Leinster Schools’ set for top class showing
Top class athetes set to shine in Santry
Day 1 of the Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships will see a feast of athletics in Morton Stadium tomorrow (May 15).
There will be 41 track and 31 field events on day 1 with an early start for the throwers. The main competitors on day 1 will be the minor and junior age groups with the majority of intermediate and senior events taking place on Saturday (May 18).
Belvedere College will be looking to score well in the throwing events as they bid to win respective team boys titles as will St Vincent’s Dundalk in the girls.
The junior 1200m walks get the track programme underway with athletes looking to get into the medals and qualify for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools in Tullamore on June 1st with a top three placing.
The sprints events always sees tougher qualification for a coveted trip to the Tullamore Harriers stadium in June with only two to advance.
Ruby Millet (Kilkenny College) will be among the international athletes getting their campaign underway in the senior girls’ 100m hurdles and will also compete on day 2 in the long jump.
The steeplechase always draws attraction with the water jump being the key to success. Roisin Tracey (St Gerard’s) will be among those looking to well in a good intermediate girls’ 1500m Steeplechase
Some to watch out for in the intermediate boys 1500m steeplechase are James Hyland (St Fintan's Sutton), John Fanning (Belvedere College) and Eoin Richards (Maynooth PP). Eoghan Keaney (Terenure College) will be looking to add the Leinster title to his West Leinster crown in the senior boys 2,00m ‘chase.
Similarly in the middle distance we see the minor and junior tackle the 500m, 1,100m, 800m and 1500m with the U16s taking on the imperial mile.
There will be high drama and excitement in the minor and junior 4x100m relays along with the 4x300m in the U16.
The jumps will see many looking to go high and long. It promises to be a good day of weather for the athletes and promises to be a good day of competition.
It also is set to be an excellent day 2 weather wise and with the quality of athletes such as Patience Jumbo Gula (St Vincent’s Dundalk), senior girls’ 100m, Rashidat Adeleke (Presentation Terenure), inter girls’ 100m and 200m, and Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) in the senior girls' 3,000m.
The following days sees the rest of the provincial championships, Connacht, Ulster and Munster with dates and timetables HERE