Day 2 of Leevale 2018 took place at CIT Arena today. While the sun never broke through, conditions were good for athletes. There was a full programme of track & field events, with good competition and strong performances across most events.
Brendan O’Donnell travelled from Lifford Strabane to compete in the junior men’s hammer; he threw 67.68m, bringing him ever closer to the European Junior qualifying standard. This performance earned Brendan the thrower of the meet ‘Brendan Coughlan’ perpetual trophy, which was presented by his family.
Ciara Kennedy, Killarney Valley AC, achieved the European Youth standard when she cleared 1.75m in the women’s high jump.
Sophie Meredith, St Mary’s AC, once again jumped a European standard in the women’s long jump with a 6.02m.
Jake Bagge of Ferrybank AC won a very competitive 800m in a time of 1:55.73. This is is a European standard for Jake in Estonia, a country which he is eligible to compete for. Conor O’Driscoll was second and Matt Murnane, who set the pace, finished third.
Conor Morey was the clear winner in the both the men’s 100m & 200m races. He was presented with the Bernard Walley perpetual trophy for winning the 100m event.
The 3000m was a classic race with three athletes breaking away from the field and in a sprint finish David Fox, Leevale AC took the lead to win from Sean McGrath, East Cork AC and Eoghan Beary UL AC. David was presented with the Liam Horgan perpetual trophy for the win.
The men’s 200m and 800m were run as graded finals.
Men’s 200m, 800m combined results