KILKENNY’S senior athletes will be hoping their run of good form continues as they prepare for the national Track and Field Championships.
The finals, which will be held in the Morton Stadium, Santry this weekend, will see a number of local athletes competing for medals.
Brian Maher (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) has recently run personal bests of 8.10 for the 3k. Last weekend at the UK trials and championships he completed the 10k track race in a time of 29 mins 44 seconds. He will be hoping to show similar form in Santry.
Other Harriers athletes who will be competing next weekend are Teresa Conlon (hammer), Jonathan Holmes (100m), Eoin Everard (800m and 1,500m), Joanne Cuddihy (400m), Lorraine O’Shea (long jump) and Laura Langton (100m hurdles and long jump).
Meanwhile Tommy Evans (Gowran) has also being doing well on the road. He scored a fifth place finish in the Irish Runner five mile race in 25.16 and a second place finish in the Daingean Festival 5K race, crossing the line in a time of 15.07
The National Juvenile Combined Events and B Championships were held in Tullamore over the long weekend.
Once again Kilkenny athletes enjoyed some success with Eoin Power (St Joseph’s) and David McGeary (KCH) winning gold medals in the under-18 and under-19 octathlons respectively.
Jack Saunders (St Joseph’s) finished in the silver medal position in the under-19 octathlon while Catriona Twomey (KCH) also won silver in the under-17 pentathlon. Aaron Fenlon (St Joseph’s) was a bronze medal winner in the under-16 pentathlon.
Aaron Barron (KCH) competed in the under-15 pentathlon, but picked up an injury in his high jump event which left him unable to take part in the final event, the 800m.
In the National B Championships a number of Brow Rangers athletes had a good day out. Roisin Coady scooped the silver in the under-13 shot-put while Aoife Coady also won silver in the under-16 shot-put. Emma Kelly and Ciaran Coady also competed for Brow.
Gowran athlete Sean O’Neill was the gold medal winner in the boys’ under-16 800m. Gowran also had two athletes who scored fourth place finishes through Sinead Naddy (under-16 high jump) and Sean O’Neill (under-16 high jump). Kevin Power (St Joseph’s) was sixth in the under-13 shot-put.
Kilkenny results from the National Combined Events:
Boys’ U-16 Pentathlon: 3 Aaron Fenlon (St Joseph’s), 2,822pts.
Girls’ U-17 Penathlon: 2 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 3,288pts.
Boys’ U-18 Octathlon: 1 Eoin Power (St Joseph’s), 4,296pts.
Boys’ U-19 Octathlon: 1 David McGeary (KCH), 3,997pts; 2 Jack Saunders (St Joseph’s), 3,683pts.
Kilkenny results, National Juvenile B Championships:
Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 2 Roisin Coady (Brow Rangers), 6.55m; 7 Emma Kelly (Brow Rangers), 5.44m. Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 6 Kevin Power (St Joseph’s), 6.93m.
Boys’ U-14 shot-put: 7 Ciaran Coady (Brow Rangers), 6.61m.
Girls’ U-16 shot-put: 2 Aoife Coady (Brow Rangers), 6.04m. Girls’ U-16 high jump: 4 Sinead Naddy (Gowran), 1.25m. Boys’ U-16 high jump: 4 Sean O’Neill (Gowran), 1.40m. Boys’ U-16 800m: 1 Sean O’Neill (Gowran), 2.30.99.