CASTLEKNOCK College’s Harry Purcell was the standout performer at the 2014 Aviva schools track and field championships in Morton Stadium last Saturday.
Purcell won the 400m and 800m senior boys’ titles on a sun-drenched day in Santry. Purcell scorched around the track to record a time of 47.82 and returned 90 minutes later to win the 800m in a time of 1.53.36.
Other athletes to impress at the championships was rising sprinting sensation from Drimnagh Castle, Keith Doherty, who claimed a classy double in the senior boy’s 100m (11.08) and 200m (22.33).
South Dublin’s Nadia Power, from St MacDara’s Templeogue, powered to victory in the inter girls 1,500m in a time of 4.48.03 while schoolmate Carla Sweeney did likewise in the 800m winning in a time of 2.21.08.
Mustafa Nasir, from HFCS Rathcoole, was the standout performer in the intermediate boy’s middle distance event completing a classy 800m and 1,500m double.
In the throws event Anne Marie Tornsey of Loreto Swords won the shot put with a throw of 12.41m and the discus with a distance of 34.27m
Next up for all these athletes will be the prestigious Aviva All-Ireland Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on May 31.
For the intermediate age group, there is the Aviva Tailteann Interprovincial in Santry on June 21. This will be followed by the Aviva Schools’ Track and Field International, which takes place this year in Cardiff on July 19.
Speaking about the event, Aviva’s Mark Russell said the standard of competition was particularly high this year: “This is our fourth year as sponsors and supporters of Irish Schools Athletics and it is great to see the talent improving year on year.
“We are now in the position where we can see senior schools athletes from four years ago beginning to make an impact internationally and at this Leinster provincial final let’s hope we will be watching an Olympian of the future.
“It’s a massive achievement for anyone to make a provincial final and it means so much to the athletes, their friends and family so let’s all get behind supporting these young athletes”