Another Good Year for Wexford Athletics

As the curtain falls on another year we take a look back at what has been a relatively good year for Wexford athletics.

Wexford’s sprinters, throwers and jumpers, from Juveniles to Seniors, showed the benefits of their specialist training with a good number medalling at national level. The key factor is undoubtedly quality specialist training. There is real potential to build on this and gain for the county a reputation as a leader in the technical and power-driven events. 

Of the sprinters Menapians AC’s new signing, Leon Reid, looked particularly impressive at the National Indoors and, of course, at the UK Trials where he bagged a surprise Bronze. And it was good to see Leon’s younger clubmate David McDonald successfully making the transition to senior level with a Bronze at the National Indoors. Despite getting the qualifying time for the European Juniors David was side-lined through injury for much of the year. Other young athletes successfully making the transition to senior level were Ryan Carthy Walsh and Maeve Hayes, both making the podium in High Jump. Ryan and race walker Joe Mooney gave the county its only two Golds at the National Senior T&F.

In Senior middle distance the star of the year was undoubtedly Fiona Kehoe. The high point of a year which saw her take county and provincial titles was winning the National Senior Indoor 800m. She was a deserved winner of a Leinster Star Award. Ger Forde also had a fine year with County road and cross country titles, 7th place in Leinster Cross Country and 6th in National Novice Cross Country. Generally, the county does not have strength in depth in Senior middle distance. We are not unique in this regard.

A special word of mention for multi-eventer Michael Bowler who placed 5th at the European Combined Events Cup, breaking 7000 points in the process.

The National T&F League will have three teams from the county competing at the top level in 2018 – County Men, County Women and Menapians Men. That’s something.

Masters athletics continues to be very strong in Co Wexford. Over the past year our masters athletes have distinguished themselves on both national and international stages. Jackie Carthy and Niall Sheil were in flying form. The ability of both to race so often and not break down is something many of their peers must surely envy. Niall, for example, ran more than forty races in 2017. The highpoint for both, and for middle distance runner Anne Gilshinan, was making the podium at the European Masters in Denmark.

It is at Juvenile level that Wexford really shines and it does so across all areas including walks and combined events. Worthy of special mention is Eva Casey of Macamores who, in winning the U13 Shot, picked up the club’s first ever national title. The challenge, as always, is to ensure that those athletes who have enjoyed success at this level are guided along in a sensible way and, ultimately, make the transition to the Senior ranks.

Moving away from championship athletics, the numbers of Wexford people partaking of jogging and walking as a leisure activity appears to be at an all-time high. Many of these enthusiasts are regular participants in local road races and park runs. Very few have any desire to get involved in official AAI races. That’s ok. Given what we hear about expected levels of obesity in the population in the years ahead anything that gets people out and active is good.

The projections for obesity, not to mention basic general fitness and mobility, in children is especially worrying. Athletics clubs play a role in countering this with weekly sessions which combine exercise with fun. The juvenile Winter leagues successfully combine competition and craic. With Sportshall Athletics the emphasis is more on the latter. At a higher level Wexford Athletics sports camps also play an important part. There has been some talk of an early Summer league for children. More work for clubs and officials!

Anyway, moving on, here, in all its unexpurgated glory, is how the Wexford Athletics year unfolded:

Masters, Juniors & Juvenile Relays Cross Country Championships
The Wexford Athletics year started in a wet and chilly Lingstown with the Masters and Juniors Cross Country Championships, along with the Juvenile Relays. Kilmore’s Jackie Carthy won the Ladies race with Kilmore also taking the team title. The men’s 6km was won by Niall Sheil (St Killian’s AC) while USAC were first team.

The Juvenile Relay Championships produced a number of closely fought races notwithstanding the horrible conditions. The most impressive race was the Boys U14 which USAC took with ease. Indeed it was the first in a series that made this a year to remember for the Striders boys. The winning Girls U-14 team from Menapians AC were no less impressive. Overall, USAC had seven teams in the top 3 followed by DMP and Menapians with five each.

National Indoor Combined Events
Enniscorthy’s Peter O Connor and Saidhbhe Byrne both came away with Bronze medals from the Combined Events in Athlone (Jan 21). Peter achieved a pb of 1.81m in High Jump. Saidhbhe had a win in the 800m, pbs in long jump and shot. In the Masters O/50 John O’Connor, father of Peter, went one better than his son in taking Silver.

National Junior and U23 Indoor Track and Field
The Irish Life Health National Junior and U23 Indoor Track and Field Championships were held in Athlone at the end of January. Adamstown’s Ryan Carthy Walsh impressed in the Junior Men’s High Jump winning with a third-time clearance of 1.98 metres. Clubmate Joseph Mooney took silver in the Junior Men’s 3k Walk. In U-23 Long Jump Menapians’ Annie Stafford won silver with a jump of 5.07 metres. Sophie McCabe of Bree took bronze in the Junior Triple Jump with a last round jump of 10.88 metres.

National Indoor T&F League
At the National Indoor T&F League in February Menapians AC made history by becoming the first Wexford club to reach the final. The club went on to finish a very respectable 5th place in the final with the young team showing great versatility and determination. There were pbs for Sean Donohue in the 400m (50.03s) and Luke O’Neill in the 60m (7.27s), while David McDonald achieved a European Junior B qualifying 200 time in running 21.60s. This came a week after he celebrated his 18th birthday with a pb of 6.93s over 60m at an international indoor meet in Vienna. This was a strong start to the year for David who, the previous year, competed at both European Youths and World Juniors T&F Championships.

Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC), competing in the 800m, was the county’s top performer at the AAI Games held at the new National Indoor Arena (Feb 5). Running a controlled first 400 metres, she came through strongly in the end to finish 4th in a time 2 minutes 9 seconds, only three seconds behind the race winner, Olympian and European medallist, Ciara Mageean.

Wexford Athletics Awards Night
At the 2017 Wexford Athletics Awards Night DMP’s Discus supremo Marco Pons received the Athlete of the Year Award. Marco had triple success in the past year taking gold at both National Senior and National U-23 as well as taking the Inter-Varsity title in the colours of DCU. The Brother Egan Cup for Best Senior Club, Track & Field went to Menapian’s A.C.. Aoife Muldoon of United Striders was delighted to receive the Ann O’Keefe Trophy for Best U-17 Female, Track & Field. Taghmon’s Padraig Hore and Ross Daly (Enniscorthy AC) were jointly awarded the Harry Keyes Trophy for top T&F Male U-17. United Striders received the Jim Redmond Cup for top Cross Country Club. On the administration side outgoing County Cross Country & Road Secretary, John Moore, was the a popular recipient of the Kehoe Lifetime Service to Athletics Award. Outgoing President Toddy Moore, having more than served his time, was happy to see the chains of office going to the no less able and dedicated Nicky Cowman.

