The 2013 All Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships were held at Tullamore Harrier’s stadium on Saturday the 6th of June. Three athletes represented St. Kieran’s at this year’s championships, Nicholas Dunphy (Senior 3000m walk), Jack Manning (Junior 200m sprint), and Donagh Mahon (Intermediate High Jump). The athletes had qualified for the championships following success at the South Leinster Championships and then at the Leinster Championships. With the standard of competition increasing at each stage it was an outstanding achievement by each of the three lads to qualify for the All-Ireland Championships and for each it was their first time to compete at this level.
On the day the lads were excited, but focused. Nicholas was the first to compete. He was delighted with his race finishing 3rd with a new PB of 15:44 minutes. “The fact that the first three were all from Leinster made it all the more special”, he says. Next was Jack, a seasoned athlete, who crossed the line in 23.60 seconds, taking the gold and like Nicholas a new PB. Jack was only 0.4 seconds outside the championship record. Then it was the turn of Donagh. Determined to add to the St. Kieran’s medal tally, he won bronze with a height of 1.85 metres.
It was a great day and a fantastic achievement by the St. Kieran’s College athletes, all going home with well-deserved medals.
After the All Ireland Donagh was selected to compete for Leinster in the schools’ interprovincial Tailteann Games. He won the competition with a jump of 1.91 metres. Consequently Donagh was then honoured to represent Ireland at the annual SIAB Schools International in which he won bronze with a height of 1.91 metres. This was Donagh’s first year in athletics and it will definitely be one to remember.
2013 was a great year for all the St Kieran’s College athletes in all competitions. We have no doubt we can achieve the same if not more in the year ahead. Well done to all the lads on their wonderful achievements.