The Aviva Munster Schools Combined Events Championship took place in the CIT Track in Cork, on the 19th of September. The event brought together many of Munster’s top young talent, as they aimed to capture a regional title. The event also acted as a qualifier for the Aviva All Ireland Schools on Saturday 29th of September.
Sam Healy (Carrigaline C.S.) was in dominant fashion in the Inter Boys competition as he stormed to victory. Healy recorded a time of 14.8 for the 100m hurdles, followed by a clearance of 1.85m in the high jump. These two impressive performances contributed to a winning score for Healy of 3,547. Brendan Corrigan (Davis College Mallow) produced a number of top performances over the 6 event programme, including a 14.4 winning effort in the 100m hurdles. Corrigan eventually finished in second place with a score of 3,273 points, ahead of third place Paul Murphy (St. Augustine’s) on 3,081.
The Junior Boys event turned out to be a duel between Daniel Ryan (Thurles) and Jack Murphy (CBC). Both athletes traded victories throughout the day in what turned out to be one of the closest contests of the afternoon. Ryan managed to take victory with a score of 3,108, which put him three points clear of Murphy on 3,105 points.
Solomon Adebisi (Patrician College Mallow) won the Senior Boys title with a score of 2,625 points.
Grace McKenzie (Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven) was the standout performer in the Inter Girls contest. McKenzie scored impressive victories in the hurdles (12.3) and high jump (1.59m) to seal victory. The final score amassed by McKenzie after all five events was 2,946. Jane PennyFather (Carrigaline C.S.) finished second with a score of 2,630, ahead of third place Caoimhe Mc Grath (St. Augustine’s Dungarvan) in third.
The Junior Girls event had one of the biggest fields of the day, with 20 athletes competing. Vicki Cusack (Nagle Rice Sec. School) was consistent throughout the day’s competition and claimed victory with a score of 2,622 points. Laura Cussen (Col. Choilm Ballincollig) claimed the silver medal with a points total of 2,441, ahead of third place Ciardha Maher (St. Marys Nenagh) on 2,365.