Leevale athletes made good headway at the first round of the Mazda League at the CIT track on Sunday and both teams have a realistic chance of making it to the finals next month.
Ailis McSweeney continued her superb season with another fluent double in the 100m and 200m, finishing well clear of her rivals in both races, and also playing a big part in the relay team’s fine win.
Kathleen Fitzgerald added another shot putt win, with Deirdre Murphy making it a double with a win in the discus.
Donna Hosford was in good form to win the long jump, while Aisling Maunsell ran well to win the 400m.
Other good performances came from Carmel Parnell, third in the 3,000m; Jessika Zebo, secondin the 100m hurdles; and Amy Clarke, second in the triple jump.
Paddy O’Gorman showed his versatility with two excellent wins – over 400m and 110m hurdles!
Paul O’Flynn placed second in the long jump; Carl McNamara took second in the 100m and 200m; Kevin Shine was second in the hammer; Niall Walsh second in the triple jump; Sean Casey second in the 400m hurdles; Mark Hanrahan third in the 1,500m; and Joseph Nagle fourth in the shot.
It’s all to play for again on Sunday 3rd August in Tullamore, but it will take an all round effort to qualify both teams for the finals.