Sunday proved to be a very successful day for the Kilkenny athletes who travelled in numbers to the Leinster cross-country championships in Adamstown, Co Wexford.
The juvenile athletes led the way, taking home eight sets of county medals along with three sets of club team medals. There were also some great individual performances.
The locals made a winning start in the first event as Thomastown’s Fiona Dillon claimed gold in the girls’ under-11 1,500m race. She also led her club and county to victory - Emma Manogue, Maria O’Keeffe and Katie Taylor completed the scoring four for Thomastown while Saoirse Allen (St Senan’s), Caoimhe Carroll (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) and Aine Ryan (St Joseph’s) were scorers on the winning county team.
Thomastown also led the charge in the boys’ under-11 race. This time Billy Power was to the fore, finishing in 13th place to help the county team secure silver medals.
The gold rush continued for Thomastown in the girls’ under-13 race, where a third-place finish from Aine Kirwan helped both club and county teams to first place. Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe and Ellen Ryan completed the winning club team. These four athletes, along with Tara Ramasawmy (St Senan’s) and Abbey Gilsenan (KCH) took the county gold medals.
The girls’ under-15 county team won bronze medals with Aoife Allen (St Senan’s) and Ella Richardson (KCH) finishing in the top 12. The boys’ under-15 county team claimed silver medals and had two finishers - Aaron Donnelly (St Senan’s) and Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH) - in the top 12. The St Senan’s club team finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
At under-17 level Annie O’Connor (KCH) had a fine individual run, finishing in tenth place, but the county team had to settle for fourth place. There was better news for the boys’ under-17 county team, who packed well to claim the bronze medals in their event.
The gold blitz resumed in the under-19 races. In the girls’ event Aoibhe Richardson (KCH) won individual gold in fine style, with third place going to Castlecomer’s Lauren Dermody.
St Senan’s duo Rachel Butler and Michelle McDonald also finished in the top ten, giving a comfortable victory to the county team.
In the boys’ under-19 race Peter Lynch (KCH) gave a fine performance to finish second. There were top ten finishes also for Sean Power (Thomastown), Tom O’Keeffe (KCH) and Oliver Mullally (St Senan’s). With Cormac Buggy (Gowran) and Michael Ryan (KCH) finishing in the top 20 the county won gold medals. The KCH team, completed by Luke O’Connor, finished with club silver medals.
The Leinster intermediate championships for men and women were also held on Sunday. In the women’s race Sile Carroll was the first Kilkenny athlete across the finishing line.
Sile, who now competes with Liffey Valley, led the Kilkenny county team to bronze medals. Aine Kinsella (St Senan’s), Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) and Catriona Corr (KCH) completed the county team while KCH finished sixth place in the club event.
There was no such luck for Kilkenny in the men’s race, as the county team finished fifth while KCH were seventh place in the club event. David McPherson, fresh from his Dublin marathon exploits, was the top Kilkenny finisher in 13th place.
Results, Leinster cross-country championships (club code CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-11: 1 Fiona Dillon (TT), 3 Saoirse Allen (SS), 7 Emma Manogue (TT), 10 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 11 Aine Ryan (SJ), 18 Maria O’Keeffe (TT), 24 Erin Foley (SJ), 28 Danielle Griffin (SJ), 29 Emma Shortall (KCH), 33 Eleanor Godden (KCH), 37 Katie Taylor (TT), 52 Ava Shefflin (TT), 60 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 63 Rachel Leahy (KCH), 76 Aoife Byrne (SJ). Club: 1 Thomastown (Fiona Dillon, Emma Manogue, Maria O’Keeffe, Katie Taylor), 5 KCH, 6 St Joseph’s. County: 1 Kilkenny (Fiona Dillon, Saoirse Allen (SS); Emma Manogue, Caoimhe Carroll (KCH); Aine Ryan (SJ); Maria O’Keeffe).
Boys’ U-11: 13 Billy Power (TT), 17 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 22 Thomas Mullally (SJ), 23 Ned Langton (KCH), 25 David Williams (SS), 31 Billy Coogan (G), 32 Jack Aylmer (KCH), 47 Cillian Dunne (G), 49 Tadgh Connolly (SS), 60 Aidan Kehoe (SJ), 65 Ivan Bolger (TT). Club: 6 KCH, 9 St Joseph’s, 11 Gowran, 13 Thomastown. County: 2 Kilkenny (Billy Power (TT); Evan O’Toole, Thomas Mullally (SJ); Ned Langton (KCH); David Williams (SS); Billy Coogan (G)).
