Fun in the sun in Kilmacow!

Fun in the sun in Kilmacow!
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Summer sunshine greeted athletes at the first round of the 2016 County Track and Field Championships in Kilkenny.

It was a case of St Senan’s to the rescue as delays in the upgrade work on the Loughboy track meant that Scanlon Park was unavailable.

The Sports Complex in Kilmacow was a wonderful venue. Thanks to Bill Lacey and his team, host club St Senan’s pulled out all the stops to ensure that the day was a success.

Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) travelled with a strong juvenile squad and four of their athletes won double gold. The quartet was Luke Fitzpatrick (100m and 400m), Martyna Balcer (200m and javelin), Rory MacGabhann (100m and high jump) and Rachel Kelly (200m and long jump).

Gowran had their own star man in the form of James O’Neill, who picked up gold medals in the walks and the high jump. Thomastown athlete Aine Kirwan was also impressive, taking first place in her 800m and long jump events.

There was a good spread of medals, with all participating clubs pleased with performances. Special mention must be made of Barrow Harriers, who participated in their first county track and field championships. While no medals were brought home they will come in time as their participation continues.

There was a small turnout for the 1,500m races for senior athletes. Gowran athletes Paddy O’Keeffe and Maire Griffith took gold in the senior men’s and women’s races while the junior titles went to Michelle McDonald (St Senan’s) and David Ward (KCH). The masters titles were won by Frances Mullally (St Joseph’s), Pat Lennon (Gowran) and Peter Dowling, (Thomastown).

The next stages are scheduled for Friday evening 27th (Stage 3) and Sunday 29th (Stage 2) as some athletes will be involved in Leinster Championship events next weekend.

Results, Kilkenny Track & Field county championships (round one). Club code: BH = Barrow Harriers, BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown:

Boys’ U-8 80m: 1 Thomas Carroll (G), 2 Kyle Bolger (SJ), 3 David Phelan (SS). Girls’ U-8 80m: 1 Martha Bergin (KCH), 2 Mary Kate Ryan (TT), 3 Cathy Phelan (G).

Boys’ U-9 80m: 1 Joseph O Connor (SJ), 2 Ciaran Cummins (SJ), 3 Luke Browne (KCH). Girls’ U-9 80m: 1 Molly Daly (KCH), 2 Laura Leahy (KCH), 3 Sarah Foley (SJ).

Boys’ U-10 80m: 1 Liam O’Dwyer (G), 2 Albi Paul (G), 3 Isaac Carew (SS). Girls’ U-10 80m: 1 Eve Dunphy (SS), 2 Hannah Quinn (KCH), 3 Pia Langton (KCH).

Boys’ U-11 80m: Eoin Aylward (SS), 2 Brian Moore (KCH), 3 Sean Young/Alex Cullen (KCH). Girls’ U-11 80m: 1 Lauren Carroll (KCH), 2 Grace Glennon (SJ), 3 Juliet Evans (SS).

Boys’ U-12 80m: 1 Shane Culleton (KCH), 2 Ned Langton (KCH), 3 Conor Byrne (KCH).

Boys’ U-13 80m: 1 Danny Glennon (SJ), 2 Tomas Mullally (SJ), 3 Jack Aylmer (KCH). Boys’ U-14 80m: 1 Eoin Kennedy (SJ), 2 Jordan Knight (TT), 3 Cathal Beirne (SJ).

Boys’ U-15 100m: 1 Sean O’Dornan (CC), 2 Peter Dunne (G), 3 John Muldowney (KCH). Boys’ U-16 100m:1 Rory MacGabhann (KCH), 2 Daragh McDonald (SJ), 3 Shay McEvoy (KCH).

Boys’ U-17 100m: 1 David Murphy (G), 2 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 3 Liam Brennan (CC). Boys’ U-18/19 100m: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 James O’Neill (G), 3 Rory Lodge (KCH).

