ATHLETICS - Conor Daly hits PB on way to silver

St Abban's athlete Conor Daly set a personal best in the high jump en route to claiming the silver medal at the All-Ireland indoor combined events in Nenagh at the weekend.

St Abban's athlete Conor Daly set a personal best in the high jump en route to claiming the silver medal at the All-Ireland indoor combined events in Nenagh at the weekend.

Daly, competing in the boys U-18 category, cleared the bar at 1.85m, a full 13cm clear of second place to post the best result in the high jump. Unfortunately, he lost out on overall gold to Eric Stam of Bandon AC. Daly ran the Cork man close however, finishing just 122 points behind the winner.

The combined events are made up of the 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot putt and 800m. Stam finished with a total of 3364, with Daly on 3246, while Ben Kiely of Ferrybank AC came third with 3009.

There was further success for St Abban's in the girls U-18 event, where Nessa Millett also brought home a silver medal behind Megan Kiely of Ferrybank, with a score of 2817 to Kiely's 2913. Millett had one of her best events in the long jump, where she registered 5.35m, just 4cm off her personal best. She was the only competitor to clear five metres in the event.

Both Daly and Millett will now hop on a plane and head for Kelvin Hall in Glasgow for an International Schools combined event this Sunday. The games had originally been scheduled to go ahead last December, but appeared to have been canceled when the bad weather struck. However, after a change of heart, they will go ahead this weekend, where Daly and Millett will be hoping to add international honours to their long list achievements.

Elsewhere this weekend, Michael Mulhare will be going for an All-Ireland cross-country double when he lines out in the Intermediate race this weekend at the ALSAA sports grounds near Dublin airport.

Mulhare cruised to the Mens Novice title earlier in the month in Tullamore, and he will be the favourite to repeat that feat this weekend. North Laois will also be hotly fancied to claim a team gold medal, having won team gold at the Novice event, while Laois will also be pushing hard for a county gold medal, with a number of athletes from St Abban's also set to be featuring.

Elsewhere on the athletics scene, the South Leinster Schools cross country championships will take place in the Carlow Town hurling grounds this Wednesday at 12pm. Portlaoise CBS will be hoping for team gold in the senior boys race, while the Knockbeg College team, under the guidance of coach John Maye, will also be expecting some medals.

They dominated the juvenile and junior boys races at the Laois event, while they also claimed a team silver medal in the DCU invitational with their U-17 team on the same day. Their senior team took a fourth place finish on the same day, but will be without Stephen Attride due to injury.