Leinster Schools T-F Day 2: More throws records tumble

Sarah Healy (HC Killiney)

Throwers again proved the record breakers at the second day of the Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry.

In the senior shot, Niamh Fogarty from St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge produced a throw of 13.10m that added 13 centimetres to the old record of 12.97m set in 2006. In second place was Nicole Kehoe Dowling of St Leo’s Carlow with a best of 11.53m. Fogarty also won the discus with a throw of 44.34m.

Another double winner was Grace Furlong of CBS New Ross who won the senior triple jump with a record-breaking leap of 11.63 which improved on Saragh Buggy’s 2012 record of 11.49m. Later, Furlong jumped 5.37m to win the long jump.

Setting a new inter girl’s long jump record of 5.74m was Ruby Millett of Kilkenny College. This eclipsed the 31-year old record of 5.59m set by long-time Irish international jumper (and bobsledder) Aoife Hoey. Millet, a multi-eventer, also won the high jump with 1.65m.

Another multi-eventer Kate O’Connor of St Vincent’s Dundalk started by winning the inter shot with a best of 13.28m and then broke the record in her specialist javelin with a throw of 42.29m. Winning the inter boys’ javelin with 57.60m was Liam Connaughton of St Mary’s Drogheda.

On the track, Sarah Healy of Hold Child Killiney dominated the inter girls 1500m, pulling away at the bell from Wesley’s Grace Dervan. Healy’s winning time was 4:50.65.

Ruarcan O Gibne of Colaiste Lu won an exciting inter boy’s 1500m, winning in 4:28.29. A close second was Craig Giles of Portmarnock CS who earlier on had beaten O Gibne for the 800m title.

In the sprints, ex-GAA player Mark Smyth of St Fintan’s HS made it a senior double in the 100m and 200m, with David McDonald of CBS Wexford finishing runner-up in both races. At inter level, Seamus O Fiachtna of Colaiste Eoin won the 200m in 23.17 secs. In second place was Joseph Finnegan Murphy of St MacDara’s who had earlier won the 100m title. Robyn O’Brien of Mount Anville won the inter girls 200m in 25.89 secs; on a good day for Mount Anville, Niamh Gowing had earlier produced a solid run to win the senior girls 400m hurdles.

Ruarchan O Gibne (Col Lu)

A double winner on the track was Ciaran Carthy of St Michael’s who comfortably won the inter 400m hurdles in 58.61 secs and then sprinted home clear in the 400m flat with a time of 50.95 secs. Winning the senior boys 400m in 48.33 secs was Jamie Pender of Carlow VS.

Winning the inter girls’ 800m was Molly Brown of of Castleknock Community College, with Lara Gillespie of Wesley second and Aine Corcoran of Eureka Kells third.

Over the longer distances, Abi Taylor of Wesley won the inter girls’ 3000m, Niamh Ni Chiardha of Colaiste Iosagain the senior girls 3000m and Jamie Battle of Colaiste Mhuire the senior boys’ 5000m.

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