Wexford athletes made themselves at home on the winners podium at last weekend’s Leinster Senior, U23 and Masters T&F Championships.
Antoinette Stafford of DMP re-wrote the record books, posting a winning, and World-leading, 5.40 metres best in Masters Long Jump. In doing so she erased the long-standing 5.04m mark set in 1979 by former Olympian Meabh Kyle. Antoinette went on to take a convincing win in the 100m in a new championship best of 13.46s.
Anne Gilshinan, Slaney Olympic, won the W50 1,500m in a Championship Best Performance of 4.58.39 mins. DMP’s Ann Sullivan made a welcome return to track, following an absence of 4 years, to win W55 1500m in a CBP of 5.23.25 mins and the 3000 in a CBP of 11.27.04 mins.
It was a good day for Enniscorthy AC with Emily Waldron leading the way. She came away with 5 medals from 5 events in W35: Gold in Long Jump and 400m hurdles, the latter in a CBP of 1.17.88 mins; Silver in 800m and 100m and 200m. John O’Connor (M50) was 3rd in High Jump, 2nd in Long Jump and Javelin, 4th in 100m and 5th in 400m; Margaret O’Connor won W45 Long Jump and 80m Hurdles and placed 3rd in 100m, Shot Putt and Javelin; Chris St Clare Johnston was 2nd overall, by time, in Senior 400m with 49.82s; James Fortune was 1st in Senior High Jump, clearing 1.75m, and 4th in Long Jump; Peter O’Connor was 3rd in Senior Discus and 2nd in both Shot and Javelin; Mairead Fortune was 6th in Senior 400m and 4th in High Jump.
Menapians AC was also present in force: Jimmy O’Neill won gold in both M55 100m and 200m; Shaun Donohoe of Menapians won the senior 400m with a pb of 49.67s; Conor Gaffney ran a season’s best to take Silver in Senior 400m hurdles; Conor Wilson ran well to take Bronze in 200m and place 4th in 400m; Michael Deady had season’s best times in 100m, in which he placed 3rd in 11.73s, and 200m; Mel O’Callaghan also lowered his best times for 100m and 200m, winning the U23 100m in 11.61s; Catherine O’Connor took Silver in the W50 1,500m and 3,000m.
John McGrath of United Striders was pleased with his haul of Gold in M45 1,500m and Silver in 800m.
Enda Cloake, Slaney Olympic, won the Senior 3000m Steeplechase while John Stone of DMP won the M40 event as well as picking up a Silver in 400m. Elizabeth Egan of Bree had a season’s best taking Bronze in a highly competitive Senior Women’s steeplechase.
Jenny Higgins, St Paul’s AC, won Silver in Senior 3,000m.
Joe Mooney, Adamstown AC, won the Senior Walk title.
Aine Cullen of United Striders (W40) won the discus, was second in the shot, 3rd in the 80m Hurdles and 5th in 100m.
Deirdre Bower Kavanagh of Slaney Olympic was 2nd in W50 Long Jump and 5th in Shot Putt. Club-mate Angie Redmond, competing in her first track competition, was 6th in M40 1,500m and 800m.
Christine Stone, DMP, found the going tough in M35 800m but still placing 3rd. She was also 3rd in 400m.
Finally the Gately family who represent no less than 5 different clubs – Menapians, Bree, DMP, SDS and Banagher – made, what is now, their annual trip to the competition. Once again they did not leave empty-handed. Miriam, competing for Bree, won Bronze in W50 Javelin; Olwyn, also Bree, was 5th in W40 Javelin; Neasa, competing for Banagher, was 3rd in W35 Javelin; Ronan, competing for DSD, won M45 400m Hurdles in a CBP of 1.10.24 mins, placed 2nd in M45 High Jump and 4th in 100m; Patrick, competing at M50 level in the colours of DMP, won both High Jump, clearing 1.50m, a CBP, and Long Jump. Michael, nursing an injury, had to be content with cheering from the sidelines.