Juniors on song
ATHLETICS YOUNG GUNS CONTINUE TO SHINE
A BUSY two weekends for Wicklow athletes as they continue to shine indoors and on the Cross County.
Nenagh hosted the National Junior Indoor Championships last week where Greystones A.C. and Inbhear Dee athletes continue to impress on a national stage. Niamh Kearney of Greystones A.C. won the 1500m in 4 minuates 50 seconds and another win for Tara Jamieson, Inbhear Dee AC (10 min, 21 sec) in the 3000 metres. Medals followed with third places for Aisling McGee (400m in 65.65) and Caoimhe Basquille (High Jump 1.60m), both Greystones A.C.
While up in Roscommon the AllIreland ‘B’ cross county championships took place where Greystones AC U-11 boys took gold - Jamie Fallon, 5th, Scott Howard, 10th, Power 11th and Elliot Goode 20th. All ran strongly and secured the win for the club.
This was supported by Luke Donoghue (32nd) and Conor Dempsey (51st), who backed up the national club team helping secure Co. Wicklow silver medals in the inter-county championships (all athletes Greystones A.C.).
The girls then followed with an fantastic individual bronze medal going to the ever improving Claire Fox from Bray A.C. Claire was encouraged to know that the strong team of Amy Howard Greystones (7th), Aoife Conroy, Parnell AC, Ali Geraghty, Inbhear Dee, Savanna Craib, Greystones AC and Amee Mooney, Inbhear Dee all were having great runs to secure Co. Wicklow with a bronze.
The Leinster Age Group and Junior Championships were held on Sunday, February 1, in Nenagh with Wicklow athletes continuing their strong performances with a number of impressive results in the Juvenile categories.
U-17 Caoimhe Basquille, Greystones, finished second in High Jump and fourth in Hurdles with Clara Byrne, Parnell, third in 200 metres.
In the U-18s Ferdia Kenny was first in 200 metre and Laura Boylan, first in Hurdles, both Greystones A.C., and in the U-19 Patrick Costello came second in 200 metre. also Greystones A.C.
In the Junior event Sli Cullian were the dominant club clocking up nine individual medals Niamh Kearney, first in 3k, Aisling McGee, first in 400m, Claire Earls, first in 800m, Ellie Hartnett, sec- ond in 800m, Caoimhe Basquille, first in Hurdles and the High Jump, Laura Boylan, third in Hurdles, Cathal Daly, first in 1500m, Patrick Costello, third in 60m, Ciara Stuart, second in 200m and Ferdia Kenny, fourth in 60m and Long Jump.
Following the individual events, the team events of the 4x200m really threw up an interesting challenge between the county’s middle distance and jumps athletes and sprint athletes competing in separate teams. Both teams showed they have true speed and class but there was an upset on the cards as the middles distance and jumps team pipped the sprints group on the line in a blanket finish for a county Wicklow one-two.
Junior girls relay teams: 1st - Ellie Hartnett, Niamh Kearney, Aisling McGee and Caoimhe Basquille. 2nd - Clara Byrne, Ciara Stuart, Laura Boylan and Isabel Malley.
In the boys Ferdia Kenny, Seán Kinsella, Cathal Daly and Patrick Costello ran strong races to finish third and complete a successful two weekends for county Wicklow and its athletics clubs.