Busy, busy weekend, and lots of honours gathered

THE Bank Holiday weekend was a busy one for athletics with the track and field season in full swing. On Saturday the Schools All-Irelands were held in Tullamore and on Sunday it was back to Tullamore for the Leinster senior and Masters track and field events while on Monday the juvenile athletes travelled to Celbridge for the Leinster track and field team events.

THE Bank Holiday weekend was a busy one for athletics with the track and field season in full swing. On Saturday the Schools All-Irelands were held in Tullamore and on Sunday it was back to Tullamore for the Leinster senior and Masters track and field events while on Monday the juvenile athletes travelled to Celbridge for the Leinster track and field team events.

Kilkenny schools were well represented and the athletes certainly made their mark at the All-Ireland schools championships. Castlecomer Community School student Saragh Buggy won double gold with victories in the senior girls triple jump and long jump.

Cliodhna Manning won senior 200m gold and 100m silver for the Loreto Secondary School and Sophie Parkinson, Kilkenny College, also won senior gold and silver in the discus and shot putt respectively. Nessa Millet, Kilkenny College, took gold in the senior 400m hurdles and equalled the championship record time while doing so.

Anu Anonusi, Kilkenny College, was a double silver medal winner in the junior boys shot and discus. Eoin Power, Good Counsel, also was a double medal winner with silver and bronze in the senior hurdles.

All-Ireland schools results

Senior girls 100m: 2 Cliodhna Manning, Loreto (11.94).

Senior girls 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning, Loreto (24.76).

Senior girls 400H: 1 Nessa Millett, Kilkenny College, equaled the record to win gold in 60.63 seconds.

Senior girls 3000m: 5 Bronagh Kearns, Abbey CC, in 10 minutes 52 seconds.

Senior girls relay: 5 Loreto Kilkenny in 51.01.

Senior girls long jump: 1 Saragh Buggy, Castlecomer CS (5.61m).

Senior girls triple jump: 1 Saragh Buggy, Castlecomer CS (11.99m).

Senior girls discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson, Kilkenny College (41.62).

Senior girls shot putt: 2 Sophie Parkinson, Kilkenny College (11.91); 4 Emma Fenlon, Rosbercon, (10.38m).

Senior girls high jump: 4 Sinead McDonagh, Loreto, on count back (1.63m).

Senior boys 110 hurdles: 2 Eoin Power, Good Counsel (15.18); 3 David McGeary, CBS Kilkenny (15.29).

Senior boys 400 hurdles: 3 Eoin Power, Good Counsel 56.75.

Inter girls 80m hurdles: 2 Shannen Dawkins, St Mary’s, New Ross 11.79.

Inter girls 2000m walk: 6 Tara Lacey, Abbey CC 11minutes 32 seconds.

Inter girls 300m: 3 Sarah Kate Lacey, Loreto (41.48).

Inter girls relay: 2 Loreto Kilkenny (51.21).

Girls under-16 mile: 2 Anna Sheehan, Loreto 5.23.61.

Junior girls 75m hurdles: 2 Christine O’Donnell, Loreto 11.73 seconds.

Junior girls 1200m walk: 6 Isabelle Morgan, Ursuline Waterford, 6 minutes 13 seconds.

Junior boys shot putt: 2 Anu Anonusi, Kilkenny College (14.57).

Junior boys discus: 2 Anu Anonusi, Kilkenny College (41.16).

Senior and Masters track and field

On Sunday in Tullamore at the Leinster senior and Masters track and field, two Kilkenny athletes won medals in the senior events. Gowran AC athlete, Anne Doyle won bronze in the 400m and was fifth in the 800m.

Toss Hayes, KCH was thirdrd in the senior 1500m with a personal best time of 4.07.

In the Masters event Gowran had a good turnout of athletes. They produced a good return with Simon O’Dwyer taking silver in the M40 5000m and Marty Kelly in the M55 400m also winning silver.

Mick Hogan M60 took home three medals with a bronze in the shot along with a 200m silver and an 800m bronze. John O’Gorman M70 had a sprint double, winning gold in the 100m and 200m events.

Brow Rangers athletes Murty and Joe Kelly pulled off a truly remarkable achievement by bringing home seven gold medals and a silver for good measure. Joe, competing in the M40 category, won gold in the shot putt, discus, hammer and 56 lbs for distance while Murty, competing in the M60 category, won gold in the shot, discus and hammer and claimed the silver in the 56 lbs for distance.

Leinster juvenile team event

On Monday the juvenile athletes travelled to Celbridge to take part in the Leinster team track and field events. Kilkenny City Harriers had two winning teams, with the girls under-13 team and boys under-15 team winning gold medals.

Thomastown had four teams competing in the Leinster juvenile team events in Celbridge on Monday and they came away with three sets of bronze medals and a fourth place. The girls under-I0 and under-12, along with the boys under-11, took bronze while the girls under-11 were unlucky having finished joint third with Celbridge but lost out on count back. Under-10 girls – 3rd team (Aine Kirwan, Anna Cass, Isabelle Ryan, Roisin Moran, Katie Taylor).

Under-11 girls – 4th team (Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Roisin O’Keeffe, Dearbhla O’Reilly).

Under-11 boys – 3rd team (Tom Holden, Jordan Knight, Peter McDonald, Liam Treacy).

Under-12 girls – 3rd team (Sinead O’Keeffe, Emily Taylor, Keri Whelan, Annmarie Gillespie).

Girls under-13 - KCH 1st team (Rebecca Keane, Leah Raggett, Ella Richardson, Martyna Balcer).

Boys under-15- KCH 1st team.

Cuddihy runs for Ireland

Joanne Cuddihy, KCH, was a member of the 4x400m Irish women’s relay team that finished second to  Poland in a top meet over the weekend in a time of 3.30.61.

The team will now attempt to dip under the 3.30 mark in the upcoming European Championships and consolidate their place in the top 16 in the World before the Olympic Games. Catriona Cuddihy ran a 54.95 personal best for the 400m at the same meeting in Poland

KCH athlete Brian Maher recently clocked 14.12 for 5000m on the track in Greystones at the IMC meet, out kicking the national cross-country champion, Eddie McGinley at the finish. The time beat Brian’s previous best for 5000m by one second.

County track and field

Round four of the county track and field championships will be held on Friday in Scanlon Park with a 6.45pm start. There will be a full programme of events for seniors and Masters

Little South Run: Sunday June 10th 2pm at the Kilmacow Sports Complex: 

This is the 11th year hosting the ‘Little South Run’, a four mile road race and fun run in aid of the Hospice Movement. To date almost €40,000 has been raised. The run will be on Sunday, June 10 (2pm) at the Kilmacow sports complex.

The run is over a flat fast course. It is open to people of all ages and abilities. While the speedsters might burn up the course in less than 20 minutes, there will be lots of others who will enjoy the scenery as they pick blackberries along the hedgerows around Lacey’s Cross.

There will be cash prizes for top six men and top four women. Sponsorship cards are available locally from the Hospice Movement and people are encouraged to take one. Entries (€10 athletes, €5 walkers and Jjveniles ).

Results will be available on the day at the Sports Hall, Kilmacow. The race starts outside the Sports Complex and finishes in the Sports Complex.