Waterford athletes representing Universities and Institutes of Technologies at the All Ireland Inter Varsity Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday last won three titles and also had second and third placings. Three athletes who compete with West Waterford had the victories. Brother and sister Thomas and Lisa Houlihan both won pole vault titles, Thomas representing UL cleared a great height of 4.50 metres and Lisa's effort was 2.85 metres,the other winner was James Ledingham in the 1500 metres in 3.56.90 Silver medal winners were World University 400 metres hurdles champion Thomas Barr UL in the 200 metres in a fine time of 21.46 seconds and was obviously running over the shorter distance working on his speed and Niamh Whelan again from UL was second in the 60 metres in 7.54,Andrew Connick WIT was third in the 1500 metres in 3.59.80.
Scottish title for Joe
In the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday last the ever consistent Joe Gough West Waterford won the Scottish Master's over 60 indoor title in another great time of 2 minutes 17.9 seconds . Munster Schools X Country
Athletes from Waterford schools won many medals individual and team on Thursday last in Cork at the GloHealth Munster Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Tramore Park. Lucy Holmes Árd Scoil na n Déise won the junior race and in second place behind her was Tara Ramaswmy Presentation Convent, another second placing went to Jake Bagge Árd Scoil na Mara in the junior grade also and in fourth place in the same race was Michael Troy St Augustine's,also fourth was Oisín O'Riordan Dungarvan CBS at minor level, Two athletes placed sixth in their races were Kate Mc Grath Árd Scoil na n Déise at senior level and Una O'Brien Waterpark in the minor grade,7th placings went to Miceál Power St Augustine's senior ,Kate Hickey Árd Scoil na n Deise in the minor section, there was an 8 th placing by Conor Mullaney Blackwater CC in junior grade, 9 th placings by Aoife Kennedy Blackwater CC junior, Hannah De Paor Mean Scoil San Nioclás senior.10th placings by Senan Travers St Augustine's junior, Barry Keane St Declan's senior,two were 11 th Hugo Blair Waterpark intermediate, Cormac O'Mahony Dungarvan CBS junior and 12 th placings went to Emily Goff Ursuline junior,Luke Power Dungarvan CBS junior Mary Kate Prendergast Árd Scoil na n Deise minor, and Niall Blackwell Mean Scoil San Nioclás intermediate. In team competitions St Augustine's won two the minor and junior boys and were second in the senior girls, Árd Scoil na nDeise won the junior girls and had a second in the intermediate and a third in the senior girls, other second placings went to Waterpark minor girls,Dungarvan CBS junior boys, De La Salle senior boys,Ursuline were second in intermediate girls and third in the junior girls
Munster Juvenile Indoors
A small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the Munster under 9 to 12 indoor Championships in Nenagh last week end and three from Waterford AC won titles, Sisters Cassandra and Sarah Abullo both won long jump titles under 9 and under 10 respectively and David Scanlon won the under 12 high jump,he is a nephew of Susan Smith our Olympian athlete of yore, third behind David was Conor Walsh Tramore and for Ferrybank Petra Igwe was third in the under 10 60 metres.
Kilmacthomas 5 Miles
180 competed in the 14 th Annual Bausch and Lomb 5 miles road race in Kilmacthomas on Sunday last another race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series with the proceeds going to Waterford Hospice. The following were the results; Men .1st Brian Murphy Carrick AC 26.08 2nd Trevor Power Waterford AC 26.31 3rd Michael P.O'Regan Leevale AC 26.58 Age Categories M40 P.J.Scollard Waterford AC 27.54 M45 Yevgeniy Chizhikov West Waterford AC 30.M50 Martin Hayes do 30.22. M55 Larry Lacey St.Joseph's AC 31.07 Junior Jamie Mc Carthy Waterford AC 29.42 Women 1st Kate Veale West Waterford AC 32.38 2nd Phyllis Flynn Stragglers 33.55 3rd Hannah May Flynn London Harriers AC 34.14 F35 Laura Flavin West Waterford AC 34.36 F40 Jennifer Murphy ind 35.26 F45 Brea Cooke Waterford AC 35.32 F50 Gabrielle Blair Waterford AC 36.
Athlone Indoor International
This Wednesday the annual Athlone Indoor International takes place starting at 7 pm with the World pole vault champion heading the list of top class athletes competing. It will be broadcast live on Irish TV & YouTube. Sponsored by AIT Sport, coverage of the Irish Sports Network production runs from 7pm to 10pm & can be found in Ireland on Sky 191, eirVision 191, Freesat 400 & irishtv.ie plus also live on YouTube.
Munster fixture in Nenagh
On Saturday and Sunday next its the turn of the higher juvenile age groups to compete in their Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh The age groups are under 13 to 19 and Waterford will be very well represented there first event both days 10 am.
34th Annual Deise College 10 KM.
The final race in the Michael Roche carpets spring series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place at 11am on Sunday next.Race Headquarters Dungarvan GAA Club where entries will be taken from 10 am.
Late Cashel Riordan
A top class athlete from my own era and very well known to several other Waterford athletes of the same era still around passed away recently Cashel Riordan from Cork who ran with St Finbarr's was a fine 440yd and 220 yd runner winning the All Ireland 440 yds in 1961,62 and 66,the 220 yds in 1966 and 300 yds in 1961 and 62, he was also very much part of Cork City Sports as starter,sympathy is extended to his family from all those that knew him in the Waterford athletic fraternity.