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Friday 9 December 2016

Athletics: Joey’s rise to challenge sealing Cup success

St Joseph’s Boys athletes celebrate at the final meet of the Cabra Schools Challenge Cup.
St Joseph’s Boys athletes celebrate at the final meet of the Cabra Schools Challenge Cup.

Despite an earlier finish due to a severe hail storm St Josephs’s Schools for the Deaf confirmed its position at the top of the Cabra Schools Challenge Cup table at the final athletics meet, held at St Joseph’s at Deaf Village Ireland in Cabra.

Coming into the meet,  the boys of St Joseph’s had an unbeatable lead of 728 points, with last year’s winners St Declan’s on 423 points and Coláiste Mhuire on 331. 

St Declan’s took some good points in the 100m, but it was not enough to catch St Joseph’s who dominated the shot  and javelin. A 12 metre effort  saw Nils Klusenkous winning the shot while Afolabi Okesanya won the javelin with 21 metres.  Another good performance came from all-rounder Edward Barr in the 600m.

Designed to keep transition year students physically active during the year, the  Challenge Cup consists of  eight meetings – one a month during the school year.

It started with waterpolo last September, followed by futsal,  basketball, swimming and waterpolo.  Another group stayed indoors for pool, chess, draughts and table tennis. St Joseph’s  proved strongest in all the sports except futsal, where St Declan’s picked up big points.  Most popular event yesterday was the 100m sprint with six heats.

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