A LARGE contingent of Kilkenny athletes made the trek West to compete in the National inter-county and juvenile cross-country championships in Sligo over the weekend. The races were held in bright sunshine, but course was quite heavy.
In the senior men’s race Gowran athletes Niall Sheehan and Tommy Evans ran well, finishing 30th and 40th respectively. Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s) finished 37th in the senior women’s race.
Bronagh Kearns (St Senan’s) ran brilliantly in the girls’ under-18 to finish in third place and take home the bronze medal. Aine Kinsella (St Senan’s) finished in 14th place and teamed up with Thomastown duo Maeve O’Connor and Laura Walpole to earn bronze medals for the county team.
In the boys’ under-16 race Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s) gave another great performance as he finished fourth, with Sean Power (Thomastown) coming home 19th. Both athletes were silver medal winners on the Leinster team while Kilkenny were sixth in the county section.
Kilkenny were also sixth in the county section of the girls’ under-16 race. Rebecca Kennedy (Gowran) was 28th, Dervla Kearns (St Senan’s) 34th and Lauren Dermody (Castlecomer) 42nd in a series of strong performances.
The St Joseph’s girls’ under-14 team of Helen Haynes, Chloe Richardson, Alice O’Connor and Mia Griffin ran very well to finish in sixth place in their section. Ailish O’Shea (Thomastown) had a good run when coming home in 39th place as Kilkenny finished as fifth county overall.
In the boys’ under-12 section David O’Carroll (Gowran) had a fantastic race to finish sixth. Coupled with Conor Clarke (19th) and Eoin Walsh (37th) the trio won silver medals with the Leinster team. Kilkenny were seventh overall in the county section.
Ruth Kennedy (Gowran) finished 17th in the girls’ under-12 race while Eve Lacey (St Senan’s) came home in 48th place. The Kilkenny girls were part of the Leinster team which won silver medals at provincial level.
On Irish team
Further afield, Sean Caulfield (St Senan’s) was a member of Irish Masters cross-country team that competed in the Home Countries Championship in Scotland on Saturday. Sean was the fourth scoring athlete on the Masters over-45 team that finished in second place.