Finn Valley Athletes Named in World Junior Track and Field Championships

Athletics Ireland has named reigning world youth walk champion, Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) as part of a 15 member squad to compete at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Barcelona from the 10-15th of July. Veale finished an impressive sixth at the recent IAAF World Cup of Race Walking in Saransk, Russia. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) will also compete in the 10k Walk.

Mark English (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 800m having run an impressive 1.45.77 this season to break his own National Junior Record. This time moved him to fifth on the Irish all-time list, ahead of Marcus O’Sullivan (1.45.87).  Fellow Donegal athlete, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC), is also set to compete over this distance. Karl, European Youth Olympic medallist from 2011 has shown good form this year breaking English’s 800m Youth Record, running 1:49.63. 16 year old, Síofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) will compete in the 800m. Her personal best of 2:04.82, set at a Dublin Graded Meet in June, ranks her second fastest Irish woman to date this year.

European Youth Olympic Champion, Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 1500m having run 3:46.27 this year.  He will be joined in the 1500m by Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) who recently ran 3.46.41 for the distance.

In the longer distance event, reigning Inter club Cross Country Champion Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) has been selected to compete over 3,000m with Kevin Dooney (Raheny AC) competing in the 10,000m.

In the Sprints, Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’ Toole) will compete in the 200m. Lawler has this year so far, set personal bests of 21.42 in the 200m and 10.72 in the 100m, both new Irish Youth Records.

Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go in the 400m in Barcelona. Mills ran brilliantly last year to place fourth in 400m final at the 2011 European Junior Track and Field Championships in Estonia.

Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) is selected for the 100m hurdles. Lavin began 2012 in style by equalling Derval O’Rourke’s national junior record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.46. Lavin transferred this form to the outdoor season recording an impressive personal best of 13.73 to win the Irish Schools.  European Youth Olympic Champion from 2011, Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) is set to compete in the 400m Hurdles.

Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) will compete in the Hammer having set an Irish Junior Record of 70.02m earlier in the year. McGuigan will be joined in the hammer by newly crowned National Junior champion, James McCabe of Dunboyne AC who has thrown 68.62m this year.

Jacqui Freyne Junior High Performance Manager said “This is a strong team across a variety of events and reflects the immense athletic talent that exists, and the quality of coaches working within the younger ranks in athletics in Ireland at the moment, and we wish all the team the best of luck in Barcelona.”


Irish Team IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships

Athlete                          Club                                         Coach                           Event

Marcus Lawler               St. Laurence  O’ Toole   AC        Patricia Lawler               200m

Joanna Mills                  Ballymena & Antrim AC             Ian Neely                       400m

Sarah Lavin                   Emerald AC                             Noelle Morrissey           100m Hurdles

Ben Kiely                      Ferrybank AC                            Bríd Golden                  400m Hurdles

Mark English                Letterkenny AC              Teresa McDaid              800m

Karl Griffin                    Tír Chonaill AC                          Eamon Harvey              800m   

Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner    DSD AC                       Eddie McDonagh & Donal Hennigan      800m  


Ruairi Finnegan             Letterkenny AC                         Teresa McDaid              1500m 

Sean Tobin                   Clonmel AC                               Anthony Moynihan         1500m 

Sarah Collins                 Finn Valley AC                          André Puschnig             3000m 

Kevin Dooney               Raheny AC                                Dick Hooper                 10,000m

Kate Veale                    West Waterford AC                   Jamie Costin                 10k Walk

Emma Prendiville          Farranfore Maine Valley AC        Michael Lane                 10k Walk

Dempsey McGuigan      Finn Valley AC                          Alan Bertram                 Hammer

James McCabe             Dunboyne AC                          George Eyres                Hammer


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