Maeve wins sil­ver medal

New Ross Standard - - SPORT -

WEX­FORD GIRL Maeve Hayes was a mem­ber of the sil­ver medal-win­ning Ir­ish team at the schools in­ter­na­tional pen­tathlon at the Emi­rates Arena, Glas­gow, last week­end.

The team, which also in­cluded Chloe Casey, Ni­amh O’Neill and Ni­amh McCorry, fin­ished be­hind Eng­land but ahead of Scot­land and Wales.

Maeve, of Loreto Sec­ondary School Wex­ford and St. Paul’s A.C., achieved a to­tal points score of 3,008. Her bests in each event were as fol­lows: shot putt, 8.21m; 60m hur­dles, 9.59s; long jump, 5.17m; high jump, 1.56m; 800m, 2.45 min­utes.

Se­nior and Ju­ve­nile ath­letes will con­gre­gate in Adamstown next Sun­day for the Le­in­ster cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships. The Se­nior races are al­ways highly com­pet­i­tive af­fairs, with ath­letes keen to show form ahead of the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

The fact that the lat­ter takes place three weeks later means that peak­ing at the right time is vi­tal. Wex­ford’s best prospect in the men’s race is Ger Forde of Slaney Olympic.

The Le­in­ster Ju­ve­nile even ages took place re­cently in Na­van. This time out it is the un­even ages, Un­der-11 to Un­der-19.

If Wex­ford ath­letes per­form as well as they did in Na­van, and there is no rea­son why they should not, we should be look­ing at an­other healthy medal haul with au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for All-Ire­lands.

In par­tic­u­lar, keep an eye out for Jay­den Kenny and Leah Bol­ger (Bree), both Un­der-11; Kevin O’Ma­hony (D.M.P.), Un­der-13; the dy­namic Strid­ers Un­der-15 squad of Myles and Cosmo Hewlett, Dar­ragh Flan­nelly, Ben and Robert Wall, Ai­dan Shan­non, Eoin Shan­non, Fin­bar Kelly; Claragh Keane (D.M.P.), girls’ Un­der-15; Joe Byrne (S.B.R.) and Adam O’Con­nor, Aaron Brown, Cian Flana­gan, Ryan Kielthy (all U.S.), boys’ Un­der-17; Róisín O’Reilly, girls’ Un­der-17; Aedan Rogers (U.S.), Un­der-19.

Next Sun­day’s meet is hosted by Adamstown A.C. and Wex­ford County Board. The course, the same as was used for last year’s Le­in­ster cham­pi­onships, al­beit with mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions, is 1,500m long (with a 1,000m loop in­cluded).

The lay­out of the largely flat course should make for plenty of fast run­ning The un­der­foot con­di­tions are per­fect at present, al­though the fore­cast for the week sug­gests that the ground may be a touch softer come the week­end.

Non-cham­pi­onship Un­der-9 races take place at 11.45 a.m., fol­lowed, at 12 noon, by Un­der-19 races. The pro­gramme then re­verts to Un­der-11, Un­der-13, Un­der-15 and Un­der-17, with the Se­nior races to fin­ish.

Fix­tures: Novem­ber 9 (7 p.m.), Wex­ford Ju­ve­nile win­ter league (Un­der-8 to Un­der-16 con­sec­u­tively plus tiny tots race), En­nis­cor­thy Sports Hub, reg­is­ter from 6.15 p.m.; Novem­ber 11, Le­in­ster Se­nior and Ju­ve­nile (un­even ages) cross-coun­try, Adamstown, hosted by Adamstown A.C. and Wex­ford County Board.

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