling, Liadh Dwyer and Suzie Brennan. The trio were delighted to have the opportunity to line up alongside some of Ireland's top sprinters. All three acquitted themselves very well over two rounds of 60m.
In the men's sprints, good performances came from Shane O'Neill (7.6s P.B.), just ahead of his dad Jimmy, and Adam Leahy also running a speedy best of 7.8s. Michael Deady make a welcome return to the sprints with a solid opener of 7.4s.
The next round of the indoor league takes place in Athlone on January 27.
Jack Forde (St. Killian's) has been selected as the 2017 National Athletics Ireland Juvenile Star for Co. Wexford.
Jack, a multi-eventer specialising in high jump and shot puft, is coached by Nicky Cowman and Mick Kehoe, with throws expertise provided by John White. He lives in Crossabeg with his parents and sister and is studying for his Junior Certificate in C.B.S. Wexford.
His greatest achievements in 2017 include representing Ireland at the Under-16 S.I.A.B. Combined Events in Glasgow and, in the process, winning a team gold medal. He also won six national medals - three gold, one silver, two bronze.
His 2018 ambitions are to continue to improve and to represent his country again. And, of course, to do very well in the Junior Cert.!
Jack will be presented with his award at the national awards night in Tullamore on February 17.
Here's a summary of Jack's year - Leinster indoors Under-15: shot putt (3kg), first (13.35m); high jump, first (1.50m).
National indoor track and field Under-15: shot putt (3kg), first (13.46m); high jump, third (1.68m).
All-Ireland Combined Events Under-15: shot putt (3kg), first (13.27m); 80m hurdles, 13.06m; long jump, 5.25m; 800m, 2:21:35m; high jump, cancelled.
Leinster track and field Under-15: high jump, first (1.70m); shot putt (3kg), first (13.50m); triple jump, first (11.09m); county relay, first.
National track and field Under-15: triple jump, first (11.14m); high jump, second (1.68m); shot putt, (3kg), third (14.27m).
South Leinster schools (Junior): high jump, first (1.65m); shot putt (4kg), second (11.67m).
Leinster schools (Junior): high jump, first (1.70m); shot putt (4kg), second (11.98m).
Leinster indoor combined events (Junior): second (2,706 points).
All-Ireland schools (Junior): high jump, fifth (1.65m); shot putt (4kg), fourth (11.72m).
National indoor combined events (Junior): fifth (2,673) - qualified for S.I.A.B. team.
S.I.A.B. combined events Under-16: 15th (2,695), team gold.
The Mr Oil Wexford county Juvenile relays, Intermediate, Junior and Masters cross-country championships take place in Wexford town on Sunday, January 21, hosted by Menapians A.C.
The action commences at 12 noon with the relays - non-championship Under-10 4 x 250, Under-12 4 x 250, Under-14 4 x 500, Under-16 4 x 500.
This is followed immediately (but not before 1 p.m.) by the ladies' Masters, Intermediate and Junior ladies' 4km.
Next it's Masters, Intermediate and Junior men over 6km. Athletes can declare for both Intermediate and Masters.
Access to the course is via Wexford Wanderers R.F.C.
Fixtures: January 20, Irish Life Health National combined events all ages, Athlone; January 21, Mr Oil Wexford Masters and Juvenile relays plus re-scheduled Intermediate cross-country, Wexford town, hosted by Menapians A.C.; January 24 (7.30 p.m.), Wexford Athletics A.G.M., The Athenaeum, Enniscorthy; January 27, Irish Life Health National Indoor League round two, Athlone; January 28, Irish Life Health National Indoor Junior and Under-23, Athlone; February 3, Irish Life Health National Indoor League final, Abbotstown; February 4, Irish Life Health A.A.I. Indoor Games, Abbotstown.