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Athletics Success For Local Schools

Athletics Success For Local Schools

Writes Ciaran Dineen

There has been some fantastic success for local schools in the Carrigdhoun area in recent weeks following both South Munster and Munster Track and Field events. Competitors from Carrigaline Community School and Colaiste Muire followed on from medalling in the South Munster grade, to also claim silverware in the subsequent Munster championships, which were held in Castleisland, last weekend. 

The South Munster event took place in CIT on the 9th of May for female athletes and the 11th of May for males. For Kinsale CSGabby Bowen won silver in the Minor Girls Long Jump, while her schoolmate Ava Coyle was placed 3rd in the Junior Girls High Jump. For Gaelcholaiste CarrigalineCiara Neff was the school’s sole athlete who finished on the podium. Neff won bronze in the Junior Girls Pole Vault but bettered this result with a silver medal position in the Intermediate Girls Steeplechase.

Carrigaline Community School had even greater success on the 9th of May, with many female athletes winning medals. Sophie Elliffe won CCS’s 1st medal of the day after her 3rd place finish in the Intermediate Girls 300 Metre Hurdles. Ava O’Sullivan won two medals at CIT, her first a gold in the Intermediate Triple Jump and then a bronze position in the Intermediate Walk, while fellow CCS athlete Haithi Lambkin finished ahead in 2nd. Veronica Grabowska won bronze for CCS in the Senior 400 Metre Hurdles, while Ella Farrell came 2nd in the Senior Walk. The Relay team also medalled as they finished 3rd, with Chloe Haddock, Haithi Lambkin, Aimee Sheeran and Alex Gillen competing.

However, as is now seemingly the norm with CCS athletics, Alannah Neff stole the show. Neff over the past four years has regularly been the cream of the crop in terms of both T&F and Cross Country events. In the South Munster competition she won gold in the Senior 1500 metre race in a time of 4:56.74, while also claiming the top spot on the podium in the 1500 metre Steeplechase in just 5:12.64.

In the Minor Boys competition, Sam Onah of St. Peters Passage West placed 3rd in the Long Jump, claiming his school’s first medal of the day, with the second coming from Jack Stapleton in the Senior Long Jump. For Colaiste Muire, Colin Murphy and Glory Wenegieme were the star performers. Murphy won his first of two medals in the Junior 80 metre Hurdle where he finished 3rd. He then went on to win silver in the 100 metre race, finishing behind teammate Wenegieme. Not only did Glory win gold in the 100 metre race but he also finished 1st in the 200 metre event.

There was also great success for CCS on the 11th of May. Peace Bello won the silver medal in the Junior Triple Jump to win their first prize of the day. That was shortly followed by Danny Kelly who won a fantastic gold in the Junior Long Jump. Joe Bosonnet then went and came 3rd in the Intermediate 1500 metre race, claiming the bronze medal as a result. Liam Saul and Alan Harrington then finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the Senior Walk to claim gold and silver. Jack Kingston finished 3rd in the Senior 400 metre Hurdles, while Luke Murphy also finished in the bronze position in the Senior Triple Jump. Ryan Linehan had the final say, coming 2nd in both the Senior Shot Putt and Discuss events.

The Munster Championships were then held at Castleisland on the 19th of May. Ciara Neff of Gaelcholaiste Carrigaline unfortunately missed out on a podium finish as she agonisingly finished 4th in the Junior Pole Vault, however she has qualified for the Irish national Championships. Glory Wenegieme was the star man for Crosshaven as he ran to a stunning double victory, winning both the 100 metre and 200 metre races in times of 11.61 and 23.68 respectively. Unfortunately schoolmate Colin Murphy just missed out on a medal in the 100 metre race by finishing 4th and as a result hasn’t made it through to the national event. There was however still a medal to be won for Abby Fitzgerald, who came 2nd in the Girls Javelin for Colaiste Muire with a throw of 26.31 metres and has secured her place in Tullamore.

For CCS, Danny Kelly won silver in the Junior Triple Jump for the boys, with a jump of 5.81 metres, while Allanah Neff again rose to the top. Neff finished 1st in both the 1500 metre race and 1500 metre Steeplechase, in times of 4.52.42 and 5.07.89 respectively.

Taking into account the results in the Munster championships there are set to be five athletes who will now go on to compete in the All-Ireland Schools Championships which are to be held on 2nd June in Tullamore. These include Ciara Neff, Allanah Neff, Danny Kelly, Glory Wenegieme and Abby Fitzgerald. We wish all competitors the best of luck!

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