Athletics: Santry is set for combined classic
Leinster champion Nolan faces huge test from south in shape of Munster king Stam
SANTRY is the venue for Saturday's Aviva Irish Schools' Combined Events Championships, with a showdown between Leinster champion Colm Nolan and Munster's Eric Stam in the boys' intermediate class the likely highlight.
Stam, of Coachford College, won the Munster title with a score of 3,875 points at last week's round of provincial championships.
An exceptional shot putter, he also picked up valuable points in the hurdles, long jump and 200m. Less than 300 points behind that total was Enniscorthy Vocational School's Nolan, winner of the Leinster title and third in the All-Irelands last year.
His time of 23.5 for the 200m would put him ahead of Stam, as would his long jump best of 6.21, while the pair look evenly matched in the 100m hurdles.
Also representing Leinster is Owen Scully, of Pres Carlow, whose strongest events are the hurdles and 200m. Maryfield's Sara McCarthy won a closely fought girls' intermediate title at the Leinsters, holding off Nessa Cooper Millet from Kilkenny College, who had been fourth at last year's All-Irelands.
Millet ran an exceptional 12.20 for the 80m hurdles, and although she was behind in the long jump and high jump, almost caught McCarthy in the final 800m race when she picked up big points for her time of 1 mins 25 secs.
David McGeary, Kilkenny CBS, won the senior boys' Leinster with a score of 3,157 points, thanks to his 200m and high jump.
In the junior events, Ciaran Corrigan, Nobber CS, held off a determined challenge from Aaron Whelan, Portarlington CS, to win junior gold by a mere 136 points.
In an equally close junior girls' contest, Lauren Dwyer of St Leo's beat Dunshaughlin's Elizabeth Mooreland by 149 points.
An impressive total of 162 young athletes turned out for the Leinster Championships.