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Laois athletes excel at International Universities event for Ireland

Cathal Grennan competed for Ireland last weekend at an international universities event
Cathal Grennan competed for Ireland last weekend at an international universities event

Two Laois athletes were part of the Irish team which beat Scotland in an International Universities event at Morton Stadium in Santry over the weekend.

Seodhna Hoey, member of Portloais A.C, and Cathal Grennan, a young St Michaels AC athlete from Kilcavan, pulled on the Irish singlet in the hammer through and 3,000m steeplechase respectively.

In what was Hoey’s second international call to represent Ireland in the hammer, she threw a new personal best and finished third in the competition.

Meanwhile, Grennan, who collected his first Irish cap, finished fourth in a time of 11.24.

The exploits of the pair helped Ireland greatly as they won the international by 205 points to 193 points.

Seodhna Hoey started throwing hammer in 2013 winning her first Leinster title as well as Leinster title for Discus.

From there she went on to place 2nd in her first All Ireland Championships for hammer.

Since then she has gone from strength to strength winning Leinster titles in all three events; Hammer, Discus, and Shot Putt.

Seodhna took part in the Laois league last year and has been County champion in all her events since 2011.

All this has lead to her receiving two National juvenile All Star awards and one juvenile and one senior Leinster Star award.

Now training with the DCU hammer team along with study, Seodhna hopes to continue to progress in her sport.

Cathal Grennan started his athletics career when most are choosing between it and other sports but his decision has proven to be a good one.

Just to show his progress, in 2015 he was a 20mins 5k runner but by mid-2016 he was running a time 17.30 consistently over the distance.

In that time he also won a number of Laois underage titles and medalled well in Leinster competitions.

After a hairy start and some track burns he made the Steeplechase his chosen event.

He represented Laois in the National League and got two good pb’s in the event over the two days.

In the last year he has adapted well to the higher pressure of college athletics and has represented Waterford I.T on a number of occasions.

Now following the years of support from his parents Angela and John Joe he has to adapt to the new pressure of international competition.

Cathal has proudly worn the colours of Rosenallis/Kilcavan AC as a juvenile athlete and St Michaels AC as a junior and senior.

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