All Ireland Schools Championships 2019 Report
Saturday, 1st June 2019
Last Saturday saw several MSB juveniles represent their various schools in the All Ireland Schools Outdoor Championships 2019 out in Tullamore.
Aoife Brown was first up in the Minor Girls 800m. She ran an absolutely perfectly paced race and coming into the final 100m pushed into second and, with an seemingly unbreachable gap between her and first place, pushed herself all the way to the line to out dip her rival for first place in a new record time of 2:14.51. Unfortunately, Aoife was then disqualified for an alleged line infringement much to everyone’s surprise. The jury is still out on the result but whatever it is in the end it was the race of the day and Aoife can hold her head high.
Finn Woodger was up next in the Inter Boys 800m and ran his usual well-paced race running the first lap in just under a minute but was too far off the leaders for one of his sprint finishes but still came over the line in a very good 6th place in a time of 2:02.56
Molly Brown showed her determination in the Senior Girls 800m race and managed to edge herself into third place by two one-hundredths of a second in a time of 2:14.94 to take the Bronze.
Molly was back again a couple of hours later in the Senior Girls 400m and ran a very controlled race to take another Bronze in a time of 58.26 seconds.
Having recently joined MSB, Gavin Murphy-O'Kane, representing Castleknock College, took to the line in the Inter Boys 4x100m and they duly got the baton round in a very good 45.40 seconds to take a brilliant Bronze medal.
The last race of the day contained four MSB athletes all representing Castleknock Community College in the Senior Boys 4x400m relay. The team consisted of Simon Ayres, Sean White-Mullen, Finn Woodger and Traian Rebegea with Finn and Traiain both running in the category above their own age group. Simon ran an extremely fast first leg and put CCC into the lead, Finn was pegged back into second place feeling the effect of the 800m earlier in the day in the final 50 metres, Traian kept the team in medal contention passing the baton to Sean in third place who was unable to gain on first and second but made sure of a fantastic Bronze medal for CCC to end the day on a high.
At least four and possibly five national medals on the day is some return for the MSB athletes and their schools.
A big thanks to Mr. Davey from CCC for coming out and looking after the athletes as well as their individual coaches at MSB.