KILKENNY’S juvenile athletes were out in force at days three and four of the National Championships in Tullamore.
On the track Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Cliodhna Manning completed a sprint double, taking gold in the 200m with Claire Foley (St Joseph’s) in second place. Lorraine O’Shea (KCH) won silver in the 200m in her age group also.
In the Field events John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers) was first in the discus, adding a gold medal to the silver he had already won in the shot. Lorraine O’Shea and Laura Langton made it a double gold success for KCH in the long jump while Sophie Parkinson (Gowran) picked up the silver medal in the shot having already won gold in the discus in her age category. Catriona Twomey (KCH) was a bronze medal winner in the high jump.
In the relay races the KCH athletes competed with black armbands as a mark of respect to the late Sean Kelly. The city club’s girls’ under-17 team won gold in the 4x300m, while their under-17 4x100m counterparts ran to the silver medals.
The KCH girls’ under-18 4x100m team also won silver, as did the St Joseph’s boys’ under-19 4x100m relay team. In the county relay events the Kilkenny boys’ under-19 4x100m team also took the silver medals.
Track results of Kilkenny athletes at the National Championships:
Boys’ U-15 200m: 5 Paul Manning (St Joseph’s), 24.83.
U-16 Girls’ 200m: 6 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 27.12. Boys’ U-16 1,500m: 7 Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s AC), 4.23.25.
Girls’ U-17 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 25.11; 2 Claire Foley (St Joseph’s), 25.80.
Girls’ U-18 200m: 2 Lorraine O’Shea (KCH), 25.87. Girls’ U-18 1,500m: 5 Mary Ellen Doyle (Gowran), 5.03.38. Girls’ U-18 3,000m Walk: 5 Orla Butler (St Senan’s), 18.18.81.
Girls’ U-15 shot-put: 8 Katie Nolan (Brow Rangers), 9.03. Boys’ U-15 discus: 1 John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers), 37.29m.
Girls’ U-16 discus: 10 Cliona Quirke (Brow Rangers), 19.42m. Boys’ U-16 discus: 10 Evan Foley (Gowran), 27.29m.
Girls’ U-17 shot-put: Catriona Twomey (KCH), 8.42m. Girls’ U-17 high jump: 3 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 1.50m; 6 Sinead McDonagh (KCH), 1.50m. Girls’ U-17 javelin: 4 Elaine McGeary (KCH), 23.05m.
Girls’ U-18 shot-put: 2 Sophie Parkinson (Gowran), 10.78m. Girls’ U-18 long jump: 1 Lorraine O’Shea (KCH), 5.55m.
Girls’ U-19 long jump: 1 Laura Langton (KCH), 5.21m.
Club relay results
Girls’ U-13 4x100m: 5 KCH, 57.32.
Boys’ U-14 4x100m: 6 KCH, 54.88.
Girls’ U-16 4x100m: 4 KCH, 51.75.
Girls’ U-17 4x100m: 2 KCH, 50.55. Girls’ U-17 4x300m: 1 KCH, 3.00.88.
Girls’ U-18 4x100m: 2 KCH, 50.61.
Boys’ U-19 4x100m: 2 St Joseph’s, 45.35.
County relay results
Boys’ U-15 4x100m: 7 Kilkenny, 50.82.
Girls’ U-17 4x100m: 5 Kilkenny, 52.59.
Boys’ U-19 4x100m: 2 Kilkenny, 45.56.
The athletics community in Kilkenny was shocked to learn of the death of Sean Kelly, treasurer of the Co Athletics Board, after a short illness at the weekend.
Sean, a member of Kilkenny City Harriers, was active in the organisation and promotion of athletics within the county. His work and input was highly valued by all and he will be greatly missed by all his friends in athletics.
He is survived by his wife Frances and daughters Caroline, Simone and Allyson.