Sarah and Tommy lead the way at Leinster Schools with a strong showing from our club athletes (with photos)

Sarah and Tommy lead the way at Leinster Schools with a strong showing from our club athletes (with photos)

It was a case of fast times, PB’s and records tumbling at Santry yesterday as our athletes competed for their respective schools in the Leinster T&F championships. We had 11 athletes competing on the first day and  congratualtions to Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) and Tommy O’Brien (Blackrock Col) who secured titles over 1100m and 100m Hurdles respectively.

Robyn O’Brien (Mount Anville) continues to show her great competitive edge and got the Blackrock contingent off to a flying start in a very fast 80m finishing in second place with a PB OF 10.9 sec. Nicole Gallagher (Loreto Foxrock) also had a fine run in this race finishing in 6th place. Well done to both girls and in particular to Robyn who has been very consistent in 2014.

Anna Daly (Holy Child) was only competing in her second hurdles race (75mh) and blitzed through the field finishing in second place. A great result and no doubt more to come from her in the future.

Tommy O’Brien (Blackrock College) has been showing great form recently and stormed to victory in the Inter Boys 100mh with a 14.43 time and a well deserved first Leinster Title. Tommy will be looking to build on this as he now goes on to represent his school at the All Irelands in late May.

There was a record breaking run in the Minor Boys 800m and Mark Fitzgibbon (Willow Park) will have learnt a great deal from this race with the winning time a staggering 2 min 02 secs from Mark Milner of Tullamore.

There was also a record breaking run in the girls Minor 500m where AmyRose Farrell (Mt Anville) and Lara Gillespie (Wesley College) had a great tussle down the strait finishing 2nd & 3rd respectively. The winning time was a superb 1 min 17 secs from Kate O’Connor of Drogheda. Well done to our girls on their top 2nd/3rd place finishes.

Reigning All Ireland champion, Sarah Healy (Holy Child) went from the gun in the Minor Girls 1100m and set a blistering pace and great form in holding off a very fast field to win in 3 mins 25 secs with Natasha Twomey (Mt Anville) very unlucky to be run out of third place, finishing fourth in 3 min 27 secs. Well done to both girls in what was a very fast race and in particular to Sarah Healy on another schools title.

Robyn and Natasha were joined by Sarah O’Dea as Mt Anville finished second to St Vincents Drogheda in the 4 x 100m Relay. The winning time was another Leinster record.

Some photos included courtesy of Suzanne Clarke/ Michael O’Brien