There were outstanding performances from Clonliffe Harriers athletes for their schools in today`s Leinster Schools track and field in the Morton Stadium. Thankfully the rain held off for the day as the black clouds kindly drifted away over head. After the qualifiers today really was the business end of things with serious competion to be faced in all events. At the end of a long day the club`s athletes held four Leinster titles and took home some eleven individual medals.
The first title of the day came from an unlikely source young Greg Hossenny, last night he ran his first sub 60 400 in Tallaght at the Juvenile league today he did battle for St. Aidans in the junior 1200 race walk and was superb leading from the off to win his first Leinster title. Soon more followed, also in the walks as senior Ryan Cleary (Belvedere) took a fine win (14.56.93) in the 3,000m senior race. In the inter boys 2,000 Niall Norman was just out of the medals in 4th place.
In the field events Simon Galligan in the black and white of Belvedere won the senior hammer 58.42. Andrew Heney (Mount Temple) was 2nd in the senior high jump (1.90), 2nd also for Megan Coomber in the senior long jump with a very encouraging 5.42m. Paddy O`Hanlon jumped very well in the inter boys recording a new pb of 5.67 for 4th place. In the javelin Ryan Whelan was 2nd in the senior boys (52.40), Andrea Lidova was also 2nd in the inter boys with 40.86.
Ian Guiden took his first Leinster title in his last Leinster for St. Aidans with a superb display of front running winning by over half a lap in a pb of 15.11.21. A superb run also by Adam O`Brien in the inter 3000 winning bronze in 9.28.69. In the senior girls 400 Seanna Reilly took Leinster bronze in 60.85. A brillant bronze also for Laura Tuite after a great run in the inter 1500 her finishing speed bring her from 4th to bronze and only inches away from silver and taking a chunk off her pb in running 4.55.87. Hope Saunders also ran exceptionally well today, a real bruiser of an inter girls 800 when she was knocked from 4th to last at the bell and then battled back to 4th (2.29.76)and two hours later she lined up for the 1500 where the effort of her earlier race caught up, still a battling 5th (5.10) in Leinster is still pretty impressive indeed. A good run as well today By Greta Streimikite the senior 3000m as she continues to improve with every race.
On now to the All Ireland Schools Finals on June 1st. Congratulations to all the club`s qualifiers on a job well done.