Tallaght Athletes Excel in Leinster Schools Championships


Tallaght Athletes Excel in Leinster Schools Championships

A number of Tallaght athletes excelled for their schools at the Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships which were held in Morton Stadium Santry last week.

On the first day of competition, Rhasidat Adeleke won the minor 80m sprint title with a time of 10.32 and added silver in the long jump with a leap of 4.70m whilst Lauryn Mc Dermott won bronze in the 200m with a time 26.03 and added a second bronze in the high jump at junior level with a clearance of 1.48m.

Aidan Darcy starred on the day when setting a new championship record for the U16 200m whilst Jennifer Mc Adams finished 4th (5.03.98) in the junior 1500m.

On the second day of the championships Joseph Lyons won bronze in the senior 800m (1.58.11) where he dictated the pace until the final 100m when despite his best efforts he was overtaken for the top two spots in a close finish. He later ran a blinder to take silver in the 400m (50.88) and secured qualification for the National Championships in both events. Eoin Doherty also won silver in a very high quality field in his 100m final at senior level with a time of 11.04. Also in action on the day included Dean Conway who recorded 2.06.67 when finishing 6th in the Inter 800m final and later finished a good 5th in the 1500m with a new personal best time of 4.18.92. Saoirse Reihill finished joint 4th in the Inter high jump contest with a clearance of 1.50m and took 5th spot in the javelin with a throw of 23.91 whilst older sister Sara jumped 5.04m to place 4th in the senior long jump and later recorded 61.48 when crossing the line in the 400m final. Christopher Duffy ran well in the Inter 800m final whist Julia Kazamierczak ran well in the senior 3000m final.

On the previous Thursday at the same venue Jennifer Mc Adams won the 1500m in the Community & Comprehensive Schools Championships where twin sister Jane won Silver in the 800m for HFCS Rathcoole whilst Joseph Lyons and Mustafa Nasir won their respective 1500m and 800m senior races and Sadiq Nasir added gold in the 3000m for the same school.

Elsewhere, there were some very good performances from senior members of the club who contested the Sportsworld Terenure 5 mile road race on Sunday last where Tomas Fitzpatrick was first home for the club in 5th position in 24.50.00 with Luke Coleman next (28:08:000, followed by Peter Fitzsimons (28:13:00), Eoin Brennan (29:48:00), Frank Johnston (29:49:00), Liam Cullen(30:01:00), David O' Callaghan (30:09:00), Brendan Ryan (31:21:00), Gerry Dore (31:54:00), Barry Cullen (32:22:00), Gerry Scheley (33:29:00), Patrick Kelly (33:37:00), Tara Darcy (33:51:00), John Stokes (34:27:00), Jacqui Boyle (34:33:00), Martin Swift (35:29:00), Andrew Lennon (35:31:00), Sean MC Donnell (36:03:00), Joe Pepper (36:07:00), Rob Harris (36:10:00),Sarah Kinsella (36:21:00), Pauline Madden (36:21:00), Deirdre Harris (36:57:00), Paul Murphy (37:03:00), James Kennedy (37:16:00), Vivian O' Hanlon (37:28:00), Claire Price O’ Brien ( 39:03:00), Terence Fayne (39:29:00), Suzanne Duffy Sweeney (42:52:00), Helen Sweeney (42:55:00), Caroline Mc Sorley Keating (43:34:00)Naoimh Mahon (45:08:00), Marie Leonard (46:33:00), Audrey Kelly (46:59:00), Regina Moody (47:05:00)Breda Woods (50:32:00), Claire O' Toole (50:33:00), Carol Coleman (50:53:00),Carmel Smith (52:32:00) Niamh Oman (52:58:00).

The clubs Men's team were 5th overall and the ladies team were 6th and the likes of Frank Johnston, David O'Callaghan, Paul Murphy, Sarah Jane Kinsella, Barry Cullen, Claire Price O'Brien were particularly pleased with their performances after they ran new personal best times for the distance.

Many of the juveniles will be contesting the final league meet of the 4 league track & field series in Santry on Saturday where athletes such as Rhasidat Adeleke who presently has a clear points lead on all other competitors looks likely to take the U15 title whilst Lauryn Mc Dermott who is presently second by a few points in the same age group will be aiming consolidate her position. Others in the same division who are in withj a shout of taking a top 6th place finish are Jennifer Mc Adams, Katelyn O’ Neill, Aisling Mc Guinness, Sophia Kourrini and Niamh Gibson. At U16 degree, Aidan Darcy will be battling to hold onto his second place with Conor Barry who is presently fourth overall in contention whilst Yan Geraghty and Andre Uchine are in contention for a top 6 finish in their U14 division as is Moses Ikpefua at U13 degree.