Schools Athletics Nationals
Sat, 2nd June 2018
A good number of MSB athletes took part today in the Irish Schools Nationals in Tullamore.
First up was Nkem Onwumereh in the 100m. Once again, he was up against his Leinster rival Shane Gevaro. Nkem got a fantastic start and got a few metres on Shane but at 80m Shane stared to pull back the lead and just pipped Nkem to the Gold medal by the smallest of margins 1/100th of second; the same time he won the Leinster championships. A Silver medal for Nkem representing St. Declans Cabra is a fantastic achievement.
Molly Brown, representing Castleknock Community College, took to the track next in the 800m in the Senior Girls’ event and ran a very strong race claiming second place and Silver medal in a new personal best time of 2:10.12 beating her previous one by around three seconds.
In the U16 Mile, Finn Woodger who was running for Castleknock Community College found himself in a very tough race which was won in a new championship record. He covered the four laps in 4:48.90 a few seconds outside his best mile performance at the Leinster Championships finishing in 12th place overall.
Scott Fagan was up next in the 1500m Junior Boys section representing Luttrellstown Community College and led out the race for the first three laps but could not keep up with the three medallists in the final lap. A brilliant fourth place was the reward along with a new PB time of 4:26.01
In the 5000m Senior Boys’ race, David Troy running for Castleknock College, ran a superb effort clocking a time of 15:47.85 to come over the line in fifth place.
The relays saw six MSB athletes taking part in the 4x300m Senior Girls' race and the 4x400m Senior Boys race all representing Castleknock Community College. In the girls' race Sinead Nic Sheoin, Aisling Mohan and Molly Brown took the track and ran a superb race to cross the line in second and thus take the Silver Medal in a time of 2:54.03. In the 4x400m race, Sean White-Mullin, Mark O'Connor and Simon Ayres toughed it out brilliantly to also take the silver medal.
Both of the relay teams finished inside the previous championship record just to illustrate further how well they all ran!