Clubs blaze a trail in evening sunshine at Scanlon Park

ATHLETES enjoyed Mediterranean-like conditions as the third round of the County Track and Field Championships were bathed in sunshine at Scanlon Park on Friday.

ATHLETES enjoyed Mediterranean-like conditions as the third round of the County Track and Field Championships were bathed in sunshine at Scanlon Park on Friday.

There were some fine individual performances on the night, not least from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Jack Manning, who added to his medal haul by winning gold in the boys’ under-15 shot-put and sprint hurdles.

There were also double gold medal performances by Thomastown athletes Jordan Knight (under-10 300m and shot) and Michael Power (under-15 shot and hurdles). Brow Rangers’ John Joe Kelly won double gold in the under-16 shot and triple jump while Shannon Dawkins (St Joseph’s) scooped gold in the under-17 hurdles and high jump.

One athlete went one better than all the rest. The most successful performance of the evening came from Sinead McDonagh (KCH), who won three events to take home gold in the under-18/19 hurdles, discus and high jump.

The senior 800m and 3,000m races were held on the evening also.

In the women’s 800m event Kate Millea (KCH) held off Anne Doyle (Gowran) to take the gold in the women’s race with Esther Kennedy (KCH) taking bronze. Michael Bowler (KCH) and Shawn McCormack (Gowran) had a great battle in the men’s race with Bowler prevailing in the end. McCormack did take gold in the junior category, one half of a double as he also won gold in the junior category of the 3,000m.

The women’s 3,000m was a tight contest run at a brisk pace with St Senan’s Bronagh Kearns emerging as the winner from Megan Morrissey (Thomastown) and third-placed Orla McPhillips (KCH).

The battle for gold in the men’s 3,000m was between Conor Rochford (St Senan’s) and Tommy Evans (Gowran) with the St Senan’s athlete taking the honours. Paul Deegan (Gowran) finished in the bronze medal position while Simon O’Dwyer (Gowran) was first in the M40 category and Shawn McCormack in the junior.

The race also incorporated a team event. This was a clean sweep for Gowran, as they took home gold, silver and bronze.

While this was the final round of the 2012 juvenile championships, a full programme for juniors, seniors and masters will be held on Friday, June 8 with a 6.45pm start. Juvenile athletes who did not make the podium will have the B Championships to look forward to. They will be held on Wednesday, June 20 in Grennan, Thomastown from 6.30pm.

The athletic community also wishes popular Gowran athlete John Lennon a speedy recovery from surgery. All involved with athletics send their best wishes to John and his family.


There was another golden performance from Jack Manning when he won the under-15 title at the Leinster Combined Events in Greystones. Catriona Twomey had to settle for silver in the under-18 event.

The county’s athletic clubs also had great success at the Leinster inter-club relays in Tullamore on Sunday. KCH led the way, with a number of their teams coming home with medals.

The senior girls were in top form, with the under-18s winning gold in 4x100m and 4x400m finals. The under-19 team followed suit, winning gold in their 4x100m final, while the under-17 girls won silver in the 4x100m final.

The KCH under-9 boys’ relay team had their first taste of success with a great performance in an impressive final. Having qualified for the showdown they put up a great battle, getting their reward with a silver medal finish.

The under-13 boys had two teams competing, with team A winning gold and team B bronze. The final set of medals, following a superb performance in the final, was won by the under-16 boys.

St Senan’s also enjoyed success as their boys’ under-10 team scooped silver medals while their girls’ under-12s won bronze. The St Joseph’s boys’ teams did well also. The under-11s won gold, the under-12s silver and the under-9 boys bronze.

For Thomastown the under-11 girls’ team of Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan and Dearbhla O’Reilly won bronze. Their girls’ under-10 team of Aine Kirwan, Isabelle Ryan, Anna Cass and Katie Taylor finished fourth, as did the under-12 girls’ team of Emily Taylor, Jessie Murphy, Sinead O’Keeffe and Ann-Marie Gillespie.


Results, day three County Track and Field championships

Club key: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, NV = Nore Valley, SJ = St Joseph’s, SK = St Kieran’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown.

