Tullamore was the venue for the second day of the National Juvenile Track and field championships on Sunday.
The day was dominated by short sprints and the steeplechase on the track, along with a variety of field events, with Kilkenny well represented as five different clubs made it to the podium.
Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Ciara Deeley had another outstanding day of competition, earning gold in the girls’ under-15 80m hurdles and the high jump. Another KCH athlete enjoying a great season is Sarah Kate Lacey. She was the gold medal winner in the girls’ under-19 100m, one of six KCH sprinters who qualified for the national finals.
Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) was the winner of the girls’ under-19 100m hurdles while Jack Elliott finished fourth in the boys’ under-14 80m with a personal best (PB) of 10.10.
Gowran AC will also be delighted with the performance of their athletes. Sprinter David Murphy won silver in the boys’ under-15 100m - he was 0.02 behind the race winner.
A great performance in the boys’ under-17 steeplechase saw Tommy Bric secure bronze for Gowran, who earned another bronze when Zac Denieffe finished third in the boys’ under-14 hammer.
Brow Rangers throwers were also in action in Tullamore. Their top performer was John Joe Kelly, who won bronze in the boys’ under-18 shot-put.
Aine Kirwan (Thomastown) gave a fine silver medal-winning performance in the girls’ under-12 high jump. A great competitor, winning national medals at cross-country, sprint and distance on the track and now the high jump.
The next stage of the championships will be held in Tullamore on July 26, with the 400m and 800m races run.
Next weekend the National Senior Championships will be held in the Morton Stadium, Santry while KCH athletes Peter Lynch and Ciara Deeley will travel to Cardiff as part of the Irish schools team for the SIAB school international.
Girls’ U-12 high jump: 2 Aine Kirwan (TT). Boys’ U-12 60m: 9 Jordan Knight (TT). Boys’ U-12 shot-putt: 11 Oisin Kenny (BR). Girls’ U-14 hammer: 8 Therese Kelly (BR), 9 Darcy Hutchinson (BR). Boys’ U-14 80m: 4 Jack Elliott (SJ). Boys’ U-14 hammer: 3 Zac Denieffe (G). Boys’ U-14 long jump: 8 Rory MacGabhann (KCH).
Girls’ U-15 80m hurdles: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH). Girls’ U-15 high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH). Girls’ U-15 hammer: 5 Emma Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-15 long jump: 8 Martyna Balcer (KCH). Boys’ U-15 100m: 2 David Murphy (G). Boys’ U-15 discus: 8 Liam Kenny (BR).
Girls’ U-16 100m: 4 Lauren Gleeson (KCH). Girls’ U-16 high jump: 7 Sinead Tuohy (KCH). Girls’ U-17 100m: Niamh McMullen (KCH). Boys’ U-17 100m: 8 Jack Manning (KCH). Boys’ U-17 steeplechase: 3 Tommy Bric (G).
Girls’ U-18 100m: 7 Emer McMullen (KCH). Boys’ U-18 100m: 6 Callan Byrne (KCH). Boys’ U-18 shot-putt: 3 John Joe Kelly (BR). Girls’ U-19 100m hurdles: 1 Shannen Dawkins (KCH). Girls’ U-19 100m: 1 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 5 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 6 Shannen Dawkins (SJ). Girls’ U-19 discus: 7 Aoife Coady (BR). Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 8 Aoife Coady (BR), 9 Grainne Kenny (BR).
In the Morton Games Eoin Everard (KCH) ran a 1,500m PB of 3.39.64. He also achieved a B standard for the European Championships. The 1,500m was part of the Morton Mile, which Eoin finished in a time of 4.00.07.
Also in action was KCH junior Anna Sheehan. Competing in the B 800m race, Anna finished first in a time of 2.19.54.