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from A.A.I Teenagers dominated the Munster track and field championships at a sunny CIT track today, with five qualifying standards achieved for the European Youth Olympics. Liam Markham (Ennis Track) was first off the mark when he clocked 3:58.62 in the 1,500m.

Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) soon followed when he won the junior 3,000m in 8:38.42.

Joan Healy (Bandon AC) was third in the junior 100m in 11.96, a time also inside the World Youth championships standard.

Dean Cronin (Blarney Inniscarra AC) achieved the standard when he won the junior 800m in 1:55.56.

Caoimhe King (Westport AC), competing as a guest in the Munster championships, added the outdoor junior triple jump record to the indoor junior record she set in Belfast in February at the CIT track today. Her effort of 12.52m betters the 11.91m effort of Mary McLoone in 1998.

She was also inside the qualifying standard for the European Youth Olympics and the World Youth championships.

Another handful were just a fraction outside the standard in their respective events.

An all star field for the junior women’s 100m produced a surprise when Eilis Fitzpatrick (Gneeveguilla AC), who has been making significant progress in the past twelve months, produced a superb display of sprinting to win in a time of 11.89. Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC) was second in 11.92, and Joan Healy (Bandon AC) was third in 11.96. The wind was a legal +0.5m/s.

Athletes should be aware that achieving the qualifying standard for championships does not guarantee selection.