THEY may have been small in number, but there were some big results from the band of Kilkenny athletes who travelled to Santry for the National Senior Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
scored some in Santry at the weekend. Over the two days local athletes more than held their own against the best in the country.
Joanne Cuddihy (Kilkennt City Harriers - KCH) showed yet again that she is a top class athlete, by winning the women’s 400m race. Cuddihy’s winning time of 52.15 seconds was a seasonal best but also met the B qualifying standard for the World Athletics Championships, which are being held in Daegu South Korea at the end of August.
Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer) continued his fine form in the sprints, finishing the 200m in eighth place in a time of 22.36 seconds. He also won the B final in the 100m sprint in a time of 11.42 seconds.
Gowran’s distance runners Tommy Evans and Niall Sheehan performed well in their races but were not among the medal winners. Tommy Evans ran the 10,000m track race in a time of 31 minutes 50 seconds to finish in a very creditable tenth place in a large field of athletes while Niall Sheehan finished ninth in the 5,000m again in another good time of 15 minutes.
Kilkennyman Dave Comber also competed in the 10,000m, representing Leevale while Ciara Everard, running for UCD, was fourth in the women’s 800m in a time of 2 minutes 10 seconds.
Athletics Ireland have named their juvenile team to compete in the 2011 Celtic Games at the Antrim Forum on Saturday. The teams competing in the games are Scotland, Wales, Ulster and Athletics Ireland.
Following their successes at the National Juvenile Champoinships, a number of Kilkenny athletes have been selected on the Athletics Ireland team. The athletes who will be flying the black and amber up North are Eoin Power (St Joseph’s), Boys’ U-18 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles; Jonathan Fitzpatrick (KCH), Boys’ U-18 2,000m steeplechase; Cliodhna Manning (KCH), Girls’ U-18 300m; Sophie Parkinson (Gowran), Girls’ U-18 discus and Lorraine O’Shea (KCH), Girls’ U-18 long jump.