Monday 18 February 2019

Talented teens lead charge

Athletics: County Track and Field Championships

Medal winners in the Masters 1,500m (from left): Helen Doyle (Kilmore, second), Ann Sullivan (D.M.P., first) and Christine Stone (D.M.P., third).
Medal winners in the Masters 1,500m (from left): Helen Doyle (Kilmore, second), Ann Sullivan (D.M.P., first) and Christine Stone (D.M.P., third).
The top three in the girls’ Under-17 javelin (from left): Hannah Kelly (Taghmon, third), Blanaid Fogarty (Enniscorthy, first) and Rachel Power (Adamstown, second).

The first day of the Mr Oil Wexford Senior, Masters and Novice track and field championships was held in close to perfect conditions on Wednesday at the Enniscorthy Sports Hub.

The programme also included javelin and triple jump for the older under-age categories.

The relaxed nature of the event is such that athletes are happy to try multiple disciplines. A good competitive edge was injected into proceedings as a result of a number of Under-17 athletes taking advantage of the rule allowing them to compete at Senior level.

There were eye-catching performances throughout the evening. Guest runner Simon Archer (Finn Valley) looked a class apart as he won the Senior 200m. He was followed home by Shaun Donohue of Menapians, the latter claiming the county title.

Shaun, who also won the 800m, was one of only two individual dual gold medal winners. The other was fellow Menapian Róisín O'Reilly who was enjoying her first outing at Senior level. The teenager won both the 800m and 3,000m.

Another young runner to impress was Enniscorthy's Blanaid Fogarty. She was a convincing winner of the Senior women's 200m.

No less impressive was Menapians speedster Suzie Brennan, another Under-17 athlete, who ran the perfect race to take the Novice 100m title. In doing so she relegated Blanaid to the runner-up spot.

The Enniscorthy girl picked up another pair of silvers, finishing second to Tara Doyle (Adamstown) in the triple jump and second to Rachel Power (Adamstown) in the Under-17 javelin.

In a good evening for the Powers of Adamstown, Zara Power won both the Senior shot and Under-19 javelin; Rachel Power won the Under-17 javelin, was second in the Senior javelin, and was third in the Senior triple jump.

Adamstown's strength in field events was further shown by Sonia Mooney's win in both the Senior and Under-18 javelin, and Tara Doyle's wins in the Senior and Under-18 triple jump.

There were 100m wins for father and son duo Jimmy and Shane O'Neill, the former in his swansong championship performance at Masters level and the latter in the Novice.

D.M.P. veteran Ann Sullivan showed that her engine is as good as ever as she led from the front to win the 1,500m. It was a similar story for Niall Sheil (St. Killian's) in the Masters men's 1,500m.

Croghan's sole gold medal of the evening went to Emer Quintero in the Novice 1,500m. She also picked up bronze in the 400m. John Stone (D.M.P.) won both the Novice men's 1,500m and Masters 400m.

Aaron Browne (United Striders) claimed the Novice 400m title, winning in a respectable 54.7s. Maeve Hayes of St. Paul's won the Novice women's 400m.

Emily Waldron (Enniscorthy) took the gold in both the Masters 400m and 100m as well as placing second in the Senior 800m.

Hurdling specialist Aaron Tierney-Smith, the only competitor in the Senior 110m hurdles, gave what was in essence an exhibition run. He also placed second in the Senior 200m and Under-19 triple jump.

His clubmate, Shane O'Neill, looked good in winning the Novice 100m.

Peter O'Shea (D.M.P.) launched the javelin out to 57.23m, a P.B., to take the county title ahead of Enniscorthy's Peter O'Connor. The latter won the Senior shot by a good margin.

The Senior 4 x 400m relays brought the evening to a close. The Menapians quartet of Róisín O'Reilly, Suzie Brennan, April Keeling and Liadh Dwyer took the women's title in some style ahead of Striders and Enniscorthy.

The Striders team of Aaron Browne, Gavin Kelly, Nic Walkden and Paul Doran won the men's race ahead of Kilmore.