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships
In February the county’s juvenile athletes had a very rewarding trip to Athlone for the Leinster Indoors. Bree’s Aoife Cloke-Rochford led the medal haul with her three U19 sprint golds (60m, 60m Hurdles and 200m). Jack Forde of St Killian’s won a pair of Golds in U15 High Jump Shot Putt. Maeve Hayes, St Paul’s, was an impressive winner of the U16 High Jump (1.58m PB). She also won Gold in the Long Jump. Her team mates, Sammy Delaney and Gergely Pap won Gold medals in U18 Long Jump and U16 Shot Putt respectively. Taghmon AC had a trio of gold medal winners with Joseph Hanlon winning the U18 1500m and his brother James the U16 1500m. Their team mate Aisling Kelly took Gold in the U15 hurdles and Bronze in the 60m. Enniscorthy’s Ross Daly impressed with silver U18 in both 60m and 200m. For Menapians there were Leinster titles for Ciaran Maher (U19 200m – PB 22.85s), Aaron Tierney Smith (60m H) and Sam O’Neill (60m H). Ciaran placed 2nd in the 60m just ahead of Luke O’Neill while Aaron also took a Bronze (and a pb) in the 60m flat. Adding to Bree’s stash of precious metals was Abbie Doyle who took U12 Gold in both the 60m and the 60m Hurdles. Her clubmate Gracie Kehoe was just behind in in both races taking Bronze in the 60m and Silver in the hurdles race. Gracie also won the U12 High Jump and, in clearing 136cm, smashed the old record (129cm). There was further success for Bree with Dara Casey taking the U15 60m Hurdles title, Sean Rowley winning Gold in the U13 60m Hurdles and a Silver in the 60m. Aidan Shannon (United Striders) and Conor Doyle (Bree), competing in the U14 800m, produced one of the most exciting races of the weekend with Aidan edging it in the end to take Gold. Conn Mernagh fought hard for his Silver medal in the Boys U12 600m. Saidhbhe Byrne of Enniscorthy A.C. was second in both Long Jump and Hurdles (U14). There was bronze for both Dannan Long in U13 High Jump (PB 1.30m) and Jacob English in U18 Long Jump. Conor Brennan (DMP) placed 2nd in U16 High Jump (1.63m). Triona Mooney of Adamstown AC placed 3rd in U18 Walk.

National Masters & Juvenile B Cross Country Championships
DMP’s Claragh Keane was a very impressive winner in the U13 1500m at the National B Cross Country Championships in Waterford (Feb 12). Joe Byrne of SBR placed a strong 4th in the U15 2500m. It is great to see him re-discovering his old form. The girls U17 Wexford County Team, led home by Mairead Crean in a very respectable 6th place, were delighted with their third place finish.

There was success, also, on the Masters front. The ever-consistent Ann Sullivan took the Masters O55 title. Kilmore athlete Jackie Carty placed 4th O45. Mountain-runner Ger Maloney was 3rd O55. The United Striders team of Pat O’Callaghan, Ted and Matt Flannelly, and Michael O’Gorman took Bronze in the Masters O50.

At the IUAA Intervarsity Indoor Track & Field Adamstown athlete Joe Mooney, competing for DCU, picked up a silver medal in the 2km Walk.

Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships
On Feb 25, the third and final day of the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships at Abbotstown, produced medals a-plenty for Wexford. Aoife Muldoon (USAC) won the U18 Triple Jump. Ryan Carthy Walsh, had no trouble taking the U19 High Jump title. Padraig Hore (Taghmon AC) was an easy winner of the U18 Shot Putt. The young ladies of Adamstown had a rush of medals in the Triple Jump – Kate Jackman 2nd U16, Tara Doyle 2nd and Sonia Mooney 3rd U17, Shannon Wall 3rd U19. The club also performed well in Shot Putt with Marguerite Furlong 2nd U18 and Éadaoin Stafford 4th U17. Ciara Kelly (USAC) placed 2nd in the U18 High Jump. Gorey based Gorey girl Corrine Kenny, competing for St. Laurence O’Toole A.C., was an impressive winner of the Girls U16 1500m in a time of 4.52m. The United Striders Boys U16 team of Aaron Browne, Patrick Doyle, Adam O’Connor and Cian Flanagan came away with well earned Silver medals in the relay.

 

Leinster Junior, Senior and Master Indoor Championships
At the Leinster Indoor Championships (Feb 26) at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown the fleet-footed men of Enniscorthy won both the 4 x 200m and the 4 x 400m Relays. Well done to James Fortune, Ross Daly, Peter O’Connor, Chris St Clare Johnson and Cathal Byrne. Aoife Cloke Rochford (Bree) continued her good run of success with wins in the Junior 60m Hurdles and 60m Sprint. Triona Mooney (Adamstown) took Gold in the Junior 3km Walk while Joe O’Hanlon of Taghmon AC won the Junior Men’s title. Kilmore’s Fiona Kehoe won the Senior 1500m in 4.25m. She also placed 2nd over 800m behind international runner Ciara Mageean. Aaron Tierney-Smith (Menapians) took the Junior 60m Hurdles title ahead of Enniscorthy’s Peter O’Connor. Aaron’s clubmate Shaun Donohue finished 3rd in the U23 400m. James Fortune of Enniscorthy AC placed 3rd in the Senior Long Jump. Peter O’Connor was 2nd in the Junior Long Jump. Emmanuel Ogbanna of Menapians placed third in the U23 Triple Jump.

Leading the county’s bid for medals in the Masters events was Jackie Carthy and she did not disappoint, taking the Masters 1500m title. For Striders Aine Cullen picked up a pair of Silver medals in High Jump and Shot Putt, Mick O’Gorman did likewise in High Jump and Long Jump, while on the track there were more silver medals for Gavin Kelly (200m), Sonya Byrne (800m) and Ted Flannelly (3000m). Siobhan Doyle (Menapians) won both the 60m and 200m. Clubmate Dave Percival was delighted to win Bronze in the 200m.

DMP athletes made the long trip north for the Stormont Cross Country (Feb 25). Claragh Keane was 2nd in the U13 race while her bother Conor was 4th U15. Liam Turner took bronze in the Junior Men’s event.

On the international front Adamstown athlete Joe Mooney placed 2nd over 10km at the Isle of Man Manx Harriers Open Race Walking event (Feb 25).

