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Great performances in Track & Field including yet another National Junior Record

Over the course of the past week there have been some superb performances by Clonliffe’s athletes in the Dublin Graded Meet held on Wednesday last, theKitKat Leinster Schools held on Saturday where pride of place goes to Anthony McCreery, competing for his school Belvedere in the pole vault which Anthony won in a new national junior record of 4.75M, and in Sunday’s AAI Games.

First off was the Dublin Athletic Board Graded Meeting no. 4 which was held in difficult conditions at the Irishtown Stadium on Wednesday the 17th of May. The torrential rain of earlier in the day had cleared however there was a wet track and gusting strong breezes to greet the athletes, particularly in the home straight. Once again Emma Cooper continues to show her excellent form in running a very strong 3000M to finish 3rd in Grade A in a time of 10:43.48, the top three only being separated by 2 seconds.

In the Men’s 3000M Clonliffe were represented by Dara Boylan who placed 4th in the Grade B race in a time of 10:12 and by Chris Troy in the Grade C race who recorded a time of 12:05.

John Fay ran in the 400M in Grade C placing 2nd in a time of 59:51.

The last race of the day was the Men’s 1500M in which there was a very classy field including Colm Rooney, Mark Kenneally and Gary O’Hanlon. The field also included Michael Clohissey of Raheny and Paul McNamaraDavid Campbell of St. Cocas won the race in a time of 3:55.84 with fast finishing Colm Rooney finishing 2nd in 3:56.69 having overhauled Mark Kenneally on the final straight, Mark recording 3:57.74 with Gary placing 6th in a time of 3:59.56.

The action then moved on to Santry for the KitKat Leinster Schools on another wet Saturday and again a number of our young athletes performed superbly with pride of place going to Anthony McCreery, in the colours of Belvedere, who won the pole vault with a vault of 4.75M to again set a new national junior record.

Luke Mangan (Belvedere) was again in great form in the throws, winning the discus in the Boys intermediate section with a throw of 43.53M and also winning theshotputt with a throw of 16.09M.

Mark McDonald (St. Aidans) won the inter 800M in a time of 2.00.74.

The action then moved back to the Irishtown Stadium for the AAI Games which took place on Sunday in truly awful conditions. Clonliffe had four athletes taking part.

Daniel Kavanagh was 6th in the 100M in a time of 11:10 whilst in the 200M Daniel Tobin was 3rd in a time of 22:05Robert Malseed placed 7th in the3000M in a time of 9:16.52 and our sole lady athlete was Snezana Bechtina who was 4th in the Women’s long jump, her longest jump being 4.76M.

For full results of Dublin Graded Meet see www.dublinathletics.com. For full result of Leinster Schools and AAI Games see www.athleticsireland.ie.

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