Top marks for Clonliffe athletes at Leinster Schools

A sun drenched Morton Stadium was the venue for the second and final day of the Aviva Leinster Schools Track & Field with Leinster titles and places in the All Ireland`s at stake. Another batch of top class performances from the Clonliffe athletes and at the end of the day there were Leinster senior titles for Ryan Cleary in the race walk and Aaron Hanlon in the 5,000.

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Pictured: Greg Hosseny 3rd Inter Race Walk

The walkers were first into the fray bright and early with Ryan totally dominating the senior 3000 race, grinding the field into the ground winning in 13.56.21 and he now goes to Tullamore on May 31st to defend his All Ireland Schools title. Niall Norman also put in a sterling shift to finish 3rd in that senior race. In the inter 2,000m walk Greg Hosseny took a fine 3rd to also book his Tullamore place. Sean O`Leary in the junior walk was 5th, then 3rd as 3rd and 4th were DQ`d, and then DQ`d himself!

Andrea Liadov took bronze in the inter boys javelin with a best throw of 40.31m. Megan Comber competing in the senior girls long jump took silver and 5th in the 100.

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Pictured: Inter boys 800 Joseph Hession & Greg Hosseny

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Pictured: Inter boys 1500 Cathal Doyle 3rd and Dave O`Hanlon

In the middle distance races there was a great battling run by Cathal Doyle, who had been sick this week, to take inter 1500 3rd place (4.19.82). His schools mate Dave O`Hanlon placed 5th. No luck in the inter 800 for Joseph Hession placing 5th, but with another year in inter will benefit from the experience, a tired Greg Hossenny finishing well down the field. In the girls races Sally Ahern was 7th in the inter 800 while Laura Tuite was in that unlucky 4th place in the senior 1500.

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Pictured: Inter 800 Sally Ahern

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Pictured: Laura Tuite Senior 1500

Onto the distance races then were Adam O`Brien displayed real battling qualities as he slipped to 4th in the inter 3000 with 200 to go but then unleashing a great kick to propel himself back up to 2nd in a nippy 9.14.43. Then the final individual track race of the day and an extremely efficient run by Aaron Hanlon, the class of the field to comfortably win the Leinster senior 5000 title (15.14.14).

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Pictured: Aaron Hanlon Leinster senior boys 5,000 Champion