Sprinters took centre stage on the first day of the Woodie’s DIY juvenile indoor championships at Nenagh today. The sunshine outside gave a surreal look to the infield area as the sun shone through the various ‘glassed’ areas of the roof.
However, it was Caoimhe King from Westport who stole the show with another new Irish triple jump record to add to her collection. Her winning jump of 12.29m betters the 12.22m she jumped at the Irish indoor championships in Belfast in February and is a new Irish junior record.
The boys U19 race was a terrific contest with Lorcan O’Cathain from Roscommon AC just getting the better of Mark Kavanagh from Dundrum South Dublin AC. O’Cathain’s winning time of 7.13 was just one hundredth ahead of his rival.
Breathing down their necks timewise is Marcus Lawlor from St. Laurence O’Toole AC who won the boys U16 60m in a sparkling time of 7.16 to finish well clear of Ryan McPArland from City of Derry. Sprinting should come easy for Lawlor whose mother is former international Patricia Ammond.
Sarah Lavin from Emerald in Limerick was again in sparkling form to win the U17 girls 60m is a fast 7.88, with Lorraine O’Shea from Kilkenny City Harriers second in 7.96.
The U18 boys 60m was another close one with Joseph Dowling from Dundrum South Dublin AC wining in a time of 7.25 ahead of Ben McGillian from Strabane TC in 7.28.
Sarah Murray from Fingallians won the U18 60m in 7.83, while the U19 60m was won by Louise Holmes from Kilkenny City Harriers in 8.11.
Two other championship best performances came in the boys U13 60m where Simon Essuman from Dublin Striders AC won in a time of 8.22,and in the boys U12 where Thomas McGowan from Tir Chonaill won he shot with a throw of 10.37m.
The two U19 produced two very impressive winners with Claire Mooney from Naas winning her race in 56.96 and Patrick Maher from Leevale winning in 50.09