KILKENNY athletes were out in force when representing their schools at the All-Ireland Track & Field championships in Tullamore on Saturday. Many of came away with medals - a few more were unlucky not to do so.
Sophie Parkinson (Kilkenny College) was a double medal winner with a gold and silver in the discus and shot. Cliodhna Manning took silver and bronze in the sprints while Louise Holmes won gold and silver in the senior girls’ sprints. Laura Langton (Presentation, Kilkenny) overcame injury to finish third in the hurdles while James Maher (St Kieran’s College) improved his time massively to snatch the bronze in the 1,500m.
Kilkenny results from Tullamore:
Junior girls’ walk: 4 Tara Lacey (Abbey CC, Ferrybank), 6.13.69. Junior girls’ relay: 4 Loreto Kilkenny, 52.79. Junior girls’ high jump: 8 Charmaine O’Donoghue (Presentation Kilkenny), 1.45m.
Intermediate girls’ 100m: 3 Cliodhna Manning (Loreto Kilkenny), 12.69. Intermediate girls’ 200m: 2 Cliodhna Manning, 25.39. Intermediate girls’ relay: 2 Loreto Kilkenny, 50.91. Intermediate girls’ long jump: 6 Lorraine O’Shea (St Brigid’s Callan), 5.03. Intermediate girls’ high jump: 6 Sinead McDonagh (Loreto Kilkenny), 1.50. Intermediate girls’ shot: 2 Sophie Parkinson (Kilkenny College), 10.72m. Intermediate girls’ discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson, 38.54m.
Senior girls’ 100m: 1 Louise Holmes (Kilkenny College), 12.70. Senior girls’ 200m: 2 Louise Holmes, 25.90. Senior girls’ 100m hurdles: 3 Laura Langton (Presentation Kilkenny), 16.5. Senior girls’ triple jump: 1 Sarah Buggy (Castlecomer CS), 11.26m. Senior girls’ long jump: 5 Sarah Buggy, 5.02m. Senior girls’ shot: 3 Emma Fenlon (OLL Rosbercon), 9.7m.
Intermediate boys’ 1,500m: 3 James Maher (St Kieran’s College), 4.09.41. Senior boys’ high jump: 3 Michael O’Sullivan (Kilkenny CBS), 1.85m.
Some of the competitors from the schools events were back in Tullamore just 24 hours later, this time to compete in the Leinster Senior and Masters finals.
Mirroring her Saturday success Sophie Parkinson (Gowran AC) was again a double medal winner in the shot and discus. Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s), having won bronze for Rosbercon on Saturday competed in four events and was a double medal winner in the shot and hammer.
Dean Brennan (KCH) won gold in the long jump while Austin Lee (St Joseph’s) was a three-time medallist, winning silver in the hurdles, triple jump and pole vault.
The Gowran club did exceptionally well in the Masters events, with their athletes picking up medals in a wide spread of age categories from over-35 to over-65. Brow Rangers also did well and had two double medal winners in Joe Kelly (hammer and shot) and Murty Kelly (hammer and discus) in their respective age groups.
Senior track results - 200m: 1 Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer AC). 100m: 4 Eoin Muldowney. 1,500m: 3 Mary Ellen Doyle (Gowran AC). 1,500m: 4 Toss Hayes (KCH), 4.16.68; 7 David McPearson (KCH), 4.30.96. 5,000m: 5 David McPearson. 110m hurdles: 2 Austin Lee (St Joseph’s).
Senior field results - Long jump: 1 Dean Brennan (KCH), 6.14m. Pole vault: 2 Austin Lee, 2.40m. Triple jump: 2 Austin Lee, 10.24m. Shot-put: 2 Sophie Parkinson (Gowran AC); Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s). Discus: 2 Sophie Parkinson. Hammer: 3 Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s), 21.56m. Javelin: 4 Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s), 21.73m. Discus: 5 Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s), 25.89m.
Masters results - John Lennon (Gowran AC): 1 O-55 Walk. Marty Kelly (Gowran AC): 2 O-55 800m. John Gorman (Gowran AC); 1 O-65 100m, 1 O-65 200m. Pat Mahon (Gowran AC): 1 O-55 long jump. Mick Kelly (Gowran AC): 1 O-35 5,000m. Simon O’Dwyer (Gowran AC): 1 O-40 5,000m. Eddie O’Mahony (Gowran AC): 1 O-45 javelin, 2 O-45 discus, 2 O-45 shot. Murty Kelly (Brow Rangers): 1 O-60 discus, 29.99m; 1 O-60 hammer, 11.06m. Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers): 1 O-40 hammer, 27.10; 1 O-40 shot, 11.06m.
Little South Run
Meanwhile in Kilmacow the Little South Run was held over a 6k course and attracted a top class field. Local athletes Brian Maher (KCH) and Tommy Evans (Gowran) finished third and fourth respectively in a high quality field. All of the top five athletes were under 20 minutes for the four mile course.
Sean Caulfield (St Senan’s) was first in the men’s O-40 race while Paul Deegan was the winner in the men’s O-45 section. In all 320 athletes faced the starter, raising valuable funds for the local hospice appeal.