COMBINED EVENTS : CROSS-COUNTRY: TRACK AND FIELD
The combined events championships sees athletes compete against each other in six events; 200m, 100m Hurdles, 800m, Shot Putt, Long Jump and High Jump. This obviously demands the mastery of a number of different disciplines, not to mention speed and power.
With that in mind congratulations to all the St. Mary’s athletes who competed at these events on Friday. All in all it was a very successful day for the college with some excellent performances, and a fair measure of success.
First and foremost, congratulations to 6th year student Declan Taggart who is now officially the best U-17 athlete in Connacht after a hard fought battle with team-mate Neil Hyland. By finishing 1st and 2nd both of these athletes have now qualified to compete at the National finals in Dublin next weekend, alongside Ger Cheevers, who finished in 4th place overall. Our other two athletes in the U-17 event were Gearoid O’Connor, who performed consistently throughout, and Kosta Gannon, who unfortunately slipped during the high Jump competition and ended up in casualty in Tullamore!
The U-15 competition was extremely competitive and closely fought, and resulted in 3rd year student Peter Roche just missing out on the Connacht title. He put in an excellent performance over his six events but in the end finished 2nd, missing out by just a fraction of a second. He also has the chance to make amends at the National finals next weekend.
This was Mary’s first appearance at these championships, and the lads involved have certainly set a high standard for those that follow in the years to come. Well done to all.
Congratulations to each of the St. Marys teams that competed so successfully in Loughrea on Thursday Feb 7th. Each team competing performed heroically, yielding two Connacht titles and a healthy collection of medals.
1. St. Marys A 2. Rice College Westport 3.St. Geralds, Castlebar 7.St. Marys B
St. Marys Teams and finishing positions (122 started).
Anthony Hebron (3), Eoin Molloy (6) Gary O’Connell (14), John Potter (22), Colin McDonagh (26), Evan Warde (27), Keith Collins (32), Osaze Osagie (37), Niall Kineen , Daniel Kerr, Wayne Ward, Hendrick Burke , Rory Lavelle , Francis Molloy, Jamie O’Grady, Joe Healy, Gabriel Darcy
Junior (U-15) (124 started)
1. St. Colmans Claremorris 2. Pres Athenry 3. St. Joseph’s Galway 4. St.Marys
St. Marys Team and finishing positions
David Mooney (16), David Higgins (22), Aaron McGinty (23) David Tarpey (35), James Wynne (67), Killian Moughan (69)
Intermediate (U-17) (132 started)
1. St. Marys 2. An Spideal 3. St. Josephs Foxford
St. Marys Team and finishing positions
Philip Ezergailis (11), Dean Higgins (12), David Wynne (17), Gearoid O’Connor (18), Shane Gallagher (27) David Heaney (35) Peter Roche (44), Keith Fallon (46)
Senior (U-!9) ( 124 started)
1. Rice College Westport 2.. St. Marys 3. St. Mels Longford
St. Marys Team and finishing positions
Ger Cheevers (8) Cathal Connolly (10), Fergal Barry (16), Robert Heaney (21), Micheal Forde (24), Colm Donohoe (34)Shane Morris (35), Conor Costello (47)
Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in very trying conditions. This was an excellent all round performance, easily justifying our position as best Athletics college in Connacht.
The Senior and Intermediate teams have now qualified to compete at the All-Ireland finals to be held in Loughrea on March 8th .
St. Marys College triumph at Connacht Athletics finals
On a day when a number of age old Championship records tumbled St.Marys College Galway athletes performed excellently at the Connacht Track and Field finals held at sunny Dangan last Wednesday. With athletes having qualified in no fewer than 57 events after the Galway Regional Finals two weeks previously the College were always going to be in with a chance of retaining the best overall Connacht School title, and this they did in style on the day. To achieve this fete they captured three of the four shields on offer, winning the Minor (U – 14), Intermediate (U – 17), and Senior (U–19), while coming second in the fourth competition, Junior(U – 15).
