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Great Day of Athletics at AVIVA Schools Championships


Records again featured at the AVIVA Irish Schools track and field championships at Tullamore Harriers stadium today. Weather conditions were near to perfect for the championships. Kate Veale (St. Augustine’s) easily won the senior 3,000m walk in a time of 12:40.09, a time that demolished Anne Loughnane’s 2003 record of 13:51.

Anyone who thinks that Veale’s records will last a long time could well be in for a re-think because Sinead Burke (Maynooth PPS) won the junior 1,200m walk in a time of 5:27.33, just outside Veale’s 5:27.27 record.

Marco Pons (Wexford CBS) broke Frank O’Brien’s 1983 record of 53.60m in the senior discus. He had a throw of 54.17m in the third round and followed up with 54.08m in the fifth round.

Another throws record was broken by Cara Kennedy (Waterford CFF) whose 55.31m effort in the first round of the senior hammer broke Rachel Akers 2004 record of 52.91m.

Three of Alice Akers’ (Scariff CC) four throws were better than the 46.33m record of Gabby McNally in 2007. She had throws of 47.09m, 48.09m, and 49.02m in the first three rounds of the junior discus to win. She also own the javelin with a throw of 34.15m.

Doubles were the order of the day in the sprints. Grainne Moynihan (St. Mary’s Macroom) and Ciara Giles Doran (Mercy Waterford) shared the spoils at intermediate level, with Moyhihan winning the 100m in 12.42 and the 300m in 39.42, while Giles Doran won the 200m in 25.04 and the 300m hurdles in 42.38.

Marcus Lawlor (CBS Carlow) won the intermediate 100m in 11.17 and the 200m in 22.10.
Both senior sprints went to Mark Kavanagh (Oatlands College), winning the 100m in 11.08 and the 200m in 22.20.
The Kiely twins were in top form with Ben (Tramore CBS) winning the senior 400m hurdles in 55.97 and Megan (Ursuline Waterford) winning the senior girls 400m hurdles in 62.82.

The intermediate girls 3,000m was a thriller with Zara Moore (Sacred Heart Omagh) wining in a time of 10:18.79, just a fraction ahead of Clar Ni Cartaigh (Colaiste Iosagain) in 10:18.94, with Brona Croke (Crescent College Comp SJ) third in 10:20.71.

Dean Cronin (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh) took the lead in the senior 800m with 200m remaining and kept that position right to the line to win in a time of 1:53.72, with Robert Yorke (St. Mel’s Longford) second in 1:55.21.

Amy O’Donoghue (Villiers Limerick) won the senior 800m in a time of 2:13.61, with Iseult O’Donnell (Santa Sabina) second in 2:14.96. O’Donoghue completed a double with victory in the 1,500m in 4:43.61.

David Harper (Rice College) overcame Karl Griffin (Abbey Vocational School) for a big win in the intermediate boys 800m in a time of 1:56.69, with Griffin timed at 1:57.09.

The intermediate boys 3,000m was won by Sean Tobin (Clonmel HS) in a time of 8:40.86.

A strong front running performance by Ruairi Finnegan (St. Eunan’s) saw him win the intermediate boys 1,500m with the best part of 100m to spare. His time of 3:55.22 bettered Adam Ingram’s record of 3:57.44 set last year.

Siofra Clerigh Buttner was another convincing winner with victory in the intermediate 1,500m in a time of 4:29.83.

A hugely confident run by Tommy Casey (Sligo Grammar) saw him win the senior 1,500m for the second year in a time of 3:52.47, while Jake Byrne (Rochfort Bridge) was an impressive winner of the senior 5,000m in 15:07.85.

The relays saw Abbey Vocational Donegal win the junior girls race in a new record time of 50.34.

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