The outdoor season just keeps rolling along and this weekend we were In Templemore for the Munster u12-19 on Saturday and Munster U20/23, Senior and Masters on Sunday.
Ruairi Walshe, he may have been our youngest, smallest, quietest, OK not quiet but two out of three is not bad, athlete on Saturday but he was also one of the bravest and his third place finish in the U12 600m was a great reward for this youngest member of the highly talented Walshe dynasty. Older brothers Tom who is a schools cross country international was 2nd in the U15 800m and Ben an All Ireland cross country individual medalist was 6th in the u14 800. Both are looking forward to the longer 1500m event next week. Ingebrigtsen brothers had better watch out.
Anna Paxman and Lilly Duffy reached the final of their U12 600m but didn't medal despite good performances.
Diarmuid Moloney had to endure the U13 600m on Saturday despite preferring something a little longer so he turned up on Sunday to the Carrig 10k and won the U16 catagory in an astonishing 38min despite being only 12 yrs of age.
In the U14 catagory Roisin Duffy had a wonderful competition and won it with a 1.50m clearence.
U15 the afore mentioned Tom Walshe was 2nd in the 800m after a great battle with Newports Dara Kennedy. Micheal Moylan was 5th in this race also.
Jack O'Callaghan also got a silver medal this time in the Pole Vault with a 2.55m clearence.
In the U15 girls high jump Ellen O'Dwyer and Ellie McEvoy finished 2nd & 3rd both clearing 1.45m.
U16 James Sage was 2nd in the 100m hurdles and 3rd in the long jump.
Alex Reynolds was 4th in his discus competition with a throw of over 34m.
Ben Connolly cleared 3.30m to finish 2nd in the pole vault competition.
Also U16 Sean Hayes with 5th in the 800m with a brilliant new pb of 2m.09s.
Jodie McGrath was not at her best but still finished 2nd in the U16 girls pole vault with 2. 55m.
Sarah Lane showed she is getting back to her best after injury with an emphatic victory in the U18 girls 800m. Staying with the pack for 400m she then increased her pace on the second lap and ran away from her persuers to win in 2m21s.
Ted Collins also U18 was 2nd in his 800m in 2m.06m
Josh Egan had a great new pb when finishing 4th in the long jump with a jump of 6.31m.
The quartet of Josh Egan, Joe Cunningham, Ted Collins and Louis Doyle had a great battle in the U18 relay eventually finishing 3rd.
U19s Sean Carolan and Darragh Miniter were 2nd and 3rd in the long jump with 6.41 & 6.21m respectively. They finished in the same order and placing in the shot putt comp when Sean threw 13.45m and Darragh 11.73m.
The 2nd & 3rd day of these munsters are next Saturday and Sunday in Casteisland.