The Leinster Secondary Schools Minor & Junior sections took place on Wednesday in Santry. Once again we had a strong representation at this highly competitive track meet. Congrats to Robyn O’Brien, Anna Daly and Sarah Healy on taking individual honours
In the Minor Boys, Pappy Tucker (St Michaels) rounded off another fine season with a strong third place in the 1100m. Pappy decided to sit in the pack for the majority of the race and picked off those in front with 200m to go with his great “kick” and only narrowly missing out on second place. A great result for Pappy who has returned to some outstanding form over the last few months.
In the Junior Girls, Anna Daly (Holy Child Killiney), once again demonstrated her great all round talent in securing the Gold medal over the 75mH. When you consider the range of distances (Track & XC) that Anna competes over, this is a phenomenal result with some very strong competition on the day. Well done to Anna.
In the Junior Girls 100m, Robyn O’Brien (Mount Anville) deservedly got her hands on the Individual title with a classy performance. This is a great reward for Robyn who has been knocking on the door over the last 6 months with a string of consistent performances. She followed this up with an equally impressive Bronze medal in the 200m. A great day all round for her.
In the Junior girls 1500m, Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney) and AmyRose Farrell (Mount Anville) were part of a very strong field. The first half of the race was very cagey but the two girls took up the running with 800m to go with Sarah moving through the gears and covering the last two laps in an impressive split time to secure another Leinster title. AmyRose Farrell’s strong front running in the second part of the race rewarded her with a fine third place. Well done to both girls.
Alana Scanlan (Sion Hill) and Will Hickey (St Michaels) were competing in the LJ & Discus and both had fine performances with top 5 finishes.
Spare a thought for Lara Gilespie and Natasha Twomey who were both competing in the Junior Girls 800m. Both girls had falls in the early stages of a physical race and did well to continue on until Natasha tumbled again getting badly spiked. Lara bravely finished the race but picked up an ankle injury whilst Natasha dusted herself down and whilst heavily bandaged took her place on the Mount Anville relay team that secured second place. She was joined by Robyn O’Brien and Sarah O’Dea on the team.
Well done to all girls (Top 3) who have qualified for the All Ireland Secondary schools finals in a few weeks.
PHOTOS HERE courtesy of Michelle O’Brien