Mighty Quinn chasing more glory at Tullamore

SHANE QUINN is set to continue his amazing streak of victories when he contests the intermediate 3,000m at the Irish Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore this morning.

Quinn, son of the Irish steeplechase record holder and Olympian, Brendan, ran 8:24 for the distance at the Irish Milers Club meet in Irishtown last week — John Treacy was the only other Irish youth to have bettered that mark.

On that basis, a second 3,000m title should be his for the taking with Jake Byrne (St Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge), Liam Brady (St Brendan’s Birr) and Tommy Casey (Sligo Grammar School) his nearest challenges.

The De La Salle athlete, who has qualified for the European Youth Olympics in Finland, may also contest the 1,500m alongside the Monaghan twins, Patrick and Andrew from Newry along with Stephen Attride (Knockbeg College), who impressed when winning the Leinster title.

Ciara Mageean (Assumption, Ballinahinch), described as the best junior since Sonia O’Sullivan, underscored her potential when she set two championship records in the Ulster Schools championships at the Antrim Forum. She won the 800m in 2:08 before running 4:29 to win the 1,500m on a windy day. Her chief threat is Ciara Everard (Presentation, Kilkenny) who has impressed this season.

Paul Robinson (Scoil Dara, Kilcock) looks set to dominate the senior boys’ 1,500m while others to watch out for in the middle distances include Graham Power (Presentation Carlow) and Conor Turner (St Aidan’s CBS) in the junior boys’ 1,500m.

The intermediate boys’ 800m will also be an intriguing race with Dean Cronin (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh) — another European Youth Olympics qualifier — on the crest of a wave.

In the inter girls’ sprints, Joan Healy (Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon) and Sarah Lavin (Castletroy College) will resume their duel which started two weekends ago at the Munster Schools when the Bandon girl won the 100m and her Limerick rival won the 200m in desperately close finishes.

In the senior boys’ 400m, Billy Ryan (De La Salle Waterford) and Jason Harvey (Campbell College) are both in excellent form and could push one another to new marks.

In the hurdle events, the 110m should be a great race with little separating Ben Reynolds (Sullivan Upper), Edmond O’Halloran (Rochestown College), Conor McCrossan (Castleknock College) and Ian Durkin (Davitt College).

In the senior girls’ field events Clare Fitzgerald (Presentation Tralee) should complete another double in the shot and discus while in the senior boys’ discus Darragh Hanlon (Cistercian Roscrea) and Eanna O’Cathain (Carraroe Comprehensive) are the two to watch. The action commences at 9am.

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