Andrew Coscoran gets back on track with an easy win
Athletics: North Leinster track and field
Andrew Coscoran of St Mary’s Drogheda showed a welcome return to form when he won the senior boys’ 1500m with ease on the opening day of the North Leinster Track and Field Championships at a sun-soaked Santry yesterday.
Coscoran has suffered from illness and back problems in the past few months but he showed no sign of either when he stretched away from the field on the final lap. Second was Irish cross-country champion Shane Hughes of Scoil Mhuire Mullingar, while Eoin Strutt of St Fintan’s Sutton ended up third.
A lot closer was the senior girls’ 1500m where Hope Saunders of Mount Temple only broke a determined challenge from Cliona Murphy of St Dominic’s Cabra in the final few strides of the race. Clare Fagan of Loreto Mullingar was third.
Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin is another athlete who, since his victory at the British and Irish Cross-County International last season, has struggled with illness. Running the U16 mile, he took over in front on the second lap and went on to claim a solid victory.
In one of the races of the day, Laura Shaw of Loreto Mullingar held out for victory in the U16 mile, while Eibhlin McCarthy of Loreto Balbriggan battled her way to second.
In the sprints, Niamh Hetherington of Dunshaughlin won the senior 100m - a year after popping a tendon while running the 200m.
Winning the senior boys’ 100m was Luke McCabe of St Mary’s Drogheda. In the field, Kate O’Conor of St Vincent’s Dundalk was an impressive winner of the junior girls’ javelin with a throw of 35.90m.