As has been the case all season, records tumbled in the field events at the final day of the Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Tullamore today.
Among the record breakers were multi-eventer Kate O’Connor who won the W18 high jump with 1.74m. Others were Conor Cusack (Lake District Athletics) M16 Javelin with 63.04m; Brendan Lynch (Loughrea AC) 13.84m M19 triple jump; Ciara Sheehy (Liscarroll AC)13.62m W16 shot; Grace Casey (Eire Og Corra Choill) 43.85m W19 javelin (600g) and Aoibhinn McMahon (Blackrock AC Louth) 42.41m W15 javelin (400g). Just missing out was Daniel Callaghan Forde (Loughrea AC) whose 13.47m in the M18 triple jump was wind assisted.
In the pick of the 1500m girls’ races, Aimee Hayde of Newport AC was a comfortable winner of the W15 title in 4:35.65; Sophie O’Sullivan of Ballymore Cobh ran 4:41.80 for W17 victory and West Muskerry’s Stephanie Cotter proved best in the W19 race with a time of 4:34.09.
In the boys’ 1500m races, Louis O’Loughlin of Donore won the M17 title in 4:06.46, while Sean Donoghue of Celtic DCH won the M16 race in 4:10.61. In a thrilling M18 final (after heats earlier in the day), DSD’s James Maguire just held off Conor Ryan of Templemore to win in 4:03.07.
Winning the W19 200m was Aoife Lynch of Donore Harriers in 24.98 secs. James Holden of DSD won the M19 title in 22.35 secs; Sean McCarthy of Emerald was second in 22.58 secs. Joseph Finnegan Murphy of Dublin Striders took the M18 title in 22.38 secs. Pics at www.lindie.zenfolio.com
KERRY O’FLAHERTY ran a season’s best of 9 mins 50.75 second for third in the steeplechase at the Memorial Rasschaert Meeting in Belgium yesterday – also nailing down a Commonwealth Games “consideration” time. Earlier in the week, O’Flaherty, who was celebrating her 36th birthday yesterday, ran 9:54.40 in Sweden – only seconds off the qualifying time of 9 mins 54 secs. In Avila, Spain, Sinead Denny of DSD ran 53.50 for 400m.
AT THE EUROPEAN U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the Irish women’s relay team finished sixth after battling it out with eventual winners Poland for the lead on the opening leg; the men finished seventh. Sarah McCarthy of Mid-Sutton finished 11th in the long jump.
ROBERT DOMANIC of the USA had the narrowest of victories in the A grade 1500m at the Le Cheile International in Leixlip on Saturday. Both Domanic and second-placed Stewart McSweyn of Australia were given a time of 3:44.1. In third place was Sam Prakel of the USA in 3:44.7. Best of the Irish was Letterkenny’s Danny Mooney 6th in 3:48.2. Winning the women’s’ 1500m was Amy O’Donoghue of Emerald in 4:27.1.
British visitor Jack Hallas won the A 800m in 1:450.2; Clonmel’s Sean Tobin was second in 1:50.8 and Kevin Woods of Crusaders third in 1:51.0. Winning the 3000m in 8:29.8 was Pierre Murchan of DCH.
CIARA HICKEY of Brothers Pearse has continued her come-back with impressive wins over the past week, first at the Dublin City Council BHAA 5km at Irishtown and today at the Celbridge 5km.
Sunday July 16
European U23 Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Women – Long jump: 11 Sarah McCarthy (Mid-Sutton) 6.21. 4x400m: 6 Ireland 3:34.87 (Sophie Becker 53.3, Cliodhna Manning 53.0, Jenna Bromell 52.85, Siofra Cleirigh Buttner 53.75)l
Men – 4 x 400m: 7 Ireland 3:08.64 (Craig Newell 48.6, Harry Purcell 46.4, Karl Griffin 47.25, Andrew Mellon 46.55)
Mullingar 10-Mile (240 finishers; www.myrunresults.com)
Men: 1 Freddy Sittuk (Raheny Shamrock) 54.02, 2 Patric Ennis (Tullamore Hrs) 54.20,3 Rob Cross (Crusaders, M40) 54.39. Women: 1 Breege Conolly 58.44, 2 Maria O’Loughlin (Longford AC) 67.55, 3 Michelle Murray (Longford) 68.49.
Dunleer 4-Mile (33 finishers; www.myrunresults.com)
Men: 1 Paddy Hamilton (Clive Gullion Runners) 19.58, 2 Jack Boylan (Dunleer) 20.39, 3 Shane Healy (MSB, M45) 20.44, 4 Garry Campbell (Dunleer, Jun) 21.21. Women: 1 Niamh Devlin (DSD) 23.30, 2 Ilona McElroy (Crusaders) 24.24, 3 Karen Costello (Dunleer, W40) 24.29, 4 Rose Lambe (Carrick Aces, W55) 244.50.
Parnell AC 4-Mile, Rathdrum (34 finishers; www.myrunreuslts.com)
Men: 1 Brian Kirwan (St LOT) 21.45, 2 Kevin Donagher (Rathfarnham WSAF) 21.48, 3 Derek Crammond (Parnell AC) 21.55. Women: 1 Sheila O’Byrne (Parnell) 26.11, 2 Aisling Kirwan (Parnell, W40) 26.42, 3 Ann Marie Kenny (Parnell, W40) 26.55.
Celbridge 5km (www.popupraces.ie)
Men: 1 Peter Somba (Dunboyne AC) 15.22, 2 Kenneth Rodgers 15.23, 3 Sean Doran 16.06. Women: 1 Ciara Hickey (Bros Pearse 17.16, 2 Aisling Nic Dhomhnaill (W40) 18.05, 3 Adrienne Jordan (Crusaders, W40) 18.41.
Saturday July 15
Snowdon International Mountain Race (574 starters; http://tdleventservices.co.uk)
Men: 1 Davide Magnini (ITA) 66.43, 2 Chris Farrell (Eng) 67.47, 3 Tom Adams (Eng) 69.15
Ireland: 19 James Kevin 75.13, 31 Brian Furey 7732, 25 Greg Byrne 81.49, 137 Pat Foley 91.40.
N Ireland: 11 Gavin Mulholland 72.57, 27 Timothy Johnston 77.09, 32 David Hicks 77.42, 90 Conor Reid 86.07, 114 Richard Bell 89.30
Women: 1 Annie Conway (Saloman UK/Ambleside) 80.16, 2 Louise Mercer (Sio) 82.27, 3 Katie White (Eng) 83.00.
N Ireland – 10 Megan Wilson 87.31, 13 Diane Wilson 90.36, 14 Shileen O’Kane 90.59, 16 Ciara Largey 95.42. No Republic of Ireland women’s team.
SPAR Fitlive Run Series. Phoenix Park, Dublin (www.myrunresults.com)
10km (1,325 finishers)- Winners: David Murray 34.17, Kiera Roche 39.48
5km (999 finishers) – Winners: Anthony Flannery 17.06, Nimah Gallogly 18.15.
Wednesday July 12
Dublin City Council BHAA 5km (www.bhaa.ie)
Men: 1 Conor Burke 16.07, 2 Aidan Jones (ESB) 16.17, 3 Brian Leahy (Conduit) 16.21. Women: Ciara Hickey (hedgeserv) 17.21, 2 Emma Donlon (UCC) 18.37, 3 Orla Gormely (Aer Lingus) 20.17.