Day 2 Sunday 15th July
It was the turn of Leevale’s middle distance athletes to bring home the medals on Day 2 of the All-Ireland Championships and they did not disappoint.
The 800m events were on first and Conor O’Driscoll, competing in his first All-Ireland Championships, put in a spectacular finish to take silver in BU14 event. Matthew Murnane set the pace in the first lap of the BU15 800m to lead a breakaway group of four and went on to finish a very strong third.
Louise Shanahan was in a battle to the finish in her 800m with Aisling Quinn of Ferrybank, with Louise taking the honours on the line.
Luke Horgan ran a strong 800m to take bronze in his 800m.
Philip Crowley lined up in the BU19 3000m. The race started at moderate pace with the field running together for the first 3 laps. Philip decided to inject some pace on lap 4 and quickly strung out the field behind him. From then on he controlled the race to win his first national title in empathic style.
Jack Murphy in the BU15 high jump was our only field competitor of the day. Jack looked good in warm up and entered the competition at 1.50m. His competition was gone by 1.65m while Jack went on to clear 1.70m, to take the clubs fifth national title of the weekend.
DAY 1 July 14th:
Young Leevale sprinters were on form, winning a hat-trick of races on Day 1 of the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships. Colin Doyle was the clear winner in the BU12 60m sprint in 8.43. Robert Cregan retained his title when he won the BU13 80m Sprint in 10.62, while Luke Ring displayed his fast reaction and speed to take the BU15 100m title in 12.06.
Adam Idah increased the medal haul when he won the BU12 Long Jump with a jump of 4.40m. In the sprint hurdles Jack Murphy finished 3rd in the BU15 in 12.06. Marie O’Halloran was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in the GU16 sprint hurdles.
Well done to Roisin McDonnell, Laura Murphy & Emma O’Brien who all made the final of their respective 100m sprints.