THE Leinster junior indoor athletics championships produced some fine performances from St Laurence O’Toole AC athletes.
Sive O’Toole won gold in her 60m sprint in a time of 7.56 seconds and she also took home gold in the 60m hurdles. Sive was on the winning relay team which set a new Leinster record in the 4x200m event.
Alan Miley was in gold medal-winning form, sprinting clear of the field over 400m in a time of 52.27 seconds. Matthew Callinan-Keenan vaulted to 4.40m when winning gold in the pole vault while Corrine Kenny claimed the silver in her 800m. Catherine Doyle finished fifth in the same race.
Chloe Hayden reached the final of the 200m and ran a very brave race from lane one, eventually finishing fifth where she was happy with her run.
Kiana Nolan threw the 28lb a distance of 5.06m to claim the bronze medal in her first event of this kind.
The junior relay team of Sive O’Toole, Chloe Hayden, Corrine Kenny and Damilola Adesina sprinted clear of the other teams to smash the Leinster record, much to the delight of all who travelled.
The Leinster juvenile indoor programme was completed with relay day where teams from all over the province converged on Abbottstown in Dublin.
For the first time, all juvenile relays were run over the distance of 4x200m which really tests the stamina of all athletes. St Laurence O’Toole AC had 12 teams entered in various age groups from U12 to U19.
Gold medals went to the girls U19, girls U18 and boys U18 teams. Silver medals went to the girls U17 and girls U14 teams. Very unlucky to finish fourth were the girls U13 A team.
Teams: Girls U12A Katie O’Reilly, Ellie Garrigan, Katie Myers, Eve McLoughlin. Girls U12B Lucy O’Reilly, Lily McCloud, Layla Hutchinson, Isabelle Edwards. Girls U13A Lucy Myers, Chloe Ryan, Emma Nolan, Emily Lawlor. Girls U13B Shonagh O’Connor, Isobel McGovern, Mischa Cassells, Ella Ryan. Girls U14A Leila Colfer, Sophie Myers, Aoibheann Doyle, Aoife Kelly. Girls U14B Emma Byrne, Emily Heffernan, Kayla Farrell, Keeva Shaw. Girls U17 Aoife Ryan, Lynsey Ward, Damilola Adesina, Ciara Moore, Zoe Garrigan. Girls U18 Aoibheann Brennan, Corrine Kenny, Aoife Carroll, Damilola Adesina, Aoife Ryan. Girls U19 Sive O’Toole, Chloe Hayden, Aoife Carroll, Corrine Kenny, Aoibheann Brennan. Boys U12A Dylan Boyd, Aaron Meredith, Eanna Dunican, James Garrigan. Boys U12B Michael Duke, Charlie Clarke, Edon Nimani, Dmitri Shabalin. Boys U13 Lorcan O’Connor, Darragh Corcoran, Noah Ogelsby, Jake Costello, Robin Hayes. Boys U17 Tadgh Walsh, Nurlan Kennedy, Darragh Kelly, Jeremiah Duru, Oisin Shannon, Stefan Hilleband.
The Leinster juvenile pole vault competitions also saw St Laurence O’Toole athletes take over. Under the guidance of brothers Michael and Donnacha Hyland, the vaulters claimed medals galore. Top of the rostrum with a huge new record from Adam Nolan with a vault of 3.40m.
Jack Murphy took silver in the same event and both qualify for the national finals at the end of March.
Luke Rice claimed gold in the U18 event and his team-mate Art Murray claimed gold in the U19 category.
Another to impress was IT Carlow athlete Shane Aston from Trim who won the seven-event heptathlon with 5151 points ahead of his nearest rival Peter O’Connor.
Meanwhile, St Laurence O’Toole masters athletes dominated the Leinster indoor championships. Five local athletes collected 11 golds and one bronze medal between them. It was an early morning start for the sprinters and David Hayde in the M50 category retained both sprint titles with a time of 7.52 seconds in the 60m which equalled the Irish national record and 24.52 seconds in the 200m which turned out to be the fastest 200m of the day.
In the M65 category, Willie O’Toole collected bronze in the 60m with a time of 10.06 seconds. Willie also collected four gold medals in the long jump (3.97m), high jump (1.45m) weight for distance (7.71m) and shot put (10.41m).
In the women’s track events, two athletes dominated the middle-distances. Bronwen Kiernan in the W35 category controlled the 800m from the start to claim gold in a season’s-best time of 2:23.01.
Maria Dunne (W40) also claimed gold in the 800m with another season’s-best time of 2:27.25 and she followed this up with gold in the 400m (1:06.72).
Emma Jane Hutton (W35) completed a field events double with gold in the shot put in a high-class field with a throw of 7.79m and gold in the weight for distance with a throw of 4.59m.