Young stars set to shine in Santry


Ireland’s underage stars will be back in action this weekend at the Irish Life Health National Junior & U23 Track and Field Championships, with some looking to seal selection for the European U20 & U23 Championships scheduled to take place in Tallinn, Estonia next month.

Saturday June 19th

There is a bumper entry in both the Men’s and Women’s 400m Hurdles with Jack Mitchell (SLOT) set to take his place. Mitchell recently secured his U23 European standard at the AAI Games with a 51.73 performance. Alan Miley (SLOT) was just outside the U20 European qualifying standard last week with a 53.73 and will be back in pursuit this weekend as a leading favourite for the U20 title.

Deirdre Murray (Na Fianna A.C.) will be looking to go well in the Women’s 400m Hurdles, with Niamh Malone (Monaghan Phoenix A.C.) also looking like a likely challenger for the podium.

The endurance athletes take to the track for the Men’s and Women’s 5000m finals from 13.40pm. Abdel Laadjel (Donore Harriers) and Tadhg Donnelly (Drogheda and District A.C.) look sure to go well in the Men’s U20 race.

Laura Mooney will be among the favourites in the Women’s 5000m, with the Tullamore Harriers athlete having already secured the European U20 standard earlier this year.

The Womens’s 200m looks ultra-competitive with recent World Relay team member Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers) and Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn A.C.) among the favourites for the U23 title, while Lauren McCourt (Bandon A.C.) should go well if taking her place in pursuit of the U20 title.

The Men’s 200m features some exciting young sprinters looking for U20 glory including Robert McDonnell (Galway City Harriers A.C.), and Charles Okafor (Mullingar Harriers A.C.) who all look set to take to the starting blocks. Colin Doyle (Leevale A.C.) comes her in great form and should go well in U23 race.

Much like the senior division, the Women’s 800m entry looks very strong with Dooneen AC pair of Sarah Hosey and Maeve O'Neill among those who look sure to be in the mix.

Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) looks among the favourites in the Men’s 800m race, coming in on the back of an impressive battling performance at the AAI Games last weekend, while Kevin McGrath has two European B standards and is another likely to be in contention.

The field events will also get underway early on Saturday morning and we’ll see Sean Mockler (Moycarkey Coolcroo A.C.) back in action in the Men’s Hammer alongside rival Brendan O'Donnell (Lifford Strabane A.C.), while rising star of Irish field events Nicola Tuthill (Bandon A.C.) will be competing in the Women’s Hammer.

Aoife O`Sullivan (Liscarroll A.C.) will be among the favourites in the Women’s High Jump on the back of her super performance at the AAI Games last week which saw her clear 1.78.  Ciaran Connolly (Le Chéile A.C.) will be one to watch in the Men’s High Jump, while Jordan Lee (Killareny Valley A.C.) comes here on the back of seasons best at the World Para Athletics European Championships.

There are 9 entered in the Women’s Triple Jump where Aisling Machugh (Naas A.C.) and Kim O Hare (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) will be in contention for the respective U20 and U23 podium positions.

James Kelly (Finn Valley A.C.) looks to be favourite once again in the Shot Put, while Casey Mulvey (Inny Vale A.C.) will be looking to step up European U20 preparations alongside Chloe Casey (Galway City Harriers A.C.).

Saturday’s action concludes with the ever exciting 4x400m relay which will see both teams looking to secure European U20 and U23 standards. Athletes will have undoubtedly been inspired by the recent exploits of the Olympic qualified Mixed  4 x 400 relay team at the World Relay Championships.

U23 European Relay Standards:

U20 European Relay Standards:

Sunday June 20th

The sprints look set to take centre stage on day 2 with the Men’s and Women’ 100m promising some exciting competition.

Record breaking Israel Olatunde (UCD A.C.) will be looking to carry his early season indoor form into this weekend, having broken the 60m (indoor) Under-20 and Under-23 records with a 6.73 back in February. The U.C.D. AC athlete looks set to take his place in the Men’s 100m from 13.20pm. Conor Morey (Leevale A.C.) has also been in flying form and looks another of the likely contenders.

The Women’s 100m will see several athletes looking to double up with Lauren Roy (City of Lisburn A.C.), Aoife Lynch (Donore Harriers), and Jennifer Hanrahan (Tallaght A.C.) all entered in what promised to be another exciting event.

The Women’s 100m Hurdles looks to have a host of athletes in contention including Eimear Kelly (City of Derry A.C. Spartans), while the Men’s 100m Hurdles see’s Bandon A.C. well represented, accounting for 3 of the 9 athletes entered.  Bandon’s Diarmuid O'Connor who qualified for the Decathlon at European U20s recently, will be looking to sharpen his 110m hurdles time

Ruby Millet (St Abbans A.C.) looks set to take her place in the Long Jump alongside Jennifer Hanrahan (Tallaght A.C.), Sophie Meredith (St. Marys A.C), while in the Men’s Long Jump Luke O’Carroll (Tralee Harriers A.C.) should go well having broken 7m last week.

Una Brice of Leevale A.C. is entered in the Women’s Pole Vault, while Matthew Callinan Keenan (St. L. O'Toole A.C.) and Conor Callinan (Leevale A.C.) look set to challenge for the U23 and U20 titles, respectively.

Gareth Crawford (Lifford Strabane A.C.) and Conor Cusack (Lake District Athletics) should go well in the Javelin, while Grace Casey (Eire Og Corra Choill A.C.) will be looking to build on last years progress in the Women’s Javelin.

Emma O’Brien of Sli Cualann A.C. is chasing the European U23 standard in the 3,000m Steeplechase, while Fionn Harrington (Bandon A.C.) looks one to watch in the Men’s Steeplechase having already secured the 3000m standard for the European U20s.

Emily Machugh of Naas A.C. should go well in the Women’s 3k Walk albeit it at the shorter distance, while Matthew Glennon (Mullingar Harriers A.C.) is entered in the 5K and will be looking to continue his progress having secured a European U20 standard (10K) in 2020.

The Women’s 400m could be one of the races of the weekend with the potential return of Davicia Patterson (Beechmount Harriers) alongside Rachel McCann (North Down A.C.), Lauren Mccourt (Bandon A.C.), and Caoimhe Cronin (Le Chéile A.C, while Kate O'Connell (Lucan Harriers) should also go well in the U20s.

The Men’s 400m could be a tight affair with Jack Raftery, Cathal Locke (Dooneen A.C.) Men’s 400m and Shane Monagle (Tramore A.C.) all coming here in top form following recent performances.

The Women’s 1500m will see a competitive field lining up which will include Eimear Mcdonald (Ennis Track A.C.), Rebbeca Rossiter (Loughview A.C), and Kirsti Charlotte Foster (Willowfield Harriers). Sean Donoghue (Dublin City Harriers A.C.) and Tadhg Donnelly (Drogheda & District) look set to take their place in the Men’s 1500m to follow.

The Discus also takes place on Sunday and Padraig Hore (D.M.P. A.C.) will be looking to challenge for the podium, while Niamh Fogarty (Raheny Shamrock A.C.) and Casey Mulvey (Inny Vale A.C.) will be looking to continue their European preparations.

Sunday’s action concludes with the 4 x 100 relays with the U20 Men and Women looking to secure European Standards.

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