The month of March opened with the hugely popular and fun Wexford Sportshall Finals at Astroturf Enniscorthy. Sportshall is all about agility, balance and coordination. Think indoor mini-track & field with obstacles! While the aim of Sportshall may be to develop fitness and multi-skill development, for those taking part it is all about fun and friendly rivalry.

Athletics Ireland National Senior Indoor Championships
The National Senior Indoors took place at the in Abbotstown in early March. Fiona Kehoe played a starring role in providing the most exciting race of the meet. Running the 800m, she showed she had lost none of the strength that won her the National Novice Cross Country as she edged in front in the final metres to take the title. Ryan Carthy Walsh picked up his first senior title winning the high jump with a jump of 2.00m. Earlier in the week Ryan had placed 6th (2.05m) at the AIT International Grand Prix. There was double gold for Leon Reid of Menapians AC on his first outing with the club. He was an impressive winner of both the 60m title, in a time of 6.75s, and of the 200m in 21.08s. His talented young clubmate David McDonald was second in the 200m with a big new PB of 21.51s.

Irish Life National Masters Indoor Championships
At the All-Ireland Masters Indoors in Athlone (March 3) there were wins at 1500m for both Jackie Carty (Kilmore) and Niall Sheil (St Killian’s). DMP athlete Antoinette Stafford won Gold in the 200m while Siobhan Doyle (Menapians) was crowned National Champion over 60m. United Striders came away with four bronze medals courtesy of Gavin Kelly (200m), Sonya Byrne (800m), John McGrath (800m) and Ted Flannelly (3k).

Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy AC) placed an impressive 3rd at the Scottish Indoor Combined Events Championships in Glasgow (March 4). Saidhbhe started 2017 with a 2nd place finish in the Munster Combined Events followed by a Bronze at the All Ireland Combined Events. Then in February she won two individual silver medals at the Leinster Indoors.

On March 11 Joe Byrne, running in the colours of his school Gorey CS, had a brilliant run to place 3rd in the Minor Race at the Irish Schools Cross Country Championships in Mallusk. Joe was just 3 seconds behind the second place athlete and 10 secs behind the winner.

Slaney Olympic hosted the Mr Oil Co Wexford Novice Road Races in Enniscorthy (March 19). SBR’s Clodagh Dunbar won the Women’s race with Slaney Olympic taking the team title. Alan O’Connor of United Striders won the Men’s 6m in some style while Croghan AC was top team.

National Juvenile Indoor Championships
The juvenile indoor season drew to a close with the third, and final, day of action in Athlone on April 1. Notwithstanding the day, from a Wexford perspective there was no fooling around! Menapians AC’s star sprinter David McDonald rounded off his indoor season in style winning the U19 200m in 21.46s (pb). This placed the Wexford athlete top of the Irish Senior rankings for 2017. It also gave him his fourth qualifying time for the European Juniors which, as it turned out, he would miss. Bree’s Aoife Cloke Rochford won U19 Gold in the 60m Hurdles (9.18s pb) and Silver medals in 60m and 200m (25.05s pb). Her clubmate Sean Rowley set a CBP of 9.43s in winning the U13 60m Hurdles. Crowning the day for Bree was Dara Casey who took Silver in the U16 60m hurdles in 9.16s (pb), just 0.05 seconds behind the winner. The ever improving Aaron Tierney Smith (Menapians) won a Bronze in the U18 60m (8.27s pb). While this round-up is focusing on the medal-winning performances it is worth mentioning that the county’s athletes generally performed very strongly right across the board with many unfortunate to miss out on a podium place.

Athletics Ireland Spring Throws Event
Athlone hosted the AAI Springs Throws competition on the same weekend as the Nationals. Marguerite Furlong, Sonia Mooney and Kate Jackman (all Adamstown), Emma Owens (St Paul’s), Amy Forde (St Killian’s), Padraig Hore (Taghmon), Thomas Furlong and Peter O’Shea (both DMP) and Joshua Hewlett all participated. Padraig was 2nd in the 1.5kg Men’s Discus (43.25m pb); Thomas Furlong was runner-up in the Men’s Hammer (7.26kg) with a throw of 55.37m; while in the 700g Javelin Joshua threw 49.63m, a pb, to win.

County Wexford Intermediate Road Race Championships, April 2
Held in a sunny Craanford the Wexford Intermediate Road Races saw victory in the Women’s 4km going to Sinéad O’Brien (Kilmore AC), Slaney Olympic taking the team title. Alan O’Connor (USAC) followed up on his win in the County Novice with another victory. The Slaney Olympic team held off SBR by just 2 points to take Gold.

In April Ger Maloney (St Paul’s AC) struck Gold at the European Masters Mountain Running Championships in Spain. Joe Mooney (Adamstown AC) placed 3rd in the UK Junior Men’s 10k Race Walking Championships.

Also taking place in April was the National Loreto Track & Field Championships. The girls of Loreto Wexford picked up plenty of precious metals with Gold for Maeve Hayes in Senior High Jump and Long Jump (5.06m pb); Gold for Amy Forde in Discus; Bronze for April Keeling in Senior 100m; Silver for Tara Connick in Senior Discus; Silver for Liadh Dwyer in Senior Sprint Hurdles; Gold for Aisling Kelly in Junior Long Jump and Silver in 200m; Gold for Rachel Power in Junior Discus and Bronze in Shot; Silver for Róisín O’Reilly in Junior 1500m; Gold and Bronze medals for Emma Carr in Minor 200m and Long Jump respectively; and the Senior 4x100m relay team was 2nd overall.

