The Boker Boys make history
The Wexford CBS senior 4x100m relay team made a little bit of history in Tullamore on Saturday 3rd of June when they won the Senior Schools national relay.
No school from county Wexford had ever won any relay titles at the Nationals in either boys or girls events since the formation of the schools association in 1916, so the CBS are the 1st in 101 years.
The team was David MacDonald, Luke O Neill, Sam O Neill and Aaron Smith.
In a thrilling relay final the CBS boys just edged out Bandon Grammar School from Cork who were bidding for their 3rd consecutive title.
The Boker Boys showed their class with some very slick baton changes, David McDonald got the boys off to a splendid start, Luke O’Neill kept up the pace in the 2nd leg following by a fine bend run by brother Sam, with Aaron Smith in a memorable last 100m securing the elusive title by 0.03 seconds.
The lads were presented with their medals and the perpetual cup. The CBS Wexford will now be inscribed on this cup alongside such prestigious schools as Blackrock College, Belvedere, Rockwell and Terenure.
These 4 lads have now won every relay at every level in athletics, Community Games, Athletics Ireland and now an Irish Schools title breaking many Irish records along the way.
The 4 boys have being together since they were under 10s and are also very good at their own individual events sprinting and hurdling.
David Macdonald also picked up a bronze medal in the senior boys 100m running a great time of 10.75 secs and Aaron finished just outside the medals in 4th place in the Senior hurdles.
Another Menapians member Nathan Murphy finished 9th in the Junior discus. Finally St Killians Jack Forde was unlucky not to medal in the Junior Shot Putt and high jump finishing 4th in the Shot Putt and 5th in the High Jump. The CBS also finished 3rd overall school in the senior boys.
The schools track and field season kicked off the last fortnight with the South Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships in Waterford. There was success for the school both in track and field events. In the field events, Gergely Pap took gold in both the junior shot putt and hammer. Jack Forde took silver in the junior shot putt and followed that up with a win in the Junior High Jump. Both Gergely and Jack ensured qualification for the Leinsters in both events. Nathan Murphy also guaranteed qualification for the Leinsters with a silver in the discus. Conor Keane and Sean White had top 6 finishes in the 1500m and 800m respectively. Paul Freeman also had a top 5 finish in the 3000m race. The seniors enjoyed success the following Thursday with impressive runs across the sprinting events. David McDonald won the 200m, Aaron Smith won the 110m hurdles and Luke and Sam O’Neill also ran well in the sprints. The 4×100m relay team also qualified for the Leinster Finals with Luke and Sam O’Neill, Leon Nolan-Cullen, Aaron Smith and Conor Brennan all helping the team to silver. The team will hopefully have David McDonald back for the relay at the Leinsters to bolster their chances of further success.
Cross Country Success
Congratulations to our Cross Country teams who had a great day out in New Ross yesterday at the County Schools Championships
Minor Boys: Jack Dempsey 4th
Junior Boys: Darragh Collins 1st, Conor Keane 3rd. Team Gold – Conor Keane, Darragh Collins, Pierce McDonnell, Rian Doyle. Team Bronze – Alex Looney, Sean White, Owen McNulty, Nathan Murphy
Inter Boys: Paul Freeman 8th. Team Bronze – Paul Freeman, Richie Browne, James Crean, Aaron O’Connor.
Congratulations to our Intermediate Relay team who got silver medals in the Leinster Finals . They now go on to the All Ireland Finals in June. Well to Luke and Sam O’Neill, Jamie Thomas and Arron Smyth.
Also well done to David McDonald who skipped the Leinster Finals to compete in a different event as he attempted to reach the qualifying time for the European Junior Championships in Georgia. David secured his time and now moves on to the Big Games.
Co. Wexford Cross Country Championships, November 2015
A great effort was put on in New Ross today from our cross country squads. Conor Keane – Minor, T.J.Cousins – Inter, and Sean Hopkins – Senior all won individual medals. The Minor, Inter and Senior teams all won silver medals, while the Inter B team won bronze.
This was a good preparation for the upcoming South Leinster Championships.
South Leinster Track & Field Championships. May 6th 2015
Senior boys 400 meters: Shaun Donoghue (2nd ) & broke 400 meter record.
Intermediate Boys 4 X 100 meter relay: 1st (Sam O Neill, Luke O Neill, Aaron Smyth & David McDonald.
Intermediate boys 100 meters: David McDonald (3rd )
Intermediate boys 200 meters: David McDonald (2nd )
100 meter hurdles: Sam o Neill (2nd ), Aaron Smyth (3rd)
All athletes qualified for the Leinster Track & Field.
Over 500 students took part in a great days racing. Well done to our Senior team of Jack Crean, Nicky Lawlor, Conor Fenlon, Eoin McDonald, David Dempsey and Ciaran Kirwan who won team gold in the 3000m race. Our Intermediate team finished in fourth place, while the Junior team of James Crean, Callum Broaders, Gary Hall-Roche and Shane Doyle took Bronze. Joshua Porter and Jordan Sinnott performed very well at Minor level.
All athletes will continue to train for the South Leinster Championships which take place after Christmas.