National Juveniles Day 1, Summary

Day 1 of the Athletics Ireland National Juveniles took place in Tullamore on Sunday with 29 Leevale athletes competing, taking 14 podium places across the range of events on offer. 

It was a very busy weekend for several Leevale U17 and U18 athletes who took medals on Sunday, after having performed at the national U20 championships at the same venue the previous day. Wymin Sivakumar took his 4thconsecutive national juvenile triple jump title, winning the boys U18 competition with a jump of 13.34m. Cathal Scanlon took silver in the boys u18 javelin with a super throw of 57.22m. Tommy Connolly was 3rd in the U18 800m with 1:59.17. Jack McGrath was 2nd in the U18 110m hurdles (16.20) and James Ezeonu 2nd in the U17 100m hurdles (14.26). Emily Wall took silver in the girls U17 100m hurdles (15.50).

John Cashman had the most impressive hurdles performance of the day when winning the boys U14 75m hurdles, recording a very fast 11.05 in both the heat and final. His time was an agonising 0.01s outside the CBP on both occasions which was impressive given the headwinds that frustrated the sprint hurdlers during the day.

Leevale girls were very prominent in the girls U14 category. Nicole Dinan was 3rd in a very high quality 800m race with a super 2:15.90. Hannah Arrigan and Claire Crowley finished just outside the medals in this race. Maeve Fleming took silver in the high jump with an excellent clearance of 1.56m, where Anna May Hobson and Orla O’Sullivan also contended. Okwu Backari was 2nd in the 75m hurdles with a fast 11.49, just missing gold in a photo finish while Fatima Amusa was just outside the medals in 4th (11.92s).

Katie O’Keeffe (2:19.04) and Marie Hynes McLoughlin (2:20.18) took silver and bronze in the girls U15 800m. 

Lucy Sleeman had a season’s best run to take 2nd in the girls U16 80m hurdles in 11.83. Ella Scott was most impressive when winning her heat in 11.72s, however was unfortunately unable to run in the final. Colin Murphy (13.85) and Conor Callinan (13.95) dipped under 14s for the first time to take 3rd and 4th places in a very competitive boys u16 100m hurdles. 

Leevale Results

Girls U13        
  75mH Heat Natalia Golka 10.32  
Girls U14        
  75mH 2 Okwu Backari 11.49  
    4 Fatima Amusa 11.92  
    Heat Orla O’Sullivan 13.09  
  800m 3 Nicole Dinan 2:15.90  
    6 Hannah Arrigan 2:24.75  
    7 Claire Crowley 2:25.53  
  High Jump 2 Maeve Fleming 1.56m  
    9 Anna May Hobson 1.45m  
    11 Orla O’Sullivan 1.35m  
Girls U15        
  800m 2 Katie O’Keeffe 2:19.04  
    3 Marie Hynes McLoughlin 2:20.18  
    Heat Aine Power 2:29.83  
Girls U16        
  80mH 2 Lucy Sleeman 11.83  
    Heat Ella Scott 11.72  
Girls U17        
  100mH 2 Emily Wall 15.50  
  800m 8 Patrice Holmes 2:32.78  
Girls U18        
  800m 11 Hannah D’Aughton 2:33.94  
Boys U14        
  75mH 1 John Cashman 11.05  
Boys U15        
  80mH 4 Sean Carmody 12.32  
Boys U16        
  100mH 3 Colin Murphy 13.87  
    4 Conor Callinan 13.95  
Boys U17        
  100mH 2 James Ezeonu 14.24  
  800m Heat Adam Kiely 2:07.04  
    Heat Stephen O’Shea 2:11.35  
Boys u18        
  110mH 2 Jack McGrath 16.20  
  800m 3 Tommy Connolly 1:59.17  
    13 Charlie Gaffney 2:07.45  
  Triple Jump 1 Wymin Sivakumar 13.34m  
  Javelin 2 Cathal Scanlon 57.22m