There were some wonderful performances from the college athletes all day. Star of the minor team was Osaze Osagie, who captured 100m sprint title in spectacular fashion. He was also an integral member of the winning 4 X 100m relay team along with Anthony Hebron, Eoin Molloy and Gary O’Connell, as well as finishing 3rd in the long jump. Molloy was another outstanding performer, finishing 2nd in the 800m and 3rd in the 200m events, where he was beaten by his second placed team-mate Hebron. The final member of the minor team, Micheal Shomefun, also played his part in the team victory when finishing 3rd in both the shot putt and the high jump competitions.
The college had managed to qualify only a handful of athletes in the Junior (U – 15) age group but these also did very well. John Elwood threw expertly to finish 2nd in the hammer and 3rd in the discus competitions. David Tarpey and James Wynne were also in the medals when finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in the race walk. Dan McArdle was off form in the hammer but still managed to finish 3rd, while David Higgins ran valiantly but was unable to make an impression in a very tough 1500m race, and the final team member David Mooney was unfortunate to finish just out of the medals in fourth place in the triple jump.
The Intermediate competition is traditionally the hardest competition to win since it pits together athletes from two different age groups. Fortunately, the Marys athletes were up to the task and there were once more some outstanding performers. Chief amongst them were Neil Hyland and Keith Fallon. Hyland was the comfortable winner of the 400m Hurdles, while also finishing 3rd in the 200m and anchoring the relay team of Cathal Creaven, Peter Roche, and Christian Lomboto to 2nd place. Fallon ran fantastically to win the 400m and also found the time to plunge through the water jump and finish 3rd in the 1500m Steeplechase. Creaven was also quite busy on the day, finishing third in the 400m and an unlucky 4th in the triple jump, while Lomboto too amassed a few points for the winning team when finishing 2nd in the triple jump and 4th in the long jump. Meanwhile, David Wynne was just unable to recapture the title he won last year when finishing 2nd in the 400m Hurdles. In the throwing events Marys athletes were very much to the fore. Primary medal winner was the athletic Georgie Mosulishvilli who finished in the medals in both the hammer and the discus competitions. Incidentally the discus competition saw Carraroe athlete Eanna O’Cathain break the championship record with a throw of 45.14 m. Sean Glynn threw below his best but still managed to take 3rd place in a very tough Javelin event, while Chris Feeney was just out of luck when finishing 4th in the hammer. Glynn indeed had a busy morning as he had also lost out in a titanic tussle with team-mate Gearoid O’Connor for the bronze medal in the 2000m race walk.
St. Mary’s senior athletes kept up the performance levels shown by the younger competitors to also finish well on top in the senior shield competition. Star performer was reigning Connacht Combined Events champion Declan Taggart. Taggart added to his impressive portfolio by capturing the 200m and 110m hurdles titles, while also finding the time to finish as runner up in the long jump. Another winning performance on the day came from javelin thrower Kosta Gannon, who went one step better than last year when capturing the gold. His team-mate Dietmar Becs also threw excellently in his competition debut to finish fourth. Ger Cheevers ran an excellent tactical to win the 2000m steeplechase title and add to the intermediate gold medal he won at last years championships. His team-mate Micheal Forde did exceptionally well to finish in 3rd place despite having already finished 4th in a fast 5000m event only half an hour beforehand. The fourth senior Connacht Champion of the day was Sean Leonard who triumphed in the 3000m race walk. Naoise Leonard was unlucky to finish in the silver medal position in both the 400m hurdles and triple jump, while adding to the overall points total with a 4th place finish in the long jump. Other point winning performances came from Craig Collins who finished second in the hammer, where another championship best performance was set by reigning All-Ireland champion Ger Kelly from Castlebar, Fergal Barry, 3rd in the 400m, and Matthew Kearney, 4th in the Discus.
All in all this was an excellent performance by the Marys team and their coaches Anthony Carey and Gerard Lennon, who are now looking forward to pitting their talents against the best in Ireland at the national Track and Field finals being held in Tullamore on May 31st. When combined with the two shields won in the cross-country this means that Marys now hold five of the eight titles on offer and can justifiably lay claim to best overall Connacht school in athletics for 2008.