A NUMBER of Kilkenny athletes found the winning combination when they travelled to Tullamore during the week.
The county was well represented at the Leinster combined events, were held at the Offaly venue over two stages. Some athletes competed with great success, while others were unlucky to finish out of the medals.
The competition sees athletes to compete in a number of track and field events and requires a high level of competence across a range of athletic disciplines. Points are awarded based on achievement in each event, with the overall points totals determining the medal outcome.
Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletes Catriona Twomey (girls’ under-17 heptathlon) and David McGeary (under-19 octathlon) brought home the gold medals from their respective competitions. Elaine McGeary was a bronze medal winner in the girls’ under-17 heptathlon.
John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers) was a bronze medal winner in the boys’ under-15 pentathlon with Aaron Barron (KCH) just behind in fourth place. Aaron was one of a number of athletes from Kilkenny who were unlucky enough to finish just outside the medals.
Kilkenny results from Tullamore are: Pentathlon (five events - 75m/80m hurdles, shot-put, long jump, high jump and 800m)
U-14 Girls: 4 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 2,013pts; 5 Aoife Naddy (Gowran), 1,929pts. U-14 Boys: 4 Ted Drea (Gowran AC), 4th 1,867pts.
U-15 Boys: 3 John Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers), 2,394pts; 4 Aaron Barron (KCH), 2,275pts.
U-16 Girls: 5 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 1,902pts. U-16 Boys: 4 Sean O’Neill (Gowran), 2,112pts; 5 Ciaran Drea (Gowran), 1,818pts; 7 Evan Foley (Gowran), 1,705pts.
Heptathlon (seven events - 100m hurdles, high jump, javelin, 200m, long jump, shot-put, 800m)
U-17 Girls: 1 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 3,198pts; 3 Elaine McGeary (KCH), 2,858pts.
Octathlon (eight events - 100m, long jump, shot-put, 400m, 100m hurdles, high jump, javelin, 1,000m)
U-19 Boys: 1 David McGeary (KCH), 3,840pts.
The County Road Walk Championships were held at Pink Rock, Rosbercon on Friday. Despite the low turnout there were some great races with high levels of performance shown by all the athletes.
The evening proved to be perfect for Saints. In the juvenile races the St Senan’s squad put in some great performances while St Joseph’s were dominant in the senior fare.
In the men’s race Larry Lacey (St Joseph’s) opened a gap early on and continued to extend this lead during the race on his way to the gold medal.
The big battle was between the silver and bronze medal winners. Early on in the race John Lennon (Gowran) pulled away from St Joseph’s duo John Joe Lawlor and Rocky Mernagh, who were working together. As the race went on Lawlor got away from Mernagh before gradually overtaking Lennon to nab the silver medal. Rocky Mernagh, better known at cross-country and the javelin, finished strongly in fourth place.
Maggie Helen O’Connor (St Joseph’s) was first across the line in the women’s race. She was followed home by Tracey Malone, also of St Joseph’s, in second place.
U-12 Girls’ 1,000m walk: 1 Eve Lacey (St Senan’s).
U-14 Girls’ 1,500m walk: 1 Tara Lacey (St Senan’s), 2 Isobel Morgan (St Senan’s). U-14 Boys’ 2,000m walk: 1 Jonathan Crowley (St Senan’s).
U-18 Girls’ 4,000m walk: 1 Orla Butler (St Senan’s).
Senior Women’s 3,000m walk: 1 Maggie Helen O’Connor (St Joseph’s), 2 Tracey Malone (St Joseph’s.
Senior Men’s 5,000m walk: 1 Larry Lacey (St Joseph’s), 2 John Joe Lawlor (St Joseph’s), 3 John Lennon (Gowran), 4 Rocky Mernagh (St Joseph’s).
Kilkenny had excellent performances from several athletes who were on international duty recently.
Cliodhna Manning, Nessa Cooper Millett, Lorraine O’Shea and Sophie Parkinson acquitted themselves very well at the under-17 Schools International in Cardiff recently. In doing so they contributed to Ireland’s fine performance in coming second in the match while bringing great honour to their schools and their clubs.
On the track KCH athlete Cliodhna Manning (Loreto Kilkenny) was second in the 200m (25.21) while St Abban’s athlete Nessa Cooper Millet (Kilkenny College) was third in the 300m hurdles (44.67).
In the relay races Ireland were second in the 4x100m, a race where Cliodhna Manning was a team member. Ireland also finished second in the 4x300m, where Nessa Cooper Millet featured.In the field events Gowran athlete Sophie Parkinson (Kilkenny College) was fourth in the discus (37.37) and sixth in the shot-put (10.90). KCH athlete Lorraine O’Shea (St Brigid’s Callan) was fourth in the long jump (5.33).
In the overall team event England were winners with Ireland second, followed by Wales and Scotland.
Also on the international stage Murty Kelly competed in the British Masters Track and Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Murty finished third in the Masters 60 shot-put with a distance of 9.80m and fifth in the discus (31.32m).