IT WAS the turn of Kilkenny’s juvenile athletes to impress on the national stage as they scored considerable success in Tullamore over the weekend.
An army of local athletes travelled to the Offaly venue for the national juvenile track and field championships. They followed in the footsteps of their senior colleagues, who performed with distinction in Santry a week earlier, bringing home a number of medals as well as setting two championship records.
Gowran’s Sophie Parkinson continued her good form with a double gold medal performance. She won the girls’ under-19 shot-put and discus, setting a new record in the discus with a championship best performance (CBP) throw of 44.03m.
In the girls’ under-13 category Ciara Deeley from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) went one better, bringing home three golds. She scored victories in the high jump and long jump, then set a CBP while winning the 60m hurdles.
Kilkenny athletes excelled in the hurdles events, with double victories for two St Joseph’s athletes. Shannon Dawkins took gold in the both the girls’ under-17 100m and 300m hurdles events, with fellow Saint Eoin Power the winner in the boys’ under-19 110m and 400m hurdle races.
The girls’ under-14 75m hurdles race saw Lauren Gleeson (KCH) take silver and Grace O’Donnell (Gowran) bronze, while Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH) was the bronze medallist in the under-17 300m hurdles. Jack Manning (KCH) won silver in the under-15 250m hurdles, along with a bronze medal in the high jump.
Cliodhna Manning (KCH) had an excellent sprint double with victories in the girls’ under-18 100m and 400m events. Gowran athlete Aoife Naddy took the gold medal in the girls’ under-15 high jump and Therese Kelly (Brow Rangers) won gold in the girls’ under-12 shot-put. Lauren Gleeson (KCH) won her second silver of the championships in the under-14 long jump and St Senan’s Bronagh Kearns also was a silver medal winner in the girls’ under-19 3,000m race.
KCH athletes Adam Fitzpatrick (under-13 600m), Luke Fitzpatrick (under-14 800m), Anna Sheehan (under-17 800m) and Lorraine O’Shea (under-19 100m) all finished in the bronze medal position in their respective events.
There are still two more days of competition with the 1,500m, walks and 200m races on the track. There will also be a number of selected field events down for decision on day three, with the relay events on day 4. The final two days of competition will be held on July 28 and 29.
Kilkenny results, days one and two of the national juvenile track and field championships:
(Club key: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown)
Girls’ U-12 shot: 1 Therese Kelly, BR (9.18m). Boys’ U-12 600m: 10 Conor Clarke, CC (1.54.11).
Girls’ U-13 60m hurdles: 1 Ciara Deeley KCH (9.63secs CBP). Girls’ U-13 high jump: 1 Ciara Deeley, KCH (1.51m). Girls’ U-13 long jump: 1 Ciara Deeley, KCH (4.91m). Girls’ U-13 80m: 7 Kate Murphy, SS (11.51). Girls’ U-13 javelin: 7 Martina Balcer, KCH (21.91m). Boys’ U-13 80m: 6 David Murphy, G (11.22). Boys’ U-13 600m: 3 Adam Fitzpatrick, KCH (1.40). Boys’ U-13 high jump: 9 Thomas Sheridan, SS (1.40m). Boys’ U-13 shot-put: 5 David Murphy, G (10.84m).
Girls’ U-14 long jump: 2 Lauren Gleeson, KCH (5.06m). Girls’ U-14 75m hurdles: 2 Lauren Gleeson, KCH; 3 Grace O Donnell, G. Girls’ U-14 80m: 6 Lauren Gleeson, KCH (10.99 secs). Girls’ U-14 long jump: 15 Aisling Morrissey KCH, (3.63m). Girls’ U-14 hammer: 4 Roisin Coady, BR (26.75). Girls’ U-14 80m: 6 Lauren Gleeson, KCH (10.99 secs). Girls’ U-14 discus: 8 Sinead McEvoy, SS (21.41). Girls’ U-14 high jump: 6 Evie Kiely, KCH (1.40m). Boys’ U-14 800m: 3 Luke Fitzpatrick, KCH (2.15). Boys’ U-14 high jump: 5 Ted Drea, G (1.40m). Boys’ U-14 javelin: 12 Ross Connolly, CC (25.11m).
Girls’ U-15 high jump: 1 Aoife Naddy, G (1.50m). Girls’ U-15 80m hurdles: 5 Christine O’Donnell, G (13.18). Girls’ U-15 800m: 4 Aoibhe O’Shea, KCH (2.24.51). Boys’ U-15 high jump: 3 Jack Manning, KCH (1.50m). Boys’ U-15 250m hurdles: 2 Jack Manning, KCH (35.98). Boys’ U-15 long jump: 14 Shane Power, SJ (4.42m).
Girls’ U-16 high jump: 7 Eimear O’Donoghue, KCH (1.45m). Girls’ U-16 discus: 10 Clare McEvoy, SS (15.08). Boys’ U-16 100m: 5 Aaron Barron, KCH (11.97); 6 Callan Byrne, KCH (12.23). Boys’ U-16 3,000m: 9 Cormac Buggy, G.
Girls’ U-17 100m hurdles: 1 Shannon Dawkins, SJ (14.84). Girls’ U-17 300m hurdles: 1 Shannon Dawkins, SJ (46.07); 3 Sarah Kate Lacey, KCH (47.28). Girls’ U-17 100m: 4 Sarah Kate Lacey, KCH (12.86). Girls’ U-17 shot-put: 4 Grainne Kenny, BR (8.07m). Girls’ U-17 discus: 9 Aoife Coady, BR (20.05m). Girls’ U-17 800m: 3 Anna Sheehan, KCH (2.19.17).
Girls’ U-18 shot-put: 7 Catriona Twomey, KCH (9.52m). Girls’ U-18 100m hurdles: 7 Catriona Twomey, KCH (17.51 secs). Girls’ U-18 100m: 1 Cliodhna Manning, KCH (12.27 secs). Girls’ U-18 400m: 1 Cliodhna Manning, KCH (56.58 secs). Girls’ U-18 3,000m: 5 Megan Morrissey, TT (11.23.45). Boys’ U-18 shot-put: 8 Matthew Cassin, G (10.79m).
Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 1 Sophie Parkinson, G (11.53m). Girls’ U-19 discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson, G (44.03m CBP). Girls’ U-19 3,000m: 2 Bronagh Kearns, SS (11.08.56). Girls’ U-19 100m: 3 Lorraine O’Shea, KCH (12.78 secs). Boys’ U-19 110m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power, SJ (15.27 secs). Boys’ U-19 400m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power, SJ (56.65 secs).
Sunday: National League Round 2
Saturday, July 28: National juvenile track and field day three (walks, 1,500m, 200m and selected field events).
Sunday, July 29: National juvenile track and field day four (relays).