A large band of Leevale athletes travelled to Tullamore yesterday to compete at the AAI junior & U23 championships. In the sweltering heat the priority was to stay hydrated and cool.
Leevale men were attempting to make it four in row as top junior club in Ireland and this year the women were also adamant on making their mark.
Leevale had 10 athletes compete in the 100m, with Wymin Sivakumar and Colin Doyle making it through to the final, finishing 4thand 5threspectively. Colin subsequently took silver in the 200m final with a brilliant run from lane 8, in 22.12 secs.
Padraig O’Callaghan was the first Leevale athlete on the podium when he finished 3rdin the junior hammer. Padraig subsequently took bronze in the weight for distance, while finishing in 4thplace in the shot putt.
Charlie O’Donovan ran his last race on Irish soil for the season by finishing 2nd in the 1500m. He takes a well-deserved break before heading off to Villanova to start the next chapter of his athletics career in August. Tommy Connolly finished 5thin the 800m.
Alannah Neff finished 4th in the junior women’s 1500m. In her second track race ever, Maedhbh Moynihan took bronze in the junior women’s 5K.
Aisling Cassidy took bronze in the junior women’s 100m hurdles and she finished 5thin the triple jump.
In the junior men’s triple jump, Wymin Sivakumar topped the podium with his clubmate Dave McInerney joining him by taking bronze.
Hannah Murphy finished in 3rdplace in the junior women’s high jump with 1.60m. Abbey Fitzgerald finished 3rdin the junior women’s javelin with 27.82m.
- Junior Women 4×100 Leevale 2nd
- Junior Women 4x400m Leevale 1st
- Junior Men 4×100 Leevale 2nd& 3rd
- Junior Men 4×400 Leevale 3rd
We now await the team reasults to see how the Leevale teams fared.
It was great to see Sam Healy back in competition in the U23 men, where he won the long jump with 6.94m.
This was an outstanding performance by the Club,both in quality and numbers competing.There is a noticeable improvement in performances and participationover the year that reflects well on athletes and coaches as well as officials of course. The gaps are gradually being filled in standards and forward momentum is obvious.The bigger the groups the better as they all feed off each other.Congratulations to all.