East Leinsters sends more Clonliffe athletes to finals (update)

Today (Wednesday) was day 2 of the East Leinster schools track and field held in nice Spring conditions in the Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend. Our spy there has confirmed Leinster qualification for Hope Saunders in the inter 800, speaking after the race Hope was very satisfied with her run which had gone exactly to plan and she looks forward to more on the same in tomorrow`s 1500 at the same venue. A good positive run also in this race from Stephanie McCaul, 7th in a new pb of 2.38.

Megan Coomber was 2nd in the senior 100 to go through to the finals in two weeks time. Tomorrow Megan will be a big favourite to win the long jump. Amy Connolly successfully negotated the heats in the mior 80, there was an entry over 50 athletes in this event, and placed 6th in the final, an excellent showing. Her club mate Kate Hanley also put in a great performance in the heats and wasn`t far off qualifying for the final. Andrew Heney retained his senior high jump title.

Yesterday (Tuesday) at day 1 Paul Courtney ran very well in the inter boys 2,000 steeple chase, in first run over the barriers, to place 4th.

Today Thursday Hope Saunders was 1st in the inter 1500 and therefore qualifies for both 800 and 1500 on Saturday May 15th. In the long jump as expected Megan Coomber took the senior East Leinster title, but not without some drama, as she suffered a spike injury to her leg which restricted her to only one jump, and a visit to hospital for stitches.