Girls’ U-8 200m: 1 Martha Bergin (KCH), 2 Kathy Phelan (G), 3 Mary Kate Ryan (TT). Boys’ U-8 200m: 1 Thomas Carroll (G), 2 Kyle Bolger (SJ), 3 Sam McAviney (G)/David Phelan (SS).

Girls’ U-12 200m: 1 Amelie Foley (KCH), 2 Abby O’Brien (KCH), 3 Ella Delahunty (KCH). Girls’ U-13 200m: 1 Katie Taylor (TT), 2 Fiona Dillon (TT), 3 Erin Foley (SJ).

Girls’ U-14 200m: 1 Sophie Mullally (SJ), 2 Aine McDonald (SJ), 3 Eve O’Dwyer (G). Girls’ U-15 200m: 1 Ellen Ryan (TT), 2 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Sophie Jackman (SS).

Girls’ U-16 200m: 1 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 2 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 3 Ellen Purcell (G). Girls’ U-17 200m: 1 Martyna Balcer (KCH), 2 Jade Maher (KCH), 3 Emma Counihan (KCH).

Girls’ U-18/19 200m: 1 Clara Kennedy (SJ), 2 Sarah Lawlor (SJ), 3 Keeva O’Brien (KCH).

Girls’ U-9 300m: 1 Molly Daly (KCH), 2 Clodagh O’Callaghan (KCH), 3 Laura Leahy (KCH)/Sarah Foley (SJ). Boys’ U-9 300m: 1 Joseph O’Connor (SJ), 2 Ciaran Cummins (SJ), 3 Anil Ramasawmy (SS).

Girls’ U-10 300m: 1 Eve Dunphy (SS), 2 Hannah Quinn (KCH), 3 Pia Langton (KCH). Boys’ U-10 300m: 1 Liam O’Dwyer (G), 2 Isaac Carew (SS), 3 Erin Doyle (G).

Boys’ U-15 400m: 1 John Muldowney (KCH). Boys’ U-16 400m: 1 Kevin Byrnes (KCH), 2 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 3 Conor Clarke (CC).

Boys’ U-17 400m: 1 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 Liam Brennan (CC). Boys’ U-18/19 400m: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 James O’Neill (G).

Girls’ U-11 500m: 1 Orlaith Kirwan (TT), 2 Emily Smith (KCH), 3 Caoimhe Phelan (SS). Boys’ U-11 500m: 1 Ben Wallis (SS), 2 Brian Moore (KCH), 3 Eoin Aylward (SS).

Boys’ U-12 500m: 1 David Williams (SS), 2 Ned Langton (KCH), 3 Billy Coogan (G). Boys’ U-13 500m: 1 Tomás Mullally (SJ), 2 Luke Dunne (CC), 3 Jack Aylmer (KCH). Boys’ U-14 500m: 1 Cathal Beirne (SJ), 2 Jordan Knight (TT), 3 Cathal O’Reilly (CC).

Girls‘ U-12 800m: 1 Maria O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 3 Libby Murphy (SS). Girls‘ U-13 800m: 1 Fiona Dillon (TT), 2 Saoirse Allen (SS), 3 Emma Shortall (KCH).

Girls’ U-14 800m: 1 Aine Kirwan (TT), 2 Clodagh Monaghan (SS), 3 Eve O’Dwyer (G). Girls’ U-15 800m: 1 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 2 Ellen Ryan (TT), 3 Orla O’Keeffe (TT).

Girls’ U-16 800m: 1 Annie McEvoy (KCH), 2 Aine Phelan (SS), 3 Rachel Kelly (KCH).

Girls’ U-16 walk: 1 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Aoife Allen (SS). Boys’ U-16 walk: 1 Nicky Connolly (CC), 2 Aidan Gittens (G). Boys’ U-18/19 walk: 1 James O’Neill (G).

Girls’ U-11 4x100m relay: 1 KCH, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 KCH. Boys’ U-11 4x100m relay: 1 KCH, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Gowran; Girls’ U-13 4x100m relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 KCH.

