Superb weekend as Kilkenny athletes tear up the track at the AIT Arena

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The Kilkenny City Harriers girls’ under-19 team who won bronze at the All-Ireland Championships in Athlone: Keeva O’Brien, Leah Raggett, Annie O'Connor and Ciara Deely.

There were excellent performances all round as Kilkenny athletes delivered in the National Juvenile Indoor track and field championships at the weekend.
The AIT Arena delivered a host of All-Ireland medals for the county over two days of action, with six Kilkenny clubs finishing among the prizes.
The relays were first off on Saturday, with Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) among the winners. The city club had five teams in the finals, with three taking home medals.
The KCH boys’ under-12 team won silver in their final while there was bronze medals for both the girls’ under-13 and under-19 teams.
There were more medals on the track on Sunday, with silver medals in the race walks going to Tomás Mullally (St Joseph’s) in the under-14 race and Nicky Connolly (Castlecomer) in the under-17 event.
There was a silver medal also for Ciara Deely in her 400m event with a new personal best (PB) of 55.96 seconds for the two lap race.
Then along came Gowran’s David Murphy in the under-18 60m sprint. David broke the seven seconds barrier, winning his heat with a time of 6.97 seconds. Later that day he took the gold medal in the final with a new PB time of 6.94 seconds, a finish of just .01 seconds outside the championship record.
There was some good performances in the field events also. Patrick Darcy (Brow Rangers) marked his final indoor event as a juvenile athlete by winning silver in the shot-put while Saoirse Allen (St Senan’s), who was in action in the Schools Cross Country in Mallusk changed her spikes and won a silver medal in the high jump with a jump of 1.48m in the girls’ under-14 event.
There will be more indoor action next weekend at the same venue. After that the attention switched to the outdoor track and field calendar, starting with St Senan’s holding their 40th Open Sports on Easter Monday.
Kilkenny results, national juvenile indoor track & field championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s)
FIELD
Girls’ under-14 high jump: 2 Saoirse Allen (SS), 12 Eleanor Godden (KCH).
Boys’ under-14 high jump: 6 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 10 Mateusz Balcer (KCH).
Boys’ under-15 high jump: 10 Brogan McAviney (G).
Girls’ under-16 high jump: 10 Jennifer Leahy (KCH).
Boys’ under-16 high jump: 9 Peter Dunne (G).
Girls’ under-17 high jump: 5 Rachel Kelly (KCH).
Boys’ under-17 high jump: 6 Rory MacGabhann (KCH);
Boys’ under-15 shot-put: 12 Eoin Murphy (G).
Girls’ under-17 shot-put: 5 Hannah Kelly (KCH).
Boys’ under-19 shot-put: 2 Patrick Darcy (BR).
Boys’ under-14 long jump: 9 Evan O’Toole (SJ).
Girls’ under-18 long jump: 9 Martyna Balcer (KCH).
TRACK
Girls’ under-13 60m: 8 Sofia Kerr (CC).
Boys’ under-13 60m (heat): 5 Harry Boyle (KCH).
Girls’ under-18 60m (heat): 4 Leah Raggett (KCH).
Boys’ under-18 60m: 1 David Murphy (G).
Girls’ under-18 400m: 2 Ciara Deely (KCH).
Girls’ under-19 400m: 5 Annie O’Connor (KCH).
Boys’ under-14 walk: 2 Tomás Mullally (SJ).
Girls’ under-15 walk: 6 Robyn Denieffe (G).
Boys’ under-17 walk: 2 Nicky Connolly (CC).
Boys’ under-17 1,500m: 8 Kevin Burns (KCH).
Girls’ under-19 1,500m: 4 Laura Ward (KCH).
Girls’ under-12 4x100m relay: 5 St Senan’s (Juliette Evans, Caoimhe Phelan, Eve Dunphy, Molly Long, heat).
Boys’ under-12 4x100m relay: 2 KCH (Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, Sean Young, Patrick Lacey, Ruairi McEvoy, Daniel Ring).
Girls’ under-13 4x100m relay: 3 KCH (Abbie O'Brien,Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Rose Kelly).
Boys’ under-13 4x100m relay: 4 KCH (Harry Boyle, Ned Langton, Conor Byrne, Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, Sean Young).
Girls’ under-16 4x200m relay: 5 KCH (Jennifer Leahy, Emma Poyntz, Eva Collins, Abbie Gilsenan).
Girls’ under-19 4x200m relay: 3 KCH (Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Annie O’Connor, Keeva O’Brien, Martyna Balcer).
International
Shay McEvoy finished in 13th position in the boys’ under-17 race at the schools international cross-country in Port Talbot at the weekend. He collected a team silver medal as a member of the Irish Schools team that finished in second place behind the England Schools team.
Annie McEvoy placed 25th in the girls’ under-17 race in which the Irish Schools team finished in fourth place. This was the final event of the cross-country season.
On The Road
Brian Maher was second at the Dunboyne 4 mile road race on Sunday. Over 1,000 runners faced the starter, but the battle for top spot was between just two athletes Brian and Mick Clohissey.
The Raheny athlete took the title, with Brian finishing as runner-up with a superb time of 18 minutes 55 seconds for the distance.
Fellow KCH athlete Thos Hayes ran well to claim fourth place in a time of 19 minutes 27 seconds.
St Senan’s Masters athlete Patsy Foskin continues to impress on the road racing circuit. She recently took top spot in the F60 category at the Mullingar half marathon with a time of 2.01.She was interviewed recently by the RTE programme Nationwide and attributed her success to good hard work, consistent training, excellent nutrition and a bit of madness thrown into the mix!
There will be plenty of action on the road over the Easter Weekend with two events planned by local athletics clubs.
On Easter Sunday in Tullaroan the Easter Bunny 10k and 5k will take place with a start time set for 12 noon.
Following that there will be a new race on the calendar next month. The Streets of Kilkenny 5k, organised by city club KCH, takes over the city on Thursday, April 13.