We had day 2 of the Munster U12/19 championships which were held in Castleisland and we had a relatively small representation out but they performed superbly and had us looking forward to more tomorrow.
Sarah Lane got us off to the best of starts with a win in the U18 400m. Last week her sister decided what's yours is mine and what's mine is my own and promptly headed off to Spain for a couple of months with Sarah's gear. But cool calm and collected she borrowed some gear from Ailbhe O'Neill and has now won two Munster titles in two weeks. Ailbhe, don't expect the gear back anytime soon.
Young Mairead O'Brien belied her lack of experience to finish a very close 5th in her U12 60m final and teamed up with Anna Paxman, Anna O'Dwyer and Lilly Duffy later on to also finish 5th in their U12 4x100m relay. A little baton practice will surely have this quartet in the hunt for titles.
Emma Carolan had a return to form finishing 3rd in the U15 shot while her brother Seán threw a superb 44.48m to win the U19 boys Javelin later on. Second to Seán was his clubmate Joe McEvoy who threw 39.80m for the silver medal.
Our two cross country specialists Luke Purcell and Jamie Moloney took to the track in the 3000m and finished 4th & 5th despite excellent runs. Watch out for these boys in future.
James Sage and Louis Doyle both finished 5th in their respective U16 & 17 100m finals with their strong events to come tomorrow, hurdles and 200m.
Micheál Moylan, better known as an 800m runner ran the U15 100m and finished a superb 5th in 12.94s. He will look forward to the 200m tomorrow.
Ellen O'Dwyer jumped 4.60m in her U15 long jump to finish 4th just outside the medals.
Day 3 of the Munsters was supposed to be wet but the sun greeted us in Castleisland and just like yesterday we got off to a flying start. This time it was our two U19 Hammer throwers Seán Carolan and Brian Naughton with a 1-2 finish. Seán also won the Discus later in the day from another teammate Darragh Miniter with Brian Naughton 4th.
If you can't fly then run
If you can't run then walk.
If you can't walk then crawl.
But by all means keep moving.
These words by Martin Luther King Jr
could be the story of Cian Hodgins last six months missing the whole cross country season. All kinds of little injuries collectively called growing pains have kept him from any kind of continuity in training so he walked, swam, ran and cycled. Whatever it took to keep moving till today finally he had his first proper race of the season. He will be well pleased with his second place to his international teammate and training partner Tom Walshe who has had his own share of troubles with growing pains. The two of them ran away from the opposition early in the race with Cian pushing the pace but in the end a classy finish from Tom clinched the U15 race with Cian just two secs behind in second.
Tom's younger brother Ben running his first 1500m race enjoyed himself immensely and his 5th place finish shows Hugh promise for the future.
Ailbhe O'Neill is delighted to have her junior cert over but with the focus on the exams and study these last few weeks she will be delighted with her 2nd place finish in the U17 1500m behind Newport's Aimee Hayde and can now refocus on her running in time for next week's Tailteann games.
Our trio of U16 boys Sean Hayes, Luke Purcell and Jamie Moloney really got stuck in to their 1500m early and all three ran well. Seán Hayes improves with every race and his 4th place finish sees him qualify for the nationals. Luke finished very well for 5th with Jamie 7th.
Ted Collins showed good form in his U18 1500m. He finished 3rd and this bodes well going into the Tailteanns next week in his preferred 800m distance.
George O'Leary and Seán Himli were 6th and 9th in the U17 1500m whiz is promising from this inexperienced pair.
Something completely different saw Caitríona Finn finish 4th in the U14 shot with a new PB of 9.93m.
In the 200m Tom McCutcheon ran very well for second in the U16 final.
Louis Doyle finished an agonising 4th in the U17 final and Pádraig Hassett 8th. Also in the 200m Mícheál Moylan
ran strongly for 5th in his U15 final.
In the U18 triple jump Josh Egan jumped very well when finishing 2nd with a hop, skip and jump of 12.66m.
Finally our U17 boys finished off the day nicely when winning their relay. Our team of James Sage, Tom McCutcheon, Pádraig Hassett and the fast finishing Louis Doyle held off Dooneen for the title.
Next week is we have four athletes representing the club and their schools in the Tailteann Games in Santry. Ted Collins, Glenstal, Ailbhe O'Neill, St Mary's Nenagh, Jodie McGrath, St Mary's Nenagh and James Sage, St Joseph's Borrisoleigh have all been selected on the Munster team so best of luck to all from everyone in the club.