In Athlone on Friday last at the Irish University Indoor Championships two Waterford athletes regularly in the winner's enclosure representing different Universities won National University titles. Niamh Whelan competing for UL won the 200 metres in a time of 24.20 seconds and also finished third in the 60 metres in 7.52. The second winner was Kate Veale representing DCU and she was a class apart in winning the 1500 metres walk easily in 6 minutes 28.9 seconds and Cian O'Brien WIT was third in the high jump with a personal best of 1.85metres
East Munster Schools X Country
On Thusday last at WIT Sports Campus Grounds the East Munster Secondary schools X Country Championships were staged and athletes from Waterford schools had very good results individually including two wins and in team competitions. A number were involved in thrilling finishes and in the intermediate boys race Jake Bagge Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore and Matteo Mary St Declan's Kilmacthomas dominated the race and it looked as if Mary had shaken of his rival with 100 yds to go but Bagge with a renewed effort close home got the verdict. The second winner Tara Ramasawamy Presentation again at Intermediate level was one of the most impressive of the day as she led practically from the start and went further away as the race progressed,several silver and bronze medals were also won. Team prizes were won by Waterpark senior girls, St Augustine's senior and inter boys,Ard Scoil na n Deise intermediate girls and De La Salle junior boys
Joe still setting Master's Records
In the National Sports Centre in Abbotstown on Thursday last at an indoor meeting Joe Gough West Waterford ran the 800 metres in a terrific time of 2 minutes 18.99 seconds and this was a new Irish record in the over 65 age group and when he set the new figures he did it in style beating the old mark by 15 seconds.In Dunboyne on Saturday at a Throws meeting Cara Kennedy Ferrybank won the senior hammer with a throw of 57.31 metres and her father Pat won the over 60 shot putt and hammer. In Seattle USA last week end Barry KeaneWaterford ran a very good 5000 metres being timed at 13 minutes 58 seconds.
Munster Juvenile Indoors report
On Saturday and Sunday last the first two days of the Munster Juvenile Indoor Championships were held and Waterford AC athletes did very well winning four titles. Three of these came in Walking events. Maebh O'Connor won the under 14 title over 1000 metres ,Clare Caulfieldthe under 15 over 1000 metres also and Órla O'Connor the under 19 over 1500 metres with Ruth Heery second while Sandra Abullo won the u 12 long jump and was second in the 600 metres. For Finisk Valley Eddie Raicevic won the under 10 60 metres and long jump and for Ferrybank Petra Igwe was second in the 60 metres and long jump and Fion Phelan third in the u 11 600 metres.In Clarenbridge Co Galway on Sunday the All Ireland B Cross Country Championships were held with huge entries in each event and medals for first twelve home. Two KCK athletes Rebecca Walsh and Roisin Power were 10 th and 11 th under 11.
Power wins Anne Valley 5 miles.
330 competed in the 12 th Annual Anne Valley 5 miles in Dunhill on Saturday last and Trevor Power was a very easy winner in a time of 26 minutes 31 seconds,Noel Murphy was second in 27.54 and Mark Mc Kenna was third in 27.58 all three Waterford AC. First lady home fresh from her All Ireland University 1500 m walk title the previous day was Kate Veale West Waterford in 33.01,Bethan Lyons was second in 33.27 and Louise Mahony was third in 33.39. The category winners were as follows Men junior Conor Shiels Waterford,M40 David Smyth do, M45 Michael O'Mahony do,M50 John Casey (Ind), M55 Conor Geary (Waterford) ,M60 Thomas Burns Waterford M65 Joe Gough West Waterford ( in 31.29) .Women Junior Lisa Murphy (Ind). F35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank, F40 Naomi Doonan Ardnahoe Trotters,F45 Maria White West Waterford F50 Sharon Flynn Saturday Road Runners, F55 Clare Fowler do, F60 Deirdre Power Carrick Road Runners. The first three boys in the juvenile races were Finlay Mc Ardy, James Drea and Cathal O'Brien and girls Aisling Mulner, Beth Doonan and Hannah Comerford. Once again it was a very well organised event and proceeds go to Jack and Jill Foundation.
All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships this week end
The coming weekend sees the big Indoor fixture of the season take place. Its the Irish Life Health All Ireland Senior Indoor Championships in Abbotstown. As usual a small number of Waterford athletes are expected to be in the shake up for titles. Thomas Barr is expected to compete as is Niamh Whelan, Kate Veale ,Orla O'Connor to mention just a few. On Wednesday February 21 st the International Indoor meeting is in Athlone and on Thursday February 22nd the Munster Secondary Schools X Country Championship finals are in WIT Sports Campus
.Late Tom Connors
The death took place recently after a long illness of Tom Connors Faha Kilmacthomas. Tom was a member of Waterford AC for a few years in the 1970's and he was a very successful sprinter,long and triple jumper with the club and had a great career with De La Salle in Colleges Competition prior to this.He was also very involved with the Bally AC in the Kilmacthomas area as were his family.He won the Munster senior 100 yds in 1971.,he won the All Ireland Junior long jump in 1973 In Schools competition he was second in the Senior All Ireland triple jump and won a Tailteann u 19 title.Of a quiet disposition he was very popular with all his fellow athletes and officials .On behalf of all involved in Waterford Athletics deepest sympathy is extended to his family and relations. Ar dheis Dé ga raibh a anam Dílis.