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Report and Results of 1985 Southern Region Track and Field Championships

Southern Region T&F Championships 1985

Mardyke, Cork,

Sunday June 9th 1985

 

Big breakthrough for Garret Barry — Great 800m from Valerie O'Mahoney

 
Marathon Magazine Cork City Sports Special 1985

 

southern region chps 1985 800m o mahoney vaughan

Valerie O'Mahony

I'm not sure what it has been like in the rest of the country but all major races down south this year seem to be plagued by atrocious weather. The Southern Region Championships on June the 9th - one of the few major events at the Mardyke - was another miserable unseasonable day but as has been the trend during the past couple of seasons some excellent performances and competition have been the order of the day.

 The 800 metres provided the first really bright spark early in the programme. Brian Malone from Waterford created a mild surprise when he outsprinted a more fancied Ray Shanahan with junior Ian Bolger 3rd. Waterford are really producing the goods in the sprints up to 800m and that was reflected in victories for Pat Flanagan, 100 & 200. Kieran Leahy scored a fine victory over Kieran Finn in 48.7.

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B. Malone leads 800m from R. Shanahan


The trend was continued in the 400h. when D. Dower had a facile win from Aidan O'Regan, who had scored an exciting double the day before at the Irish schools, that superiority was reflected when Waterford won both the relays.

 

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D. Dower, Waterford, wins 110m hurdles

 

The 1,500m was run at a pedestrian pace for the first 800m and Cormac O’Riordan had plenty in reserve at the finish to hold off Michael Kelleher.

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C. O'Riordan heads T. Ryan

 

But on the track the most exciting event of the day was the 5,000m. After 3 laps John Linehan, Tony O'Leary and Garret Barry had broken clear. Then, with 4 laps to go, Tony O'Leary made what appeared to be the decisive move and opened up a lead of 150m, and it looked as if Garret Barry, running his first major race at the distance, must succumb to John Linehan. But Garret had other ideas. With a lap and a half to go, he broke away from the Kerryman and had closed to within 90m of O'Leary at the bell. Still, his case looked hopeless but he began to close the gap with every stride and in a furious finish he got up to pip the Leevale man for a sensational win, having covered the last lap in 57 secs.

 

southern region chps 1985 100mh sheehan o riordan barry

North Cork winning trio: G. Sheehan (3000m, C. O'Riordan (1,500m) and G. Barry (5,000m)


It is good to see athletes their first year out of Junior making a breakthrough and this gave a great boost to his confidence, as he proved subsequently when he clocked 8:57 for the Steeplechase. That more than compensated for his disappointment of bieng ruled out of the National Trials.

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P. Flanagan wins a close sprint finish

 

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K. Leahy takes 400m from K. Finn


Big Breakthrough

Another man that must have gone away from the meet happy was Gerry Horgan of Killorglin, who has done trojan work to promote the sport at every level in South Kerry. Now he has received just reward for his dedication; he had an excellent throw of 44m.28, relegating the experienced Denis McSweeney to 2nd.

southern region chps 1985 men throwers

The strong of Munster


Pat Hartigan won the shot impressively from that other great Kerry field man, Pat O'Connor, who had ample compensation when winning his speciality — the Javelin — from Pat Moore, former national champion.


Gerry O'Connell of Marian had his expected 56lb. double. It was not a day for good jumping, still Joe Kennedy of Waterford had an excellent double in Long and Triple, while another of the O'Grady clan took the High once again to Nenagh.

southern region chps 1985 g o connellGerry O'Connell

 

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Frank Leahy with Waterford spectators

 

Valerie and Kathleen Best

Highlight of the ladies' events was the 800m of Valerie O'Mahoney, and the treble of Kathleen Glavin.

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Kathleen Glavin

These two fine athletes are just a few of the very talented group of Juveniles who have persisted with the sport and it was hearterning to see a former National Senior 400m champion, Mary Fleming, making a comeback to major competition when she finished 2nd to Sinead Behan in the 400m. Mary, now running in the Leevale colours, has the ability to really make it to the 'big time' again and I for one will have a keen interest in her future progress having coached her for 6 years in Midleton.
Conditions were really against 800m running but the way Valerie O'Mahony stuck to her task was very commendable in the circumstances, running a virtual solo 2.07.8 for a sfine new personal best. Catherine Hourihane was 2nd, and later won the 1,500m impressively.

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Valerie o'Mahony leads Valerie Vaughan


Kathleen Glavin's treble came in the 100m, 100m hurdles and her speciality - the long jump. It is good to see her back again doing the hurdles, which will certainly help her long jump.

 

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K. Glavin, S. Cobb M. Moroney


Fidelma Kirwan followed up her two good runs in Dublin with a good win in the 400m h. and the most impressive field eventer was Elaine Boland of Limerick.

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Class action in ladies 400m hurdles


A lot of disatisfaction was expressed at the unavailability of basic equipment and for at least one man who travelled all the the way from Tramore for the Pole Vault, it was a wasted journey, and that is not good enough under any circumstances.

