National Combined Events
Sat, 26th May 2018
The National Combined Events Championships seems to be some kind of secret competition only known about by a select few. Somehow we found out it was on and managed to get three athletes out to Santry to compete in the U14B, U16B and M40-49 categories
Each of these categories has five events: Sprint Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Middle Distance. There are points on offer for all events and are based on times and distances. The winner is the one who collects the most points over all the events.
In the U14B event Oisin Tebite was competing and, as a superb all-round athlete who recently won two national medals at High Jump and Long Jump, it was a day that suited him perfectly. He duly won the opening 75m Hurdles in a time of 12.21. In the High Jump an excellent leap of 1.54m saw Oisin jump the joint second height. The Long Jump was tough as was into the wind so a jump out to 4.98m jointly took the top spot but was not over his usual 5 metre jumping. Shot Put saw another PB with a superb throw of 10.70m. With a lead of some 80 points over his main rival Finn O'Neill of Spartans going into the final event, Oisin knew it would be tough to maintain this lead as Finn was the recent indoor 800m national champion. Oisin dug deep and ran a great PB of 2:30.69 coming over the line in third place but it was not enough as Finn ran a superb 2:15.74 and took first place by around 100 points. However, second place with 3126 points and Silver at a national competition is a superb achievement and was Oisin's third national medal of the year!
Finn Woodger was competing in the U16B and had high hopes of claiming his first national medal after coming within a whisker of one on three occasions in the last year. The 100mH were the first event and with only a couple of practice sessions over the hurdles Finn found his rhythm and managed to get through in a decent time of 16.63. A PB throw of over 10 metres of 10.20m with the 4kg Shot Put is good throwing for a multi-eventer and another superb 30+ centimetre PB in the Long Jump with a leap of 5.40 saw Finn cement third place. Another PB of 1.56m in the High Jump meant a jog around the 800m would be enough to secure a podium spot. With 800m being Finn's best event he raced out on his own to win by some 12 seconds in a time of 2:14.68 to gain 3329 points overall and the Bronze medal.
In the M40-49 category, Mark Woodger tried his hand at the event for the first time having done some (but not enough!) training in the various disciplines. A decent start in the Shot Put saw a PB throw of 7.86m with the 7.29kg steel ball and promptly into second place. However the 110mH with hurdles at 3'3" (99.1cm) is somewhat frightening knowing you have to get over 10 of them as quickly as possible. After one false start, he got out well to the first and second hurdles but hit the third hurdle with the lead and trail leg and, unfortunately, took a fall. Knowing points were at stake, he got up as quickly as possible and, with only a few short steps, managed to get over the next one, build up a bit of momentum and get to the end without further incident. However, finishing some 4 seconds behind the next hurdler lost some 250-300 points. The Long Jump was into the pit against the wind but a PB leap of 4.16m was around what was hoped. With the High Jump being another weak event, Mark started at a safe height of 1.20m and proceeded to clear first time up to 1.35m but that proved to be the final height. The 1500m being a stronger event, Mark pushed all the way to cross the line in second place with a run of 5:10.56 which was some 9 seconds off his PB but not a bad effort after four other events. A fourth place finish was a fair result for the day's efforts.
The whole day was great fun and there was some great camaraderie between the multi-eventers. Thanks to all the officials and organisers who helped to make a great day.
Juvenile Results here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/Juvenile_CE_2018_260518.pdf
Masters Results here: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/Masters_CE_2018_260518.pdf