Presentation Thurles win ‘Best Overall School’ in East Munster Athletics
Congratulations to athletes from Presentation Secondary School Thurles who competed in the East Munster schools Track and Field Championships held in the Regional Sports Centre Waterford on Wednesday the 2nd May.
With over 400 athletes taking part this East Munster event proved a great opportunity for our athletes to make strides in their preferred events. The weather conditions were ideal for all competitors. Along with the sun came a ray of fortune in silverware for the Presentation girls. Well done to Katie Bergin and Amy McGovern who won silver in the long jump for intermediate and senior. CJ Ely winning silver in the 1500m race walk, Lola Bedia winning silver in the 80m hurdles.
Rachel Moore put on a powerful display to win the intermediate 100m sprint event with a time of 13.64s. She was followed closely by Ellen Moore her teammate in third place. In the senior 100m race, Casey Hennessey won a bronze medal. Fiona Hennessey won gold in the shot put with a distance of 9.23 and her sister Siobhan took gold in the discus.
Congratulations to Sorcha Moloney with a brilliant podium double, winning the senior 1500m and 3000m event. Her success is so well deserved, she has well and truly reinforced athletics on the map for Presentation Thurles. Our intermediate 4x 100m relay team took gold in the event; this team consisted of Ellen Moore, Rachel Moore, Megan Crosby and Katie Bergin. The senior 4x100m relay team, Eimear Cleary, CJ Ely, Lauren McCormack and Shannon Edwards, were also very close to clinching gold, but were overtaken on the last 30 metres and had to settle for silver for this event.
The senior 4x300 metre relay team was: Amy McGovern, Casey Hennessy, Isabel Finlay and Molly O’ Connor. The Presentation girls made a comfortable lead for themselves, but this lead was cut dramatically short on the final exchange when Waterpark College’s strongest athlete was relentless in her pursuit of Casey Hennessy. It looked like it could go either way for both teams as the crowd shouted on the athletes to the line.
The resilience of Casey paid off in the end to win gold in the senior relay for Presentation Thurles. A monumental performance from all our athletes on the day. Presentation Thurles were crowned best overall school in the East Munsters track and field Championship. The girls will now compete in the Munster schools Championship in Castleisland, Co. Kerry on Saturday 19th May. We wish our athletes all the best in the rest of the championship.