Thursday 20 October 2016

Athletics: Sprinter Sean Lawlor on the double

Leinster Schools T&F Championship Day 2

A sprint double for Seán Lawlor of Kylemore College was just one highlight from the second day of the Glo Health Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Santry.

In both the 100m and the 200m, Lawlor beat his old rival Eoin Doherty of Drimnagh Castle. His winning time in the 100m was 10.89 secs; later he won the 200m in 22.17 secs.  Going one medal better was Mary Kate Lacey. She won the senior 100m and 200m and then helped Loreto Kilkenny to relay victory.

Molly Scott of  Scoil Conglais, who had won the 80m hurdles earlier in the week, was a comfortable winner of the inter girls’ 200m in 12.39secs, with Molly O’Reilly of Loreto Dalkey second. O’Reilly later won the 200m.

Blackrock’s Brian Masterson was another athlete in top form winning the senior 400m in 49.01 secs and anchoring Blackrock to relay victory.


In the senior girls’ 400m, Sophie Becker of St Mary’s New Ross was an impressive winner in 57.39 secs. She beat Carla Sweeney of St Mac Dara’s, who an hour earlier, had won the 800m in 2:22.15. 

Sweeney’s schoolmate Nadia Power won the senior 1500m in a tactical race led out by Deirdre Healy of the Institute of Education. Power tucked in behind her, only making her move at the bell and then sprinting away for a comfortable victory in 4:38.34. Finishing four seconds behind for second was Cliona Murphy of St Dominic’s Cabra with Healy holding on for third.

A lot closer was the senior boys’ 1500m  won by Andrew Coscoran of St Mary’s Drogheda in 4:05.98; Patrick McGowan of DLS Churchtown was second. No such drama in the inter boys’ 800m, won from the gun by Kevin McGrath of St Pat’s Navan.

At inter level, Robert Crowley of Knockbeg College and Eimear Fitzpatrick of Our Lady’s Templeogue won their respective 1500m races. Earlier in the week, Fitzpatrick had won the steeplechase in a new record time.

In the  senior 3000m, Hope Saunders of Mount Temple beat Isabel Carron of Skerries CC. No times were given. At the Munster Schools in Cork, ex-Skerries athlete Rhona Pierce, now with St Angela’s Cork, set a new record of 10:05.57 when winning the senior 3000m.


Four records were set in Santry, all in field events. Lauren O’Keeffe of Loreto Balbriggan threw 52.94m to add over eleven metres to the old inter girls’ hammer record, while in the inter girls’ shot, Niamh Fogarty of St Joseph’s improved the record to 13.56m.

A 5.56m in the senior girls’ long jump from multi-eventer Elizabeth Morland of Dunshaughlin added three cm to the record, while in the inter boys’ pole vault, Robert Ivers of CBC Monkstown’s height of  3.85m  was four cm better than the previous record.

Coming close were Eoin Sheridan of St Finian’s Mullingar in the senior discus where he threw 54.40m – 40 centimetres off Nick Sweeney’s record – and Ryan Carly Walsh of Good Counsel with 2.03m in the inter high jump, just a centimetre off the record.

Winning both the senior girls’ shot and discus was Anne Marie Torsney from Plunkett College. Her 43.20m in the discus put her over ten metres clear of the field.

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