With a display of powerful running, Sean Tobin removed two of the longest standing records from the books at the Munster Schools Championships which took place at the Cork IT Athletics Stadium.
Firstly targeting the 800m because “the day is too long waiting around for one event,” the Clonmel High School student removed Liam Reale’s 12-year-old record by just over a half a second when winning in 1:50.23.
He came back later in the afternoon to smash former European Indoor champion Mark Carroll’s 1500m best of 3:52.5, which has stood since 1990, with a brilliant 3:50.54.
Running both races from the front, Tobin was delighted with his performances as he builds up to the European Juniors which take place in Rieti, Italy, in July. “The 800m took a lot out of me, but I knew I had only one chance of getting the 1500m record, which was my aim, so it was a good day’s work.”
Notching up an impressive double was Phil Healy Bandon. Showing she is currently in tremendous sprinting form, the Leaving Cert student at Coláiste na Toirbhirte achieved the European Junior A qualifying mark when winning the senior girls 200m in 23.95 to break the previous record of 24.1.
Later, the 18-year-old took the 100m in 11.64, although the wind was over the legal limit. Having already achieved the B standard in this event, Healy will now target the 11.80 A standard when she defends her title at the All-Ireland Schools on Saturday week at Tullamore.
“I have two races left to get the standard, the schools and then the All-Ireland Juniors at the end of June,” said Healy. “The 100m is my favourite, but I’m delighted with my huge PB in my 200m time. I had a good winter’s training, although an injury in March held me back a bit but I’m fully recovered now.”
Other record-breaking performances include Grainne Moynihan of St Mary’s, Macroom, who won the 400m in 55.79 and David Cussen who added four centimetres to the senior high jump record when winning in 2.05.
On a notable day of doubles, Daniel Colbert (Midleton CBS) won the 110m hurdles in 15.43 as well the 400m hurdles in 55.74, a time just outside his personal best of 55.31. Kevin Mulcaire of St Munchin’s, who has already achieved the EYOD Games qualifying time in the 3000m, won that event in 8:52:18 along with the 1500m in 4:17.22.
Also picking up two titles was Davis College, Mallow’s Ray Walsh in the intermediate 100m and 200m while Jessica Sheehan, Kinsale Community School, won the senior girls long and triple jumps. Sam Healy (Carrigaline Community School) claimed the intermediate 100m hurdles and long jump.
Other impressive winners included Fearghal Curtin (Midleton CBS) in the junior boys 1500m in 4:14.30 and Liam Ó hAonghusa (Críost Rí) in the intermediate boys 800m in a time of 1:58.03.
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