The South Leinster Schools T&F Championships were held over two weekends in Waterford (April 27, May 3). This is the first hurdle athletes must cross before progressing to the Leinster Finals. Wexford athletes excelled with all schools well represented on the podium. Some highlights: Aisling Kelly was 1st in Junior LJ and 3rd in 200m. Gergley Pap was 1st in the Junior Hammer (41.28m pb); he also picked up Gold in the Shot Putt. Bree athlete Sophie Codd won both the Sprint Hurdles and the 200m. Cormac Byrne from Adamstown won the Minor Boys Javelin. His clubmate Rachel Power won the Junior Girls Discus along with the Triple Jump. Triona Mooney won the Senior Girls Walk. Jack Forde won the High Jump in 1.65m and placed 2nd in the Shot Putt 4kg (11.67m pb). Corrine Kenny, Gorey C.S won the Junior 800m. Tara Doyle, St.Mary’s New Ross won the Inter Triple Jump with Precious Obasohan, Colaiste Bhride 2nd. There was a Wexford 1-2-3 in the Inter Shot Putt with Lystus Ebosele, Colaiste Bride the winner, Marguerite Furlong 2nd and Éadaoin Stafford 3rd. Bronagh O’Hanlon, Pres Wexford won the Inter Hammer. In the Senior Girls there were wins for Triona Mooney, St Mary’s New Ross (3000m Walk), Aoife Cloke Rochford, Coláiste Bhríde (100m, 200m), Grace Furlong, CBS New Ross (Long and Triple Jumps), Amy Forde, Loreto Wexford (Hammer, also 2nd in Discus). In the Minor Boys Evan O’Toole, Good Counsel won the High Jump and was 2nd in the Long Jump, Cormac Byrne, Good Counsel won the Javelin and the boys of Enniscorthy CBS won the 4x100m. There were wins in Junior Boys for Darra Casey, CBS Enniscorthy (800m), James Hanlon, Ramsgrange (1200m Walk), Jack Forde, CBS Wexford (High Jump, also 2nd in Shot), Gergely Pap, CBS Wexford (Shot and Hammer). Moving up to Intermediate David Obasihan, CBS Enniscorthy won the Triple Jump, Joshua Hewlett, CBS New Ross won the Javelin. At Senior Boys level there were wins for Aaron Tierney-Smith, CBS Wexford (110H), David McDonald, CBS Wexford (200m), Ryan Carthy Walsh, Good Council New Ross (High Jump), Padraig Hore, CBS New Ross (Shot Putt 6kg pb 12.89m, also 2nd in Discus 39.58m pb), Peter O’Shea, St.Peter’s Wexford (Javelin).

Leinster Novice and Masters Road Race Championships, May 1
Jackie Carty was a winner at the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Races in Gowran. In the Men’s Novice race, USAC grouped well to secure a 2nd place finish. The County team also placed 2nd. In the Men’s Master race Pedro Calvo (SBR) in 4th place led his club to team Gold.

The Wexford Masters Road Races (May 5) were run over a moderately testing course in Crossabeg. There were no surprises with pre-race favourite Jackie Carthy winning the Women’s 4km and Men’s favourite Niall Sheil winning the Men’s race.

The Mr Oil Co Wexford Juvenile Track & Field drew the usual big crowds to Enniscorthy with the top young guns getting an opportunity to test the engines ahead of the Leinsters.

Leinster Schools T&F Championships, Santry (May 17,20)
There were loads of fine medal-winning performances including several pbs at the Leinster Schools T&F Championships in Santry. Corrine Kenny (Gorey CS) was an impressive winner of the Junior Girls 800m (2.17.56m). Triona Mooney (St.Mary’s New Ross) had a facile win in the Senior 3000m Walk (14.52.40m) while James Hanlon (Ramsgrange CS) won the Junior Boys 1200m Walk (6.10.16). Eve Byrne (OLOL, Rosbercon) placed 4th in the Junior 1000m Walk. Aoife Cloke Rochford (Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy) continued her run of fine form to win the Senior 100m (12.41s). Kate Jackman, Tara Doyle, Rebecca Bawden and Grainne Flannelly of St Mary’s, New Ross ran brilliantly to take Silver in the U16 4 x 300m Relay.

Dara Casey (CBS Enniscorthy) won Bronze in the Junior Boys 80mHurdles (12.49s). David McDonald (CBS, Wexford) picked up a pair of Silver medals, being bested by Mark Smyth (St Fintan’s HS) in both the Senior 100m and 200m. Aaron Tierney-Smith, also CBS Wexford, was 2nd in the Senior 110mH (15.57s). With speed merchants like that in their ranks it is no surprise that CBS Wexford won the Senior Boys 4 x 100m Relay (43.58s). Indeed, CBS Wexford won the trophy for Best School in South Leinster.

Maxwell Shojeu (CBS Enniscorthy) won the Minor Boys Javelin (36.64m). Gergely Pap (CBS Wexford) won the Junior Shot in 12.25m with school-mate Jack Forde in 2nd (11.97m PB). Jack went on to win the High Jump in 1.70m (pb). Gergely picked up a second medal, Silver, in the Hammer (36.03m). Nathan Murphy (CBS Wexford) placed 2nd in the Junior Discus (33.95m). In the Intermediate Boys, Joshua Hewlett (CBS New Ross) placed 2nd in the Javelin (49.95m). Ryan Carthy Walsh (Good Counsel New Ross) won the Senior High Jump (1.95m). Shane Parle (St Peter’s Wexford), was edged into 2nd in the Senior Long Jump, his jump of 6.40m equalling that of the winner. Padraig Hoare (CBS New Ross) placed 2nd in the Senior Discus (43.06m) and 3rd in the Shot (13.31m). Peter O’Shea (St Peter’s) won Silver in the Senior Javelin (49.67m). Evan O’Toole, Good Counsel was 2nd in the Minor High Jump (1.50m).

 

The girls also had good success away from the track. Bronagh O’Hanlon (Pres Wexford) won the Inter Hammer (37.30m). Grace Furlong (CBS New Ross) won the Senior Triple Jump (11.63m CBP). She also won the Long Jump (5.37m). Maeve Hayes (Loreto Wexford) won Bronze in the Junior High Jump (1.55m). Her schoolmate Aisling Kelly was 3rd in the Junior Long Jump (4.81m). In the Inter Girls Triple Jump Tara Doyle (St Mary’s New Ross) placed 2nd (10.59m) while schoolmate Grace Cloney was 3rd (10.41m). Marguerite Furlong (St Mary’s New Ross) won the Inter Girls Discus (36.86m) with Lystus Eboselte (Coláiste Bríde) in 2nd (28.35m). Lystus won Silver in the Shot (13.00m). Amy Forde (Loreto Wexford) placed 3rd in the Senior Hammer (34.20m PB). She also was 4th in the Discus, setting another PB of 29.96m.

AAI Leinster Juvenile Combined Events, May 20
Enniscorthy’s Saidhbhe Byrne had a win at the Leinster Combined Events held in Navan. On her way to becoming U14 Leinster Champion (2956 points) Saidhbhe picked up PBs in shot, hurdles and 800m. Aisling Kelly (Taghmon AC) won an U15 Bronze medal.

Leinster Juvenile Track Relays, Leixlip
Bree AC had a successful day at the Leinster Relays. The club travelled with four teams and all four made the podium with Gold for the Boys U13, Girls U12 and Girls U10, and Bronze for Girls U11. Menapians U16 Girls and Boys teams won Silver as did the United Striders U17 Boys team.

