Leevale Sprinters in Cracking Form in Castleisland

Weather conditions couldn’t have been better for the Munster junior and under 23 track and field championships, held at Castleisland today, with warm pleasant sun for most of the meet.  Biggest complaint of the day was that the track events were brought forward at a very early stage, but that didn’t stop Leevale sprinters from putting in a cracking performance.  Jer O’Donoghue (No. 431 in photo) easily won the under 23 100m and 200m, although his time in the 100m of 10.97 would surely have been a lot faster had his blocks not slipped at the start.  Clubmate Darren O’Donovan also completed the short sprint double in the junior grade.  Ailis McSweeney of Leevale was impressive in wining the junior 100m, and then just failed by 100th of a second to add the 200m.  Tony Lilley of Togher was well clear of the rest of the field at halfway in the under 23 800m, but then slowed, allowing the others catch up.  However, he had enough in hand to pull away again in the last 200. Another of the pre event favourites, Bryan Keane of Leevale settled in the pack for the first half of the 3,000m, but then upped the pace and easily pulled away from the others.  Josh Palmer of St. Finbarrs was a clear second with 150m to go, but he fell, leaving Niall Duncan through to take second. Brian Murphy of Leevale went off far too easy in the junior 400m, but came through fast in the last 100m, just failing to catch winner Joe O’Donnell of Waterford.  Marian Andrews of Togher won the junior 400m in a very close finish, while clubmate Deirdre O’Riordan won the under 23 shot.  Fionnuala Lombard (left photo) was victorious in the junior shot, with clubmate Deirdre Murphy winning the junior discus.