Wednesday 26 October 2016

Tailteann Games: Girls' records fall on the double at Santry

Eimear Fitzpatrick
Eimear Fitzpatrick

With two records apiece, Michaela Walsh from Swinford and Ciara Neville of Castletroy College proved the stars of the Tailteann Schools Interpro at Santry.

In the girls' hammer, Walsh's heave of 60.66m improved on her own record of 59.92m ehich she has set last year. Walsh produced an even more spectacular result in the shot with her best of 16.38 adding over a metre to her winning effort of 15.06m last year.

On the track, Neville of Castletroy College in Limerick won both the 100m and 200m, both of them faster than previous records although recorded by hand. Overall, Leinster came out on top and among the many winners for the province was Eimear Fitzpatrick of Our Lady's Templeogue who ran away with the 1500m steeplechase in a new record time of 5:12.42.

There was another record breaking run for Leinster in the girls' 80m hurdles, won by Molly Scott of Scoil Chonglais, who lowered her own record to 11.14 secs. Adding over two metres to the girls' javelin record was Orlaith O'Brien  from Ursuline Waterford with a throw of  45.67 metres. There were also three records in the relays, all set by Leinster.

In the 300m hurdles, Niamh Malone of Castleblaney College ran 43.43 secs, which was comfortably under the European Youth Olympics qualifying standard of 43.50.

When it came to the racing, the boys' 800m proved a thriller, with Kevin McGrath of St Pat's Navan taking the prize. In the girls' 1500m, Laura Ward of Pres Carlow ran a smart race for victory.

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