St Laurence O’Toole A C topped table to reach National final
Last Sunday Saint Laurence O Toole AC travelled to Cork to take on eight of the sixteen top division 1 teams in Ireland while the other eight battled out in Belfast where the eight highest scoring teams qualify to the final on August 7th.
The Carlow did not disappoint and topped their eight teams in Cork scoring over 130 points, in fact St Laurence O’Toole A C topped all 16 teams and are favourites to take the division one title.
Taking maximum points today was sprinter Adam Murphy winning the 100m and 200m in fine style. Brian Kirwan took full points in the 3000m steeplechase but had to settle for second in the 5000m. Anu Awonusi took full points in the shot putt and placed second in the discus. Dylan Purcell won the pole vault and also took third in the 110m hurdles.
The Carlow team also clinched full points in the 4*100m relay, on the scoring team was Adam Murphy, Jack Mitchell, Brandon Martin and Johnny Mc Kenna.
Our second place finishers and putting up exceptional performances were Jamie Wall in the 800m, Jamie also doubled up and clinched third in the 400m hurdles. Dean Holmes was second in the 1500m. David Kidd was also second in the 3000m walk.
Matthew O Reilly doubled up too where he picked up third in the 56lb weight and fourth in the hammer throw. Jack Mitchell was third in the 400m while Tamilore Awonusi placed third in his first ever triple jump. Michael Garrigan was third in the javelin while SLOT 4*400m relay team of Jack Mitchell, Dean Holmes, Adam Murphy and Ken Archbald placed third. Also well done to Johnny Mc Kenna who placed fourth in the long jump and fifth in the high jump.
Also this Friday coming sees the third leg of the SLOT fit for life series 5km take place at the clubhouse, this will also be the first running of the Carlow county novice road championship.
Irish Schools team takes the silver in Kent at the SIAB International
On international duty in Kent England were the under 17 schools Irish team, where Chloe Hayden finished 5th in her 300m in a new personal best time and Winning the silver medal in the 4 x 100 relay.
Niall Harvey also finished 5th in the 800m and also won silver in the 4×400 relay. Dean Nolan finished a very creditable 7th in his pole vault event and the full squad of 80 team members claimed 2nd position overall, cheered on by family members and the huge travelling Irish support.
66 schools’ athletes represented Ireland at the SIAB Schools Track and Field International in the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, England over this weekend.
The Local athletes on the Irish team were:
300m 5th a new pb of 40.96s in the final and 4 x 100m Relay Squad was 2nd in a time of 47.90s, Chloe Hayden Gaelcholaiste Carlow.
High Jump Deana Kealy cleared a height of 1.64m Borris Vocational School
Long Jump Ruby Millet was 5th in the final with a jump of 5.47m Kilkenny College
800m 5th in 2.01.88s and 4 x 400m Relay Squad 2nd 3.26.52s, Niall Harvey Presentation College Carlow
3000m Cian Kelly 8th in final 9.28.89s, Knockbeg College
Pole Vault Deane Nolan 7th in 3.56m Scoil Chonglais Baltinglass
Many of the athletes copper fastened their places at the GloHealth Tailteann Games which took place on the first day of the National Senior Track and Field Championships on June 25.