Championship action continues at the same venue this Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. There is a jam-packed programme of very exciting events on both track and field.

This is your last chance of the summer to see the county's top athletes, along with guests from further afield, in action. The winner of the perpetual Br. Egan Cup for top club will be announced at the end of the evening.

Senior men 100m hurdles: 1, Aaron Tierney-Smith (Menapians).

Senior men 800m: 1, Shaun Donohoe (Menapians), 2.12.2; 2, Will Doyle (Slaney Olympic), 2.14.3; 3, Tomás Brennan (S.B.R.) 2.20.7.

Senior women 800m: 1, Róisín O'Reilly, 2.25; 2, Emily Waldron (Enniscorthy), 2.30.6; 3, Kelly Long (Slaney Olympic), 2.41.4.

Novice women 400m: 1, Maeve Hayes (St, Paul's); 2, Rebecca Bawden (United Striders); 3, Emer Quintero (Croghan).

Novice men 400m: 1, Aaron Browne (United Striders), 54.7; 2, Jacob English (Enniscorthy), 58.3; 3, Sam Molyneux (Kilmore), 60.5.

Masters Over-35 women 400m: 1, Emily Waldron (Enniscorthy), 65.9; 2, Sonya Byrne (United Striders), 69.4; 3, Christine Stone (D.M.P.), 72.5.

Masters Over-50 women 400m: 1, Deirdre B. Kavanagh (Enniscorthy), 1.35.2.

Masters Over-35 men 400m: 1, John Stone (D.M.P.), 60.9; 2, Gavin Kelly (United Striders), 61.5; 3, Paul Murphy (Slaney Olympic), 1.21.4.

Senior women 200m: 1, Blánaid Fogarty (Enniscorthy); 2, Kelly Long (Slaney Olympic); 3, Paul Freeman (United Striders).

Senior men 200m: 1, Simon Archer (Finn Valley, guest); 1, Shaun Donohue (Menapians); 2, Aaron Tierney-Smith (Menapians); 3, Nic Walkden (United Striders).

Novice women 1,500m: 1, Emer Quintero (Croghan), 5.55.9; 2, Esther O'Leary (Slaney Olympic), 6.04; 3, Suzanne Foley (Kilmore), 6.38.

Masters women 1,500m: 1, Ann Sullivan (D.M.P.), 5.25; 2, Helen Doyle (Kilmore), 5.39.6; 3, Christine Stone (D.M.P.), 6.06.4.

Novice men 1,500m: 1, John Stone (D.M.P.), 4.49.7; 2, Brendan Lyng (United Striders), 5.00.9; 3, Darragh Kavanagh (Croghan), 5.15.4.

Masters men 1,500m: 1, Niall Sheil (St. Killian's), 4.34.5; 2, Joe Lillis (United Striders); 3, John McGrath (United Striders).

Novice women 100m: 1, Suzie Brennan (Menapians); 2, Blánaid Fogarty (Enniscorthy); 3, April Keeling (Menapians).

Novice men 100m: 1, Shane O'Neill (Menapians); 2, Sam Molyneux (Kilmore); 3, Jack Roche (Kilmore).

Masters Over-35 women 100m: 1, Emily Waldron (Enniscorthy); 2, Maggie O'Connor (Enniscorthy); 3, Paula Freeman (United Striders).

Masters Over-50 women 100m: 1, Deirdre B. Kavanagh (Slaney Olympic).

Masters Over-35 men 100m: 1, Mick Fogarty (Enniscorthy); 2, Nicky Foley (Kilmore).

Masters Over-50 men 100m: 1, Jimmy O'Neill (Menapians); 2, Gavin Kelly (United Striders).

Senior women 3,000m: 1, Róisín O'Reilly (Menapians), 10.59.4; 2, Mary Gorham (Slaney Olympic), 12.00.9; 3, Suzanne Keane (Croghan), 12.40.7.

Senior men 5,000m: 1, Alan O'Connor (United Striders), 16.41.1; 2, Joe Lillis (United Striders), 16.46.1; 3, Liam Turner (D.M.P.), 16.52.5.

