Dearbhaile Beirne of Mohill Community College won the Junior Girls 1200m Walk at the AVIVA Irish Schools Athletics Championships in Tullamore on Saturday last.
Her winning time was 5,36.76 with Orlaith Delahunty Ursuline College, Sligo, second in 5.46.98 and Karen Burke of St Wolstan’s third in 5.57.91. The Leitrim athlete led the three lap race from the gun but was pressed in the first lap by Burke with Delahunt in close attendance. As the race progressed she began to assert her authority and Burke dropped off the pace.
Delahunt kept in reasonably close contact but as the race entered the last lap the Sligo girl also found the pace too hot and there was a sizeable gap at the finish.
The other two Leitrim walkers has contrasting fortunes. Dylan Mimna of Carrigallen VS, who misses the age limit for Junior by a few weeks, found the going tough in the Intermediate race won for the second year in a row by Schools International Champion Evan Lynch of Clonmel finished ninth.
Lynch’s time of 8.04.84 was just outside the record which has stood since 1990 and he was a very easy winner.
Michelle Beirne put up a very good performance in the Intermediate Girls 2000m race and was third across the line but had the misfortune to pick up three red cards in the last lap and was disqualified.
Eanna Madden of Mohill Community College ran two good races in the Senior 200m and 400m. In the former he finished fifth in 22.84 just one place behind Connacht Champion Kieran Elliott of Grange PPS who did 22.47 behind winner Marcus Lawlor of Carlow CBS who was timed at 21.64.
Madden was sixth in a closely fought 400m in 50.91 with the winner Ben Kiely of Tramore CBS clocking 49.72.
Louise Mulvaney of St Clare’s Manorhamilton was sixth in the Intermediate 300m hurdles in 50.90 while Ryan O’Rourke of Ballinamore PPS finished 11th in the Junior 800m and David Bruen of Carrick CS finished in a similar position in the Intermediate 1500m steeplechase.
Cathal McElgunn of Carrick Community School was sixth in the Intermediate 400m in 54.18 where the impressive winner was Andrew Mellon of Bangor Grammar School in 50.27.
CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT WEEKEND
The first day of the two day Connacht Championships will take place at the NUI Galway track on Saturday next when the Under 9,10 and 11 Team competitions and the Under 12 Championships take place. Leitrim will be well represented in the team events following very successful championships in Carrick on Shannon recently. The remaining Championships for the Under 13 to Under 19 categories take place at the same venue on Sunday week.
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