IT WAS another busy weekend for athletics in Kilkenny. On Friday evening round four of the county championships were run. On Saturday it was off to Navan for the Leinster juvenile under-9/under-11 pairs and under-12 individuals and on Sunday Scanlon Park was the venue for the Leinster junior and under-23 track and field championships.
County track and field
Friday’s events were confined to the senior and more senior athletes. Despite the small numbers the competition was keen. In the senior 1,500m walk John Lennon, Gowran AC was the winner and in doing so completed a remarkable feat.
John first competed in this event in 1967 when he finished third. He won the event in 1969, the same year as his namesake was playing his final concert with the Beatles. John also won this event in all the succeeding decades up to the current one giving him senior county medals in six different decades.
His time on Friday was well under 8 minutes for 1500m as was that of Michael O Keefe who was in second place.
Dean Brennan, KCH had an excellent treble winning the senior long jump, triple jump and javelin.
Maria Griffin also collected a few more medals and has put in some tremendous performances over the course of the championships.
KCH coach Conor MacGabhann also had a good night and went home with a pocket full of
Leinster juvenile under-9-11 pair events
Thomastown athletic club had a successful outing at the Leinster juvenile under-9-under-11 pair events and under-12 individual events at Navan on Saturday. The club had teams in the under-9 girls 60m and 300m represented by Aine Kirwan and Anna Cass.
In the under-10 girls 60m, 500m, long jump represented by Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’Reilly. In the under-10 boys ball throw and 500m represented by Tom Holden and Edmond Fitzpatrick. In the under12 individual events ball throw, shot and 600m by Michael Power and Eoin Walsh
In the under-9 girls team of Aine Kirwan and Anna Cass got the day off to a good start competing in their first Leinster championships by putting in fine runs to win bronze medals in the 60m and 300m, This was followed by the boys under-10 team of Tom Holden and Edmund Fitzpatrick collecting third place in a close competition in ball throw in windy conditions.
Tom and Edmond also competed in the 500m but finished outside the medals.
In the girls under-10 500m Ciara and Orla O’Keeffe ran a strongly to finish second. Ciara O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’Reilly competed in the long jump finished 5th. Orla and Dearbhla also competed in the 60m but finished outside the medals.
In the boys individual competition Michael Power put in two good performances finishing second in the ball throw and shot putt. Eoin Walsh competed in very competitive 600m heats and qualified for the final but unfortunately picked up an injury in the heat and wasn’t able to run the final.
St Joseph’s athletes R. O’Connor and K. Griffin were second in the boys under-10 500m.
For Gowran AC Sarah O’Donnell and Aoife O’Dwyer won the 60m and joint were first in the 300m.
Other athletes who competed and were unlucky not to be among the medal winners were Connor Nolan in the under-12 shot and Brogan McAvanny and Jim lennon in the 300m and the long jump.
The medal winners go forward to the All-Irelands in Templemore on June 25.
Leinster junior and under-23 track and field
The Leinster junior and under-23 track and field championships were held in Scanlon Park, Kilkenny on
Sunday. There was a good representation from Kilkenny clubs and they enjoyed considerable success.
Sophie Parkinson, Gowran was a double winner in the shott (10.50) and discus (40.62). Sophie’s throw in the discus was just 38cm outside qualification for the youth Olympics.
Emma Fenlon, St Joseph’s won three medals in the field events, a silver in the shott and bronze in the discus and javelin.
In the 4x100m relay KCH women were winners and the KCH junior men’s team were winners of the
4x400m with St Josephs second.
Women - 100m 2 Louise Holmes, KCH;110 H, 2, Sinead McDonagh, KCH; shott,1 Sophie Parkinson, Gowran; 2 Emma Fenlon, St Joseph’s; discus, 1 Sophie Parkinson, Gowran; high jump, 3 Mary Kate Lanigan, KCH; long jump, 2 Lorraine O’Shea, KCH, 3 Laura Langton, KCH; triple jump, 3 Emma Fenlon, St Joseph’s; hammer, 2 Teresa Conlon, KCH; javelin, 3 Emma Fenlon, St Joseph’s.
Men 400m, 1 Richard Schoemann, St Josephs, 2 Ian Boland, KCH; 400H, 1 Eoin Power, St Joseph’s; 110H,
1 Eoin Power, St Joseph’s; steeplechase, 1 Jonathon Fitzpatrick, KCH; pole vault, 1 Seppie Lysaght, Gowran AC.
The county road walks championships due to held on Friday at the Pink Rock will now be held at the same venue on Friday, July 15.
St Senan’s annual Little South run (6k) will be held in Kilmacow on Sunday (2pm). The race is a fund-raiser for the local hospice.