Athletes honoured for individual excellence

ATHLETES, friends and families gathered at a special function to celebrate the 2011 championship season.

ATHLETES, friends and families gathered at a special function to celebrate the 2011 championship season.

The event, which was held in Gowran Park, saw a number of the county’s top athletes pick up awards for their exploits during the track and field campaign.

The individual winners came from a number of different clubs. Co Board treasurer Michael Manning read the citations, while chairman Denis Cormack presented the awards in a number of categories: Masters, Junior, Juvenile Track & Field, Juvenile Cross Country, Senior Track & Field, Senior Cross Country, Walks, Road and International.

Masters: Verena Fenlon (St Joseph’s)

Verena had a great 2011, winning awards across a range of disciplines. Three gold and two silver medals were won at the Leinster Indoors in the shot-put, high jump, long jump, 60m and 800m. At the National Indoors Verena won three silver medals in the shot, high jump and 800m and placed fifth in the long jump and 60m.

Moving outdoors Verena won gold in the shot, javelin and hammer and silver in the discus at the Leinster Championships. She also scored first, second, third and fourth places respectively in the javelin, shot, hammer and discus at the national championships.

Junior: Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s)

At the county track & field championships Emma won the junior 400m hurdles and 100m flat, finishing second in the javelin, discus, shot-put and third in the high jump.

At the Leinster track & field she won a silver medal in the shot and double bronze in the triple jump and javelin. At national level she won silver medals in the triple and long jump and a bronze in the shot.

Juvenile Track & Field: Lorraine O’Shea (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH)

A specialist long jumper, Lorraine won both the Leinster and national indoor long jump titles as well as the National outdoor long jump. She also won the Leinster Indoor 60m and 200m and placed first in the Leinster outdoor 200m and second in the 100m.

On the national stage Lorraine won silver medals in the 60m and 200m indoors and 200m outdoors. She also won the long jump at the Celtic Internationals and the Scottish open championships.

Juvenile Cross-Country: Bronagh Kearns (St Senan’s)

Bronagh won both the county under-18 and under-19 cross-country championships in 2011, going on to do the double at Leinster level also. She also led her club to provincial silver medals in the under-18 and gold in the under-19 event and the county team to gold medals in both age groups.

Bronagh was third in the under-18 national cross-country and eighth in the under-19 event. She was also a member of the county teams who were second (under-19) and third (under-18).

Senior Cross-Country: Toss Hayes (KCH)

Toss started 2011 with a tenth place finish at the Leinster senior cross-country in Kilmacow. He was also a member of the county team who won bronze in the team event. Hayes was third in the Leinster Novice in Mullingar and second in the Leinster Intermediate in Adamstown.

On the flat plains of the Curragh Toss placed 14th in the National Novice, rounding off the year with fourth place in the county senior cross-country.

Senior Track & Field: Austin Lee (St Joseph’s)

A versatile athlete, Austin won gold, silver and bronze medals at the senior Leinster indoor track & field championships. He won the county high jump, was second in the discus and fourth in the 100m.

At the Leinster outdoors Austin picked up five silver medals in the high and triple jump, pole vault, discus and 110m hurdles. He also won bronze medals in both the national indoor and outdoor combined events.

Walks: Orla Butler (St Senan’s)

Starting the 2011 season indoors Orla won a silver medal in the national under-18 indoor walks. Moving outdoors she also won gold in the county track & field walking championships and was second in the Leinster under-18 walking championships. She was fifth at the national championships and second at the Leinster junior walks.

Road: David McPherson (KCH) & Paul Deegan (Gowran)

The Road Award was shared by two athletes. David McPherson won the county ten mile and was second in county 10km. In Gowran David won the Leinster Road novice title, leading the Harriers to gold medals and the county to silver medals in the team section. David was also the second Kilkenny finisher in the national half marathon in a time of 1.12.36.

Paul Deegan was second in the county ten mile and first in the over-35 ten miler. In Gowran Paul won a silver medal in the Masters over-40 Leinster Road Championships. He led his club and county to bronze medals in the team section.

International: Cliodhna Manning (KCH)

Cliodhna won the 100m and 300m titles at the county track & field championships. At Leinster three golds and a silver medal were won in the indoor and outdoor championships in the 60m, 200m and 300m. At national indoor and outdoor she was first in the 60m, 100m and 200m and second in the 300m.

