Ju­niors on song

ATH­LET­ICS YOUNG GUNS CON­TINUE TO SHINE

Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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