There were some excellent Leevale performances on Day 1 of the County Juvenile Championships, held at the CIT.
The first event on the track was long Hurdles. Jack Murphy gave a display of Hurdling in the BU15 250mH to win in a time of 32.26 sec. Lydia O’Connor won her first medal of the day when she took silver in the GU18 300mH.
The results of the middle distance coaching structure were evident in the 1500m races, with a number of very strong performances across the age groups. Timmy Hennessy comfortably won the BU14 race, Matthew Murnane finished a strong second in the BU15 event. In the U15 Boys Luke Horgan ran a tactically sound race and pulled away from the field in the last lap to take gold. The U16 Girls ran with the 17’s 18’s & 19’s, Louise Shanahan showed her class by beating all competitors.
The younger middle distance athletes were equally impressive, with Brandon Idah winning the U10 300m. Jamie O Sullivan finished a very close second in the BU12 700m. Emma Bickerdike was also 2nd in the GU13 700m.
In the sprint hurdles young Leevale athletes were to the fore. The GU12 was won by Emma Quigley, closely followed by Saorirse O’Flynn. In the BU12 Thomas White was a clear winner. In the GU14 the ever improving Gillian French took bronze, while Marie O’Halloran was in a different class in the GU16 event.
In front of the stand Leevale athletes were to the fore in most of the sprint events. GU9 Caitlin Hennessy was 2nd closely followed by Ciara O’Mahony in 3rd. In BU11 Conor Corbett finished 3rd. BU13 Robert Cregan was a clear winner. GU13 Aoife Lordan finished 3rd. BU16 was dominated by Luke Ring, while club-mate Jack Murphy took bronze.
Darren Lee made a welcome return to the track to finish 3rd in the BU17 sprint. Emma O’Brien was clear winner in the GU17, while Leevale girls Shona Lowe and Edaein Lowe finished 1st & 2nd in GU19. Ache Ogbene rounded off the sprint success by taking silver in the BU19 sprint.
The track events were rounded off with wins for Emma O’Brien and Lydia O’Connor in the GU17 & GU18 300m respectively. John O’Brien was second in BU18 400m while Alan Murnane stumbled just before the line in the BU19 400m, but still manage a second place finish.
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