KILMACOW was at the heart of Kilkenny’s athletics scene for the second weekend in succession as the community’s Sports Complex played host to the county cross-country championships.
Athletes enjoyed a perfect day for running, with the Winter sunshine and an excellent course adding to the event.
The B championships for juveniles threw up some exciting races and close finishes, with the St Kieran’s club from Johnstown once again participating in the county championships. St Kieran’s provided the winner of the boys’ under-7 race with Daniel Hanrahan claiming the honours. Gowran teams also did well, winning three sets of juvenile team golds. The club also won team gold in the junior men’s event.
Thanks went to host club St Senan’s and the community in Kilmacow for the use of their facilities.
Girls’ under-7: 1 Molly O’Dornan, Castlecomer; 2 Libby Murphy, St Senan’s; 3 Kate Doyle, St Kieran’s. Boys’ under-7: 1 Daniel Hanrahan, St Kieran’s; 2 David Williams, St Senan’s; 3 Rory Connellan, Thomastown.
Girls’ under-9: 1 Sarah O’Donnell, Gowran; 2 Katie Clarke, Castlecomer; 3 Anna Cass, Thomastown. Boys’ under-9: 1 Will Fox, Castlecomer; 2 B. McAvinney, Gowran; 3 Robert Finn, St Senan’s.
Girls’ under-11: 1 Rachel Kelly, KCH; 2 Shauna Finn, St Senan’s; 3 Sinead O’Keeffe, Thomastown. Boys’ under-11: 1 Rory Aylward, Thomastown; 2 Lee Treacy, St Senan’s; 3 Rory McGabhann, KCH.
Girls’ under-13: 1 Roisin Allen, Castlecomer; 2 Dearbhal O’Keeffe, Thomastown; 3 Caoimhe Kearns, St Senan’s. Boys’ under-13: 1 Jack Kelly, Gowran; 2 Sean Grace, Gowran; 3 Jack Cullen, Thomastown.
Girls’ under-15: 1 Ailish Connolly, St Senan’s. Boys’ under-15: 1 Sean Buggy, Castlecomer; 2 Tommy Bric, Gowran; 3 Matt Pietrzykowski, St Kieran’s.
Team results - Girls’ under-11: 1 Thomastown, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Castlecomer. Boys’ under-11: 1 Gowran, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Thomastown.
Girls’ under-13: 1 St Senan’s. Boys’ under-13: 1 Gowran, 2 Thomastown, 3 Gowran. Boys’ under-15: 1 Gowran.
The juniors were fresh from their recent Leinster success and Rachel Butler (St Senan’s) was the winner in the women’s race with Thomastown duo Sinead Whelan and Maeve O’Connor taking silver and bronze.
Once again Shawn McCormack showed good form to win the junior men’s race with ease from team-mate Sean Scott and Oliver Mullally (St Senan’s). Gowran were winners of the team race.
Junior Women: 1 Rachel Butler, St Senan’s; 2 Sinead Whelan, Thomastown; 3 Maeve O’Connor, Thomastown; 4 Niamh O’Shea, Thomastown; 5 Bella Lysaght, Gowran.
Junior Men: 1 Shawn McCormack, Gowran; 2 Sean Scott, Gowran; 3 Oliver Mullally, St Senan’s; 4 Gerry Walsh, Gowran; 5 Luke Morgan, St Senan’s; 6 Leon Gordon, Gowran.
There was a small field in the women’s over-30 and B Novice race. Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s) was a clear winner from Angela Gordon (Gowran) with Breda O’Shea (Thomastown) in third place. Niamh Whelan (Thomastown) was the winner of the B Novice with Angela Gordon (Gowran) second and Tracy Malone (St Joseph’s) third.
Women’s over-30: 1 Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s; 2 Angela Gordon, Gowran; 3 Breda O’Shea, Thomastown; 4 Tracy Malone, Thomastown.
Women’s B Novice: 1 Niamh Whelan, Thomastown; 2 Angela Gordon, Gowran; 3 Tracy Malone, St Joseph’s.
There was a big turnout for the men’s masters over-35 and Novice B race. The over-35 race was won in style by Gowran athlete Jimmy Barcoe. Jimmy was followed home by Eoin Molloy (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) and Patrick Bookle (St Joseph’s). The team race was close with St Joseph’s packing well to pip Gowran for the gold by two points. St Joseph’s, with a big turnout, also took the team bronze ahead of St Senan’s.
Men’s over-35: 1 Jimmy Barcoe, Gowran; 2 Eoin Molloy, KCH; 3 Patrick Bookle, St Joseph’s; 4 David Farrell, Gowran; 5 Rocky Mernagh, St Joseph’s; 6 Jack Duggan, St Joseph’s; 7 Michael Power, St Joseph’s; 8 Bill Doherty, St Joseph’s; 9 P.J. Dwyer, St Senan’s; 10 Sean Hokey, St Joseph’s; 11 Mick Walsh, Gowran; 12 John Finn, St Senan’s; 13 Marty Kelly, Gowran; 14 Bill Lacey, St Senan’s; 15 Michael O’Keeefe, Thomastown; 16 Denis Cormack, Gowran; 17 Colum Sheridan, St Senan’s; 18 Tom McDonald, St Joseph’s; 19 Willie McTiernan, KCH; 20 Mick Hogan, Gowran. Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 14pts; 2 Gowran, 16pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 25pts; 4 St Senan’s, 35pts; 5 Gowran, 51pts.
Men’s Novice B: 1 Liam O’Shea, Thomastown; 2 James Power, Thomastown; 3 Danny Shanahan, Thomastown; 4 Sean Hokey, St Joseph’s; 5 Mick Walsh, Gowran; 6 Michael O’Keeffe, Thomastown; 7 Mick Hogan, Gowran.
A number of Kilkenny junior athletes travelled to the National Junior Indoor Championships at the weekend. They competed with some success, bringing home a medal haul of two golds, two silvers and a bronze between them.
On Saturday KCH athlete David McGeary was the silver medalist in the combined events pentathlon competition with a points total of 2857pts.
On Sunday Sophie Parkinson (Gowran) had a personal best in the shot-put of 12.29m (by almost a metre) to win gold.
Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s) finished fourth in the shot. Lorraine O’Shea (KCH) won gold in the long jump with a finish of 5.51m.
Richard Schoeman (St Joseph’s) took bronze in the 400m in a time of 52.72. Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) was second in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.56. Jack Saunders was fourth in the 200m in a time of 24.1.
Friday: County Board annual meeting, Club House Hotel 7.30pm.
Saturday: Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships (Juvenile Relay Championships, Junior, Senior and masters Track and Field)
Sunday: Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships (Juvenile Track and Field).