NSCDA Operations hosts the All-Ireland Schools Combined Athletics Events
The performance of the day at the All-Ireland Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Morton Stadium, Santry came in the Inter Boys’ event from Paul Byrne, Presentation Carlow. Paul was pushed all the way by Conor Daly, Knockbeg College, who had gone close to him in the Leinster Combined Events ten days before. This time with a 14.3 sec hurdles and consistent scoring in all the other events, he added to his score at the Leinster’s to win with 3,596 pts and that put him a mere 96 points ahead of Conor. In the penultimate event, the High Jump, Conor had jumped an excellent 1.79m to put himself 28 points adrift of Paul only to see Paul finish ahead of him in the final event, the 800m. Colin Nolan, Enniscorthy VS, improved on his Leinster performance to take third place. Colin, a first year Intermediate, ran 14.9 in the Hurdles and 24.1 in the 200m to show his great promise as a multi-eventer. Not far behind in fourth place was Ben Kiely, Tramore CBS, a twin of Megan, who was competing in the Intermediate Girls’ event.
Another outstanding display came from Megan Kiely, Ursuline Waterford, in the Inter Girls’ Event when scoring 3,111 points. She won the event with her consistency of performance. It is said that “a good start is half the battle” and Megan started well with 12.2 in the hurdles and with 1.58m in the High Jump was always in contention. However, she was pushed all the way by the Leinster Schools’ Champion, Clare Murphy, Gael Cholaiste Ceatharlach. Clare had an excellent Hurdles with 12.1 and consistent performances in the rest to take second with 2,995 points. Not far behind was Libby Rose, Methodist College Belfast, with an excellent 2,959 points.
The Junior Boys’ Event was strongly contested all day with Mark Rogers, St Joseph’s Drogheda, reversing the Leinster result of ten days previously taking the title with 3,201 points. Mark made his strong events count with 12.6 in the Hurdles and 1.75 in the high Jump. Owen Scully, Presentation Carlow, with a 24.6 in the 200m took second with 3,124 points. Also over the magical 3,000 points mark was Dan Finnerty, St Anne’s Killaloe, who had a great start with 12.3 in the Hurdles, to take third place.
Grace McKenzie, Scoil Mhuire Crosshaven, won the Junior Girls’ title with an all-round performance. Grace jumped 1.53m in the High Jump and ran 12.4 in the Hurdles to amass 2,825 points. Claire Dougherty, Lumen Christi Derry, was a good second on 2,763 points.
Simon Doyle, Carlow CBS, has been a great supporter of these Championships in his school years and having won both junior and intermediate titles in the past he added the senior one with a score of 3,225 points. Keith Fallon, St Mary’s Galway, finished the day strongly with a 2.03.5 in the 800m to jump into second place.
It was good to see such a strongly supported event at the end of the season. The junior and intermediate athletes will now prepare for the Schools’ Combined Events International to be held this year in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on the 4th December.
For details on all the results from the All Ireland Schools Combined Event please click here.
(pictured above) Libby Rose, Methodist College Belfast,(3rd) Megan Kiely, Ursuline Waterford, (1st), Claire Murphy, Gael Cholaiste Ceatharlach, (2nd)