Boys’ U-13 4x100m relay: 1 St Joseph’s, 2 KCH, 3 St Senan’s.

Girls’ U-15 4x100m relay: 1 Thomastown, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 St Senan’s. Boys’ U-15 4x100m relay: 1 St Senan’s, 2 Gowran.

Boys’ U-17 4x100m relay: 1 KCH; 2 Castlecomer.

Girls’ U-10 turbo javelin: 1 Caoimhe Power (TT), 2 Ava Mullally (SJ), 3 Lily Doyle (SJ). Girls’ U-11 turbo javelin: 1 Charlotte Hutchinson (BR), 2 Sinead Carroll (KCH), 3 Mairead Mullally (SJ). Girls’ U-12 turbo javelin: 1 Rachel Foley (SJ), 2 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 3 Libby Murphy (SJ).

Girls’ U-10 long jump: 1 Hazel Coogan (G), 2 Eve Dunphy (SS), 3 Leila Brand (KCH). Girls’ U-11 long jump: 1 Grace Glennon (SJ), 2 Orlaith Kirwan (TT), 3 Angela Carroll (KCH).

Girls’ U-12 long jump: 1 Abby O’Brien (KCH), 2 Amelie Foley (KCH), 3 Ella Delahunty (KCH). Girls’ U-13 long jump: 1 Erin Foley (SJ), 2 Katie Taylor (TT), 3 Eva Shefflin (TT).

Girls’ U-14 long jump: 1 Aine Kirwan (TT), 2 Aine McDonald (SJ), 3 Anna Cass (TT). Girls’ U-15 long jump: 1 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 3 Sophie Jackman (SS).

Girls’ U-16 long jump: 1 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 2 Alice Monahan (TT), 3 Aoife Allen (SS). Girls’ U-17 long jump: 1 Jade Maher (KCH), 2 Martyna Balcer (KCH), 3 Emma Counihan (KCH). Girls’ U-18/19 long jump: 1 Keeva O’Brien (KCH), 2 Sarah Lawlor (SJ).

Girls’ U-13 javelin: 1 Doireann Knox (SS), 2 Emma Manogue (TT), 3 Katie Taylor (TT). Girls’ U-14 javelin: 1 Kelsey Kehoe (SJ), 2 Susan Murphy (SS), 3 Aine Kirwan (TT).

Girls’ U-15 javelin: 1 Katie Cullen (BR), 2 Nicole Dowling (CC), 3 Ellen Ryan (TT). Girls’ U-16 javelin: 1 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 2 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 3 Rachel Kelly (KCH).

Girls’ U-17 javelin: 1 Martina Balcer (KCH), 2 Emma Kelly (BR), 3 Emma Counihan (KCH). Girls’ U-18/19 javelin: 1 Sarah Lawlor (SJ), 2 Keeva O’Brien (KCH).

Boys’ U-12 high jump: 1 Keelin Roche (SS), 2 Daragh Carpenter (G), 3 Noah Scully (G). Boys’ U-13 high jump: 1 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 2 Mateuz Balcer (KCH), 3 Tadgh Connolly/Mark Wallis (SS).

Boys’ U-14 high jump: 1 Jordan Knight (TT), 2 Brogan McAviney (G), 3 Niall Vogelarr (SS). Boys’ U-15 high jump: 1 Peter Dunne (G).

Boys’ U-16 high jump: 1 Rory MacGabhann (KCH), 2 Darragh McDonald (SJ), 3 James Kearney (KCH). Boys’ U-17 high jump: 1 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 2 Liam Brennan (CC). Boys’ U-18/19 high jump: 1 James O’Neill (G).

Junior women’s 1,500m: 1 Michelle McDonald (SS). Junior men’s 1,500m: 1 David Ward (KCH), 2 Rory Lodge (KCH), 3 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH). M35 men’s 1,500m: 1 Pat Lennon (G).

