KILKENNY athletes proved they could compete with the best in Leinster as they performed with distinction at the juvenile indoor championships.
There were some fine individual performances at the championships, which were held in Athlone’s new AIT Arena, with Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Ciara Deeley one of the stars of the meet.
Competing in the girls’ under-14 category, Ciara won gold in the long jump, 60m hurdles and high jump with a championship best performance of 1.62m. Cliodhna Manning, Aaron Barron, Lauren Gleeson and Jack Manning also excelled for the Harriers.
St Joseph’s athletes also did well with gold medal performances from Shannen Dawkins (60m hurdles), Rory O’Connor (60m hurdles) and Aaron Fenlon (400m). Isabel Morgan (St Senan’s) took gold in the walks with a bronze medal for Katie Murphy in the sprints. David Murphy (Gowran) had an excellent championship coming home with medals in the shot-put and sprints.
Brow Rangers athletes were to the fore in the shot-put with silver medals for Therese Kelly and John Joe Kelly, while some of their athletes also picked up bronze medals.
Kilkenny results from the Leinster indoor championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s):
Boys’ U-12 600m: 4 Conor Clarke (CC). Girls’ U-12 shot-put: 5 Katie Cullen, 8 Shauna Cody.
Boys’ U-13 high jump: 2 Lee Tracey (SS), 3 Rory MacGabhann (KCH - PB). Boys’ U-13 long jump: 5 Darragh Maher (KCH). Boys’ U-13 60m H: 1 Rory O’Connor (SJ). Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 2 Therese Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-13 60m: 3 Katie Murphy (SS). Girls’ U-13 high jump: 2 Rachel Kelly (KCH).
Boys’ U-14 shot-put: 2 David Murphy (G). Boys’ U-14 60m: 1 David Murphy (G). Girls’ U-14 long jump: 1 Ciara Deely (KCH), 3 Chloe McKnight (G), 4 Martyna Balcer (KCH). Girls’ U-14 high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH). Girls’ U-14 60m H: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH), 4 Martyna Balcer (KCH). Girls’ U-14 60m: 5 Aoife Moore (G). Girls’ U-14 shot-put: 8 Grainne Kelly (BR).
Boys’ U-15 800m: 2 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH). Boys’ U-15 shot-put: 3 Patrick Darcy (BR), 4 Matthew Cullen (BR). Girls’ U-15 shot-put: 6 Roisin Coady (BR). Girls’ U-15 high jump: 3 Shauna Millea (KCH). Girls’ U-15 walk: 1 Isabel Morgan (SS). Girls’ U-15 60m H: 1 Lauren Gleeson (KCH), 4 Grace O’Donnell (G). Girls’ U-15 high jump: 2 Lauren Gleeson (KCH).
Boys’ U-16 200m: 1 Jack Manning (KCH - PB). Boys’ U-16 shot-put: 3 Jack Manning (KCH), 8 Adam Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-16 800m: 3 Ava O’Shea (KCH). Girls’ U-16 60m H: 5 Christine O’Donnell (G). Girls’ U-16 high jump: 5 Aoife Naddy (G).
Boys’ U-17 200m: 1 Aaron Barron (KCH - PB), 3 Callan Byrne (KCH - PB). Boys’ U-17 walk: 2 Alan Mooney (KCH). Boys’ U-17 high jump: 3 Donagh Mahon (G). Boys’ U-17 long jump: 7 Donagh Mahon (G), 8 Jack O’Kelly. Boys’ U-17 shot-put: 2 John Joe Kelly (BR), 3 Martin Mulhall (G), 5 Thomas Quirke (BR). Girls’ U-17 long jump: 2 Emer McMullan (KCH). Girls’ U-17 60m H: 1 Shannen Dawkins (SJ). Girls’ U-17 1,500m: 1 Grace Richardson (KCH), 3 Aoibhe Murphy (KCH).
Boys’ U-18 400m: 1 Aaron Fenlon (SJ). Boys’ U-18 shot-put: 3 Evan Foley (G). Girls’ U-18 200m: 2 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 3 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH). Girls’ U-18 walk: 2 Ruth Carey (KCH). Girls’ U-18 shot-put: 3 Cliona Quirke (BR), 4 Grainne Kenny (BR).
Boys’ U-19 walk: 1 Nicholas Dunphy (KCH). Boys’ U-19 shot-put: 2 Brendan Hylan (KCH), 3 Matthew Cassin (G). Girls’ U-19 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH). Girls’ U-19 high jump: 1 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 3 Sinead McDonagh (KCH). Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH).
A number of club athletes made the long journey north to represent their schools at the cross-country championships in Jordanstown, Co Antrim recently.
Loreto Kilkenny won silver in the intermediate girls’ race. First across the line was KCH athlete Anna Sheehan (13), who was followed home by club-mate Aoibhe Richardson (28). The team was completed by Castlecomer AC athlete Lauren Dermody (47) and KCH duo Nicola Murphy (59) and Lauren Hayde (56).
St Kieran’s College finished sixth in the intermediate boys’ race. Their team was led home by Jack Keoghan in 19th place along with Cormac Buggy (48), Peter Lynch (51), Michael Ryan (58) and Gary Kehoe (66). Sean Power, representing Callan CBS, finished 25th in the same race.
In the senior girls’ race Presentation Kilkenny finished fifth. Thomastown AC athletes Megan Morrissey (22) and Maeve O’Connor (30), along with Aisling Nolan (42), Siobhan Doyle (47) and Mary O’Connell (48) made up the team. Sinead Whelan, Grennan College finished 23rd and Rachel Butler (St Senan’s), Ursuline Waterford was 25th.
In the minor girls’ race Annie O’Connor (KCH) was 33rd for Loreto Kilkenny. In the junior boys’ race St Senan’s athlete Jonathon Crowley, running for De la Salle Waterford, was 93rd.
KCH athlete Ken Deevy won a silver medal in the M55 800m at the recent British Indoor Masters Championships in London. Ken finished 0.3 seconds behind GB athlete David Wilcocks, a former Masters world record holder for the distance.
St Patrick’s Day: KCH Fit4Life 5k Dash, Watershed 11am. All proceeds go to St Canice’s NS Autism Unit.
March 23/24: National juvenile indoor championships, AIT Arena.
April 1: St Senan’s Open Sports, Kilmacow Sports complex 1pm.