Great start to the season for Leon
Menapians AC sprinter Leon Reid had a flying start to his season running the 100m in 10.34s (legal) in Loughborough, equalling his pb. With the wind just over the limit he ran 20.83s for 200m. The highlight of his season was a third place finish in the 200m at the GB Trials. His time, 20.38s, was both a pb and a World Championships qualifying time.

Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools T&F, June 3
The All-Ireland Schools T&F is one of the great days in the island’s athletics calendar. There were plenty of fine Wexford performances, a fact which is not necessarily reflected in the medals table. The County had four individual wins: Marguerite Furlong, St Mary’s New Ross in the Inter Girls Discus, Grace Furlong, CBS New Ross in the Senior Triple Jump, Ryan Carthy Walsh, Good Counsel New Ross in the Senior High Jump and James Hanlon, Ramsgrange CS in the Junior 1200m Walk. CBS Wexford blitzed the opposition to win the Senior Boys 4x100m(43.58s). Padraig Hoare, CBS New Ross was 2nd in Senior Discus. Lystus Eboselte, CB Wexford picked up a pair of Bronzes in the Inter Shot and Discus. St Peter’s Wexford student Shane Parle won Bronze in the Senior Long Jump. Sprinter David McDonald of CBS Wexford, running somewhat below par, was 3rd in the Senior 100m.

Leinster U23, Senior & Masters T&F Championships, Tullamore, June 4
Peter O’Connor (Enniscorthy) won the Senior 110m Hurdles. Joe Mooney (Adamstown) won the Senior 5k Walk. Emma Owens of St Paul’s placed 2nd in the Senior Discus and 3rd in the Hammer. Emmanuel Ogbanna (Menapians AC) placed 3rd in the Senior Triple Jump. Chris St Clare Johnson (EAC) won in the heats of both the Senior 200m and 400m and placed 4th in final of both. Menapians AC had a good day in the U23s with Silver medals for Conor Gaffney (400m Hurdles) and Mikey Cullen (Long Jump) and Bronze for Shaun Donohoe (400m).

The biggest medal haul for the county’s clubs came in the Masters events. Hezekiah Shoyeju (EAC) won the Javelin. Siobhan Doyle, Menapians AC, won Gold in both the 100m and 200m. Earlier in the year she won both races at the National Indoors. Christine Stone (DMP) was 1st in the O35 3000m and 3rd in 1500m. For United Striders John McGrath won the 800m and placed 3rd in the 400m, while Áine Cullen (O35) won Gold in the High Jump, Silver in the Shot and Bronze in the Discus. Nessa Gately, Bree AC (O35) placed 3rd in Javelin. Olwen Gately, Bree A.C. (O40) was 2nd in Javelin. There were Bronze medals for both Ted Flannelly (O50) and Alan O’Connor (O40) in the 5000m and Sonya Byrne (O40) in the 1500m; Sonya also placed 2nd over 800m. In Men O50 Michael Gately, Menapians A.C. placed 3rd in Shot Putt. Pat Gately (DMP AC) took Silver medals in High Jump, Long Jump and shot and placed 3rd in the Javelin. Thomas Loonam, Bree A.C., competing in Men O35 placed 3rd in Discus.

Mr Oil Co Wexford Senior Road Races
The County Wexford Road Races took place in Barntown on June 16. On a warm humid evening, and over a very testing course, the ever reliable Jackie Carthy strolled to an easy victory in the Women’s 5km. With four Kilmore scorers in the top ten the team result was never in doubt. Slaney Olympic’s Ger Forde was a run-away winner in the Men’s 10km. SBR won the Men’s team event.

Leinster Juvenile T&F Championships, Tullamore, June 17,18
Another great weekend for the county’s top young athletes. Toss up for Athlete of the Meet Award would be between Taghmon’s Aisling Kelly and St Killian’s Jack Forde. Aisling won triple individual U15 Golds – Long Jump, 200m and 100m – and came away with PBs in all three. She picked up another Gold as a member of the winning County Wexford 4x100m Relay team. Jack took the Boys U15 High Jump title with a jump of 1:70m. He won the shot with a new best of 13:50m and the Triple Jump with 11.01m, another PB. He then ran on the Co Wexford team which won the Inter-County 4x100m. There were plenty of other brilliant performances. Maeve Hayes, St Pauls AC, first took the Leinster U16 High Jump title in a PB-equalling 1.60m. She followed up with victory in the Long Jump (5.50m pb) and third place in the 80m Hurdles. Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy AC) won the U14 75m Hurdles (12.15s pb), and was 2nd in both Javelin (30.25m pb) and Long jump (4.89m pb). Orlaith Byrne (SBR) won Gold in U13 60m Hurdles to go with the Silver she won in High Jump a week earlier. Enniscorthy’s Lystus Ebosele won the U17 Shot Putt and Discus. Aaron Tierney Smith (Menapians AC) took the Gold in both the U18 100m Hurdles (14.88s pb) and the 200m (22.83s pb). Gergley Pap (St Paul’s AC) won Gold in U16 Shot Putt and Bronze in both Hammer and Discus. Brónagh O’Hanlon (Taghmon AC) took the U17 Hammer title.
Nathan Murphy (Menapians AC), back from injury, won the U15 Discus. Tara Doyle (Adamstown AC) won the U17 Triple Jump with clubmate Grace Cloney on her coat-tails in 2nd. Elaine Oldarrion (Enniscorthy AC) placed 2nd in U14 Shot Putt and 4th in the Discus. For Adamstown, Marguerite Furlong won the U18 Discus and was 2nd in Shot Putt, Éadaoin Stafford was 3rd in U17 Shot Putt and Kate Jackman won the U16 Javelin. Sammy Delaney (St Pauls AC) was 3rd in U18 Long Jump. Amy Forde (St Killian’s AC) was 2nd in the U18 Hammer and 3rd in the Discus. Triini Jurisoo (Menapians AC) took a fantastic gold in the U14 Hammer (27.59mpb). Catriona Doyle of Craanford Harriers won a Silver medal in the Hammer (U15). In the Walks Taghmon’s James Hanlon was 2nd in U16 walk with Joseph Hanlon taking the U18 Gold. There was U16 Silver for Eve Byrne (USAC) and Bronze medals for Adamstown athletes Aoibhinn Crean (U15), and Triona Mooney (U18) and for USAC’s Ciara Murphy (U14 Walk) and Ryan Kielthy (U16). United Striders shone at the middle distance events with Aidan Shannon taking the U14 1500m title, Conor Murphy winning the U17 1500m, Adam O’Connor 2nd in U15 800m, and Aedan Rogers 3rd in the U18 1500m. Conor Doyle (Bree AC) took a Silver medal in U14 800m. Gorey athlete Corrine Kenny (SLOT) won the U16 1500m. United Striders athletes put in a good innings in the Javelin with Joshua Hewlett winning the U17 title, Cian Flanagan winning Silver U16 and Cosmo Hewlett placing 3rd U13. Adamstown’s Ciara Mooney placed 2nd in U13 Javelin while clubmate Sonia Mooney was 3rd in U17 Javelin. Maxwell Shoyeju (Enniscorthy AC) placed 3rd in U15 Javelin. Maxwell was also 2nd in the Triple Jump. Striders athletes Conor Murphy (U17) and Ciara Kelly (U18) picked Bronze medals in High Jump. Enniscorthy’s Karyn Murphy (U17) was 2nd in both the Long Jump and the 100m Hurdles, and 4th in the 300m Hurdles. Pádraig Hore (Taghmon AC) won the U18 Discus (45.79m pb). He also came 2nd in the Shot. Menapians sprinter Ciaran Maher won the U19 100m in a new best time of 11.21s with clubmates Shane O’Neill 2nd in the U16 Sprint Hurdles and 3rd in the 200m, and Jack Hayden 2nd in U18 400m. Enniscorthy’s sprinters also got among the medals: Ross Daly was 2nd in U18 100m and 200m; David Obasahan placed 2nd in both the 300m Hurdles and the 200m (U17). And, as mentioned above, Karyn Murphy picked up a Silver in the 100m Hurdles. Bree AC also impressed at the shorter distances. Having medalled in the U12 High Jump Gracie Kehoe went on to win the 60m Hurdles. Sophie Codd took a Silver medal in the U16 80m Hurdles. Olivia Howe won Bronze in the 200m. In the Inter-County 4x100m Relays there was plenty to cheer about from a Wexford perspective with Gold for Boys U19 and Boys and Girls U15, Silver for Boys U15, Bronze for Boys and Girls U17. The Girls U17 team were beaten to the Silver medal position by 1/100 second.

