Leinster Schools Tailteann T&F Trials 2021 (4th Sept)
Based on the results of the Schools Provincial T&F finals, the Tailteann Inter-Provincial T&F is usually the trial event to select teams for the SIAB Schools T&F International. However, because there were no schools T&F competitions this year, a new system had to be devised to select the Irish team to compete at this year’s International to be held in Derbyshire (England) at the end of September. Each province, including Leinster, invited athletes to apply to compete at a provincial trial to qualify for the Tailteann T&F to be held the week after. Based on their performances at Club events on the track this season, Ross Killalea and Diarmuid Fagan were invited to compete at the Leinster Schools Tailteann T&F Trials held in Santry on Saturday 4th September. Running in the Colaiste Mhuire colours, Ross and Diarmuid contested a very competitive 3,000m where they finished in fourth and fifth place respectively, unfortunately just outside the qualifying places for the Tailteann T&F. There was better fortune for Ross in the 1,500m where he finished second to advance to the Tailteann T&F, but finishing fourth meant Diarmuid just missed out by one place.