Championship athletics moved indoors this weekend with a number of the county’s athletes travelling to Athlone for events.
Athletes in the Masters, junior and under-23 categories headed for the AIT Arena for a busy weekend of national competition.
The Masters were first into action on Saturday. Kilkenny athletes secured a haul of three gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
It was a day to remember for Ken Deevey (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH), who won gold in the 800m and a silver medal in the 200m in the M5 category.
The 3,000m walk saw Kilkenny athletes take first and second places in the M3 category. John Joe Lawlor (St Joseph’s) won the gold medal while the silver went to Thomastown’s Michael O’Keeffe.
In the men’s field events Pat Power (St Joseph’s) was a double medal winner taking a silver in the long jump and bronze in the high jump in the M4 category.
Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s) had a great run in the 1,500m. Her time of five minutes flat for the seven and a half lap race secured the gold medal in the M2 category.
Her clubmate Frances Mullally wasn’t far behind. She completed the distance in 5.34 and won the bronze medal in the M3 category.
There was more success on Sunday when the junior (under-20) and under-23 events were held in the state of the art venue.
In the junior men’s events Aaron Fenlon (St Joseph’s) finished fourth in the shot-put while on the track Nicholas Dunphy (KCH) was sixth in the 3km walk. Paul Manning (St Joseph’s) ran well but did not make the final of the 200m.
Donagh Mahon (Gowran), however, made it to the podium in the high jump event. His clearance of two metres put in the bronze medal position when the event finished.
Competitors in the junior women’s events also found the competition tough with KCH multi-eventer Catriona Twomey finishing fifth in the shot-put, tenth in the high jump and seventh in the sprint hurdles.
Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s) did very well to make the finals of both the 60m and 200m sprints, finishing in an excellent fourth place just outside the medals in the 200m final.
Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) made it to the podium on the double, winning silver medals in both the high jump, where she cleared 1.65m, and the sprint hurdles, crossing the line in a time of 8.89 seconds.
In the under-23 competition KCH sprinter Louise Holmes secured the only Kilkenny gold of the day, winning the 200m race in a time of 24.94 seconds.
Shawn McCormack (Gowran) ran a good race in the 800m, finishing fifth with a time of 2.04 in a hotly contested event. Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) took bronze in the 60m hurdles.
While championship athletics moved indoors for the weekend a number of Kilkenny club athletes headed to Dungarvan for the annual John Treacy 10 mile road race, which was organised by West Waterford AC.
Held in challenging weather conditions over 1,500 competitors lined up at the start. The first Kilkenny athlete across the finish line was Brian Maher (KCH), who finished ninth in a time of 51.44.
Adele Walsh (St Senan’s) clocked an excellent time of 63 minutes to be the first Kilkenny female athlete across the finish line. Five Kilkenny athletes dipped under the 60 minute mark for the distance.
Kilkenny results, national indoor championships (club code: G = Gowran; KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT - Thomastown):
Masters Men’s 200m (M5): 2 Ken Deevey (KCH), 26.73 secs. 800m (M5): 1 Ken Deevey (KCH), 2.14. 3,000m walk (M3): 1 John Joe Lawlor (SJ), 16.30.75; 2 Michael O’Keeffe (TT), 16.40. High jump (M4): 3 Pat Power (SJ), 1.30m. Long jump (M4): 2 Pat Power (SJ), 4.32m.
Masters women’s 1,500m (M2): 1 Maria Griffin (SJ) 5.00.69; (M3): 3 Frances Mullally (SJ) 5.34.34.
Junior men’s shot-put: 4 Aaron Fenlon (SJ), 10.43m. High jump: 3 Donagh Mahon (G), 2.00m. 3km walk: 6 Nicholas Dunphy (KCH) 16:48.68.
Junior women’s high jump: 2 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 1.65m; 10 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 1.50m. Shot-put: 5 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 9.50m. 60m sprint: 6 Sophie Becker (SJ), 7.89 secs. 60m hurdles: 2 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 8.89 secs; 7 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 11.41 secs. 200m: 4 Sophie Becker (SJ), 25.71 secs.
Men’s under-23 800m: 5 Shaun McCormack, (G) 2:04.66. 60m hurdles: 3 Eoin Power (SJ), 8.63 secs.
Women’s under-23 200m: 1 Louise Holmes (KCH), 24.94.
John Treacy 10 mile open road race: 9 Brian Maher (KCH), 37 David Comber (Leevale), 58 Ray Lonergan (KCH), 65 Val Gunnar (G), 67 Paul Moran (KCH), 163 Adele Walsh (SS).
Saturday: Leinster juvenile relays, AIT Arena.
Sunday: County intermediate men, women, juvenile relays & juvenile open (U-8 to U-17) CC, Gowran 11am.