Wednesday 24 January 2018

Young guns shine

County Juvenile championships day two

No quarter is asked nor given in this sprint finish at the county Juvenile championships in Enniscorthy on Sunday
No quarter is asked nor given in this sprint finish at the county Juvenile championships in Enniscorthy on Sunday

The second day of the Mr Oil Juvenile track and field county championships took place on the track at Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Sunday.

Numbers of competitors were up on the previous week and unexpected, glorious, May sunshine provided a very enjoyable competitive experience for Wexford's brightest young athletes.

The first events on the track were the sprint hurdles, where the competition was intense in the younger age groups in particular. However, most of the action took place when the 60m and 80m sprints were called to the line, with multiple heats in most age groups.

While it is an achievement to qualify through the rounds into the finals of these short sprints, it was only those with truly explosive speed who made it to the podiums and the county champions crowned in these events are ones to watch for the future.

Following the short sprints, there were a series of 200m races for the Under-14s up to Under-19s, where the competition once again was fierce for a place in the medals.

The 800m middle distances were all fast races in what was probably the hottest part of the day.

The younger athletes in the Under-9 and Under-11 age groups also had their long races, with some outstanding runs by very young athletes.

The walks saw unusually big fields of competitors at Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age grades. The track finale came in the form of the relays, always a favourite with the crowds of spectators.

On the field, the events ranged from the shot putt, turbo javelin, long jump, triple jump, high jump and javelin, with a range of events for each age group.

Among those competing were some of Wexford's elite international athletes, who won medals in the Irish jersey over the past year, still eager to win their county titles to add to South Leinster Schools titles won on the previous Thursday.

The county hammer championships were held in D.M.P. A.C's grounds at Sinnottstown Lane on Friday. This event combined the Juvenile hammer event with the first of the season's Senior events.

Next up on the Athletics Wexford calendar is the county Masters road race which will be held in Kilmore village on Friday, May 13. Directions and full information on this final road race of the season are available from club Secretaries.

Also on the road, Wexford were crowned Leinster champions at the Novice road race held in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, on Bank Holiday Monday. Performing well as an individual, Kilmore's Sharon Kehoe, who is having a great season, won bronze.

S.B.R. took silver medals in the club event and in the Masters category there were Leinster titles for Myles Gibbons in the Over-40s, as well as being third overall. Ger Maloney from St. Paul's was second Over-55 and S.B.R's Billy Harpur won the Over-70 Leinster title for 2016.

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