There were mixed fortunes on the athletics front as the weather played havoc with the county’s cross-country championships.
Inclement early morning weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s juvenile relays, which had been scheduled for Grennan.
However, between all the wind and rain a little window opened up, bringing ideal conditions for both of the senior races on the programme.
The women’s intermediate 3km race saw local athlete Megan Morrissey burst into a early lead, an advantage she maintained with ease for the whole race to secure the title.
The race for silver and bronze was a much closer affair with Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) runner Anna Sheehan crossing the line for silver just ahead of her clubmate Anne-Marie O’Grady, who had to settle for the bronze medal.
Team honours and the Women’s Intermediate Shield went to KCH, with silver going to Thomastown and bronze to Castlecomer.
The men’s 8km race saw Gowran’s Cormac Buggy who set the early pace with Ken Maher (KCH) his nearest challenger.
By the second lap of the testing five-lap course the young Gowran athlete had established a lead which he continued to build on for the duration of the race, crossing the line well ahead of silver medallist Maher.
There was a big battle for the bronze medal, with Gowran’s Paddy O’Keeffe taking the honours ahead of Thomastown’s Danny Shanahan.
Gowran, with two athletes on the podium and three more finishers in the top ten, were clear winners of the Intermediate Shield.
While KCH won team silver Gowran were strong enough to take the team bronze medals as well, with Thomastown having to settle for fourth place.
Results, county intermediate cross-country championships (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TR = Tullaroan, TT = Thomastown)
Intermediate women’s 3km: 1 Megan Morrissey (TT), 2 Anna Sheehan (KCH), 3 Anne-Marie O’Grady (KCH), 4 Bronagh Kearns (SS), 5 Maeve O’Connor (TT), 6 Emily Maher (KCH), 7 Janette Boran (CC), 8 Joan Martin (KCH), 9 Martina Brennan (CC), 10 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 11 Karen Ryan (KCH), 12 Siobhan O’Dwyer (G), 13 Mairead Leacy (KCH), 14 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 15 Catherine Guthrie (TR), 16 Mary Coady (CC), 17 Michelle Ryan (G), 18 Margaret Power (TT), 19 Pauline Ryan (CC), 20 Tracey Malone (SJ). Teams: 1 KCH (Anna Sheehan, Anne Marie O’Grady, Emily Maher, Joan Martin), 2 Thomastown, 3 Castlecomer.
Intermediate men’s 8km: 1 Cormac Buggy (G), 2 Ken Maher (KCH), 3 Paddy O’Keeffe (G), 4 Danny Shanahan (TT), 5 Luke Morgan (SS), 6 Simon O’Dwyer (G), 7 Marty Mosely (G), 8 Lyndon Barcoe (G), 9 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 10 Pat Coady (G), 11 Ed O’Keeffe (KCH), 12 Brendan Murphy (G), 13 Michael Barcoe (TT), 14 Conor Barron (G), 15 Bill Carroll (TT), 16 Barry Somers (KCH), 17 Mick O’Keeffe (TT), 18 John Davis (TT). Teams: 1 Gowran (Cormac Buggy, Paddy O’Keeffe, Simon O’Dwyer, Marty Mosely), 2 KCH, 3 Gowran, 4 Thomastown.
Kilkenny athletes certainly made their mark at the national senior indoor championships, which were held in the AIT Arena at the weekend.
The weekend got off to a good start when Sophie Parkinson (Gowran) had a personal best (PB) throw of 12.48m and won the silver medal in the women’s 4kg shot-put. It was a good day also for Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer), who qualified for the second round of the men’s 60m.
On Sunday three of the hurdles medals were won by Kilkenny athletes. Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) finished third in the women’s 60m hurdles while, in the men’s hurdles, Michael Bowler (KCH) won silver and Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) took bronze in the same event.
There was success for the county at middle distance as well. In the senior men’s 1,500m Eoin Everard (KCH) won the silver medal. There was another medal for the Everard clan as Ciara Everard, currently competing for UCD, won gold in the women’s 800m race.
The win was good preparation for bigger events - Everard will be heading for Prague for the European Indoor Championships in a fortnight’s time. She will also run at the World Student Games in South Korea in July.
Kilkenny results, national senior indoor championships: Women’s 4kg shot-put: 2 Sophie Parkinson (G), 12.48m. Women’s high jump: 5 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 1.6m. Women’s 60m: 5 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 7.53. Women’s 60m (heat two): 4 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 7.80; 5 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 8.05. Women’s 60m hurdles: 3 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 9.18. Women’s 400m (heat three): 3 Sophie Becker (SJ). Women’s 800m: 1 Ciara Everard (UCD), 2.06.
Men’s 5km walk: 6 John Joe Lawlor (SJ). Men’s long jump: 7 Michael Bowler (KCH). Men’s 60m (semi-finals): 5 Eoin Muldowney (CC), 7.19. Men’s 60m hurdles: 2 Michael Bowler (KCH), 8.74; 3 Eoin Power (SJ), 8.77. Men’s 1,500m: 2 Eoin Everard (KCH), 3.51.