Day 3 of the Woodie’s DIY Juvenile championships were held today at the superb Tullamore Harriers stadium. There was plenty of sunshine in between the showers while the competition was as keen as ever.
1,500m races got the day off to a flying start on the track with some great races throughout. Ian Guiden (Clonliffe Harriers) was a runaway winner of the U19 race in 4:08.03 to register his first ever national title. Bronagh Kearns (St. Senan’s AC) was a comfortable winner of the U19 girls race in 4:54.27, with Roisin Leahy (Clonliffe Harriers) second in 4:56.30.
Kyle Larkin (Emerald AC) tried hard to pass Rob Tully (Star of the Sea AC) in the closing stages of the U18 race, but Tully managed to keep ahead of his rival to win in 4:07.44 to Larkin’s 4:07.83.
In contrast, Jessica Coyne (Dooneen AC) was overtaken close home by Niamh Markham (Ennis Track AC) who won the U18 race in 4:43.41 from Coyne in 4:45.47.
The U17 1,500m was won by Andrew Corcoran (Star of the Sea) in 4:05.94 from Padraig Moran (Mullingar Harriers) in 4:06.52, while Eileen Rafter (Tullamore Harriers) won the girls U17 race by a big margin in 4:48.96.
North Sligo AC provided a 1-2 in the U16 boys race won by Cian McBride in 4:07.54 from William Crowe in 4:10.35. Aisling Quinn (Ferrybank AC) won the girls U16 race comfortably in 4:42.7.
In field events Lorraine O’Shea (Kilkenny City Harriers) won the u19 long jump with a leap of 5.67 from Jessica Sheehan (Leevale AC) with 5.50m and Saragh Buggy (St. Abban’s AC) with 5.46m.
The boys U19 long jump was won by Shane Howard (Bandon AC) with a leap of 6.62m, just 3cm clear of Colm burke (Sligo AC) in second.
Sorcha Murphy (Ferrybank AC) cleared 1.66m at the second attempt, 1.70m at the third attempt and then cleared her winning height of 1.73m at the first attempt to win the U19 contest.
There was good throwing from John Kelly (Finn Valley AC) who won the U17 shot with a throw of 16.80m, just 10cm off the championship best.
Sarah McCarthy (Mid Sutton AC) was in good form in the U18 long jump, winning with a leap of 6.00m.
The walks saw some very good winners with Evan Lynch (Clonmel AC) winning the U18 5,000m in 23:01.01; Luke Hickey (Leevale AC) winning the U19 5,000m in 23:58.15; Alicia Boylan (Oriel AC) winning the U18 3,000m walk in 15:17.7 and Claudia Loughnane (Marian AC) winning the U19 3,000m walk in 16:11.2. There was also a very impressive victory by Sinead Burke (St. Coca’s AC) who won the U17 girls 3000m Walk in a time of 14.39.94. This put Burke over a minute clear of the rest of the field to cap off a very successful season for the Kildare athlete.
In the U19 200m Eamon Wallace (Ratoath AC) won the U19 event in 22.51 and Phil Healy (Bandon AC) won her race in 24.60.
The U18s saw Marcus Lawlor (St. L. O’Toole) win in 22.15 and Cliodhna Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers) win in 24.90.
In the U17s it was Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) in 22.42 and Roisin Harrison (Emerald AC) in 24.88.
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