The Woodie’s DIY Juvenile Track and Field Championships takes places this weekend in Tullamore. The event will see Ireland’s top up and coming athletes in action and it promises to be an exciting weekend of competition.
The sprint hurdles with kick start the weekend, with action getting underway at 10am on Saturday, 14th of July. Orla Furney (Gorey AC), who recently claimed the silver medal in the National Senior championships in the 100m hurdles, will be favorite to take the girl’s under 18 title. Nessa Millet (St. Abban’s AC) and Clare Murphy (St. Laurence O’Toole) will go head to head in the under 19 100m and 400m hurdles races. Eoin Power (St Joseph’s AC) will be in action in the U 19 boy’s 110m hurdles and is likely to take the national title.
Irish Schools 200m champion Cliodhna Manning (K.C.H AC) will aim to capture the sprint double in the girl’s under 18 age category. While Phil Healy (Bandon AC) will be the clear favorite at under 19 level. Eoin O’Carroll (Tralee Harriers AC) goes in the under 18 boy’s sprint events and is also Munster champion in the long jump, demonstrating his all round ability.
In the distance events Nadia Power (Templeogue AC) has been improving with every race and will be very tough to beat in the under 15 girl’s 1500m. Siofra O’Flaherty (St Lawrence O’Toole AC) is the likely challenger to Power in what could be one of the races of the championships. In the boys events Aaron O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) was in great form at the Dublin championships and will be aiming to take the 3,000m title.
In the field events David Cussen (Old Abbey AC) will be the outstanding favorite for the Under 17 high jump. Cussen has jumped brilliantly this year and cleared 2.01m at the Munster championships to set a championship best. Sorcha Murphy (Ferrybank AC) placed second at the national seniors and will be clear favorite to capture the under 19 title high jump title.