June 2011

BISH TRIUMPHS AT CONNACHT CHAMPIONSHIPS

'Bish' Athletics 2010/2011

The Bish had one of its most successful years in Athletics in recent history. The year started off with the Connaught schools combined events. We had two very successful athletes competing with Evan McGuire placing 2nd (even though he was still recovering from illness) and James Mitchell placing 3rd.

Cross Country season was next on the calendar. The season kicked off with the annual St. Mary's invitational race. The Bish were again on fine form with teams medalling in most categories. Evan Naughton put in a fine individual performance pulling away from the field to claim first place in style.

Success continued into official competition. All teams managed to qualify for the Connaught finals. The Connaught finals were held in the grounds of St. Mary's College. Caolan Tobin put a brave individual performance on the day and finished the race despite picking up an injury on route! Both the Intermediate and Senior teams put in incredible displays on the day. Adrian Hardiman and Seamus Garrity had an immense battle in the Intermediate category with Adrian pulling away in the final straight to lead the Intermediate team to a first place finish. The established senior team of Cian Corcoran, Kyle Tobin, Brian Hyland and Shane Fahey continued their success from recent years. Cian ran the race of his life maintaining 3rd position for most of the race before being pipped by the more experienced Keith Fallen of St. Mary's in the last 200m. Superb running from all the senior athletes produced a silver team medal losing out to St. Mary's by just one point!

Cross Country All-Irelands were in the grounds of the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. Good conditions were prevalent on the day. Unfortunately the senior team were unable to travel. The Intermediate team finished a respectable 7th place overall with a number of replacements on the team.

Next on the school calendar was Track and Field. A large contingent of athletes attended the South Connaught regional finals in Dangan. The Bish were again very successful. Overall 39 athletes qualified for the Connaught finals with a number of podium finishes.

The Connaught final took place on the 19th of May. The Bish again produced a fine performance with a large number of students qualifying for the All-Ireland finals. Rory Bleeker and Patrick Milkiewicz had a great day in the throwing events (Discus and Javelin respectively), both placed third and have qualified for the finals. Colm Kilduff and Malcom Hanley just missed out on the finals with 4th place finished in the sprint races.

The Intermediate team produced a fine overall performance placing 3rd in the Connaught shield. Evan McGuire secured 1st place in both the javelin and sprint hurdles; a fine 1500m race from Adrian Hardiman secured 2nd place; and Liam Brennan's debut in the discus and javelin produced podium finishes. Seamus Garrity ran from the front to lead home the u16 mile.

A limited senior team were available on the day. But a valiant performance from Cian Corcoran produced a silver medal. Shane Fahey and Roberto Tapia were also on form on the day.

The Bish look forward to the All-Ireland finals which take place on Saturday 4th of June in TullamoreThree Bish teams were in action at the Galway Regional Cross-Country championships on Wed 27 Jan. The weather was on our side and ground conditions were solid. All of our athletes performed exceptionally well on the day. For many Minor athletes it was their first outing at a Cross Country race.

In the Minor category Colm Kilduff had a top 10 finish and has qualified for the Connaught championships.

The Junior race was a thriller, with the Bish team pushing for top honours all throughout the race. In the end only a sprint finish separated last years champion Colm Hughes from his team mate Ben Murphy. A fine run from Philip McEntee helped the Junior team to first place and qualification for the Connaught championships.

The 'Bish' Intermediate team was largely made up from last year's championship team and were expected to do well. The team did not disappoint. Shane broke away from the pack for an early lead but was a little too optimistic considering he was nursing a cracked rib, but managed a very credible 9th place. Cian Corcoran challenged for the pack of the front pack and secured 5th place even with a knee injury that has hampered his training regime. Brian Hyland has regained his form from last year and pushed hard to challenge for a podium finish, securing 2nd place for the 'Bish'. Kyle Tobin put in a fantastic effort to record an 8th place finish. The team combined to clinch another first place in the team event.

The Connaught Championships are to be held in St. Mary's on Thursday the 11th of Feb. We wish the lads the best.

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