Local athletes lord it in Leinster with bountiful medal haul

Super Saints! Cathal Beirne (left), who won bronze in the boys' under-12 600m Leinster final and Killian Griffin, who won silver in the boys' under-13 600m Leinster final in Athlone on Saturday. Both boys are members of the St Joseph's athletic club.
Kilkenny’s juvenile athletes were lords of the track when they travelled to Athlone for the Leinster Indoor Championships at the weekend.

Kilkenny’s juvenile athletes were lords of the track when they travelled to Athlone for the Leinster Indoor Championships at the weekend.

The locals delivered some top class performances at the AIT Arena, coming home with an impressive medal haul as a reward for their efforts.

There were three gold medals for the county in the 60m sprint hurdles, with wins for Sarah O’Donnell (Gowran), Ciara Deeley (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) and Sam Sutton (St Joseph’s).

In the 60m flat finals saw three more golds come to the county. There was a one-two finish for St Joseph’s in the boys’ under-14 race with Jack Elliot taking gold and Sam Sutton adding a silver to his hurdles gold.

The boys’ under-15 race was won in spectacular fashion by Gowran’s David Murphy, who opened a big gap on the rest of the field on his way to a convincing victory. Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH) was another winner, putting in a gold medal performance in the girls’ under-19 race.

In the 200m Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s) won the girls’ under-18 gold and to add to her 60m bronze while Sarah-Kate Lacey (KCH) won silver in the under-19 200m to add to her 60m gold. Another double sprint medal winner was Aaron Fenlon (St Joseph’s), who won bronze in the under-19 60m and 200m finals.

There was also plenty of success in the field events, with the locals earning five gold medals and a championship record.

There was shot-putt gold for Kieran O’Neill (Gowran) and Jack Manning (KCH), who also won silver in the 60m sprint and finished in fourth in the 200m. Gowran sprinter David Murphy picked up a silver medal in the shot-put while Brow Rangers, as well as their usual medal haul, had a ‘new kid’ on the podium with Oisin Kelly winning bronze in the under-12 event.

Thomastown’s Jordan Knight landed gold in the long jump on Saturday, adding a second place finish in the 60m final on Sunday.

There were three gold medal performances in the high jump. Ciara Deeley picked up her second individual gold of the championships, winning the girls’ under-15 long jump while Shauna Millea (KCH) won the under-16 event.

The high jump saw Donagh Mahon deliver the performance of the championship. The Gowran athlete, enjoying his best season yet, cleared 2m 6cm to take the under-18 gold medal and set a new championship record.

The top three athletes in each event now qualify for the national championships, which will be held in Athlone in a fortnight’s time.


Kilkenny results, Leinster indoor championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):

Girls’ U-12 60m hurdles: 1 Sarah O’Donnell (G). Boys’ U-14 60 hurdles: 1 Sam Sutton (SJ). Girls’ U-15 60m hurdles: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH). Boys’ U-16 60m hurdles: 3 Daragh Roberts (KCH), 6 Ben Sutton (SJ). Girls’ U-17 60m hurdles: 4 Clara Kennedy (SJ). Boys’ U-17 60m hurdles: 4 Shane Power (SJ).

Girls’ U-12 60m: 3 Jennifer Leahy (KCH). Boys’ U-12 60m: 2 Jordan Knight (TT). Boys’ U-14 60m: 1 Jack Elliot (SJ), 2 Sam Sutton (SJ). Girls’ U-15 60m: 7 Lorna Monahan (SS). Boys’ U-15 60m: 1 David Murphy (G). Boys’ U-17 60m: 2 Jack Manning (KCH). Girls’ U-18 60m: 3 Sophie Becker (SJ), 7 Emer McMullen (KCH). Boys’ U-18 60m: 3 Callan Byrne (KCH). Boys’ U-19 60m: 3 Aaron Fenlon (SJ). Girls’ U-19 60m: 1 Sarah-Kate Lacey (KCH).

