Leevale Athletes Excel at the Munster Indoor Combined Events & Junior Championships

The Munster Juvenile Combined Events and the Munster Junior Championships  were held in Nenagh over the weekend.

In the Juvenile Combined Events Leevale had a team of 16  athletes taking part. All Leevale athletes performed excellently with lots of personal bests and many high quality performances. This is great credit to the athletes for their dedication and to the many coaches who have been preparing the athletes over the last number of months.

Harry Nevin produced a championship best performance (CBP) in winning the boys U15 pentathlon with a score of 2963 points, bettering the mark previously set by Daniel Ryan. Harry had an excellent start to the day when winning the 60m hurdles in a fast 8.97s and followed that with impressive victories in the long jump (5.60m), shot (12.50m), high jump (1.60m) and 800m. (2:19). In the same event club mates Colin Murphy finished 3rd overall with Conor Callinan finishing just outside the medals.

Reece Ademola was victorious in the boys U16 pentathlon winning in a score of 2632 points which included a PB of 1.82m in the high jump and also included individual victories in the 60m hurdles and long jump. Joseph Higgins took bronze in this event.

Emily Wall took gold in a very competitive girl’s U16 pentathlon in a score of 2530 points which included individual victories in the 60m hurdles and 800m events. Emily finished with a strong 800m to elevate herself from third to first position in the final event.

John Cashman won the boys U13 title with 1438 points where he opened up a big lead with a fast 10.23 run in the 60m hurdles and had a fine shot putt of 8.96m. John ran a very well managed 800m to hold on to the lead to the end.

Leevale were very well represented in the boys U11 pentathlon led by Ryan Onoh who won with 1102 points. Ryan had 4 individual victories including a fantastic leap of 4.37m in the long jump to set an individual Munster CBP for that event. Ouz Backari finished in an excellent 4th position just 9 points outside the medals. James Nevin and Oscar Naughton also competed excellently.

Okwu Backari and Fatima Amusa excelled in the girls U13 pentathlon finishing in 2nd and 3rd positions in a highly competitive field. Okwu had fine individual victories in the 60m hurdles (10.21s) and Long Jump (4.56m). Fatima produced excellent performances across the board to finish just behind Okwu overall. Briana Onoh also performed excellently in this event.

Kyle Ettoh finished 2nd in the boys U14 pentathlon. This included an individual victory in the high jump of 1.48m. Kate Naughton had 5 individual PBs to finish 6th in the girls U14 event.

Full combined event results

60m & 200m finalists, Jack Buckley, Marc Jones, Derek Coffey (Coach) Ryan O’Leary & Colin Doyle

In Munster Junior Indoor Championships  Leevale also had a strong squad attending. In the junior men’s 200m, Leevale athletes took four of the top five places, securing 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th. In the 60m final four of the eight athletes were Leevale, taking the gold and silver honours in this race. 

The Leevale sprinters of Mark Jones, Colin Doyle, Ryan O’Leary & Conor Morey rounded off a great day at the track with a new Munster record in the 4x200m relay with a time 1.36.30, breaking a record set by Dooneen back in 2003. 


Junior Men  200m    
  1st     Mark Jones 23.45  
  2nd     Ryan O’Leary 23.65  
  4th     Colin Doyle 23.74  
  5th    Jack Buckley  23.84  
 Junior Men 60m Final    
  1st    Ryan O’Leary  7.17  
  2nd     Colin Doyle 7.21  
  6th     Mark Jones 7.33  
  7th   Jack Buckley  7.35  
Junior Men  4 x 200m Relay     
  1st  Leevale AC 1.36.30 CBP
Junior Men Shot Putt     
  3rd  Padraig O’Callaghan  9m  
Junior Men Weight for Distance 35 lb     
  1st  Padraig O’Callaghan 6.92m  
Junior Women High Jump      
  3rd  Hannah Murphy  1.55m  


Full results

(photos from Dooneen AC)

1 Comment

  • Iam so impressed. Well done to all these talented young athletes, you are on the right road, . Enjoy the journey. As for the coaches, you guys are certainly raising the bar. Bravo
    Finbarr OBrien