Strong Performances & International Selections At The AAI Junior & U23 Championships

Leevale athletes travelled in strength to compete at the 2019 Athletics Ireland Junior & U23 Championships in Tullamore on Saturday, July 6th. Leevale men were casing the top junior mens club for a consecutive 5th year, while Leevale junior women were travelled with the mission of finishing top women’s club. 

In a great exhibition of teamwork, both the women and mens teams scored across a wide range of track & field events and must now await confirmation if they have done enough to qualify for the European Junior Clubs Cup of 2020. 

There were celebrations last night for Conor Morey and Ryan O’Leary who received European U20 Championships Selections. Conor was selected for the 100m and 4x100m relay, while Ryan receives his first Irish cap for the 4x100m relay.  They will head to Boras, Sweden from the championships, July 18th – 21st. Congratulations to both athletes and coach Derek Coffey on the selections. 

There were individual victories for Cathal Scanlon in the junior men’s javelin and Wymin Sivakumar in the triple jump. Padraig O’Callaghan took silver in the hammer and bronze in the weight for distance. Kate Moynihan took silver in the junior women’s javelin with a super throw of 40.21m.  Aisling Cassidy also took silver in the triple jump with 11.30m. Sara Zia Buckley won bronze in the junior women’s 100m hurdles. 

Ryan O’Leary’s third place finish in the 100m secured him a place on the Irish Junior 4x100m relay team.

James Ezeonu had an excellent day finishing 3rd in the junior mens 110m hurdles and this in the 200m final just ahead of his club mate Jack McGrath. 

Una Samuels represented Leevale in the U23 Championships and secure silver in the pole vault with a 3m vault. 

The day was rounded off nicely with victory for Leevale junior women in the 4x100m relay. 

Leevale Results: every place secured points for the Leevale teams. 

Junior Men 100m Ryan O Leary 3rd 11.01
Junior Men 110mH James Ezeonu 3rd  15.77
Junior Men 1500m Tommy Connolly 4th 4:07.7
Junior Men 1500m Ben Smith 6th  4:09.5
Junior Men 200m James Ezeonu  3rd  23.21
Junior Men 200m Jack McGrath    4th  23.26
Junior Men 3000m Nathan O Leary 9th   9:10.2
Junior Men Discus Duggan, Ryan 6th  35.58m 
Junior Men Discus James Kirkby  7th     34.73m 
Junior Men Hammer  Padraig O’Callaghan 2nd 53.39m 
Junior Men Hammer  Sean Naughton 6th  32.34m 
Junior Men Javelin  Cathal Scanlon 1st   51.21m 
Junior Men Long Jump Wymin Sivakumar  5th  6.43m 
Junior Men Shot Put Ryan Duggan 6th    10.33m 
Junior Men Triple Jump Wymin Sivakumar 1st 13.43m
Junior Men Weight For Distance  Padraig O’Callaghan 3rd  7.61m 
Junior Women 100mH Sara Zia Buckley 3rd 21.17
Junior Women 200m Ellie Hurley    5th    27.73
Junior Women 4x100m Leevale A.C.   1st   50.49
Junior Women 4x400m  Leevale A.C.  5th     4:23.7
Junior Women 800m Patrice Holmes  5th 2:33.5
Junior Women Discus  Abbey Fitzgerald 9th 20.71m 
Junior Women Hammer Holly Umeh 5th  21.85m 
Junior Women High Jump Hannah Murphy 5th    1.55m 
Junior Women Javelin  Kate Moynihan 2nd  40.21m  
Junior Women Long Jump Aisling Cassidy 6th  5.34m 
Junior Women Long Jump Orlaith Onoh,     13th    4.42m 
Junior Women Pole Vault Sara Zia Buckley 5th 2.85m 
Junior Women Shot Putt Holly Umeh 4th 9.77m 
Junior Women Triple Jump Orlaith Onoh 4th  10.65m 
Junior Women Triple Jump Aisling Cassidy 2nd 11.30m 
Junior Women Weight For Distance  Abbey Fitzgerald  5th  5.29m 
U23 Women PV Una Samuels,   2nd  3.00m 

Full Results