Wexford men top Division One and progress to the final with ease!

File pic of Peter O’Shea, D.M.P AC who won the javelin in Round 2 of the Irish Life Health National League and secured maximum points for Wexford. Photo: Sam Barnes, Sportsfile

Round 2 of the Irish Life Health National League took place last weekend in Morton Stadium, Santry. With places in the final on the line competition was high but the county’s athletes performed strongly. The men, who are in division one, filled their required events, however due to absences the women were unable to do so.

After Round 1 in Templemore the men were lying in top spot, so were going into Round 2 just needing more of the same to progress to the final.

Peter O’Connor of Enniscorthy AC was involved in multiple events during the day. He won the 110m Hurdles with ease, earning maximum points in a time of 16.82s. He then stepped up to the Long Hurdles, where he finished 2nd in the 400m Hurdles race in a time of 61.87s. He also took maximum points in the Long Jump, where he jumped a solid 6.14m.

James Hanlon of Taghmon AC represented the team in the 3000m walk. James produced an excellent performance to take the win, in a time of 15.46mins.

Aedan Rodgers lined out in the 1500m. The United Striders man has had a great season and continued that form with a 3rd place finish, in a time of 4.12 mins. Rory Cassidy (Kilmore AC) guested and finished in a time of 5.08 mins.

Chris St Claire-Johnston of Adamstown AC was in action in the 400m. He finished 5th in a time of 56.90s.

Adam Fitzhenry, who is also from Adamstown AC finished 2nd in the 200m, into a very strong headwind, running a time of 23.55s. Fitzhenry was also in action in the 100m, where he finished 3rd in a time of 11.48s.

Rory Cassidy of Kilmore AC finished 6th in the 800m, in a time of 2.36 mins.

Both Wexford relay teams performed very strongly. The 4x100m relay team finished 2nd, in a time of 45.39s. The 4x400m were comfortable winners, with each member of the team performing excellently. They crossed the line in 3.36.45 mins, nearly 5 seconds clear of the 2nd placed team.

Michael Bowler had an impressive performance in the Pole Vault. The Enniscorthy AC man cleared 4.50m, in advance of heading to Madeira for the European Combined Events Team Championships.

Padraig Hore of D.M.P AC was a very comfortable winner of both the Shot Put and the Discus. He threw 12.34m in the Shot, winning by nearly 3 metres and 39.40m in the discus, a 6.5 metre win.

Jack Forde of St, Killian’s competed in both the High Jump and the Triple Jump. Jack placed 3rd in the High Jump with a best jump of 1.80m. In the Triple Jump, he finished 2nd with a best jump of 12.10m.

Peter O’Shea of D.M.P AC was a convincing winner of the javelin, throwing 53.97m.

Unfortunately, the County Women who are in the Premier Division did not have a full team. They were represented in several events though.

Triona Mooney of Adamstown AC 2nd in the 1500m walk. Triona finished in a time of 9.14 mins.

Maeve Hayes of St. Paul’s AC finished 6th in the 400m, 3rd in the High Jump, with a best of 1.45m in difficult conditions and 4th in the javelin, with a best throw of 22.49m.

Liz Egan of Bree AC finished 2nd in the 3000m Steeplechase. Liz finished in a time of 12.51mins.

Hannah Roche Kelly, finished 6th in the 200m, running 29.56s. She also finished 6th in the 100m, running 13.76s and finished 4th in the Long Jump with a best of 4.28m.

Danika Gilshinan finished 3rd in the 800m, in a time of 2.22 mins. The St. Paul’s AC athlete had a very strong race and is showing great consistency in the 800m so far this season.

Unfortunately, the Women’s team failed to make the final. They scored a total of 157.5 points for the two rounds.

However, there was better news for the men. They eased through to the final, scoring a total of 235 points. This puts them top of Division One going into the final. If the first two rounds are anything to go by they will be difficult to beat. The final takes place on Saturday the 20th of July in Tullamore, Offaly.

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