The Track and Field focus switched from county to provincial setting over the weekend for a number of Kilkenny athletes.
The county’s juvenile relay teams and juniors (under-20) travelled to Greystones for the Leinster Championships on Saturday.
There were some fine performances from the relay teams, with gold medals going to both the Gowran boys’ under-10 team of Darragh, Albi Paul, Aaron and Liam O’Dwyer and the Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) boys’ under-11 team of Daniel Ring, Alex Cullen, Sean Young and Sean Moore.
The KCH girls’ under-12 team of Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Abbie O’Brien and Amelie Foley won silver, as did the club’s boys’ under-9 squad of Eoin Moore, James O’Brien, Luke Browne and Oisin Henderson and subs Dan and Sean Carroll. The Thomastown’s under-13 girls’ team of Fiona Dillon, Emma Manogue, Ava Shefflin, Katie Taylor and Marie O’Keeffe also helped themselves to silver medals.
Making the podium in the bronze medal positions were Thomastown girls’ under-14 and under-15 teams along with KCH boys’ under-10 and under-13 teams as well as the St Joseph’s boys’ under-9 team.
All medal winners qualify for the National Finals, which will be held on July 9.
The county also celebrated a number of excellent performances in the junior events. John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers) took gold in the shot-put and bronze in the discus and the hammer.
Another who did well in the field events was Gowran’s James O’Neill. He won silver in the discus and bronze in the shot-put. Sarah Lawlor (St Joseph’s) was the silver medal winner in the women’s triple jump event.
There were more silver medals for Kilkenny on the track, with Clara Kennedy (St Joseph’s) taking second place in the 100m hurdles while Callan Byrne (KCH) was a double silver winner in the men’s 100m and 200m races.
Enniscorthy was the venue for Sunday’s Leinster Combined Events Championships. Gowran tasted gold, silver and bronze successes - Charlie Mullins was place in the boys’ under-13 event, while Eddie Gittens won silver in the boys’ under-16 pentathlon and Peter Dunne bronze in the boys’ under-14 pentathlon. Dunne’s medal was one of two earned by Kilkenny athletes, gold going to Thomastown’s Jordan Knight.
There was success also for St Joseph’s with Erin Foley securing bronze in the girls’ U-13 event while Austin Lee featured in the Masters M35 pentathlon, finishing the day in the silver medal position.
Juvenile Relays - Girls’ U-9 4x100m: 5 KCH, 7 St Joseph’s. Boys’ U-9 4x100m: 2 KCH, 3 St Joseph’s.
Girls’ U-10 4x100m: 5 KCH (A), 10 KCH (B), 11 St Joseph’s. Boys’ U-10 4x100m: 1 Gowran AC, 3 KCH, 9 St Senan’s.
Girls’ U-11 4x100m: 12 St Joseph’s, 14 KCH. Boys’ U-11 4x100m: 1 KCH.
Girls’ U-12 4x100m: 2 KCH; 10 St Joseph’s (A), 14 Gowran AC, 18 St Joseph’s (B). Boys’ U-12 4x100m: 4 KCH (A), 11 Gowran AC, 12 KCH (B).
Girls’ U-13 4x100m: 2 Thomastown AC, 8 KCH. Boys’ U-13 4x100m: 3 KCH, 10 St Joseph’s.
Girls’ U-14 4x100m: 3 Thomastown AC, 7 St Joseph’s. Girls’ U-15 4x100m: 3 Thomastown AC, 5 St Joseph’s, 8 KCH. Girls’ U-16 4x100m: 4 Thomastown AC, 5 St Joseph’s.
Combined Events - Girls’ U-13 (200m, shot, long jump): 3 Erin Foley (St Joseph’s). Boys’ U-13 (200m, shot, long jump): 1 Charlie Mullins (Gowran), 4 Evan O’Toole (SJ).
Boys’ U-14 Pentathlon (75mH, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot, 800m): 3 Peter Dunne (G). Boys’ U-16 Pentathlon (100mH, Shot, Long Jump, High Jump, 800m): 2 Eddie Gittens (G). Masters (M35) Pentathlon (Long Jump, shot-put, 100m, High Jump and 1,500m): 2 Austin Lee (SJ);
Junior Men - Shot-put: 1 John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers), 3 James O’Neill (G), 4 Patrick Darcy (BR), 6 Matthew Cullen (BR), 7 Ciaran Coady (BR).
Discus: 2 James O’Neill (G), 3 John Joe Kelly (BR), 4 Patrick Darcy (BR), 5 Ciaran Coady (BR), 6 Matthew Cullen (BR).
Hammer: 3 John Joe Kelly (BR). 100m: 2 Callan Byrne (KCH), 5 Jack Manning (KCH). 200m: 2 Callan Byrne (KCH), 4 Jack Manning (KCH).
Junior Women’s - Triple Jump: 2 Sarah Lawlor (SJ). 100m: 5 Emer McMullan (KCH). 100m hurdles: 2 Clara Kennedy (SJ). 200m: 4 Emer McMullan (KCH), 7 Clara Kennedy (SJ).
County Track and Field
Two stages of the County Track and Field Championships will be held this weekend. The action starts on Friday, with events to be held at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford from 6.45pm.
The revised programme of events will be as circulated to clubs and is available on www.kilkennyathletics.net
With upgrades continuing at Scanlon Park, and with no definite finish date, St Senan’s are ready to host the programme for Sunday’s event at the Sports Complex in Kilmacow, subject to the availability or otherwise of Scanlon Park.
St Senan’s athletes fared well at the Munster Schools Track and Field Championships at the weekend. Aaron Donnelly was second in the intermediate boys steeplechase while Clodagh Monahan was eighth in the minor 800m.
Tara Ramasawmy also showed a good return to form. Having missed a year through injury she finished in fifth place while Thomas Sheridan was fourth in his high jump event.
KCH celebrated a silver-laden 2015 season at their awards night. Club vice-chairman Brian Leahy praised all the athletes for their achievements in Track and Field, Road and Cross-country championships at county, provincial, national and international level. He paid tribute to the club coaches and encouraged parents to continue to give their much valued support to the young athletes in the club.
Juvenile Award winners were: Michael Raggett, Rory McGabhann, Cathal Kearney, Callan Byrne, Jennifer Leahy, Annie O’Connor, Shay McEvoy, Hannah Kelly, Ciara Deely, Rory Lodge, Annie McEvoy, Jack Manning, Peter Lynch, Rachel Kelly, Adam Fitzpatrick.
Senior Awards: Eoin Everard, Sinead McDonough, Aoibhe Richardson, Paul Moran, Cliodhna Manning.
Achievement Awards: Brian Moore, Ned Langton, Jack Aylmer, Eleanor Godden, James Kearney, Ella Richardson, Martyna Balcer, Leah Raggett, Darragh Roberts, Lauren Gleeson, Luke Fitzpatrick, Craig Byrne.
Special Awards: Relay Squad (Daniel Ring, Sean Young, Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, James Kavanagh, Matthew Kavanagh), Cross-country Squad (Adam Fitzpatrick, Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Eoin Walsh, Johnnie Collins, Kevin Burns, Colm Murphy), Luke Whelan.