KILKENNY schools were to the fore as young athletes travelled to Tullamore for the schools All-Ireland Track and Field championships on Saturday.
The locals acquitted themselves well in Offaly, achieving great success and bringing honour to their schools.
Castlecomer CS student Saragh Buggy completed another double by winning the senior girls’ long jump and triple jump for the second year in a row. Kilkenny College’s Sophie Parkinson won gold and bronze in the senior girls’ discus and shot-put respectively while Loreto student Cliodhna Manning won silver in both the senior 100m and 200m races and was part of the gold medal-winning quartet in the senior 4x100m relay.
There were sprint golds for the boys with St Kieran’s College student Jack Manning running a personal best (PB) to clinch honours in the junior 200m race. St Joseph’s athlete Eoin Power, who represented Good Counsel, won the senior boys’ 110m hurdles.
The following are the local results from the schools All-Ireland track and field championships.
Junior girls’ walk: 7 Isabel Morgan (Ursuline, Waterford).
Intermediate girls’ 80m hurdles: 3 Shannen Dawkins (St Mary’s, New Ross). Intermediate girls’ high jump: Shannen Dawkins. Intermediate girls’ 100m: 3 Sarah-Kate Lacey (Loreto Kilkenny). Intermediate girls’ 300m: 4 Sarah-Kate Lacey. Intermediate girls’ 800m: 5 Anna Sheehan.
Senior girls’ 100m: 2 Cliodhna Manning (Loreto Kilkenny). Senior girls’ 200m: 2 Cliodhna Manning. Senior girls’ 400m hurdles: 1 Nessa Millet (Kilkenny College). Senior girls’ discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson (Kilkenny College). Senior girls’ shot-put: 3 Sophie Parkinson. Senior girls’ high jump: 6 Catriona Twomey (Loreto Kilkenny). Senior girls’ long jump: 1 Saragh Buggy (Castlecomer CS). Senior girls’ triple jump: 1 Saragh Buggy. Senior girls’ 4x100m relay: 1 Loreto Kilkenny (Cliodhna Manning, Catriona Twomey, Margaret Caldbeck, Sinead McDonagh).
Junior boys’ 200m: 1 Jack Manning (St Kieran’s).
Intermediate boys’ 100m: 3 Callan Byrne (Scoil Aireagail). Intermediate boys’ high jump: 2 Donagh Mahon (St Kieran’s). Intermediate boys’ shot-put: 4 John Joe Kelly (Castlecomer CS).
Senior boys’ 110m hurdles: 1 Eoin Power (Good Counsel). Senior boys’ 3,000m walk: 3 Nicholas Dunphy (St Kieran’s).
Tullamore was also the venue for the Leinster track and field championships for seniors, masters and under-23 athletes on Sunday. Quite a few masters travelled to compete, with many successful in their chosen event.
Brow Rangers athletes brought home seven golds with Joe Kelly winning the shot-put, discus, hammer and 56lb for distance in the M2 category while Murty Kelly took M7 gold in the shot-put, hammer and discus.
Another masters athlete to star was Verena Fenlon (St Joseph’s). Competing in the V2 category, Verena won gold in the shot-put, javelin, hammer and weight for distance.
In the senior events Emma Fenlon was a double gold medal winner, finishing first in the shot-put and weight for distance events. Another athlete to complete the double was Orla McPhillips, winner of the 300m and 400m races at under-23 level.
Also competing on the track over the weekend was Eoin Everard. The Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete was in action in Manchester, where he achieved a new PB of 3 mins 42 secs for 1,500m.
The following are the local results from the Leinster seniors, masters and under-23 track and field championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s):
Masters men’s walk (3km): M6 - 1 John Lennon (G), 17.36. M3 - 2 John Joe Lawlor (SJ), 17.09.
Masters men’s 400m: M5 - 3 Marty Kelly (G), 77.02. Masters men’s 800m: M5 - 4 Marty Kelly. Masters men’s shot-put: M1 - 3 Emmet McAviney (G), 8.45m. M2 - 1 Joe Kelly (BR). M7 - 1 Murty Kelly (BR). Masters men’s long jump: M5 - 1 Pat Power (SJ). Masters men’s high jump: M5 - 3 Pat Power. Masters men’s 100m: M5 - 2 Pat Power. Masters men’s hammer: M2 - 1 Joe Kelly (BR). M7 - 1 Murty Kelly (BR). Masters men’s discus: M2 - 1 Joe Kelly. M7 - 1 Murty Kelly. Masters men’s weight for distance: M2 - 1 Joe Kelly.
Masters women’s shot-put: V2 - 1 Verena Fenlon (SJ). Masters women’s hammer: V2 - 1 Verena Fenlon. Masters women’s weight for distance: V2 - 1 Verena Fenlon. Masters women’s javelin: V2 - 1 Verena Fenlon.
Senior women’s shot-put: 1 Emma Fenlon (SJ). Senior women’s hammer: 3 Emma Fenlon. Senior women’s weight for distance: 1 Emma Fenlon. Senior women’s 400m: 3 Anne Doyle (G), 65.31. Senior women’s shot-put: 3 Anne Doyle, 8.22m.
Senior men’s 110m hurdles: 2 Austin Lee (SJ). Senior men’s discus: 1 Austin Lee. Senior men’s long jump: 2 Austin Lee. Senior men’s 100m: 2 Eoin Muldowney (CC), 11.49. Senior men’s 200m: 3 Eoin Muldowney, 23.12. Senior men’s 5,000m: 1 Toss Hayes (KCH).
Women’s under-23 300m: 1 Orla McPhillips (KCH). Women’s under-23 400m: 1 Orla McPhillips.
Track and Field
The county track and field championships for juniors, seniors and masters will be held in Scanlon Park on Friday from 6.45pm. The first race on the track will be the men’s 5,000m event.
The Leinster juvenile track and field championships will be held in Tullamore on June 15 and 16.
Little South Run
St Senan’s AC will hold their annual Little South Run (6km) on Sunday. Participants can register on the day with the entry fee of E10 for runners and E5 for walkers going towards the local hospice fund. There are top prizes on offer with E500 for the first male winner and E300 for the first female across the line.
The race starts and finishes at the sports complex in Kilmacow. Participants should arrive early to ensure they are registered in time for the race, which will also incorporate the County Road Novice Championships for men and women.