Aoife Triumphs at CSIT World Sports Games
Aoife Cloke-Rochford (Bree AC) won Gold and Silver medals at the 5th CSIT World Sports Games in Riga, Latvia last week. She won the 100m in a new best time of 12.17s and she placed 2nd in the 200m (25.18s). This was Aoife’s second international trip, her first being the Celtic Games in 2016, when she was one of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay team.
Leinster Junior T&F Championships, June 23rd, Leixlip
At the Leinster Junior T&F, Aoife Cloke-Rochford was 2nd in the Girls 100m in 12.61s, just 0.1s behind the winner. She followed up with another Silver in the 200m (26.29s), just ahead of 3rd placed clubmate Sophie McCabe (27.04s). Sophie went on to take a brilliant Gold in the 400m (59.87s). Peter O’Connor (Enniscorthy AC) won a Silver medal in the 110m Hurdles (16.76s). He also took a Silver in the Long Jump following a very consistent series of jumps, 5.93m being his best. Liam Turner of DMP placed 3rd in the 3000m (9.52.40s).

AAI Juvenile Games and Inter-Club Relay Championships
The Bree A.C. team of Ciara Laffan, Maura Doyle, Chloe Casey, Lea Bolger, Kiera Wilson and Ava Doyle were 3rd in Girls U10 4x100m at the National Relay Championships in Tullamore. The Menapians AC duo of Alfie Whelan and Oisin McDonagh won Bronze in the U10 Boys Long Jump. Ava Doyle and Lea Bolger of Bree A.C. placed 3rd in the U9 Girls 60m awhile their clubmates Ciara Laffan and Kiera Wilson won the U10 Long Jump. At the second day of national relay action, held in Athlone, The Bree U13 Boys won Silver medals.

AAI National Junior & U23 Championships
The National Junior & U23 T&F took place in sunny Tullamore on the first day of July. In the U23s there was Gold in 3000m S/C for Enda Cloake, Slaney Olympic, (10.16.60m), Triple Jump Bronze for Emmanuel Ogbanna, Menapians, (12.91m), Bronze in 400m Hurdles for Conor Gaffney, Menapians AC (56.94s), Silver in Long Jump for Mikey Cullen of Menapians (6.88m). Menapians won the 4x400m Relay (3:27.56m). In Junior Men’s, Peter O’Shea (DMP) was 2nd in Javelin 800g (48.52m), Aaron Tierney Smith, (Menapians) was 2nd in 110m Hurdles (15.26s), Ryan Carthy Walsh, Adamstown, won the High Jump (2.05m) and Menapians took Silver in the 4x100m Relay (44.43). In Junior Ladies Aoife Cloke Rochford (Bree) was 4th in 100m (12.11s) and 5th in 200m (25.8s).

Tailteann Games, June 24, Santry
Tailteann Games is an annual inter-provincial schools athletics competition featuring the best athletes from each of the four provinces on the island. Competing on the Leinster team at the Tailteann Games, Marguerite Furlong (St Mary’s New Ross) won the 1kg Discus with a throw of 36.07m. Joshua Hewlett (New Ross CBS) won Silver in Javelin (700g) with a best throw of 52.34m. Lystus Ebosele (CB Enniscorthy) won a Bronze in the Shot Putt (3kg) with a best putt of 12.90m. She also placed 6th in the Discus. Bronagh O’Hanlon (Pres Wexford) was 5th in the 3kg Hammer (41.04m). Maeve Hayes (Loreto Wexford) finished in 4th place in the High Jump with a jump of 1.60m.