Girls’ U-8 200m: 1 Ella Cusack (G), 2 Marie O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Isobel Delaney (CC). Boys’ U-8 200m: 1 David Holden (TT), 2 David Williams (SS), 3 Cathal Sheehan (SJ). Girls’ U-9 200m: 1 Saoirse Allen (SS), 2 Emma Minogue (KCH), 3 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH). Boys’ U-9 200m: 1 Billy Power (TT), 2 Michael Raggett (KCH), 3 Paudric Naddy (G).

Girls’ U-10 300m: 1 Sophie Mullally (SJ), 2 Marie Clare O’Dwyer (SJ), 3 Anna Cass (TT). Boys’ U-10 300m: 1 Jordan Knight (TT), 2 Cathal Beirne (SJ), 3 Josh Fenton (SJ). Boys’ U-10 shot-put: 1 Jordan Knight (TT), Felix Lysaght (G), 3 Brogan McAvinney (G).

Girls’ U-11 300m: 1 Ciara O’Keefe (TT), 2 Jennifer Leahy (KCH), 3 Orla O’Keeffe (TT). Boys’ U-11 300m: 1 Rory O’Connor (SJ), 2 Killian Griffin (SJ), 3 Sean O’Dornan (CC). Boys’ U-11 shot-put: 1 Kieran O’Neill (G), 2 Killian Griffin (SJ), 3 Cormac Rafter (KCH).

Girls’ U-12 300m: 1 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 2 Emily Taylor (TT), 3 Alice Monghan (SS). Boys’ U-12 300m: 1 Conor Clarke (CC), 2 Rory McGabhann (KCH), 3 Oisin Griffin (SJ). Girls’ U-12 60m hurdles: 1 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 2 Anne-Marie Gillespie (TT), 3 Sarah O’Donnell (G). Boys’ U-12 60m hurdles: 1 Rory Mc Gabhann (KCH), 2 Darragh McDonald (SJ), 3 Conor Clarke (CC). Boys’ U-12 shot-put: 1 Conor Kelly (BR), 2 Daragh Mahon (G), 3 Brian Doyle (G).

Girls’ U-13 300m: 1 Ella Richardson (KCH), 2 Leah Raggett (KCH), 3 Eve Lacey (SS). Boys’ U-13 300m: 1 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 Colm Murphy (KCH), 3 James Buggy (CC). Girls’ U-13 75m hurdles: 1 Orla Casey (KCH), 2 Leah Raggett (KCH), 3 Abigail Bennett (KCH). Boys’ U-13 75m hurdles: 1 Michael Power (TT), 2 Johnny Collins (KCH), 3 James Buggy (CC). Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Michael Power (TT), 2 Cormac Nolan (G), 3 James Buggy (CC).

Girls’ U-14 1,500m: 1 Annie O’Connor (KCH). 2 Aisling Morrissey (KCH), 3 Caoimhe Kearns and Anne Marie Maloney (SS). Boys’ U-14 1,500m: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 John Nolan (KCH), 3 Bill Cody (KCH). Girls’

U-14 75m hurdles: 1 Grace O’Donnell (G), 2 Aisling Morrissey (KCH), 3 Maeve Delaney (CC). Boys’ U-14 75m hurdles: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 Ted Drea (G). Girls’ U-14 discus: 1 Sinead McEvoy (SS), 2 Grace O’Donnell (G), 3 Rebecca Mulhall (G). Girls’ U-14 high jump: 1 Evie Kiely (KCH), 2 Shauna Millea (KCH), 3 Sarah Lawlor (SJ). Boys’ U-14 shot-put: 1 Patrick Darcy (BR), 2 Matt Cullen (BR), 3 Ted Drea (G). Boys’ U-14 triple jump: 1 Ted Drea (G), 2 James O’Neill (G), 3 Matthew Cullen (BR).

