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Thursday 8 December 2016

Athletics: East Leinsters: Runner Healy proves to be in a class of her own

Deirdre Healy (Inst of Ed) winning the senior girls 1500m at the East Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships
Deirdre Healy (Inst of Ed) winning the senior girls 1500m at the East Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships

Deirdre Healy of the Institute of Education was a clear winner of the senior girls’ 1500m at the opening day of the East Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry yesterday.

In the chase for the line, Eileann Ní Scanlain beat her Coláiste Íosagáin team mate Sorcha Ní Fhionnuallaigh for second place.

Winning a competitive  senior boys’ 1500m was Patrick McGabhann of DLS Churchtown, who beat Blackrock’s Luke McCann  and Ruadhan Ó Gráda of Coláiste Eoin. Leinster cross-country champion Emma O’Brien of Dominican Wicklow showed a welcome return to form when she beat Jodie McCann of Rathdown for the inter title, with Sophie Murphy from Mount Anville in third place.

Continuing her increasingly long winning streak at this level was Holy Child Killiney’s Sarah Healy who won the junior 1500m in some style. Mount Anville pair Rose Anne Farrell and Julie Ringrose finished in the minor placings. Mount Anville took a win in the senior girls’ 400m where  Sabhdh McCarrrick beat Shirley Shiels from Rathdown and Maryfield’s Stephanie McCall.

Another athlete continuing a long winning streak was Molly Scott of Coláiste Chonglais who won the inter 80m hurdles from Niamh Gowing of Mount Anville, with High School’s Ella Schmidt, the daughter of Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt, third.

Winning the senior girls’ 400m was  In the girls’ javelin, Niamh Ní Siocháin of Coláiste Íosagáin won the inter girls title with a throw of 24.20m, while Nicola Torrans of Loreto St Stephen’s Green took minor gold with a best of 21.64.

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