THE indoor athletics season drew to a close at the weekend with the National Juvenile Indoor Championships at the AIT Arena Athlone.
All athletes competing had earned qualification by virtue of their performances at the regional championships, with a considerable cohort travelling from Kilkenny to compete.
Most athletes involved in championship athletes aspire to reach the All-Ireland finals in their chosen event and to win a medal of any colour is an added bonus. To win three gold medals is surely the stuff of dreams but this is exactly what Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Ciara Deeley did in her chosen events.
Competing in the under-14 category, Deeley brought home the gold from the high jump (1.60m), long jump (4.94m) and 60m hurdles (9.38 seconds).
Another who excelled was St Joseph’s athlete Shannen Dawkins. On Saturday Shannen was joint second in the girls’ U-18 60m in a dead heat with Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH). On Sunday Shannen won gold in the high jump (1.65m) and also won the 60m hurdles in a championship record time of 8.58 seconds, breaking the record set by Derval O’Rourke in 1996.
Cliodhna Manning was a double gold winner in the sprints, winning both the 60m and the 200m in the girls’ under-19 category. Sarah Kate Lacey also added a second medal to her 60m silver by taking gold in the 200m race. Catriona Twomey was another double medal winner picking up silver and bronze in the girls’ under-19 high jump and shot-put respectively.
For Gowran David Murphy had a fine race in the boys’ under-14 60m, finishing in the silver medal position with a time of 7.68 seconds - the same time given to the race winner. Donagh Mahon also had to be content with silver in the under-17 high jump despite clearing the same height as the winner.
Brow Rangers will be happy bringing home two silver medals. Therese Kelly and John Joe Kelly both finished on the podium in their shot-put events.
Luke Fitzpatrick kept the middle distance flag flying by winning a hard-fought bronze medal in the sometimes bumpy boys’ under-15 800m race.
Athletes will make a quick change to the outdoors, with the first event of the season this Monday when St Senan’s host their Open Sports in Kilmacow at 1pm.
Indoor track results (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s)
Boys’ U-13 600m: 9 Jack Elliot (SJ). Boys’ U-13 60m: 4 Sam Sutton (SJ), 8.36 sec.
Girls’ U-14 60m hurdles: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH), 9.38 sec; 6 Aoife Moore (G), 10.01. Boys’ U-14 60m: 2 David Murphy (G), 7.68 sec.
Boys’ U-15 800m: 3 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2.14.18.
Boys’ U-16 60m: 6 Jack Manning (KCH), 7.67 sec. Boys’ U-16 200m: 5 Jack Manning (KCH), 24.33 sec.
Boys’ U-17 200m: 4 Aaron Barron (KCH), 23.27 sec. Boys’ U-17 60m: 5 Callan Byrne (KCH), 7.37 sec.
Girls’ U-18 60m hurdles: 1 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 8.58 sec (Championship Best Performance). Girls’ U-18 60m: 2 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 2 Shannen Dawkins (SJ) 7.87 sec; 6 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 8.07 sec. Girls’ U-18 200m: 1 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 25.10 sec; 4 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 26.25 sec. Girls’ U-18 1,500m walk: 4 Ruth Carey, (KCH). Boys’ U-18 60m: 5 Aaron Fenlon (SJ), 7.34 sec. Boys’ U-18 200m: 6 Aaron Fenlon (SJ).
Girls’ U-19 60m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 7.61 sec. Girls’ U-19 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 24.88 sec. Boys’ U-19 1,500m walk: 2 Nicholas Dunphy (KCH), 7.34.
Indoor field results
Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 2 Therese Kelly (BR), 10.11m. Boys’ U-13 high jump: 5 Rory MacGabhann (KCH), 1.35m.
Girls’ U-14 high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH), 1.6m. Girls’ U-14 long jump: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH), 4.94m. Boys’ U-14 shot-put: 4 David Murphy (G), 11.69m.
Girls’ U-17 high jump: 2 Eimear O’Donohue (KCH), 1.50m. Boys’ U-17 shot-put: 2 John Joe Kelly (BR), 13.58m; 3 Martin Mulhall (G), 11.85m. Boys’ U-17 high jump: 2 Donagh Mahon (G), 1.84m.
Girls’ U-18 high jump: 1 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 1.65m. Girls’ U-18 shot-put: 9 Cliona Quirke (BR), 9.06. Boys’ U-18 shot-put: 8 Evan Foley (G), 9.79m.
Girls’ U-19 high jump: 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 1.55m. Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 3 Catriona Twomey (KCH). Boys’ U-19 shot-put: 2 Brendan Hyland (KCH), 11.76; 6 Matthew Cassin (G), 10.20.
European and US
At the European Masters Indoor Championships in San Sebastian Ken Deevey (KCH) won the silver medal in the M55 800m with a time of 2.12.89.
Further afield another KCH athlete was in action. In Los Angeles Aoife Hickey threw a new personal best in the hammer of 57.47m.
St Senan’s will hold their annual Open Sports event on Easter Monday in the Sports Complex, Kilmacow from 1pm.
There is a full programme of events with track races at sprint and middle distance from under-8 up to junior levels. There will also be a 3,000m senior men’s race and a 1,500m senior women’s race.
Scoil Mon Ruaidh, Hugginstown will hold 3km and 6km fun runs on Easter Monday from 11.30am at Carrickshock GAA club’s grounds). There is an attractive E150 prize for the winner of the 6k race. All funds raised will go to the school.