Track and Field

Fintan Walsh reports

WIT crowned Munster University Champions
After a few years of close races WIT cross country team battled hard to win the Munster Universities Men’s Cross Country Championships on home soil at WIT Sports Campus on Wednesday last.
Andrew Connick WIT took a commanding lead immediately after the start, following behind was last years winner Mark O’Sullivan from CIT and WIT’s new scholarship athlete James Moore.

: The WIT ladies team that competed at the Universities Cross Country Championships last week.

: The WIT ladies team that competed at the Universities Cross Country Championships last week.

The early lead established allowed Andrew to run relaxed and lead the WIT team around the course to take the individual title. James Moore was the second man home for WIT in fourth place overall. With the first five men to score for each team UL looked a certainty with their early finishers with men in 3rd,5th, 6th and 7th place.
WITs men’s team captain Shane O’Rahilly was next home in 9th place closely followed by Neil Fox 10th, in 12th place and on his debut for WIT Brian Cuddihy was the 5th scorer on the team. He was closely followed by Louis O’Carroll who pushed Limerick’s 5th man back into 14th place overall. Final man home was Richard Lucas who is finding form again after a lay off with injury.
With the results totted up WIT and University of Limerick had an equal share of the points with 36 points each but the new man Cuddihy who was the 5th scorer in 11th place was the difference with Limericks 5th scorer in 14th place so WIT took the title.
The women’s race won by Una Rowe, WIT with Jennifer Rice 2nd and Claire Manning in 3rd place.
Niamh Tebay, Jenny O’Loughlin and Orla Mc Philips who had led the field but misplaced the laps made up the remainder of the field. The clubs members now turn their attention to the IUAA cross country champs in Sligo on the 5th of March

Munster Juvenile Success
Athletes from Waterford AC and Ferrybank won several titles at the Munster U13 to u19 Indoor Championships in Nenagh last weekend.
For Waterford AC in particular it was a very successful week end. Their athletes won a total of 26 medals including six gold. Their winners were Cian O’Brien u19 high jump and triple jump, Dion Ryan u18 high jump and hurdles Órla O’Connor u17 walk and Emma Caulfield u15 walk. Silver medals winners were Dion Ryan u18 triple jump and shot putt, Rachel Stephens u17 shot putt, James Murphy u17 60m hurdles and long jump, Jack Corcoran u13 60 m hurdles Evan Hayes u14 high jump, Anna O’ Connor u17 1500 m walk Cian O’Brien u19 long jump and Luke Brennan u16 800 metres.
Bronze medals went to Paul Sullivan u19 long jump and triple jump, Jack Corcoran u13 high jump, Emily O’Mahony u16 long jump, Luke Brennan u16 1500m, Lance Baylon 60 m hurdles and long jump, Ruth Heery u17 1500 m walk, Dion Ryan u18 long jump and James Murphy u17 200 metres
For Ferrybank Katie Murphy had a superb treble winning the 60, 200 metres and long jump u17, Anne Corcoran won the u18 shot putt and Praise Oweye the u14 long jump. Silver medals were won by Tadgh Brennan u18 1500 metres, Kylie Heinen u15 high jump, Kate Nolke u13 high jump, Sinead O’ Regan u18 high jump. Bronze medal winners were Praise Oweye u14 60 metres and Sinéad O’Regan u18 long jump. Denise O’Connor Tramore won silver in the u 19 shot putt and bronze in the hurdles and long jump.

Déise College 10K
180 competed in the 34th annual Déise College 10 km road race in Dungarvan on Sunday last and first home was William Maunsell Clonmel in 32 minutes and 1 second.
David Mansfield Clonliffe Hrs was second in 32.23 and Trevor Power Waterford third in 33.01.
First lady home was Sally Forristal St Joseph’s in 39.27, Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 41.50 and Sandra Prendergast was third in 42.15 both West Waterford.
The following were the category winners Men; M40 Frank Quinlan (Waterford) M45 Tomás Mahony, (West Waterford), M50 Martin Hayes, M55 Gerry Cantwell.
Women; F 35 Nicola McGlennon (Ind), F40 Esther Murphy (Midleton), F45 Andrea Gaffney (West Waterford), F50 Libby Mc Ginn- Murphy (Ind ).
Series winners. Men Ravis Zakis (West Waterford), Women Kate Veale (West Waterford) It was the final race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series

All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships
On Saturday and Sunday next the All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships are in Athlone and a small number of athletes from Waterford will be participating.
These include Niamh Whelan and Andrew Connick Ferrybank, Thomas Houlihan, Miceál Power and Seán Curran West Waterford. One notable absentee will be multiple title holder Kelly Proper who has been injured but the good news is that she is back in training. The fixture begins at 12 noon on Saturday and at 11.30 am Sunday

All Stars Banquet
The Athletics Ireland Juvenile All Star Awards will be presented at a Banquet in Tullamore on Saturday next. Each year an athlete from each of the thirty two counties is honoured and the Waterford recipient this year will be Neasa Murphy Ferrybank AC

University and Schools Cross Country
On Saturday March 5th the Irish University Cross Country Championships and Irish Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships are on Sligo Racecourse

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