SCHOOLS from all over Kilkenny had top class results over the week as local athletes were in action across two provinces.
The Leinster Schools Championships were held over two days and featured a number of great finishes from county athletes. Others from the South of the county were just as busy, competing in the Munster Championships on Saturday.
There were some fine individual performances, not least from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) duo Jack and Cliodhna Manning, who each won two golds for their schools. Competing for St Kieran’s College, Jack won the minor boys’ high jump and 500m. Cliodhna had a sprint double for the Loreto, winning the senior girls’ 100m and 200m.
There was double success also for St Joseph’s athletes Eoin Power (Good Counsel) in the senior boys’ 110m and 400m hurdles and for Shannon Dawkins (St Mary’s New Ross) in the intermediate girls’ 80m hurdles and high jump.
Kilkenny College athletes Sophie Parkinson (Gowran AC) landed the gold in the senior girls’ shot and discus finals. Fellow College student Nessa Millet was also a double gold winner, taking the spoils in the senior girls’ 400m and 400m hurdles.
Saragh Buggy (St Abban’s) was a double gold winner for Castlecomer Community School in the senior girls’ long jump and triple jump. For good measure she also set a new Leinster Schools record in the triple jump.
A number of athletes from the St Senan’s club represented their schools in the Munster Championships. There were gold medals for Isabel Morgan (junior) and Tara Lacey (intermediate) in the girls’ race walking events.
The first three athletes in each event on the provincial championships will go forward to represent their schools at the All-Ireland Schools Athletics Championships in Tullamore on Saturday, June 2.
Kilkenny results, Leinster Schools Track & Field championships -
Minor girls’ javelin: 2 Aoife Holden (Grennan College), 25.73m. Minor girls’ high jump: 2 Aoife Naddy (Grennan College), 1.53m. Minor boys’ high jump: 1 Jack Manning (St Kieran’s), 1.62m. Minor boys; 500m: 1 Jack Manning, 1.14.05. Minor boys’ shot-put: 2 Luke Redmond (Kilkenny College), 11.39m.
Junior girls’ 75m hurdles: 1 Christine O’Donnell (Loreto), 11.85 secs. Junior boys’ shot-put: 2 Anu Anonusi (Kilkenny College), 13.80m. Junior boys’ discus: 1 Anu Anonusi, 28.74m. Junior boys’ 200m: 3 Cillian Byrne (Scoil Aireagail), 24.66.
Girls’ under-16 mile: 1 Anna Sheehan (Loreto), 5.22.08. Girls’ under-16 shot-put: 2 Clodagh Cassin (Kilkenny College), 8.69m. Boys’ under-16 shot-put: 1 John Joe Kelly (Castlecomer CS).
Inter girls’ 80m hurdles: 1 Shannon Dawkins (St Mary’s New Ross), 12.19 secs. Inter girls’ high jump: 1 Shannon Dawkins, 1.45m. Inter girls’ 300m hurdles: 3 Sarah Kate Lacey (Loreto), 48.30 secs. Inter girls’ 300m: 2 Sarah- Kate Lacey, 41.78 secs. Inter girls’ 4x100m relay: 2 Loreto Kilkenny, 51.35 secs. Inter boys’ 400m: 3 Owen Buggy (Castlecomer CS), 52.87 secs.
Senior girls’ 100m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (Loreto Kilkenny), 12.12 secs. Senior girls’ 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning, 24.41 secs. Senior girls 400m: 1 Nessa Cooper-Millet (Kilkenny College), 58.38 secs. Senior girls’ 400m hurdles: 2 Nessa Cooper Millet, 63.5 secs. Senior girls’ high jump: 1 Sinead McDonagh (Loreto Kilkenny), 1.60m. Senior girls’ long jump: 1 Sarah Buggy (Castlecomer CS), 5.18m. Senior girls’ triple jump: 1 Sarah Buggy, 8.31m (Leinster Schools Record). Senior girls’ shot-put: 1 Sophie Parkinson Brown (Kilkenny College), 10.85m. Senior girls’ discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson Brown, 10.85m; 2 Emma Fenlon (Rosbercon), 10.48m. Senior girls’ 4x100m relay: 1 Loreto Kilkenny, 51.06. Senior boys’ 110m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power (Good Counsel), 14.64; 2 David McGeary (CBS Kilkenny), 14.67. Senior boys’ 400m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power, 57.8 secs. Senior boys’ discus: 3 Diarmuid Hickey (St Kieran’s), 35.74m.
Kilkenny results, Munster Schools Track & Field championships -
Junior girls’ walk: 1 Isabel Morgan (Mercy Waterford).
Inter girls’ walk: 1 Tara Lacey (Abbey Community College).
Senior girls’ 3,000m: 2 Bronagh Kearns (Abbey CC), 3 Aine Kinsella (Abbey CC).
Back in action
KCH athlete Brian Maher is back in full running mode following his recent injury worries.
Competing on the track in the Dublin Open 10,000m Maher completed the race in an excellent time of 29.48.
Having set the pace for almost 9.5km Brian was outkicked over the last lap and a half but was very happy with his time, just four seconds off his personal best.
The third round of the county Track & Field Championships will be held on Friday. Once again the venue is Scanlon Park, with events starting at 6.45pm.
The programme includes hurdles and 1,500m races for juveniles along with 3,000m and 800m races for juniors, seniors and masters. Full details on scheduled events are available from local clubs and kilkennyathletics.net.
St Senan’s AC will hold their annual Little South Run in Kilmacow on Sunday, June 10 at 2pm. This race caters for all from the top elite athletes to the fancy dress fun runners. The event will also incorporate the Kilkenny Novice Road championships for men.
All proceeds will go to the Kilmacow Hospice Fund. The Little Run has raised over E40,000 for the cause to date.
Further afield the Pink Rock 10K will be held on Sunday, June 17. The event is organised by St Joseph’s AC and has a 12 noon start.
The County B Track & Field Championships will be held in Grennan, Thomastown on Wednesday, June 20 at 6pm. Athletes who have not won medals at the County Track & Field Championships are eligible to compete.