At the Scottish Open Cliodhna won gold in the 60m. She also won gold at the Celtic International, winning the 300m event. She was also a member of the 4x100m relay team which finished second and the 4x300m relay team which was third.

A number of awards were also presented to clubs in track and field and cross-country categories.

Track & Field - Juvenile Shield, KCH; Senior Cup, St Joseph’s; Costello Shield, Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer); County Walks Shield, St Joseph’s. Cross-Country - Juvenile Shield, St Senan’s; Novice Men’s Cup, Gowran; Intermediate Shield, Gowran; Senior Men’s Shield, Gowran; over-35 Men’s Shield, Gowran; over-40 Men’s Shield, St Joseph’s; over-45 Men’s Shield, St Josephs; Novice Women’s Shield, Gowran; Intermediate Women, Gowran; Senior Women, St Joseph’s; over-30 Women, KCH; overall club (Cross-Country Cup), Gowran.

National Championships

There was a good return for those who made the long journey to Lough Kee Forest Park, Co Roscommon for the B All-Ireland Cross-Country championships on Sunday.

County teams picked up gold in the girls’ under-15 and bronze in the girls’ under-11 races. St Senan’s also had a great return, taking bronze in the girls’ under-11 and silver in the girls’ under-15 race. Thomastown were fourth team in the girls’ under-11 race.

There were some fine individual performances with a number of athletes finishing in the top ten in their races. Results are:

Girls’ under-11: 9 Nell Murphy (St Senan’s), 14 Sinead O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 18 Ciara O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 26 Kim Jolly (St Senan’s), 35 Laoise Fennelly Hunt (Thomastown), 40 Aine Phelan (St Senan’s), 51 Roisin O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 56 Orla O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 63 Hannah Lacey (St Senan’s), 64 Kate Sheridan (St Senan’s). County: 3 Kilkenny. Club: 3 St Senan’s, 4 Thomastown.

Boys’ under-11: 19 Rory Aylward (Thomastown), 32 Andrew O’Donnell (Gowran), 42 Gavin Manning (Gowran), 57 Eddie Gittens (Gowran), 62 Micky Connolly (Castlecomer), 69 Killian Hogan (Castlecomer), 74 Sean Burke (KCH), 81 Conor Cleere (Gowran). County: 6 Kilkenny. Club: 6 Gowran.

Girls’ under-13: 25 Isobel Morgan (St Senan’s), 48 Eve Lacey (St Senan’s), 51 Anne-Marie Maloney (St Senan’s), 54 Caoimhe Kearns (St Senan’s), 88 Amy Redmond (St Senan’s), 90 Fiona Murphy. County: 9 Kilkenny. Club: 5 St Senan’s.

Boys’ under-13: 36 Ciaran Hanlon (Gowran), 60 James O’Neill (Gowran), 62 Jamie Hogan (Gowran).

Girls’ under-15: 8 Ailish O’Shea (Thomastown), 12 Dearbhla Kearns (St Senan’s), 14 Lauren Dermody (Castlecomer), 15 Aoife O’Carroll (Gowran), 25 Michelle O’Donnell (St Senan’s), 26 Aoife Naddy (Gowran), 32 Christine O’Donnell (Gowran), 51 Roisin O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 56 Orla O’Keeffe (Thomastown), 63 Hannah Lacey (St Senan’s), 64 Kate Sheridan (St Senan’s). County: 1 Kilkenny. Club: 2 St Senan’s.

Boys’ under-15: 2 Cormac Buggy (Gowran), 19 Jonathan Crowley (St Senan’s).

Girls’ under-17: 3 Rachel Butler (St Senan’s), 5 Sinead Whelan (Thomastown), 6 Niamh O’Shea (Thomastown).

Boys’ under-17: 4 Conor O’Carroll (Gowran), 12 Evan Foley (Gowran).

Intervarsity Indoors

The Irish Universities indoor track and field championships were staged in Nenagh on Saturday. Ciara Everard, competing for UCD, won the 800m race in a time of 2:05.76.

Nationals

The Kilkenny county team came second in the AAI under-12 4x500m cross-country relay championships in Boyle, Co Roscommon on Sunday.

The team featured KCH athletes Ella Richardson, Leah Raggett, Ciara Deely and Rebecca Keane.

Niamh Richardson (KCH) competed in the women’s Masters race, finishing in a very respectable 14th position.