Athletes take long road to glory

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With the outdoor Track and Field season now in full swing Kilkenny athletes have been in action around the country.

The success continued at the Leevale Open Sports on Saturday, where Sophie Parkinson (Gowran) finished second in the senior women’s discus. She was also third place in the shot-put.

Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) finished second in the 110m hurdles and third in the 400m hurdles while Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer) was seventh in the final of the 100m.

St Joseph’s athlete Sophie Becker was a member of the winning Irish 4x100m junior relay squad at the Belfast International Track and Field Meet over the weekend.

A number of KCH athletes also made the trip up North to take part in the Milers Club graded races. Among those posting good times were Toss Hayes (8.33.68 in the 3K), Adam Fitzpatrick (8.43.57 in the 3K), Rory Lodge (4.04.19 in the 1,500m) and Craig Byrne (2.01.47 in the 800m). Ciara Everard, running in the UCD colours, posted 4.25.35 in the 1,500m.

Others in action were Aoibhe Richardson and Peter Lynch in 3K. Shay McEvoy, Annie McEvoy, Ella Richardson and Grace Richardson competed in the 1,500m event.

Juvenile athletes from St Senan’s, Thomastown, Gowran, Castlecomer, Brow Rangers and Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) were among the many who travelled to Monivea recently to take part in St Abban’s Open Sports.

It proved to be a very successful outing for Kilkenny’s young athletes with podium finishes for many.

Kilkenny results, St Abban’s Open Sports (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown.

Boys’ U-10 80m: 2 Isaac Carew (SS). Boys’ U-10 300m: 1 Liam O’Dwyer (G), 3 Isaac Carew (SS). Boys’ U-10 Relay: 1 St Senan’s.

Boys’ U-11 4x100m relay: 1 St Senan’s. Boys’ U-11 long jump: 1 Eoin Aylward (SS). Boys’ U-11 80m: 2 Eoin Aylward (SS), 3 Shane Morrissey (SS). Boys’ U-11 300m: 1 Ben Wallis (SS), 2 Eoin Aylward (SS).

Girls’ U-11 80m: 2 Juliette Evans (SS). Girls’ U-11 long jump: 3 Juliette Evans (SS). Girls’ U-11 high jump: 3 Juliette Evans (SS).

Boys’ U-12 300m: 3 David Williams (SS). Boys’ U-12 high jump: 2 Keelin Roche (SS).

Girls’ U-13 100m: 1 Katie Taylor (TT), 3 Saoirse Allen (SS). Girls’ U-13 long jump: 1 Katie Taylor (TT). Girls’ U-13 high jump: 2 Saoirse Allen (SS). Girls’ U-13 700m: 1 Fiona Dillon (TT), 3 Saoirse Allen (SS). Girls’ U-13 4x100m relay: 1 Thomastown (Katie Taylor, Fiona Dillon, Ava Shefflin & Emma Manogue).

Boys’ U-13 long jump: 1 Michael Raggett (KCH).

Girls’ U-14 700m: 2 Eve O’Dwyer (G). Girls’ U-14 high jump: 3 Eve O’Dwyer (G). Girls’ U-14 shot-put: 2 Eadaoin Coady (BR).

Boys’ U-14 high jump: 1 Oisin Kelly (BR). Boys’ U-14 shot-put: 2 Eoin Murphy (G).

Girls’ U-15 100m: 3 Sophie Jackman (SS). Girls’ U-15 700m: 1 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 2 Sophie Jackman (SS).

Boys’ U-15 discus: 3 Oisin Kelly (BR).

Girls’ U-16 100m: 3 Aoife Allen (SS). Girls’ U-16 700m: 3 Aine Phelan (SS).

Boys’ U-16 walk: 1 Tadgh Knox (SS). Boys’ U-16 700m: 2 Tadgh Knox (SS). Boys’ U-16 high jump: 2 Rory McGabhann (KCH).

Girls’ U-17 shot-put: 1 Therese Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-17 hammer: 3 Therese Kelly (BR).

Boys’ U-17 high jump: 1 Thomas Sheridan (SS). Boys’ U-17 100m: 1 David Murphy (G).

Boys’ U-18 hammer: 3 Patrick Darcy (BR). Junior men’s triple jump: 3 Ciaran Coady (BR).

County Track and Field

The first stage of the county track and field championships will be held on Sunday. The event has been relocated to the Sports Complex in Kilmacow owing to a delay in the completion of the Scanlon Park track upgrade. It is hoped to return to the city venue for the remaining three stages.

The start time is set for 11am and there are a number of changes to the programme because of the new venue. Field athletes are advised to check with their club mentors.

On the road

The Stoneyford 10k Challenge will be held on Sunday. The Tullaroan Marathon and associated races are on Saturday, June 4.


A number of Brow Rangers athletes made a big impression at the South Leinster Schools Athletics Championships.

Competing for Castlecomer CS, Therese Kelly won double gold in the junior girls’ shot-put and hammer. Kate Cullen took silver in the junior hammer and discus.

In the intermediate girls’ category Emma Kelly won silver in the hammer and discus while Grainne Kelly won bronze in the discus. Senior Boys did well also with Ciaran Coady taking gold in the hammer and Patrick Darcy silver. Darcy scored another silver in the shot-put while Adam Kelly won bronze in the discus.

KCH also had a number of good performers. Adam Fitzpatrick, David Ward and Shay McEvoy made it a 1-2-3 in the boys’ under-16 mile while, in the girls’ U-16 mile, Annie McEvoy won gold and Ella Richardson silver.

Three of the four 1,500m events were won by KCH runners. Rory Lodge and Laura Ward won the intermediate races, Grace Richardson winning the senior girls.

The Loreto girls’ intermediate team of Leah Raggett (who also won the 100m), Martyna Balcer, Keeva O’Brien and Ciara Deely won the 4x100m final while Jack Manning won gold in the senior boys’ 400m.

Other qualifiers for the Leinster Schools finals were Rory McGabhann (intermediate high jump), Peter Lynch (senior 5,000m) and Craig Byrne (senior 800m and high jump).

Castlecomer AC athletes also did well. Lauren Dermody was a double gold winner in the senior girls’ 1,500m steeplechase and the 3,000m. Will Fox also won gold, this time in the minor boys’ 1,100m. Nicky Connolly won silver in the 2,000m walk and Nicole Dowling was third in the javelin. Conor Clarke and Ross Connolly were part of the intermediate boys’ 4x300m relay team that won silver medals.