KILKENNY athletes reinforced the belief that they are a powerful force when they swept the boards at the Leinster juvenile indoor Track and Field Championships.
Held in Nenagh over the weekend, the Brow Rangers athletes led the way with great success in the shot-put. Therese Kelly won gold in the under-12 girls’ shot, giving a championship best performance on her way to the title.
In the under-17 girls’ shot the club won gold and silver with Cliona Quirke first and Grainne Kenny second. They took gold and bronze in the under-16 boys’ event, where John Joe Kelly was first and Tommy Quirke third. Patrick Darcy finished in the bronze medal position in the under-14 boys’ competition.
Other Brow athletes who competed with distinction were Roisin Coady (fourth), Matthew Cullen (fourth) and Adam Kelly (seventh).
St Senan’s athletes also showed their class with gold medal performances from Casey Murphy (girls’ under-13 60m) and Isabel Morgan (girls’ under-14 1,000m walk). Also on the track Tara Lacey was a bronze medallist in the girls’ under-16 1,500m walk. In the field events there were silver medals for Thomas Sheridan (under-13 high jump) and Shauna Finn (under-12 long jump).
For Gowran Sophie Parkinson added to her considerable title collection with a gold medal finish in the girls’ under-19 shot. Ted Drea had a good day indoors, setting a new personal best on two occasions on his way to winning the boys’ under-14 high jump.
There were also bronze medals for under-15 girls Aoife Naddy (high jump) and Christine O’Donnell (sprint hurdles). Gowran’s Cormac Buggy and Conor O’Carroll also competed but finished outside the medal positions.
The green of St Joseph’s AC was also in evidence on the podium. Top of the list for St Joseph’s was Eoin Power, who scored a sprint double in the 60m hurdles and 60m flat. David Manning won a bronze in the 60m hurdles.
Aaron Fenlon was a 60m bronze medallist and took fourth place in both the 200m and the long jump. Paul Manning won a silver medal in his 200m event while David O’Connor finished his 800m race in the bronze medal position. Darragh McDonald was fourth in his high jump event.
Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletes also put in some top class performances in Nenagh. Two of their athletes, Ciara Deely and Cliodhna Manning, came home with three gold medals each.
Ciara, competing at under-13 level, won gold in the long jump and the high jump. She was a winner on the track too, taking gold in the 60m hurdles. Cliodhna, competing at under-18 level, scored a sprint grand slam. She won the 60m, 200m and 300m races.
Lauren Gleeson was another star performer for the Harriers, giving a championship best performance of 5.13m in the under-14 long jump. Completing the haul of Harriers gold medal winners were Jack Manning (under-15 high jump), Aaron Barron (under-16 200m), Sinead McDonagh (under-18 high jump) and Lorraine O’Shea (under-19 60m).
Further afield KCH athlete Louise Holmes had a good day at the Scottish Indoors. She won bronze in the 60m and finished sixth in the 200m final.
On the road race circuit Brian Maher (KCH) was the winner of the Enniscorthy 10K, crossing the line in a time of 30.06.