St. Senan’s AC Open Day, Kilmacow
It was a beautiful Bank Holiday Monday in Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny for the St. Senan’s AC Open Sports Day. The event always attracts a big crowd, with events for juveniles, seniors and masters. Many clubs use it as preparation for their juvenile athletes for the upcoming County Track and Field Championships which begin next weekend in Enniscorthy. Competition was of a good standard with competitors coming from far and wide.
One of the star Wexford performers running was Claragh Keane (DMP). Claragh was taking on her first track race of the season in the U16 Girls 700m. Having been so busy with a prolonged Cross Country season due to picking up a couple of International vests with Ireland in Spring, Claragh decided to skip the Indoor season. Claragh is a very impressive athlete to watch, her running style is effortless and she is mentally tough, always digging deep when you think she has nothing left in the tank. She was the firm favourite in Kilmacow and was a well deserved winner of her race. Many in the Wexford Athletics circle will be looking forward to seeing her in action in Enniscorthy in the next couple of weeks.
Her younger sister, Eabha is aiming to follow in her footsteps. Eabha was competing in the U12 700m last Monday, with high hopes of winning a medal. From the start, Eabha was always in contention and delivered a fantastic silver medal.
United Striders have an undoubtedly strong pedigree in juvenile middle distance section. In the last few years they have developed several national medal winners in New Ross, with the athletes being led by coaches such as Ted Flannelly. In the Boys U16 700m on Monday, the Striders had several athletes vying for gold. Darragh Flannelly, continues to make rapid progression, producing Personal Best after Personal Best and he took the victory on Monday. Brothers Robert and Ben Wall are also strong products of the United Striders development system. In the battle between the brothers, Ben took the silver medal and Robert took the bronze.
Adam O’Connor is another Strider who is pulling off some great performances and times of late and is making a name for himself on the national stage. Last Monday, Adam was one of the favourites to win the U17 700m. Adam ran a really strong race, which we have became accustomed to witnessing and finished a fine 2nd.
More Striders success was imminent with Max Murphy coming 2nd in the U12 700m. In that race, Enniscorthy’s Oisin Larkin won the gold medal. In the U13 race, Olan Delaney of United Striders was 3rd. Striders also had further success in the Boys U14 race, with Sean Lennon winning gold and Luca O’Connor winning silver.
In the U11 Boys 300m Jayden Kenny of Bree won a hard-earned gold medal.
Taghmon AC’s Angela Wall was the winner of the Senior Women’s 1500m.
There was also numerous sprinting successes for the Wexford athletes. Conor Brennan of DMP had a very successful day. Brennan was 2nd in the U18 Boys 100m. Not content with only one silver, later in the day Brennan added another, in the Junior Men’s 400m.
Aoife Kehoe also had success in the sprints. The United Striders athlete was victorious in the Junior Girls 100m. Kehoe also won the Long Jump.
The aforementioned Jayden Kenny made it a very successful day winning silver in the Boys U11 80m.
Hannah Roche Kelly of Taghmon was delighted to pick up a bronze medal in the Girls U18 80m.
Oisin Larkin who had won gold in the 700m, won a silver medal in the U12 80m. He made it a trio of medals, winning bronze in the U12 Long Jump.
The field events also provided great success. Rachel Gregg of DMP won double bronze in the Girls U16 Long Jump and High Jump. Her clubmate, Sarah O’Mahony was 3rd in the Girls U12 Long Jump.
Enniscorthy’s contingent also did well in the field events. Dannan Long won a very impressive double gold in the Boys U16 High Jump and Long Jump. Clubmate Stephanie O’Connor won gold in the Girls U12 Long Jump.
In the walks, Taghmon AC won two medals. Irene Hanlon came away with the bronze medal in the U15 Girls 1500m race. James Hanlon recently won National gold and last Monday he added to his recent achievements winning gold in the U19 Boys walk.
There was further success in the relays. Bree AC’s U12 Boys team were the victors in the Boys U12 4x200m. Also, the Taghmon U10 Girls team took the silver in their relay.
That rounded up the action in Kilmacow. All eyes will now be on Enniscorthy next Sunday (5th of May), for the Mr Oil County Juvenile Track and Field Championships. The competition is always well attended by all clubs and hopefully we will get some competitive races throughout the day. If the sun shines like it did in Kilmacow, there will no doubt be smiles all round.
Leevale Open Sports
The Leevale Open Sports took place on the Sonia O’Sullivan CIT track in Cork on Saturday and Sunday. The vigorous winds from Storm Hannah, threatened to call the event of however a couple of Wexford athletes took part and produced some great performances.
Padraig Hore, now representing DMP is one of the county’s finest throwers. Padraig is well-known nationally having won several All-Ireland juvenile medals down the years. Competent in all the throwing events Padraig is feared by many. In Leevale on Saturday, Padraig threw a new PB in the Discus, 47.19m. This ensured victory in the Junior Men,s category. Padraig backed this up with a win in the Junior Shot Put, throwing 13.40m.
In the Junior Women’s Discus, Marguerite Furlong, finished 2nd throwing a best of 33.59m.The Adamstown girl is currently in a rich vein of form heading into a busy couple of months.
On Sunday, Bree AC had a couple of juveniles in action. Jayden Kenny was 1st in the U12 Boys 60m, 300m, Long Jump and 3rd in the hurdles. Lea Bolger won the U11 60m and 300m.
Cushinstown Open Sports
Saidbhe Byrne of Enniscorthy AC travelled to Cushinstown on Sunday for their annual Open Sports. The talented multi-eventer took several medals home. Byrne won a superb gold in the U16 Javelin and won silver in the High Jump. In the U17 events, Saidbhe won gold in the Long Jump and bronze in the Shot Put.
The likes of Hore, Furlong and Byrne have had ideal preparation now for the Mr Oil County Throws Championships hosted by D.M.P at their grounds in Sinnottstown Lane, Drinagh taking place this coming Friday the 3rd of May. An exciting evening lies ahead, with all of Wexford’s top throwers in action.