Four Leevale athletes represented their schools with distinction in a high quality Irish Schools Combined Events Championships held in Athlone today where Irelands finest all round athletes were on show.
Harry Nevin (Rochestown College) produced an outstanding display of athleticism to win the Minor boys pentathlon with a new CBP of 3148points, some 640 points clear of his nearest rival. Harry dominated all five events and produced 4 PBs in the process. Harry started the day with a clear victory in the 60m Hurdles in a very fast 8.77s followed by a fantastic put of 12.58m in the Shot, 1.5m better than his previous best. Victories followed in the Long Jump (5.47m) and 200m where Harry ran a fast 24.70s despite being hampered by being drawn in lane 1. Harry rounded off a fantastic display when storming to victory in the 800m in a super 2.08.63.
Aisling Cassidy (Bandon Grammar School) produces a string of excellent performances to finish 3rd in the intermediate girls pentathlon with a score of 3185 points. Aisling was the individual winner of the High Jump clearing a PB height of 1.60m. Aisling also had PBs in the 60m Hurdles (9.04s), Long Jump (4.99m) and Shot (9.53m). As a result of this fantastic performance, Aisling has been selected to represent Ireland in the Schools International Combined Events Championships that will take place in the Emirates arena Glasgow on the 10th November.
Wymin Sivakumar (Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh Bishopstown) finished an excellent 6th in a top quality intermediate boys pentathlon, all the more impressive given Wymin is competing a year out of age against combined events specialists. Wymin’s performances were 60m Hurdles (8.61s), LJ (6.11m), 200m (23.40s), Shot (8.66m) and 800m (2.13.93).
Emily Wall representing Colaiste Colm Ballincollig finished 5th in the minor girl’s pentathlon a mere 60 points outside the medals. Emily was a very clear winner of the 60m Hurdles in a PB of 9.31s and also had PBs in the Long Jump (4.70m), High Jump (1.39m) and 800m (2.37.87).
The day was a great success with great credit going to the athletes for their dedication and hard work. Also to the fantastic support given by their dedicated parents and the many coaches involved.