A wild showry day greeted College athletes for the South Leinster Schools Championships in Kilkenny on Wednesday but the blustery conditions didn't hamper Aimee McGrath from setting a new Personal Best time in winning the under 17 800m.
Aimee looked assured and in control the whole race moving smoothly into the lead and striding away in the final 100m.
Luke Morris moved up to 400m this year and unluckily fell foul of the rather quaint timing method on the day. Running in the 2nd heat with heat times combined to produce the medalists, most observers had him second at worst - the official result however was third, a disappointment as it means he misses out on the Leinster Schools finals.
Worse was to happen later in the day when the under 17 relay team (including Luke) was adjudged to have committed a technical changeover offence and disqualified; it was no consolation that the Girls under 17 Relay team were also disqualified, this time from 3rd, for the same offence at the same spot.
Better things were happening elsewhere. In the Senior Javelin Michael Jordan made light of the gusting wind to win with 43.14m while Cian Prendergast took Silver in the under 17 Boys Shot Put.
Second place also for Kate Nurse in the under 16 Mile, while there were Bronze medal performances from Roisin Crowe in under 17 Long Jump and Jack Doyle in the under 17 1500m - a good performance this as Jack was a year younger then his fellow competitors.
But Newbridge's performance of the day came in the last event of the day - the Senior 4 x 100m relay. A sense of grievance perhaps from their younger team mates Dq may have helped to spur them on; Kevin Dunphy started and held the echelon into the first (and controversial) changeover, negotiated successfully in handing over to Ruari Cleary. The tall Ruari blasted down the back straight passing to Niall Wyer with a healthy lead; Niall duly built on it and Colin Stapleton had a procession of honour to the finish to uphold College's tradition of Relay success.
The previous week was the under 14 and 15's day and George Lohan, despite being hampered by injury showed why he is National Champion in his age group in easily winning the under 14 800, while the under 15 Relay squad of Kate Grant, Keela Magee, Hanna Rasmessen and Holly Silke Featherstone just hung on in a battling finish to take Bronze.