WEATHER couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Kilkenny’s athletes at the weekend, as most of the action was held indoors!
Nenagh was the venue for the national juvenile combined events on Saturday and the Leinster indoor championships on Sunday. Kilkenny athletes were also prominent in the two big open road races over the weekend, the Raheny 5 and the Dungarvan 10.
At the juvenile boys’ under-15 national combined events Jack Manning (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) finished in the gold medal position by a comfortable margin. With athletes competing in five events - 60m hurdles, long jump, shot-put, high jump and 800m - Jack finished with a total of 2,506 points, well clear of the second placed athlete.
KCH athletes Shane McGeary (boys’ under-15), Aoibhe O’Shea (girls’ under-15) and Craig Byrne (boys’ under-16) also competed but finished outside the medals.
A large contingent of athletes travelled to Nenagh on Sunday to compete at the first day of the Leinster indoor championships. The programme of events included the juvenile relays and the junior, senior and masters track and field events.
In the juvenile relays KCH had a great return, coming home with gold medals from six of the races. The girls’ teams won four sets of gold (under-13, 15, 18 and 19) and two silver (under-12, 16), the boys’ teams winning two gold (under-12, 16) and two bronze (under-13, 15).
St Joseph’s also did well with the boys’ under-12 team winning gold and the under-14 boys’ taking silver. St Senan’s were unlucky to finish outside the medals, finishing with two fourth places at girls’ under-12 and under-14 levels.
There was more success for Kilkenny athletes in the individual track events.
St Joseph’s juniors did very well. They were led on their way by Eoin Power, who set a new championship record of 8.68m when winning the Junior 60m hurdles. Their junior relay team also won gold while Richie Schoeman had a 200m and 400m double.
Louise Holmes (KCH) was also a double gold winner on the track, winning the women’s 60m and 200m titles. Her club-mates Thos Hayes won the 3,000m race while Michael Bowler was first across the line in the 60m hurdles.
Gowran’s John O’Gorman, competing in the Masters over-70 category, was a triple gold medalist on the track. He won the 60m (10.52), the 200m and the 400m races in his category. Other Gowran masters who claimed victory were Simon O’Dwyer (over-40 3,000m) and Marty Kelly (over-55 400m).
The field events also proved successful with Brow Rangers doing very well in the throwing events. Joe Kelly was a double gold winner in the M2 shot and 56lb for distance while Kieran Kelly (senior) and Murty Kelly (M6) also medalled in the both the shot and 56lb for distance.
For KCH Lorraine O’Shea again won gold in the long jump. Mary Kate Lanigan won a high jump gold, as did Michael Bowler.
Gowran athlete Sophie Parkinson was a gold medal winner in the junior shot-put. Tom Horrigan was the bronze medal winner in the over-60 shot-put.
For St Joseph’s Verena Fenlon (Masters) won gold in the high jump and shot-put. She also took silver in the long jump and bronze in the 60m. Pat Power (masters) was a gold medal winner in the long jump. Emma Fenlon was second in the junior shot, making it a Kilkenny first and second.
Track results, club by club:
KCH - Thos Hayes, 1st senior 1,500m; Kate Millea, 2nd 60m hurdles; Michael Bowler, 1st junior 1,500m; James Maher, 3rd 400m; Michael Lanigan, 4th 60m; Louise Holmes, 1st 60m and 1st 200m; Laura Langton, 2nd 200m.
Castlecomer - Eoin Muldowney, 3rd senior men 200m: 4th, 60m.
Gowran - Anne Doyle, 3rd senior women 400m, 800m; Simon O’Dwyer, 1st over-40 3,000m; Marty Kelly, 1st over-55 400m; John O’Gorman, 1st over-70 60m, 1st 200m, 1st 400m.
St Joseph’s - Eoin Power, 1st 60m hurdles; Richie Schoemann, 1st 400m, 1st 200m; Jack Saunders, 3rd 200m; David Manning, 3rd 60m hurdles; Pat Power, 2nd 60m; Verena Fenlon 3rd 60m.
Field results, club by club:
Brow Rangers - Kieran Kelly, 3rd senior shot, 2nd 56lb for distance; Joe Kelly, 1st M2 shot, 1st 56lb for distance; Murty Kelly, 2nd M6 shot, 3rd 35lb for distance.
Gowran - Sophie Parkinson, 1st junior shot; Anne Doyle, 3rd senior shot-put (PB); Tom Horrigan, 3rd men’s over-60 shot-putt.
KCH - Mary Kate Lanigan, 1st high jump; Lorraine O’Shea, 1st long jump; Laura Langton, 4th long jump; Michael Bowler, 1st long jump, 2nd high jump.
St Joseph’s - Emma Fenlon, 2nd junior shot-put; Pat Power, 1st, master long jump, 3rd high jump; Verena Fenlon, 1st masters high jump, 1st shot-put, 2nd long jump.
Away from the track two Kilkenny athletes had good results in national road races over the weekend.
Tommy Evans (Gowran) finished seventh in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile with a time of 53 minutes 10 seconds.
Brian Maher finished fourth in the Raheny 5. The KCH athlete crossed the line in a time of 24.07.
Some athletes from St Senan’s AC were in action with their school Abbey Community College in the East Munster Schools Cross Country championships. Jonathan Crowley was second in the boys’ minor race and Hugh Morgan finished second in the boys’ intermediate race.
Bronagh Kearns and Aine Kinsella finished first and second respectively in the senior girls’ race while Isabel Morgan was sixth in the minor girls race.
Further afield Anna Sheehan (KCH) and Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s) competed on the Leinster teams at the recent Antrim IAAF Cross Country Challenge. Anna finished tenth in the girls’ under-17 race and Hugh was 15th in the boys’ under-17 race.
The presentation of the 2011 County Awards will be held at a special function at Gowran Park at 8.30pm on Friday. Tickets, priced E15, are available through the clubs.
The annual meeting of the Kilkenny Athletics Co Board was held on Friday. Officers elected were: chairman Denis Cormack, Gowran; vice-chairman Michael O’Keeffe, Thomastown; secretary Margaret Dillon, Castlecomer; treasurer Michael Manning, KCH; registrar Michael O’Keeffe, Thomastown; PRO Willie McTiernan, KCH.
Sunday: National Intermediate, Masters and Juvenile B cross-country championships, Lough Kee, Boyle Co Roscommon.
Sunday, February 12: County juvenile cross-country relays and intermediate men and women, Gowran 11am.