The Aviva All Ireland Schools Combined Event Championships took place in perfect sunshine in Santry Stadium on Saturday 29th of September. The championship brought together many of the country’s top mulit-event athletes as they battled it out for a national title.
Elizabeth Morland (Dunshaughlin CC) smashed the 3,000 point barrier to take the junior girls title. Morland produced consistent results across all five events, amassing a total score of 3,006 points. Niamh Kelly (Sacred Heart Drogheda) performed excellently in the high jump, clearing 1.56m on route to a 2,878 points score, which was good enough for second place. Laura Cussen (Col Choilim, Ballincollig) finished in third place with a score of 2,707 points.
Amy McTeggart (O.L Greenhills, Drogheda) claimed the Intermediate girl’s title with a score of 3,089 points. This included a highly impressive 1.64m clearance in the high Jump. Grace McKenzie (Scoil Mhuire, Crosshaven) displayed tremendous determination to place second with a score of 2,969. The final place on the podium went to Niamh Quinn (Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise) on a score of 2,894.
Daniel Ryan (Thurles) was a clear winner of the Junior Boys competition, with a winning score of 3,329. This included impressive results in the 200m (24.70) and long jump (5.92m) events. Jack Murphy (CBC) and Samuel Samson (St Mary’s Galway) battled it out for the silver and bronze medals. Despite Samson’s winning effort in the 800m, Murphy came out on top with a total score of 3,194 points ahead of Samson’s total of 3,090 points.
Sam Healy (Carrigaline C.S) stormed to victory in the Intermediate boy’s event with a score of 3,752 points. This included impressive results in the long jump and the high jump events. Mark Rogers (St Josephs Drogheda) placed second with a score 3,626 points ahead of third place Christian Robinson (Carrickfergus GS) on 3,555 points.
Katie O’Donoghue (Presentation Athenry) and Adam Hill (Sullivan Upper) won the senior title’s with scores of 2,709 and 3,295 respectively.
Away from the action in Santry the Woodie’s DIY 20k Walk Championships took place in Raheny. In the men’s race Micheal Doyle (Tara AC), the pre race favourite was the long time leader before he was forced out due to three red cards.
Cian McManamon (Westport AC) took the initiative and won the title in a in a time of 1.37.37. David Kidd (St Laurence O’Toole) placed second with a time of 1.43.57 ahead of third place Niall Prendiville (Farrenfore AC) on 1.44.58.
Maeve Curley (Craughwell AC) was the sole representative in the women’s race and won the title in a time of 1.52.23.
There was also a juvenile squad session taking place in conjunction with the championship. The session saw Ireland’s next generation of race walkers complete a number of time trials and technique exercises.