Eimear Fitzpatrick makes a big splash in steeplechase
Athletics: West Leinster track and field
Despite a fall on her final attempt at the water jump, Eimear Fitzpatrick of Our Lady’s Templeogue was a clear winner of the women’s steeplechase at the opening day of the West Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry.
Eimear was following in the footsteps of her sister Sarah, who was the winner of this race when it was first held a few years ago.
Earlier in the day, Pierre Murchan of St Declan’s Cabra added the senior 1500m title to his collection of schools titles. Richard Keogh of Templeogue College won the inter 1500m from Luke Corcoran of Coláiste éanna, while taking the junior 1500m title was Cian May of Salesian Celbridge. In her last year of schools competition, Nadia Power of St Mac Dara’s was the winner of the senior girls 1500m from Julia Kazmerczak of HF Rathcoole. Many of these will be in action again tomorrow when the 800m is scheduled.
Belvedere dominated in the field, with Eoin Molloy senior hammer with a best of 45.89m and Tom de Jong senior shot with 13.38m among the day’s winners. Jake Robin’s throw of 44.91m proved just enough for him to win the inter boys’ hammer from his schoolmate Ian Taylor who threw 44.01m, while Seán Thompson won the inter triple jump with a leap of 12.50m.
Of the girls, Ruth Dwyer from St Wolstan’s proved the class of the field in the junior javelin, with her throw of 28.10m putting her over 14 metres ahead of the rest.