Girls’ U-15 1,500m: 1 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 2 Grace Richardson (KCH), 3 Ailis O’Shea (TT). Boys’ U-15 1,500m: 1 Shane McGeary (KCH), 2 Eamon Fennelly (KCH), 3 Jack Manning (KCH). Girls’ U-15 80m hurdles: 1 Christine O’Donnell (G), 2 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 3 Ailis O’Shea (TT). Boys’ U-15 80m hurdles: 1 Jack Manning (KCH), 2 Shane Power (SJ), 3 Shane McGeary (KCH). Girls’ U-15 discus: 1 Amy Delaney (KCH), 2 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 3 Christine O’Donnell (G). Girls’ U-15 high jump: 1 Aoife Naddy (G), 2 Christine O’Donnell (G), 3 Amy Delaney (KCH). Girls’ U-15 relay (4x400m): 1 KCH, 2 St Senan’s. Boys’ U-15 relay (4x400m): 1 KCH, 2 Castlecomer. Boys’ U-15 shot-put: 1 Jack Manning (KCH), 2 Paul Lysaght (G), 3 Adam Kelly (BR). Boys’ U-15 triple jump: 1 Shane Power (SJ), 2 Jack Morrissey (KCH), 3 Shane McGeary (KCH).

Boys’ U-16 100m hurdles: 1 Phillip O’Donnell (G), 2 J.J. Kelly (BR), 3 Paul Manning (SJ). Girls’ U-16 1,500m: 1 Lauren Dermody (CC), 2 Dervla Kearns (SS), 3 Tara Lacey (SS). Boys’ U-16 1,500m: 1 Sean Power (TT), 2 Cormac Buggy (G), 3 Peter Lynch (KCH). Girls’ U-16 discus: 1 Claire McEvoy (SS). Girls’ U-16 high jump: 1 Eimear O’Donoghue (KCH). Boys’ U-16 shot-put: 1 J.J. Kelly (BR), 2 Craig Byrne (KCH), 3 Peter Lynch (KCH). Boys’

U-16 triple jump: 1 J.J. Kelly (BR), 2 Paul Manning (SJ), 3 Phillip O’Donnell (G).

Girls’ U-17 100m hurdles: 1 Shannon Dawkins (SJ), 2 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 3 Bella Lysaght (G). Girls’

U-17 1,500m: 1 Anna Sheehan (KCH), 2 Aoibhe Richardson (KCH), 3 Nicola Murphy (KCH). Boys’ U-17 1,500m:

1 Kieran Drea (G), 2 Conor Foskin (SS). Girls’ U-17 discus: 1 Aoife Coady (BR). Girls’ U-17 high jump: 1 Shannon Dawkins (SJ), 2 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 3 Sinead Naddy (G). Girls’ U-17 relay (4x400m): 1 KCH. Boys’ U-17 shot-put: 1 Michael Barcoe (NV). Boys’ U-17 triple jump: 1 Kieran Drea (G).

Boys’ U-18 1,500m: 1 Andrew Dowd. Girls’ U-18/19 100m hurdles: 1 Sinead McDonagh (KCH), 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH). Girls’ U-18/19 discus: 1 Sinead McDonagh (KCH), 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH). Girls’ U-18/19 high jump: 1 Sinead McDonagh (KCH), 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH). Boys’ U-18/19 shot-put: 1 Diarmuid Hickey (G), 2 Matthew Cassin (G), 3 Andrew Dowd (CC).

Senior women’s 800m: 1 Kate Millea (KCH), 2 Anne Doyle (G), 3 Esther Kennedy (KCH). Senior men’s 800m:

1 Michael Bowler (KCH). Junior men’s 800m: 1 Shawn McCormack (G), 2 Liam O’Shea (TT). Novice men’s 800m:

1 Mick Walsh (G). M40 men’s 800m: 1 Joe Woulfe (G), 2 Steve Griffith (NV).

Senior women’s 3,000m: 1 Megan Morrissey (TT), 2 Esther Kennedy (KCH). Junior women’s 3,000m: 1 Bronagh Kearns (SS), 2 Orla McPhillips (KCH), 3 Aine Kinsella (SS). Senior men’s 3,000m: 1 Conor Rochford (SS), 2 Tommy Evans (G), 3 Paul Deegan (G). Junior men’s 3,000m: 1 Shawn McCormack (G). M40 men’s 3,000m: 1 Simon O’Dwyer (G), 2 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 3 David Farrell (G). Senior 3,000m teams: 1 Gowran A, 2 Gowran B, 3 Gowran C.


Saturday: All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships, Tullamore.

Sunday: Leinster Senior and Masters Track & Field Championships, Tullamore.

Monday: Leinster U-9 to U-15 team event, Celbridge.