Students pass difficult exams in Scanlon Park
The second day of the secondary schools track and field season continued in Scanlon Park, The Watershed, Kilkenny on Wednesday, with the South Leinster schools zone championships. Athletes from schools from all over Co. Wexford contested for medals, mostly in the older age groups.
In the field events, Wexford athletes once again won a host of medals, showing a particular strength at the jumps and throws. Peter O'Connor representing Enniscorthy C.B.S. (E.A.C.) was second in the Senior boys' triple jump with clubmate James Fortune, also from Enniscorthy C.B.S., earned himself a Senior silver in the long jump.
Mikey Cullen representing St. Peter's College (Menapians) got gold in the same Senior competition. Jack Hayden (Menapians) was second in the Intermediate long jump, also qualifying for the Leinster championships next weekend in Santry.
Students from Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy also medalled on the field when Sophie McCabe (Bree A.C.) won the gold in the Senior triple jump and Niamh Rochford (also Bree A.C.) was first in the Senior shot putt. Jane Shovlin (Menapians) won silver in the Senior long jump.
In the high jump, Good Counsel College student Ryan Carthy-Walsh won gold in the Intermediate boys. Eimear Doherty of Loreto Wexford (D.M.P.) took silver in the Senior high jump.
Kathlyn Furlong (Coláiste Abbáin and D.M.P.) was the gold medal winner in the Intermediate hammer with a C.B.P. and was also third in the Intermediate shot putt. Tara Connick (St. Paul's) took the gold in the Senior discus and Loreto student Amy Forde (St. Killian's) won bronze in the Intermediate discus.
St. Peter's College's Peter O'Shea (D.M.P.) was outstanding to win gold in the Intermediate javelin with a new C.B.P.
More throws medals went to Katie Young of the Loreto who won gold in the Senior hammer (Menapians). Pádraig Hore (C.B.S. New Ross and Taghmon) was second in the Intermediate discus and second in the shot putt.
Across the river in the East Munster Schools, Joshua Hewlitt representing Rockwell College (United Striders) won a silver medal in the javelin.
On the track the sprint hurdles saw victory for Tim Bowler of E.A.C. and Enniscorthy C.B.S. who won a resounding gold in the Senior 110m hurdles. Also from the Enniscorthy schools, Chloe Whelan (Mean Scoil Gharman and Menapians) was the bronze medal winner in the Senior sprint hurdles. St. Mary's student Shannon Wall (Adamstown) won the bronze in the Intermediate 100m.
Ross Daly of Kilkenny College (E.A.C.) had a great sprint to take gold in the Under-16 200m, with Ciarán Maher of Enniscorthy C.B.S. (Menapians) taking the silver in the same 200m race.
Ryan Murray of Enniscorthy C.B.S. (Bree) won Intermediate gold in the 200m sprint and sliver in the 100m. David McDonald of Wexford C.B.S. was the silver medal winner in the Intermediate 200m and won bronze in the 100m.
Sam O'Neill (Wexford C.B.S. and Menapians) also won silver in the Intermediate sprint hurdles. Clubmates from St. Peter's College, Enda Cloake and Shaun Donohue (Menapians), both won silver in the Senior steeplechase and Senior 400m respectively.
To top off a very successful day the C.B.S. Wexford (Menapians) team of Sam and Luke O'Neill, David McDonald and Aaron Smith took a hard-earned gold in the Intermediate 4 x 100m relay.
Qualifiers from the South Leinsters now proceed to the extremely competitive Leinster Schools event, which also takes in the Dublin region, on Saturday, May 16, in Morton Stadium, Santry.