May 13, 2009 [Noel Guiden] A day of highs and lows for Clonliffe athletes in day 1 of the Leinster Schools Championships in the Morton Stadium today. Star of the day was undoubtidly the Queen of the Hurdles Shauna Furman. Shauna at her final Leinster Schools won gold in the senior 400 hurdles and won silver in the 100 hurdles. Other highs were Mark Moloney`s bronze in the junior boys 100 hurdles and Jamie Rossister taking second place in the senior boys 2,000m steeple chase.
Also in that steeple chase Conor McGuinness was 5th and Jordan Logue, in his second run over the barriers, was 6th. Recent signing Liam Ashmore looked like a medalist all the way in the junior boys 800 until five meters from the line when he went from 2nd to 4th. Fintan Doherty also suffered the heart break of a 4th place finish in the boys U/16 mile, where Ian Guiden was most unlucky to suffer a bad ankle injury only 300m into the race ending his schools season.
Also on the injured in action list was Elaine Begley 4th in the junior hurdles and 5th in the long jump, injury preventing her continued involved in that competition beyond round 3. Rachel Murray also had a difficult day missing her 1,100m minor race and running in the junior 1500m where she found the going very hard. There will be better days ahead.
Day 2 of the Leinsters is on Saturday when hopefully our athletes will enjoy more highs than lows