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Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships

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The Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships took place over two days in Santry. The Minors and Juniors were first up on Wednesday the 17th of May. Knockbeg had two athletes competing, Oisin Hooney in the Minor 800m and Oisin Doyle in the Minor 75m Hurdles.
It was a windy day but hopes were high for qualification to the All-Ireland Schools Championships on the 3rd of June. Oisin Doyle was first up in the 75m hurdles and he showed great potential to finish a commendable 5th in Leinster’s premier schoolboy’s competition.
Oisin Hooney took to the start-line next. He had finished second in South-Leinster and needed to place in the top 3 athletes to qualify for the All-Ireland Schools. The race began swiftly and the athletes passed the first lap in a rapid 64 seconds. Oisin was in 8th position at this point and had to work hard over the last lap. Over the final 300m Oisin stormed through the field and was pipped for second on the line. A third place finish in a new personal best (2.13) and a bronze medal in the Leinster Schools Championships qualify him for the All-Ireland Schools in Tullamore on June 3rd.
Day 2 saw the Senior and Intermediate athletes make the journey up the M9 to Santry. Ger Kelly was first up in the Intermediate Boys Hammer. Ger had a great performance and threw a personal best of 42.34m. This placed him 4th in Leinster in what was a very competitive field.
Vinnie Hendricken made his debut at these Championships in the Intermediate 400m. Vinnie powered through the first 200m, probably a bit too fast, and paid for it over the last 100m to place 7th. This was a great experience for Vinnie and he shows huge potential for the future.
The most anticipated race of the day had to be the Senior Boys 1500m as Knockbeg had two athletes take to the start line in Bobby Crowley and Cian Kelly. The race began and Bobby, having forgone his graduation celebrations the night before, was in a determined mood and was near the front throughout the race with Cian stalking the pack early on in 7th position. Bobby made a sensational move with 600m to go and decimated the field as he ran a 56 second last 400m to take the win. Cian was also extremely quick over the last 600m and fought bravely to finish in an agonizing 4th position. Bobby’s time of 4.00 minutes currently ranks him as the fastest 1500m competitor going into the All-Ireland Championships. Cian ran a commendable 4.08, a new personal best. Both athletes will be sure to lower those times going forward.
Oran O’ Flaherty was the final Knockbeg competitor of the day. Oran gave a good representation of himself as he battled around 12 and a half grueling laps of the track. Oran finished in 6th position in 16.34, a time that would have won the bronze medal in the Munster Championships.
A special mention must also go to past pupil Jamie Pender who won the Senior Boys 400m in a blistering 48.33 seconds. Jamie is part of the Irish Junior 4x400m relay team and is one to watch for the future.
Knockbeg will travel to Tullamore on June 3rd with two athletes competing in the All-Ireland Schools Championships. Oisin Hooney will take part in the Minor Boys 800m and Bobby Crowley will take a break from his studies for the Leaving Certificate to compete in the Senior Boys 1500m. Best of luck to the two lads.

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