Wexford athletes were out in force last week at the Leinster Schools Combined Events. The girls had the task of competing in five events – 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and, to finish, 800m. The boys pentathlon consisted of 60m hurdles, shot put, long jump, 200m and 800m. Competitors set out to gain maximum points in each discipline, the athlete with the most points accumulated at the end of the series claiming victory.
There was gold medal success for both Saidhbhe Byrne and Michael Kent.
At Intermediate level, Saidhbhe Byrne representing Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew won gold with a points total of 3121 and pbs in shot and 800m. Orlaith Deegan, FCJ Bunclody, took silver with 2998 points.
Michael Kent, competing in the colours of Good Counsel, New Ross, won the minor boys title with 2584 points. Dannan Long of FCJ Bunclody took the bronze medal in the intermediate boys event with 2763 points.
Eimear Halpin of Loreto Wexford was 7th in the intermediate girls with 2526 points. In the Junior girls event Abbie Doyle, Coláiste Bríde, was 8th with 2511pts, Katie Doyle was 10th with 2228 points, Cara Kelly, Loreto Wexford, took 11th place on 2030pts and school mate Bronagh Boggan was 13th with 1790 points.
The minor girls had their first taste of secondary schools competition with Kiera Wilson, St. Marys New Ross, placing 7th with 2255 points, Ailbha Stelger, also St Mary’s New Ross, 9th with 2011 points, Stephanie O’Connor, Coláiste Bríde, 10th on 1999 points, Ciara Laffan, Loreto, 12th with 1850 points and her schoolmate Leá Bolger 14th with 1719pts.
Well done to all who competed and best of luck to those who have qualified for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Combined Events on the 10th November in AIT.