Schools athletes give some top class provincial performances

Sarah Kate Lacey (Loreto Kilkenny) crosses the finish line to win the Senior Girls' 100m final at the Aviva Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships, which were held at Morton Stadium, Santry over the weekend. Photo: Pat Murphy/SPORTSFILE
A number of juvenile club athletes were in action in the provincial schools championships over the weekend, many earning medals for their schools.

A number of juvenile club athletes were in action in the provincial schools championships over the weekend, many earning medals for their schools.

Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Sarah Kate Lacey was top of the class, grabbing double gold honours in the senior girls’ sprints at the Leinster Championships. She also led her school relay team to victory in a championship record time.

Another senior athlete to win double gold was St Joseph’s Shannen Dawkins. Representing St Mary’s of New Ross, Shannen took gold in the sprint hurdles and the high jump.

The Harriers had another double winner, this time in the junior events, where Lauren Gleeson was first in the junior 100m and high jump events.

Others junior gold-medal winners were Ciara Deeley (high jump) and Keeva O’Brien (long jump), while Sarah Lawlor was a winner for Grennan College in the high jump.

Gowran AC athlete David Murphy, representing Kilkenny CBS, had a double sprint gold in the junior boys events, winning both the 100 and 200m races.

Athletes from St Senan’s were in action in the Munster Schools Championships. Race walkers Molly O’Shea and Isabel Morgan won their respective races bringing gold back to their schools.

All the medal winners will represent their schools at the national finals in Tullamore on May 31.


Kilkenny results, Leinster schools track and field championships:

Senior girls’ 100m hurdles: 1 Shannen Dawkins (St Mary’s New Ross), 15.09 secs.

Senior girls’ 100m: 1 Sarah Kate Lacey (Loreto KK), 2 Cliodhna Manning (Loreto KK).

Senior girls’ 200m: 1 Sarah Kate Lacey, 2 Cliodhna Manning.

Senior girls’ 3,000m: 2 Aoibhe Richardson (Loreto KK).

Senior girls’ 800m: 3 Anna Sheehan (Loreto KK).

Intermediate girls’ 1,500m: 2 Helen Hoynes (St Mary’s).

Girls’ under-16 200m: 4 Sarah Lawlor (Grennan College), 28.57.

Senior girls’ 4x100m: 1 Loreto KK (Championship Record), 2 St Mary’s New Ross.

Girls’ under-16 4x300m relay: 2 St Mary’s New Ross, 3.08.01.

Junior girls’ 75m hurdles: 1 Lauren Gleeson (Loreto KK), 11.70 secs; 2 Ciara Deely (Loreto KK), 11.85.

Junior girls’ 100m: 1 Lauren Gleeson, 12.79.

Senior girls’ high jump: 1 Shannen Dawkins, 2 Sophie Becker (St Mary’s New Ross).

Girls’ under-16 high jump: 1 Sarah Lawlor (Grennan College).

Junior girls’ high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley, 1m 63cm.

Junior girls’ long jump: 1 Keeva O’Brien (Loreto KK), 4m 74cm.

Junior girls’ discus: 3 Emma Kelly (Castlecomer CS), 23.76; 6 Tara O’Callaghan (Loreto KK), 21.54.

Junior girls’ hammer: 5 Emma Kelly, 24.0.

Minor girls’ discus: 2 Grainne Kelly (Castlecomer CS), 23.85.

Senior boys’ walk: 2 Nicholas Dunphy (St Kieran’s).

Intermediate boys’ 1,500m: 2 Michael Ryan (St Kieran’s).

Intermediate boys’ 1,500m steeplechase: 2 Peter Lynch (St Kieran’s), 4.40.88.

Intermediate boys’ 3,000m: 4 Peter Lynch.

Intermediate boys’ pole-vault: 3 Shane Power (Callan CBS).

Boys’ under-16 mile: 6 Luke Fitzpatrick (St Kieran’s), 4.58.48.

Junior boys’ 100m: 1 David Murphy (Kilkenny CBS), 11.92 secs.

Junior boys’ 200m: 1 David Murphy, 24.26 secs.

Minor boys’ 800m: 5 Adam Fitzpatrick (St Kieran’s), 2.19.71.

Senior boys’ javelin: 2 Brendan Hyland (St Kieran’s).

Senior boys’ high jump: 2 Donagh Mahon (St Kieran’s).

Minor boys’ high jump: 4 Michael Power (Callan CBS), 1.50.

Minor boys’ javelin: 2 Michael Power, 32.21.

Junior boys high jump: 3 Darragh Roberts (Kilkenny CBS), 1.65.

Boys’ under-16 shot-put: 5 Patrick Darcy (Castlecomer CS), 11.95.

Munster results

Junior girls’ walk: 1 Molly O’Shea. Intermediate girls’ walk: 1 Isabel Morgan.

Senior boys 5,000m: 3 Oliver Mullally. Boys’ under-16 mile: 3 Jonathon Crowley. Minor boys’ 800m: 2 Eoin Maher.

National League

The opening round of the national athletics league was held on Sunday, with the KCH men’s team in Division One action at the RSC in Waterford.

There were wins for Brendan Hyland in the shot-put and discus, Michael Bowler in the pole vault and Eoin Power in the 110m hurdles, as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads.

There were also some great performances by the juvenile squad members with second place finishes for Jack Manning (discus) and Callan Byrne (200m) and a fourth place for Alan Mooney in the 100m.

The distance athletes added to the points tally with a second place finish for Thos Hayes in the 1,500m event and third place for David McPherson in the 5,000m race. Team manager John Maye also acquitted himself well, finishing second in the walk and fourth in the 56lb for distance!

Track and Field

The third round of the county track and field championships will be held in Scanlon Park on Friday from 6.45pm.

There will be hurdles and 1,500m races on the track for juveniles, along with the 4x400m relays. Field events for juveniles will include discus for girls and shot-put and triple jump for boys. There will also be a programme of events for junior and senior athletes, including 400m and 3,000m races along with high jump and javelin competitions for both men and women.

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