National Juvenile T&F Championships, July 8,9
If one were looking for an indication of the current strength of underage track & field athletics in the county it was to be found here. And, from a Wexford perspective, the picture looked pretty good with a whole raft of top-drawer performances. Lystus Ebosele (Enniscorthy) won the U17 Discus (1kg) with a new best of 34.68m. She followed up by also taking the Shot Putt title (13.45m). Ryan Carthy Walsh (Adamstown) won the U19 High Jump with ease (2.10m). Maeve Hayes (St Paul’s) was 3rd in the U16 High Jump (1.60m). Adamstown’s Marguerite Furlong was a convincing winner of the U18 Discus (35.79m). Eva Casey (Macamores AC) backed up her winning form at county and provincial level by taking Gold in U13 Shot Putt. Eva’s win gave the club its first national title. Joshua Hewlett (USAC) won the U17 Javelin (51.42m). Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy) took Bronze in U14 Javelin (34.10m). Bronagh O’Hanlon (Taghmon) was third in the U17 Hammer (42.21m). Pádraig Hore took a Bronze medal in the U18 Shot Putt (14.39m pb). In the U16 Discus the St Paul’s strongman Gergely Pap won a Silver medal with a best throw of 41.21m. Gorey’s Corrine Kenny (St Laurence O’Toole), was back in winning form taking Gold in the U16 800m in 2.17.36. Adam O’Connor (United Striders) won a Bronze medal in a very competitive U15 800m in a time of 2:09.42. In race-walking Taghmon’s Joseph Hanlon was 2nd in the U18 5k Walk (30.19.06m). His brother James also picked up a Silver in the U16 3k event with United Strider’s Ryan Kielthy one place back in 3rd (18.47.85m). Aisling Kelly (Taghmon) took a Silver medal in the U15 100m Final. Her time of 12.72s was just 0.1s behind the winner. She also won Bronze in the Long Jump (5.07m). There was Silver success for Bree A.C.’s ace sprinter Aoife Cloke Rochford in the U19 100m Hurdles (15.01s). Aoife also took Bronze in the 100m (12.36s). Sam O’Neill (Menapians) took a Bronze in the U19 100m Hurdles (16.57s). Aaron Tierney Smith rounded off his best season yet with a Silver in U18 Hurdles. Bree’s recent Athlete of the Month Award winner Sean Rowley took a Silver in the 80m (10.56s). Clubmate Abbie Doyle won a Bronze in the Girls U12 60m (8.76s).

International Success for Enniscorthy Multi-Eventer
Enniscorthy athlete Michael Bowler represented Ireland in July at the European Combined Events Cup in Monzón, Spain. Michael finished 5th out of 27 in his division. Michael, who captained the Irish team, described the experience as “probably the best weekend of my life. I finally got the performance that I’ve been waiting for … finishing in 5th place after 4 big personal bests to help break 7000 points for the first time.”

Mr Oil Co Wexford Senior Track & Field, July 5 & 26
Wexford T&F Champs were held over two weekends in Enniscorthy with conditions on both days very good. Numbers were a little down but the competition was high class. There was a busy programme on both days as there were Novice, Masters and Senior races. Head to Results on this website for details.

Irish Life Health National Senior T&F Championships, Santry, July 22 & 23
Co Wexford clubs were well represented at National T&F with the county’s athletes making a good impression right across the board. Adamstown’s Joe Mooney provided one of only two Golds for the county, winning the Men’s 10k Walk in 53.12.69m. His clubmate Ryan Carthy Walsh took the High Jump title (2.11m). Emma Owens (St Paul’s) was 2nd in the Discus (36.80m). DMP’s Marco Pons was 2nd in the Discus (51.10m). Enniscorthy decathlete Michael Bowler took a Silver medal in the Pole Vault (4.55m pb). Enda Cloake of Slaney Olympic AC was 3rd in the 3000m Steeplechase (10.13m). Menapians AC were 2nd in the Men’s 4x100m Relay (43.02s).

Celtic Games
There was delight in Wexford at the announcement that a number of our athletes would be taking part in the Celtic International Games. Lystus Ebosole (Enniscorthy) was selected for Shot Putt, and both Padraig Hore (Taghmon) and Marguerite Furlong (Adamstown) were selected for Discus. Ross Daly (Enniscorthy), Joshua Hewlett (USAC) along with Jack Hayden and Aaron Tierney Smith, both Menapians AC, were selected as members of the Irish Development Team. Lystus, Marguerite and Padraig placed 2nd in their events. Joshua was 4th in the Javelin. Aaron was 4th in the 110m Hurdles. Ross competed in the 4x100m relay (4th) while Jack was on the Development Team in the 4x400m (3rd).

Athletics Ireland National T&F League
The annual AI National T&F League involves two qualifying rounds and a final. It is the one time in the year when clubs will do just about anything to get members to turn up and perform as the whole thing comes down to points scored. Sometimes it’s not pretty! At the final in Tullamore, held on Aug 20, the Wexford County men’s team topped Division One. In doing so they automatically qualify to compete in the Premier Division in 2018. This means we will have three teams competing at the top level as Menapians AC and the Wexford County women’s team are also assured of top-flight competition next year. Key to the Wexford County team’s win were brothers Michael and Tim Bowler. Michael won the 110m Hurdles (15.03s) and the Pole Vault (4.20m) and was 2nd in the Long Jump (6.80m). Tim placed 3rd in both the 400m Hurdles (57.85s) and the Shot Putt (10.47m); he was 4th in the 56lbs for Distance (4.68m). Chris St Claire Johnston was 1st in the 800m (1.59.48s) and 2nd in the 400m (50.43s). Peter O’Connor placed 3rd in the High Jump (1.65m). The ever-consistent Peter O’Shea won the Javelin (44.33m) and placed 4th in the Discus (22.85m). The County team placed 2nd in the 4x400m Relay and 4th in the 4x100m. Enda Cloake placed 2nd in the 3000m Steeplechase (10.08.49m). The stand-out man for Menapians was three-time Olympian Jimmy McDonald. Jimmy gave a master class in technique as he took the win in the 3000m Walk in 14.55.11m.

European Masters Athletics Championships
On the international front, Jackie Carthy won a gold medal at the European Masters Athletics in Aarhus, Denmark. Jackie won the W45 category in cross-country, finishing second overall in the W35-50 race. Niall Sheil placed 7th (M40) in his cross-country race. Anne Gilshinan also made the podium winning a Silver medal in the 1500m.

NI & Ulster Combined Events Championships
County Wexford had a small but powerful contingent of just four athletes at last September’s NI & Ulster Combined Events Championships in Belfast. Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy AC) took the Girls U13 title. Her points total of 2533 left her well clear of her closest pursuer. Saidhbhe had four wins, one 2nd place and a pb in the 800m (2.39.49m). Jack Forde of St Killian’s AC won a Bronze in the Boys U15 event. In scoring 2659 points he was delighted to achieve three pbs in Shot Putt (12.35m), 80m Hurdles (12.93s) and High Jump (1.79m). He jumped a respectable 5.24m in the Long Jump and came 2nd in 800m (2.35.78m). Peter O’Connor, Enniscorthy AC, won the Junior Men’s Decathlon with a bunch of fine performances and a total points score of 4896. John O’Connor, also Enniscorthy, won the M50 Decathlon with 4067 points.