M30 women’s 1,500m: 1 Frances Mullally (SJ), 2 Rachel O’Hara (G), 3 Joye Burns (KCH). M50 men’s 1,500m: 1 Peter Dowling (TT).

Senior women’s 1,500m: 1 Máire Griffith (G), 2 Michelle Ryan (G), 3 Tracey Malone (SJ). Senior men’s 1,500m: 1 Paddy O’Keeffe (G); 2 Willie McTiernan (KCH).

Stoneyford 10k

David McPherson, Thomastown AC, was the winner of the Stoneyford 10k Challenge on Sunday. David completed the course in 33 minutes and 10 seconds and had well over 30 seconds on his nearest challenger.

First woman across the finish line was Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) in a time of 39.13 while close behind was Adele Walsh (St Senan’s).

The next club-organised race on the calendar is in Tullaroan on June 4. Athletes can chose to run an ultra marathon, marathon, 10k or 5k. Start times are 7 to 10.30am, depending on event distance.

Leinster Schools

Competition was very keen at the Leinster Schools track and field finals, which were held in Morton Stadium last week. Kilkenny athletes were not found wanting, with many making the podium.

At minor level there were gold medal performances. Winners were Orla O’Keeffe (Loreto = L) in the 500m, Aine Kirwan, (L) in 1,100m, Jennifer Leahy (L) in the high jump and Peter Dunne (CBS) in boys’ high jump. Jordan Knight (Grennan College = GC), won bronze in 75m hurdles while the Loreto relay team also took bronze. Abby Gilsenan (L) ran well to place fifth in the 500m.

There were also good returns in the junior events. Castlecomer Community School (CC) won gold with David Rossitor in pole vault and Teresa Kelly in the hammer. Teresa was also third in the shot while her team-mate Kate Cullen took the bronze in the hammer. Chris Reynolds (Kilkenny College = KC) won silver in the discus. Kevin Burns (St Kieran’s = SK) was fifth in the 1,500m.

The gold medal performances continued at under-16 level with Adam Fitzpatrick (SK) winning the boys’ mile. Shay McEvoy (SK) was fourth and David Ward fifth. Krystian Pawlowski (SK) won the shot and the Loreto relay team also took the gold medals. In the girls’ mile Ella Richardson (L) won silver and Annie McEvoy (L) bronze.

Ciara Deely (L) continued her excellent South Leinster performances at intermediate level, winning both the 300m and 800m hurdle events.

David Murphy (CBS) was also outstanding, winning the 100m and 200m sprints. Rory Lodge (SK) had a comfortable finish while taking the 1,500m title. There was silver for Laura Ward (Pres Carlow) in the girls’ 1,500m. Laura had set an early lead which she held for most of the race but was caught just before the finish line.

Lauren Gleeson (Pres Kilkenny = PK) had a good competition, winning silver in the 100m and finishing fourth in the 80m hurdles. There was intermediate bronze for Alex McNeill (KC) in pole vault, Dorian Corcoran (KC) in javelin and Nicky Connolly (CC) in 2,000m walk. James Kearney (SK) finished sixth in the steeplechase. Annie O’Connor (L) was sixth in 800m and Keeva O’Brien fourth in the long jump.

In the senior events Sophie Becker (St Mary’s, New Ross) won gold in the 100m and silver in the 400m. Anu Awonusi (KC) also won gold and silver in shot and discus respectively. Shane Power was a gold medal winner in the senior pole vault, clearing 3.80m in the process.

The final gold for Kilkenny was won by Jack Manning (SK) in the 400m. Three further silver medals were won in diverse events – Sarah Lawler (GC) in triple jump, Peter Lynch (SK) in 5,000m and Niamh McMullan (L) in 800m. In the boys 800m Luke Fitzpatrick (SK) placed sixth. Lauren Dermody (L) placed third in the 1500m steeplechase.

The next major outing for most of these young athletes will be the Schools’ All-Ireland in Tullamore on June 4.