Girls’ U-13: 3 Aine Kirwan (TT), 7 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 8 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT), 14 Ellen Ryan (TT), 27 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 33 Abbey Gilsenan (KCH); 36 Hannah O’Keeffe (KCH), 40 Chloe Mullally (SJ), 55 Aine McDonald (SJ), 57 Megan Harding Owens (KCH), 62 Jane Rochford (SS), 69 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 83 Jennifer Leahy (KCH). Club: 1 Thomastown (Aine Kirwan, Ciara O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan, Orla O’Keeffe), 8 KCH. County: 1 Kilkenny (Aine Kirwan, Tara Ramasawmy, Ciara O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan, Orla O’Keeffe, Abbey Gilsenan).
Boys’ U-13: 9 Jack Murphy (CC), 14 Cathal Kearney (KCH), 20 Josh Fenton (SS), 32 Gavin Manning (G), 42 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 53 James Foot (SS), 54 Robert Finn (SS), 58 Cian Kavanagh (SS), 68 Jack Mullally (SJ), 70 Paul Murphy (SJ), 81 Sean O’Dornan (CC). Club: 5 St Senan’s, 9 St Joseph’s. County: 4 Kilkenny.
Girls’ U-15: 5 Aoife Allen (SS), 10 Ella Richardson (KCH), 13 Ruth Kennedy (G), 27 Nell Murphy (SS), 31 Aine McEvoy (KCH), 37 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT); 45 Aine Phelan (SS), 58 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 62 Izzy Shine (KCH), 69 Grace Mullally (SJ), 71 Linda Lawlor (SJ), 73 Lorna Monahan (SS), 75 Amy Redmond (SS), 77 Dara Scobie (KCH). Club: 6 St Senan’s, 8 KCH. County: 3 Kilkenny (Aoife Allen, Ella Richardson, Ruth Kennedy, Nell Murphy, Aine McEvoy).
Boys’ U-15: 7 Aaron Donnelly (SS), 8 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 13 David O’Carroll (G), 23 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 28 Eoin Maher (SS), 29 James Kearney (KCH), 32 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 44 Cillian Rudkins (G), 45 Colm Murphy (KCH), 54 Killian Hogan (CC), 63 Nicky Connolly (CC), 64 Christopher Korff (CC). Club: 4 St Senan’s, 5 KCH. County: 2 Kilkenny (Aaron Donnelly, Adam Fitzpatrick, David O’Carroll, Thomas Sheridan, Eoin Maher, James Kearney).
Girls’ U-17: 10 Annie O’Connor (KCH), 17 Helen Hoynes (SJ), 23 Abigal O’Keeffe (KCH), 26 Grace Richardson (KCH), 27 Mia Griffin (SJ), 30 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 42 Jennifer O’Keeffe (KCH), 43 Aoibhne Murphy (KCH), 46 Isobel Morgan (SS), 48 Ann-Marie Maloney (SS). Club: 5 KCH. County: 4 Kilkenny.
Boys’ U-17: 16 Rory Lodge (KCH), 26 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 31 Richie Hennessy (SJ), 38 Eoin O’Dwyer (G), 39 Sean Buggy (CC), 42 Bill Cody (KCH), 44 Jonathan Crowley (SS), 48 Taylor Kane (G), 49 Jack Walsh (G). County: 3 Kilkenny (Rory Lodge, Luke Fitzpatrick, Richie Hennessy, Eoin O’Dwyer, Sean Buggy, Bill Cody).
Girls’ U-19: 1 Aoibhe Richardson (KCH), 3 Lauren Dermody (CC), 7 Rachel Butler (SS), 8 Michelle McDonald (SS), 14 Sinead Whelan (TT), 16 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 19 Olga Cantwell (KCH). County: 1 Kilkenny (Aoibhe Richardson, Lauren Dermody, Rachel Butler, Michelle McDonald).
Boys’ U-19: 2 Peter Lynch (KCH), 5 Sean Power (TT), 8 Tom O’Keeffe (KCH), 10 Oliver Mullally (SS), 15 Cormac Buggy (G), 16 Michael Ryan (KCH), 18 Conor Foskin (SS), 19 James Power (TT), 20 Luke O’Connor (KCH). Club: 2 KCH (Peter Lynch, Tom O’Keeffe, Michael Ryan, Luke O’Connor. County: 1 Kilkenny (Peter Lynch, Sean Power, Tom O’Keeffe, Oliver Mullally, Cormac Buggy, Michael Ryan).
Intermediate Women: 10 Sile Carroll (Liffey Valley), 15 Aine Kinsella (SS), 18 Sally Forristal (SJ), 20 Catriona Corr (KCH), 22 Caoimhe Foley (KCH), 32 Jacinta O’Duffy (KCH), 34 Maria Murphy (KCH). Club: 6 KCH. County: 3 Kilkenny (Sile Carroll, Aine Kinsella, Sally Forristal, Catriona Corr).
Intermediate Men: 13 David McPherson (KCH), 16 Conor Rochford (SS), 27 Paul Moran (KCH), 43 Ray Lonergan (KCH), 52 Eoin Molloy (KCH). Club: 7 KCH. County: 5 Kilkenny.