Senior women shot putt (4 kg.): 1, Zara Power (Adamstown), 7.35m; 2, Maggie O'Connor (Enniscorthy), 7.19m; 3, Áine Cullen (United Striders), 7.14m; 4, Deirdre B. Kavanagh (Slaney Olympic), 4.99m.

Senior men shot putt (7.26 kg.): 1, Peter O'Connor (Enniscorthy), 9.92m; 2, Jessie O'Connor (Slaney Olympic), 8.88m; 3, Aaron Tierney-Smith (Menapians), 7.69m; 4, Shaun Donohue (Menapians), 7.64m.

Senior men javelin: 1, Peter O'Shea (D.M.P.), 57.23m; 2, Peter O'Connor (E.A.C.), 38.93m; 3, Jessie O'Connor (Slaney Olympic), 22.50m.

Senior women javelin: 1, Sonia Mooney (Adamstown), 24.46m; 2, Rachel Power (Adamstown), 21.95m; 3, Maggie O'Connor (E.A.C.), 18.46m.

Senior men triple jump: 1, David Obasohan (E.A.C.), 11.80m; 2, Shaun Donohue (Menapians), 11.64m; 3, Jacob English (E.A.C.), 10.79m.

Senior women triple jump: 1, Tara Doyle (Adamstown), 10.20m; 2, Blanaid Fogarty (E.A.C.), 10.08m; 3, Rachel Power (Adamstown), 9.70m.

Senior women 4 x 400m relay: 1, Menapians (Róisín O'Reilly, Suzie Brennan, April Keeling, Liadh Dwyer); 2, United Striders (Rebecca Bawden, Sonya Byrne, Paula Freeman, Catríona McLaughlin); 3, Enniscorthy (Emily Waldron, Maggie O'Connor, Blánaid Fogarty, Sarah Larkin).

Senior men 4 x 400m relay: 1, United Striders (Aaron Browne, Gavin Kelly, Nic Walkden, Paul Doran): 2, Kilmore (Rory Cassidy, Jack Roche, Sam Molyneux, Luke Walsh).

Under-17 boys' javelin: 1, Cian Flanagan (United Striders), 33.10m; 2, Lee Doyle (Menapians), 25.78m.

Under-16 girls' javelin: 1, Eve Byrne (United Striders), 14.95m.

Under-17 girls' javelin: 1, Rachel Power (Adamstown), 22.88m; 2, Blanaid Fogarty (E.A.C.), 16.53m; 3, Hannah Kelly (Taghmon), 15.43m.

Under-18 girls' javelin: 1, Sonia Mooney (Adamstown), 25.80m; 2, Regina Rochford (Kilmore), 16.00m.

Under-19 girls' javelin: 1, Zara Power (Adamstown), 14.26m.

Under-17 girls' triple jump: 1, Blanaid Fogarty (E.A.C.), 10.08m; 2, Rachel Power (Adamstown), 9.70m; 3, Hannah Kelly (Taghmon), 7.59m.

Under-18 girls' triple jump: 1, Tara Doyle (Adamstown), 10.20m.

Under-19 girls' triple jump: 1, Aoife Muldoon (United Striders), 8.96m.

Under-18 boys' triple jump: 1, David Obasohan (E.A.C.), 11.80m.

Under-19 boys' triple jump: 1, Jacob English (E.A.C.), 10.79m; 2, Aaron Tierney (Menapians), 10.77m.

Fixtures: July 11, Mr Oil Wexford Senior track and field championships (day two), Enniscorthy; July 14 and 15, Irish Life Health national track and field Juvenile day one and day two, Tullamore; July 16, Cork City Sports, Cork I.T.; July 19, Morton Games, Santry; July 20 (7.30 p.m.), Menapians 5k, Wexford town; July 21, Leinster track and field championships, venue TBA; July 21, S.I.A.B. track and field championships, Scotland; July 22, Irish Life Health national track and field Juvenile day three, Tullamore; July 28 and 29, Irish Life Health national Senior track and field championships, Santry.

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