THERE were top class performances all round as Transition Year students from the city schools completed the Sean Byrne Memorial Mile challenge.
The vast majority of the students taking part completed the mile inside the ‘challenge’ time allowed - 11 minutes for girls, nine minutes 30 seconds for boys.
This annual event is organised by Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) in honour of Sean Byrne. A founder member of the athletic club, Sean worked tirelessly for many years in the development and training of young athletes.
Each student who finished inside the challenge time received a certificate showing the time achieved. There was keen competition for the overall shields, based on the combined times of the six fastest runners.
The St Kieran’s College team finished with a combined time of 32 minutes 33 seconds and retained The Boys’ Shield. Victory was a close-run affair, as the Kilkenny CBS were a close second on 32 minutes 44 seconds. St Kieran’s were greatly helped by a record-breaking performance from James Maher, who ran the mile in 4 minutes 47.15 seconds.
The Loreto, with Anna Sheehan leading the way in a time of five minutes 42 seconds, won the Girls’ Shield. Their combined time of 39 minutes 23 seconds gave them a comfortable win over nearest rivals, Kilkenny College, who scored in 41 minutes, 37 seconds.
A number of Kilkenny athletes travelled to Cork to take part in the Leevale AC Senior Open Sports. The athletes put in some good performances on a day that proved to be a useful workout for the forthcoming track and field championships.
The highlights of the day, from the results point of view, was the victory of the KCH 4x100m women’s relay team. Cliodhna Manning (KCH) was second in the senior women’s 200m race.
Manning was fifth in the senior women’s 100m, with club-mates Louise Holmes and Lorraine O’Shea seventh and eighth respectively. Louise Holmes also had a fifth place finish in the women’s 200m event, while Sinead McDonagh was fifth in the 100m hurdles, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.
In the senior men’s 800m Shawn McCormack (Gowran) finished ninth in a time of 2 mins 03 seconds.
Track & Field
The Bank Holiday Weekend will be the start of a busy period for local athletes.
The first round of the County Track and Field Championships will be held on Sunday in Scanlon Park, starting at 11am. The second round will be held on Sunday, May 13 at the same venue.
Among the events down for decision this weekend are the 250m and 300m hurdles races, 100m and 200m sprints and 300m and 500m events for girls and boys. There will also be the ball throw for girls from under-10 to 13 age groups, girls’ long jump and javelin as well as the discus and high jump for boys.
On Bank Holiday Monday the action moves to the road with the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships taking place in Gowran from 12 noon. Entries from all eligible club athletes will be accepted up to 11.45am.
Many club athletes will be competing with their schools in the coming weeks also with day one of the South Leinster Schools and The East Munster Schools scheduled for today (Wednesday).
There are also two big open road races on the horizon. St Senan’s will hold their Little South Run on Sunday, June 10 in Kilmacow. One week later (June 17) it’s the turn of St Joseph’s AC to hold a 10k race, the proceeds of which will go towards the club’s track development fund.