Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Leinster Championships U14-19 20 & 21 June 2009

The Leinster Championships took place over the weekend, six Le Chéile atheltes took part in events over the two days.

Julie Boyle and Erica Dixon were down on day one, Julie competed in the 80m hurdles and 200m sprints. Julie got off to a flying start and was 2nd in the 80m hurdles, we are just waiting on confirmation on the time but hopefully it will be a new pb. Julie was 4th in her 200m heat, just missing out on a place in the final. The girls u17 inter County relay was one of the last events of the day, Julie was on the County team, they ran a stomer, Julie paid tribute to Sinead Lawlor of Celbridge AC who ran the last leg of the relay and took the team home to gold - Leinster County Champions , this young u17 team will go forward to the All-Ireland relays, please note that Julie is curently an U16 athlete. Congratulations Julie on your success and best of luck in the All-Irelands.

Erica Dixon competed in the 3000m on day one, unfortunately Erica in 3rd position suffered an asthma attack and had to withdaw after 5.5 laps.

An early start to day two saw Sean Kelly and Fiachra Mac Suibhne u14 compete in the Shot putt event. There were 13 athletes listed, Sean threw a best of 6.78m in his first Leinster Competition 8th overall, Congratulations Sean. Fiachra in a best throw of 7.11 made it into the final 8 - however the final shot putt had to wait as Fiachra was called to his 800m - straight final. This 800m U14 is a tough event no longer middle distance but a sprint. Fiachra was to the rear of the pack in a very fast 1st 400m 62sec - however he put the boot down when I gave him a shout with 250m to go and overtook 5 athletes to finish in a very respectable 8th position overall.

Fiachra returned to his shot putt final, Fiachra proceeded to have 3 further throws with a best of 7.55m with left him 5th over all - Congratulations Fiachra on your first Leinster competition, unfortunately the first 4 go through to the All-Irelands.

Conor Murphy -U16 athlete was next to take to the track, Conor has been out injured for the last 3 months and despite his coaches advice was determined to run in the 800m as apposed to the 1500m favoured by his coach. Conor as usual was very relaxed prior to his event, he set off well and was in the middle of the pack, the first athlete went through 400m in 58 sec so a fast race - Conor was not put off and tried his best to keep in touch with the lead athlete, Conor finished in 6th position in a very respectable time of 2.23, which equalled his Nenagh indoor performance.

U18 Javelin Leinster Champion
Erica Dixon had a early start on day two of the competition, having put day one behind her, Erica proceeded t0 throw a PB 30.08 in the u18 Javelin competition, Erica will make the top 20 Irish List of all competing athletes at Junior, Senior and International level (see AAI top 20 list). Congratulations on your success and best of luck in the All-Irelands.

For a complete set of results from the event - click here.

Le Cheile have the following athletes competing in the Juvenille u12 -U19 All Irelands which will take place over 11/12 & 18th July 2009;
Niamh Kane U12 80m sprint (Leinster Champion)
Sean Flanagan U13 80m sprint(2nd), Long Jump (Leinster Champion) & 600m

Julie Boyle U16 80m Hurdles (2nd) & inter County Kildare 4 x 100m (Leinster Champions)
Erica Dixon U18 Javelin (Leinster Champion)

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