IT WAS A busy blustery day as athletes from the Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) club were involved in the second round of the national track and field league in Santry on Sunday.
A very strong breeze made life difficult for many, particularly the 400m runners who faced into the wind as they turned into the home straight. It also impacted on competitors in high jump and pole vault.
The women’s team competed in the Premier Division and while all 12 members gave their best they may have too much work to do to book their place in the August final.
Best for the women were Cliodhna Manning (200m), Lorraine O’Shea (long jump) and Teresa Conlon (hammer), each of whom finished in second place in their respective events. Catriona Cuddihy, hot on the heels of Olympians Jessie Barr and Claire Bergin, placed third in the 400m. Both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams finished third.
The men’s team, using just 10 athletes, fared better and expect to represent the club in the First Division league final.
Michael Bowler, Brian Maher and Jack Saunders took the full nine points from pole vault, 5,000m and 400m respectively. Bowler added a further seven points when he came second in high jump as did Saunders in the 200m.
Eoin Power, guesting from the St Joseph’s club, contributed 14 points with second place finishes in the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Second placings from David McGeary (100m) and Jonathan Fitzpatrick (steeplechase ) helped boost the Harriers score.
Women’s team: Sinead McDonagh (100m hurdles, high jump, triple jump); Catriona Twomey (shot-put); Teresa Conlon (hammer, discus); Orla McPhillips (1,500m, 800m); Cliodhna Manning (200m); Lorraine O’Shea (100m, long jump); Susan Garrett (javelin); Laura Langton (pole vault); Sarah Nolan (3,000m); Catriona Cuddihy (400m); Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonagh, Lorraine O’Shea (4x100m relay); Lorraine O’Shea, Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning, Catriona Cuddihy (4x400m relay).
Men’s team: Eoin Power (110m hurdles, 400m hurdles); Michael Bowler (pole vault, high jump); Jack Saunders (200m, 400m); Nicholas Dunphy (walk); Jonathan Fitzpatrick (steeplechase); Ian Boland (800m); Toss Hayes (1,500m); Brian Maher (5,000m); David McGeary (100m, long jump); Cormac Everard (triple jump); Jack Saunders, Eoin Power, Cormac Everard, David McGeary (4x100m relay); Cormac Everard, Ian Boland, Michael Bowler, Jonathan Fitzpatrick (4x400m relay).
St Joseph’s athlete Shannen Dawkins (St Mary’s New Ross) was a member of the Irish team that competed in the SIAB Schools track and field international in Ashford, Kent on Saturday.
Teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales compete in this event, which celebrated its 44th anniversary this year. The top schools athletes in the under-17 category are selected to represent their country.
Shannen finished second in the high jump, clearing 1.70m.
A number of Kilkenny athletes were in action recently at the City Sports in Cork. London-bound Joanne Cuddihy (KCH) finished third in the 400m while Catriona Cuddihy finished sixth in the same race.
Gowran athlete Shawn McCormack lined out in the junior mile event and finished 14th.
St Joseph’s athlete Peter Duggan made a return to competitive action, taking part in the Ger Wyley Summer Series of Road Races in Waterford. After seven races he has a total of 88 points.
Meanwhile in Cork Kilkennyman David Comber, running with Leevale AC, had a good time in the recent Carrigtowhill 5k, crossing the finish line in a time of 17.17.
Saturday: National Juvenile Track & Field Tullamore.
Sunday: National Juvenile Track & Field (Relays) Tullamore.