St Abban’s athlete and Knockbeg College student Conor Daly was the one of the stars of the show at the Aviva Schools Track and Field Championships last week, as he took home both gold and silver medals from the All-Ireland games.
Daly picked up both his medals in the triple jump and high jump respectively, as St Abban’s continued to harvest a reputation as one of the top clubs in the country for producing talented jumpers. Daly cleared 1.80m in the high jump for second place, just 5cm behind Jamie Murtagh of Ashbourne CS. He had better luck in the triple jump however, as he covered 13.07m for a 15cm winning margin over Mikey Brown from Blackrock.
St Abban’s jumping prowess was rubberstamped by the performance of a number of other club athletes, as Sarah Buggy claimed silver in the Senior Girls long jump for Castlecomer CS before winning gold in the triple jump, while Nessa Millett also claimed a silver medal in the Inter Girls long jump for Kilkenny College. Millett won a silver medal in the 300m hurdles too.
James Griffin from Knockbeg was also a double medallist, coming third in the 2000m steeplechase before claiming silver in the 1500m on day two of the competition. Adam Dowling, also from Knockbeg, came third in the senior boys 200m, while Eddie Lewis also brought a medal back to the school, with a bronze in the inter boys long jump. In the same event, Colaiste Iosagain’s Daragh Bannon went one better to win silver with a jump of 5.34m.
Mary Mulhare was also on the glory trail, as she stormed to victory in the Senior Girls 1500m in a time of 4.56.61, two seconds ahead of Niamh Kearney from Loreto Dalkey. Schoolmate Anna Healy, competing in the Minor Girls high jump, cleared the bar at 1.46 but just missed out on gold to Elizabeth Morland of Dunshaughlin, who went 3cm better.
The Stack girls from Mountrath CS were also in fine form over the two days of competition, with Rosie Stack winning silver in the Junior Girls shot putt courtesy of a 7.36m throw, with the same results standing in the Inter Girls competition, meaning she picked up two medals for her efforts. Aisling Stack also won a medal, her throw of 18.39m good enough for bronze in the Senior Girls javelin.
Siobhan Nash from Heywood CS also claimed a gold medal at the games, her time of 10.28 in the 2000m walk giving her over a minute to spare from Sarah Bourke of St Walston’s. Another Laois girl to get herself amongst the medals was Alannah Rowan, as her throw of 9.77m in the minor girls shot putt was good enough for silver.