Mr Oil Wexford Juvenile Even Ages and Novice Cross Country Championships
JFK Park was the venue for the first day of a new season of cross country championship action in the county. The highlight was the Boys U14 3000m in which a battle royal between USAC clubmates, Aidan Shannon and Myles Hewlett, saw Aidan shading it in a sprint finish. Claragh Keane (DMP) was a class apart in the Girls U14 race. Róisín O’Reilly was no less impressive in how she won the U16 race. In the Boys U16 4000m Joe Byrne of SBR left it until the second of three laps before stamping his authority on the field and taking the win. Kilmore AC’s Fidelma Rossiter won the Novice Women’s race. The Boys U18 race was run, with the Novice Men, over 6000m. Aedan Rogers (USAC), competing U18, was a stylish winner. Clubmate Alan O’Connor took the County Novice title.

Mr Oil Wexford Juvenile Uneven Ages and Senior Cross Country, Oct 15
The Mr Senior and Juvenile (uneven ages) Wexford Cross Country Championships in Ferns. The Senior Men’s 10km Race was won by Slaney Olympic’s Ger Forde with Niall Sheil (St Killian’s) in 2nd and, following a late surge, Enda Cloake in 3rd. SBR took the team title. Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) was an easy winner of the Senior Women’s race. DMP’s Ciara Wilson got away from Jackie Carthy to take 2nd with Jackie taking the Bronze. Kilmore AC won the team event. In the juvenile races Sinéad O’Reilly (Menapians) and Myles Hewlett (USAC) ran away with their respective races (U13). Ditto for Claragh Keane, DMP, and Joe Byrne, SBR, in the U15 races. In the Boys U11 DMP’s Kevin O’Mahony showed his blistering finishing pace in taking the Gold. Both Rebecca Bawden, USAC, and Conor Keane, DMP, won the U17 races with ease.

Leinster Juvenile (Even Ages) & Novice Cross Country Championship, Navan
Navan in the Royal County was the venue for the first of the Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championship days (Oct 28). First medal of the day for Wexford, came by way of Éabha Keane (DMP) in U10 Girls 1000m. With no one between herself and the finish line, Éabha looked like she had the race in the bag. That’s when two girls swept past! Still she was happy with Bronze. Her elder sister Claragh, running the U14 3000m, also won Bronze. Aidan Shannon and Myles Hewlett, both United Striders AC had an impressive 1-2 in the Boys U14 3000m. Clubmate Darragh Flannelly placed 7th with Ben Wall, Adamstown in 9th. Striders took the Gold for top club while Wexford took Gold for top county. DMP’s Conn Mernagh and Kevin O’Mahoney placed 6th and 7th respectively in the U12 2000m. Aedan Rogers (USAC) ran a fine race to place 10th in the Junior/U18 6k race (6th U18 athlete) while DMP’s Liam Turner placed 15th overall. In the Novice race Alan O’Connor (USAC) placed 20th.

Gold for Jack at Schools Combined Events International
Jack Forde of Wexford CBS and St Killian’s AC won Gold with the Irish Junior Boys team at the International Schools Combined Events at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow in November. Jack was delighted to come away with new best performances in 800m (2.18.02m) and 200m (25.6s). The five-event competition also included 60m Hurdles, Long Jump and Shot Putt.

Leinster Juvenile (uneven ages) and Senior Cross Country Championships, Adamstown, Nov 12

Adamstown played host to a big day of athletics last Month as the best in Leinster came to the southeast for the Leinster Juvenile (uneven ages) and Senior Cross Country. There were some great underage Wexford performances with Éabha Keane (DMP) 8th U11, Ronan Shannon (USAC) 5th U11, Sinéad O’Reilly (Menapians AC) 6th U13, Myles Hewlett (USAC) 2nd U13 and his brother Cosmo 11th in the same race, Claragh Keane (DMP) 5th U15, Joe Byrne 2nd U15 with Aidan Shannon (USAC) in 9th, Mairead Crean (Adamstown AC) 13th U17. In the Boys U19 6,000m Aedan Rogers (USAC) placed 5th with Liam Turner, DMP AC, in 11th. In the final race of the day, Senior Men’s 10,000m, Ger Forde (Slaney Olympic) ran a strong and well controlled race to take 7th. The strength in depth on U13 Boys meant that both the Striders and the county teams place 2nd. The Wexford County team took the Gold U19.

Wexford Success at British & Irish Masters Cross Country
Wexford Masters athletes travelled to Derry in November for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships. Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) was a member of the O35 winning team. Her clubmate Jackie Carthy was on the silver medal winning O45 team. Ann Sullivan (DMP) also won a silver medal with the O55 team. On the men’s side runner-up in the Co Wexford Senior Cross Country Niall Sheil was a member of the winning O40 team while Ger Moloney (St Paul’s) claimed a bronze with the O55 team.

AAI National Juvenile (even ages) & Senior Cross Country Championships

The National Senior and Juvenile Cross Country took place in Abbotstown on Nov 26. In the Senior Women’s race Fiona Kehoe placed a respectable 23rd place. Myles Hewlett (USAC) came home in an excellent 12th place finish in Boys U14 3000m and, in so doing, won an individual medal. His clubmate Darragh Flannelly placed 18th. The rest of the Striders boys packed sufficiently well to secure Gold for the club and to help the Wexford County team to a Silver. In the Girls U14 Claragh Keane (DMP) placed 27th. Aedan Rogers, who placed 27th in the U18 race, was 5th man home on the winning Leinster team.

Co Wexford Schools Cross Country
Conditions were perfect at Good Counsel College, New Ross for the Wexford Schools Cross Country Championships (Nov 29). There was a certain predicability to the results with those who athletes who have been running well through the season winning with ease. That said, some of these athletes looked really good including Sinéad O’Reilly, Joe Byrne, Róisín O’Reilly, Adam O’Connor, Eva Roche and Liam Turner.

AAI Novice and Juvenile Cross Country Championships
The All Ireland Juvenile (uneven ages) & Novice Cross Country Championships took place at WIT, Waterford on Dec 17. Ger Forde of Slaney Olympic ran out of his skin to finish an excellent 6th place in the Novice race. In the Juvenile races three of the county’s most consistent athletes this season came away with medals: Myles Hewlett was 5th in the Boys U13 2500m picking up, in the process, an individual medal and a Gold team medal with Leinster; Claragh Keane (DMP) placed 8th in the Girls U15 3500m; Joe Byrne (SBR) placed 6th in the Boys U15 3500m. In the U19 6000m race Aedan Rogers (USAC) placed18th and, in doing so, won a Gold medal with the Leinster team.

Leinster Star Awards for Maeve, Aaron and Fiona
The year ends with the announcement that Maeve Hayes and Aaron Tierney Smith have been chosen as the recipients of Leinster Star Award for best Juvenile Athlete for Co Wexford. The Senior recipient has been named as Fiona Kehoe.

That’s it. What a year. And next year we will do it all again!

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