Michaela Walsh once again ensured the field events took centre stage at the GloHealth National Junior and U23 Championships in Tullamore on Saturday, the Swinford thrower scoring a double in the junior women’s shot put and hammer.
Walsh threw a best of 15.06m in the shot put and sent the hammer out to 55.85m, marks which set the 17-year-old up for a strong showing at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland later this month.
With athletes also looking to secure selection for the upcoming European Youth Championships, there was more than just national titles on the line.
Sean Lawlor of Donore was a convincing winner of the junior men’s 100m in 10.85 ahead of Tallaght’s Joseph Ojewumi (10.94) and Eoin Doherty (10.98).
Rising star Molly Scott of St Laurence O’Toole edged Limerick sprinter Ciara Neville in a high-calibre junior women’s 100m.
Newport’s Sharlene Mawdsley pulled off a commanding win in the 200m in 24.04, with multi-event specialist Elizabeth Morland of Cushinstown runner-up in 24.44, having won the junior women’s high jump earlier in the day with a best of 1.71m.
Emerald’s Jenna Bromell impressed in the junior women’s 400m, taking victory in 54.26 ahead of Mollie O’Reilly, while clubmate Amy O’Donoghue took an equally convincing gold in the U23 women’s 800m in 2:10.90.
Harry Purcell led all the way to win the U23 men’s 800m in 1:52.10 after blasting through the first 400m in just over 51 seconds, while the junior title went to Callum Crawford Walker in 1:58.09.
Ryan Carthy Walshe of Adamstown won the junior men’s high jump with a best of 2.05m while Jaime Murtagh of Cushinstown took the U23 title with 2.08m.
Owen Russell threw 70.33m to take gold in the junior men’s hammer, marginally in front of Adam King, who was runner-up in 69.50m. Saragh Buggy of St Abban’s took the U23 women’s triple jump with a best of 12.39m.
Elsewhere over the weekend Lee Emmanuel’s 3:59.66 mile in the Letterkenny international meeting saw the Englishman coming home just in front of Robbie Fitzgibbon (4:00.14). Kevin Batt was the first Irishman home in 4:05.79.
At the National Juvenile Combined Events yesterday, Reece Ademola of Leevale established an age best of 1.74m in the U14 high jump. Joseph McEvoy of Nenagh Olympic impressed with his points tally of 3647 to take the U-16 title.
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