Sunday 23 October 2016

Athletics: Milner one of the marvels at Santry

Leinster T&F Championships Day 1

Mark Milner
Mark Milner
Matt Behan

A stunning record for Mark Milner from Coláiste Choilm Tullamore in the junior boys’ 800m was the highlight of the Glo Health Leinster Schools Championships Day 1 in Santry.

Milner became the first schoolboy of his age to break two minutes, with his time of one minute 58 secs comfortably inside the old record of 2:01.5 set by Danny Darcy in 2001.

Milner’s record was one of several on a brilliant day of athletics held in perfect weather. In the boys’ senior 110m hurdles, Matt Behan of CUS held his composure after two false starts and went on to win in 13.79 seconds.

Another record fell in the inter girls’ steeplechase won by Aoife Fitzpatrick of Our Lady’s Templeogue. First senior was Alison Armstrong of Coolmine. Winning the senior boys’ steeplechase was Brian Flanagan (pictured) of St Aidan’s.

In the field, Loreto Kilkenny’s Rachel Kelly added over a metre to the minor girls’ discus record with a throw of 31.23, while Lukas Moylan of Patrician Newbridge set a  minor boys’ high jump record of 1.71m.

Matt Behan

On a day of high-class racing, Molly Scott, of Scoil Chonglais, was a comfortable winner of the inter 80m hurdles, while Castleknock CC dominated the inter boys’ 100m hurdles with Jack Rudden Kelly the winner from his schoolmate Alex Clarkin.

In the sprints, Molly Hourihan of Alexandra College won a closely fought junior girls 200m, with Joseph Finnegan Murphy of St Mac Dara’s winning the  junior boys’ 200m.

A relieved Paddy Maher of Dunshaughlin won the U16 mile after drifting back to fifth place during the race. Sarah Healy of Holy Child Killiney stretched her winning streak when she won the junior 1500m, with Adam Fitzpatrick of St Kieran’s Kilkenny the boys’ winner over the same distance. 

In the minor 1100m girls race, Sarah O’Connor was taking a first Leinster title for her school Temple Carrig.

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