Green carpet rolled out for Ukrainians at Juvenile Relays and ‘B’ Championships

Last Saturday’s Irish Life Health Juvenile Relays and ‘B’ Championships produced a day of highly competitive athletics in Tullamore. The event was particularly significant in that it saw a number of Ukrainian athletes competing in the colours of their new clubs for the first time since coming to Ireland in recent months. Members of the wider athletics community laid on a big welcoming post-event BBQ to welcome the new arrivals.

Wexford was represented by athletes from Enniscorthy (EY), Kilmore (K), St Killian’s (St K), DMP and Bree (B), many of them of doubling up.

Kilmore’s Conor Hancock was one of the stars of the day with gold medals (U16) in high jump (1.35 metres) and shot (8.60m). Stephanie O’Connor (EY) won the U15 long jump (1.35m) and placed 7th in 800 metres, one place behind Ava Barry (K). Faye McDonnell (EY) took gold in U13 80 metres (11.07s). Cillian Higgins (B) won U14 80m (10.88s) and placed 4th in long jump (4.14m). Chloe Reck (St K) was 2nd U16 100 metres (13.60s) and 3rd in long jump with 4.63 metres, one centimetre off the bronze.

Moving up to middle distance, Aaron Hancock (K) was 3rd in under 13 600 metres. In under 14 800 metres, Ruby Gallagher O’Reilly (Croghan) was also 3rd. Sean Power (DMP) was 4th in the under 12 race but got himself a silver in long jump with a leap of 3.66 metres.

Aoife O’Connor (EY) was 5th in U14 80 metres heat and 7th in long jump.

In under 13 girls field events, Faye McDonnell (EY) was 5th in shot, Jaden Ryan (K) 6th and Kate Fortune (K) 9th; Kate Fortune (K) was13th in long jump, Jaden Ryan 13th.

There was a huge turnout for the relay competitions. Enniscorthy’s under 14 girls team of Neasa Long, Faye McDonnell, Aoife O’Connor and Alex Bowe were 4th in their heat. The Bree boys under 14 team were 8th in their heat. The team: PJ Breen, Jayden Kenny, Sam Devereux, Cillian Higgins; subs: Billy Doyle, Shane Laffan.