Tallaght Athletes Deliver for Local Schools


Tallaght athletes deliver the goods for local schools at the All Ireland Irish Life Health Schools Track & Field Championships in Tullamore last Saturday. Despite the heavy rain Rhasidat Adeleke who was representing Presentation College Terenure was again in sparkling form.

After winning the junior 100m title in 12.30 and setting a new record time of 25.07 when winning the 200m title at the Leinster Schools Championships in Santry a few weeks earlier she again topped the podium to take the title in both events with times of 12.32 and 24.70 to record her third sprint double of the year. Christopher Duffy representing St Mc Dara’s Community College was also in top form when winning silver in the Intermediate 400m with a very good time of 50.67 to add to the silver he won in the Leinster Schools a few weeks earlier where he recorded 51.13.

After taking bronze at the recent Leinster Championships in the senior 2000m steeple chase with a time of 6.30.04 Eogan Keaney stepped up a notch for Terenure College to secure the silver medal with a new personal best time of 6.26.87. Jennifer McAdams who won the Leinster U16 mile title holder for Holy Family Community School, Rathcoole with a good time of 5.19.05 was well in contention for the National title.

Positioned well to the fore in a very tightly packed field for the first few laps of the contest and with she unfortunately got clipped on the bend and fell to the ground where she suffered scrapes and bruising to her knee and elbow and by the time she bravely composed herself she was left trailing the field by over 20 metres with less than 600m remaining but with true grit and determination she battled on to take a well deserved bronze medal in 5.25.04. Also competing for HFCS Rathcoole Moses Ikpefua who recorded 12.68 when winning the Leinster silver medal in the minor boys 100m recorded a quicker time of 12.51 when he finished a good 6th in the minor boys 100m. There was further joy for quite a number of the Tallaght juveniles after the results of the Dublin U10-U16 track and field leagues were announced.

Gareth Hayes took the U10 title after some great track wins and some placed efforts in the four league contests whilst Khalad Kourrini put in some very good performances to take the third place trophy at U11 degree where Thomas Keating took the medal for 4th place. Jack Kelly was another to string together enough points from his track performance to win the trophy for third at U13 degree while Moses Ikpefuafinished 2nd overall in the U15 boys league and Philip Omisore did likewise at U16 degree whilst Yan Geraghty secured the medal for 5th overall in the same age group. Tallaght Girls were dominant in the U16 girls division where Rhasidat Adeleke took the title and Lauryn Mc Dermott the runner up trophy whith medals going the way of Jennifer Mc Adams and Aisling Mc Guinness for 4th and 5th respectively. A large contingent of Tallaght juvenile will be looking forward to securing medals and National qualification when they contest the Dublin Championships in Santry, Tallaght and Irishtown this coming weekend.