Leevale 1-2-3 in Togher Sports 100m

The annual Togher athletic club open sports got the track season off to a flying start today.  With ideal weather conditions and the picturesque setting of the Mardyke track there were plenty of fine performances.  The mens 100m attracted the leading sprinters in Cork.  However, it was Donal McCarthy of Leevale who stole the show.  Fast off the blocks he dominated this race, winning impressively in a creditable time of 10.5.  After a tremendous indoor season, and a win in the 60m dash at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, he showed that he intends to be a force in all the big sprints during the coming season.  Following him home were two Leevale colleagues, Ger O’Donoghue who easily won the Munster junior 100m title last week, and Diarmuid McCarthy.  Only pity was that Bandon sprinter Darren Coughlan opted for the junior races rather than the senior.  Brian Murphy of Leevale looked to be well out of it in the early stages of the junior 400m as clubmate Kieran Hennessy made the best of his way home.  However, a tremendous second half saw him cut down on the leaders to win in a time of 51.2.  Earlier Murphy finished second behind Bandon’s Darren Coughlan, while Kieran Hennessy only did just enough to win his 100m.  Elsewhere Olga Cronin of East Cork ran strongly in the closing stages to win the 800m from Carol O’Regan of Coolyroe.  And in the under 17 1,500m Patrick Murphy of Leevale ran right away from his clubmate Thomas Kennefick, and Shane O’Shaughnessy of Togher recorded a good win in the junior 800m.  The disappointing aspect of the meet was the lack of field events.