 

southern region chps 1985 declan o donoghue women throwers

Declan O'Donoghue with Discus Throwers

 

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S. Behan and M. Fleming battle in the 400m

 

Results

Men
100m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 P. Flanagan Waterford 10.6
2 N. Kelly Nenagh Olympic 10.9
3 M. O'Shea Burgerland Limerick 11.2
         
200m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 P. Flanagan Waterford 21.8
2 N. Kelly Nenagh Olympic 21.9
3 N. O'Shea Burgerland Limerick 22.3
         
400m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 K. Leahy Waterford 48.7
2 K. Finn Burgerland Limerick 49.3
3 D. Kirby Waterford 50.9
         
800m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 B. Malone Waterford 01:54.6
2 R. Shanahan Leevale 01:55.5
3 I. Bolger Burgerland Limerick 01:56.9
         
1500m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 C. Riordan North Cork 03:58.7
2 M. Kelleher Leevale 03:59.6
3 T. Ryan Redgate 04:00.0
         
5000m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 G. Barry North Cork 14:36.0
2 T. O'Leary Leevale 14:37.0
3 J. Lenihan Riocht 14:51.0
         
Junior 3,000m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 G. Sheehan North Cork 08:43.0
2 J. Daly Nenagh Olympic 08:45.0
3 E. Bergin Leevale 08:46.5
         
110m Hurdles
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 D. Dower Waterford 15.4
2 M. O'Grady Nenagh Olympic  
3 N. Tierney Nenagh Olympic  
         
400m Hurdles
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 D. Dower Waterford 56
2 A. O'Regan Leevale 58.9
3 B. Walsh Burgerland Limerick 61
         
4x100m Relay
Pos Club Team   Perf
1 Waterford J. Kennedy, P. Ryan, B. Moran, P. Flanagan  45.7
2 Carrignavar     45.9
3 Leevale     46.7
         
4x400m Relay
Pos Club Team   Perf
1 Waterford D. Kirby, K. Leahy, D. Dower, B. Malone  3.26.3
2 Leevale,     03:55.5
3 Carrignavar,     03:58.3
         
Long Jump
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 M. O'Grady Nenagh Olympic 1.85
2 J. Battles Burgerland Limerick 1.8
         
Triple Jump
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 J. Kennedy Waterford 6.71
2 J. Battles Burgerland Limerick 6.59
3 S. O'Connor Tramore 6.36
         
Triple Jump
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 J. Kennedy Waterford 13.22
2 J. Battles Burgerland Limerick 12.87
3 L. Tierney Nenagh Olympic 11.93
         
Shot
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 P. Hartigan Burgerland Limerick 14.13m
2 P. O'Connor St. Johns Tralee 13.4
3 J. Sheehan Burgerland Limerick 12.52
         
Discus
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 G. Hogan Killorglin 44.28
2 D. McSweeney Riocht 43.93
3 J. Sheehan Burgerland Limerick 41.52
         
Javelin
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 P. O'Connor St. Johns Tralee 55.38
2 P. Moore Leevale 50.72
3 J. Sheehan Burgerland Limerick 49.4
         
Hammer
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 P. O'Connor St. Johns Tralee 48.84
2 S. Manning Eagle TC 37.5
3 J. Sheehan Burgerland Limerick 32.26
         
56lbs. OB
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 G. O'Connell, Marian 15'10"
2 M. McDonagh Killorglin 15'
3 J. Dunlea Killorglin 14' 9"
         
56lbs Distance
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 G. O'Connell, Marian 8.83m
2 J. Dunlea, Killorglin 8.36
3 M. McDonagh, Killorglin 8.13
         
WOMEN
100m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 K. Glavin Midleton 12.2
2 A. Moloney Grange 13
3 H. Spillane St. John's 13.5
         
200m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 A. Leahy Leevale 25.9
2 M. Moroney Nenagh Olympic 26.1
3 A. Moloney Grange 28.1
         
400m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 S. Behan Leevale 60
2 M. Fleming Leevale 60.8
3 H. Rea Grange 62.8
         
800m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 V. O'Mahony Togher 02:07.8
2 C. Hourihan St. Finbarrs 02:16.8
3 V. Vaughan Blarney 02:20.2
         
1500m
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 C. Hourihan St. Finbarrs 04:47.4
2 P. Delaney Grange 04:48.7
3 J. Hough St. Finbarrs 04:54.7
         
100m Hurdles
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 K. Glavin Midleton 14.5
2 S. Cobb Burgerland Limerick 14.9
3 M. Moroney   16.5
         
400m Hurdles
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 F. Kirwan Eagle TC 63.3
2 S. Cobb Burgerland Limerick 63.7
3 M. Moroney   67.8
         
4x100m Relay
Pos Club Team   Perf
1 Leevale B A. McCarthy, E. Sheehan, D. Ahern, S. Behan  51.5
2 Leevale A     51.5
3 Eagle TC     54.2
         
High Jump
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 K. O'Riordan Fethard 1.45m
         
Long Jump
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 K. Glavin, Midleton 5.68
2 K. Lenihan Eagle 4.29
         
Shot
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 E. Boland Burgerland Limerick 11.13
2 E. Nangle Tramore 10.98
3 S. Roche North Cork 10.52
         
Discus
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 E. Boland Burgerland Limerick 40.00m
2 E. Nangle, Tramore 37.28
3 U. Cosgrove Riocht 33.34
         
Javelin
Pos Forename Surname Club Perf
1 H. Lenihan Eagle 21
2 M. Kennedy Riocht 20.7
3 E. Fitzgerald   16.44

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