After torrential rain on Thursday evening and early Friday morning it was to the amazement of officials and that the Colin Dunne Primary Schools Track and Field competition passed off in relatively good conditions with the sun even appearing for the prize presentation ceremony. It was great to see new winners in both the Boys and Girls competitions with Scoil Eoin Phoil and Ballinagar N.S. winning through in the face of stiff competition.
There were also awards presented by Mick Gillespie to the five Harriers Juvenile athletes who have represented Ireland in the past year- James Mulligan, Cara Todd, Chinnie Izuchukwu, Darragh McNamara and Dean Power.
With the maximum score available being 150 it was amazing to see both first and second place in the girls competition amass really big scores. Ballinagar N.S. won the competition with 137.5 points just narrowly edging out the girls from Presentation Primary in Portarlington who scored 136 points. For the Ballinagar girls Emma Darby led the way by winning the sprint in 10.71 seconds almost half a second faster than her nearest challenger. In the 600m Caitlin McDarby finished fifth to keep the Ballinagar girls in contention. With Aisling McDermott winning the Long Jump the girls from Ballinagar had a strong lead. After the shot putt they still held the lead and a fine second place finish in the relay confirmed the victory of Ballinagar for the first time in the Offaly Primary Schools Track and Field and taking home the Colin Dunne Cup.
Scoil Eoin Phoil came out as victors in the ‘Battle of Tullamore’ last Friday as they were challenged all the way by Tullamore rivals and hot favorites Scoil Bhride. The three outstanding performances of the day in the boys competition came from individuals
Girls 80m- 1st Emma Darby, Ballinagar; 2nd Kayleigh Wood’s, Presentation Portarlington; 3rd Sarah Jane Cunningham, St. Broughan’s.
Girls 600m- 1st Nicole Havill, Cloneyhurke; 2nd Danielle Donegan, Ballinamere; 3rd Naomi Luttrell, Presentation, Portarlington.
Long Jump- 1st Aisling McDermott, Ballinagar; 2nd Clodagh Cullen, Scoil Mhuire; 3rd Georgia Black, St. Broughans.
Shot Putt- 1st Leah Cooney, Presentation Portarlington; 2nd Chloe Sheridan, Scoil Bhride; 3rd Andrea Arnold, Clonmacnoise.
Relay- 1st Presentation Portarlington; 2nd Ballinagar; 3rd Clonmacnoise.
Overall- 1st Ballinagar; 2nd Presentation Portarlington; 3rd Cloneyhurke.
80m- 1st Dermot Bracken, Cappagh; 2nd Jamie Ballesty, Ballinagar; 3rd Marcus Malone, Clonegowan.
600m- 1st Cormac Izuchukwu; 2nd Gearoid Fogarty, Dunkerrin; 3rd Ciaran Donnelly, St. Broughan’s.
Long Jump- 1st Bernie Ward, Scoil Eoin Phoil; 2nd Anthony Malone, Ballinagar; 3rd Elijah Aboudunrin, Scoil Bhride.
Shot Putt- 1st Ciaran Mulligan, Clonbullogue; 2nd John McCarthy, Scoil Eoin Phoil; 3rd Mateuz Madranski, Scoil Bhride.
Relay- 1st Scoil Eoin Phoil; 2nd Scoil Bhride; 3rd Dunkerrin.
Overall- 1st Scoil Eoin Phoil; 2nd Scoil Bhride; 3rd Clonbullogue.