Boys’ U-17 200m: 4 Jack Manning (KCH). Girls’ U-18 200m: 1 Sophie Becker (SJ). Boys’ U-18 200m: 6 Aaron Barron (KCH). Girls’ U-19 200m: 2 Sarah-Kate Lacey (KCH). Boys’ U-19 200m: 3 Aaron Fenlon (SJ).

Girls’ U-12 600m: 5 Aine Kirwan (TT). Boys’ U-12 600m: 3 Cathal Beirne (SJ). Boys’ U-13 600m: 2 Killian Griffin (SJ). Boys’ U-16 800m: 3 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH). Girls’ U-17 800m: 2 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH).

Boys’ U-12 shot-put: 3 Oisin Kelly (BR). Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Kieran O’Neill (G). Boys’ U-15 shot-put: 2 David Murphy (G). Boys’ U-16 shot-put: 2 Patrick Darcy (BR), 3 Matthew Cullen (BR). Boys’ U-17 shot-put: 1 Jack Manning (KCH). Boys’ U-18 shot-put: 2 John Joe Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 2 Grainne Kenny (BR).

Boys’ U-12 long jump: 1 Jordan Knight (TT). Girls’ U-15 long jump: 3 Leah Raggett (KCH), 4 Martina Balcyer (KCH). Girls’ U-16 long jump: 2 Sarah Lawlor (SJ), 3 Keeva O’Brien (KCH). Boys’ U-18 long jump: 4 Donagh Mahon (G).

Girls’ U-14 high jump: 3 Rachel Kelly (KCH). Boys’ U-14 high jump: 4 Rory MacGabhann (KCH). Girls’ U-15 high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH). Girls’ U-16 high jump: 1 Shauna Millea (KCH). Boys’ U-16 high jump: 2 Daragh Roberts (KCH). Boys’ U-18 high jump: 1 Donagh Mahon (G) - Championship record of 2m 6cm.


A number of Kilkenny athletes were in action at the All-Ireland schools cross-country finals in Cork on Saturday. The St Kieran’s minor boys’ team were led home to silver medals by KCH athlete Adam Fitzpatrick in fourth place with Thomastown’s Eoin Walsh giving an excellent display to finish 11th. Also in the top 20 was St Senan’s Aaron Donnelly, representing Abbey Community College.

The Loreto were also in the medals, winning bronze in the senior girls event. Top finisher for Loreto was KCH athlete Aoibhe Richardson in 10th place while Anna Sheehan and Castlecomer’s Lauren Dermody also had good performances. Sinead Whelan, representing Grennan College, finished 34th in the same race.

Peter Lynch put in a fine performance in the boys’ intermediate race to finish fourth overall. Peter earned himself an international call-up and will be part of the Irish schools cross-country team in the forthcoming international event.

Kilkenny results, All-Ireland cross-country schools finals:

Minor girls: 30 Ella Richardson (Loreto KK). Minor boys: 4 Adam Fitzpatrick (St Kieran’s), 11 Eoin Walsh (St Kieran’s), 17 Aaron Donnelly (Abbey CC), 27 James Kearney, 38 Dylan Crehan, 60 Eamon Mahon, 79 Tom Bolger, 94 Paul Cody (all St Kieran’s). Team silver: St Kieran’s

Junior girls: 42 Ciara Murphy, 44 Hannah Murphy, 67 Grainne Behan, 85 Muireann O’Connell (all Loreto). Junior boys: 36 David O’Carroll (St Kieran’s).

Intermediate boys: 4 Peter Lynch (St Kieran’s).

Senior girls: 10 Aoibhe Richardson (Loreto unless stated), 21 Anna Sheehan, 34 Sinead Whelan (Grennan College), 38 Lauren Dermody, 45 Sarah Kent, 60 Nicola Murphy. Team bronze: Loreto. Senior boys: 37 Tom O’Keeffe (St Kieran’s).


Sunday: County short course cross-country, juvenile relays (uneven ages) and open races for girls and boys U-7 and U-9, Freshford 11am.

Monday: St Patrick’s Day 5k Dash 11am Watershed. Entry fee is €10.