Kilkenny athletes were very impressive as they represented their schools at the All-Ireland track and field championships on Saturday.
The girls from the Loreto were to the fore thanks to some fantastic displays by their Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) contingent.
In the junior girls hurdles there was a one-two for Loreto with Lauren Gleeson and Ciara Deeley taking the honours. Loreto finished second team overall in the junior girls section.
Their senior athletes were just as outstanding, with Aoibhe Richardson (3,000m) and Anna Sheehan (800m) winning medals in the distance events.
Sprinters Sarah Kate Lacey and Cliodhna Manning won individual medals at 100m and 200m. Margaret Caldbeck and Emer McMullen joined them for the relay and gave the performance of the day, winning gold and setting a new championship record.
St Joseph’s athlete Shannen Dawkins won gold in the senior sprint hurdles, as well as a silver in the high jump for her school St Mary’s New Ross.
Gowran athlete David Murphy was another double winner. He took gold in the junior boys’ 100m and bronze in the 200m race.
There were medals also for St Kieran’s College with Brendan Hyland (senior javelin) and Nicholas Dunphy (senior walk) both winning bronze.
Kilkenny results, All-Ireland schools championships:
Junior girls’ 75m hurdles: 1 Lauren Gleeson, 2 Ciara Deeley (both Loreto). Junior girls’ 100m: 5 Lauren Gleeson. Junior girls’ high jump: 6 Ciara Deeley. Junior girls’ long jump: 6 Keeva O’Brien (Loreto). Teams: 2 Loreto.
Junior boys’ 100m: 1 David Murphy (CBS). Junior boys’ 200m: 3 David Murphy. Junior boys’ high jump: 9 Daragh Roberts (CBS).
Intermediate boys’ 200m: 5 Callan Byrne (Grennan College). Intermediate boys’ steeplechase: 4 Peter Lynch (St Kieran’s). Intermediate boys’ 1,500m: 5 Michael Ryan (St Kieran’s). Intermediate boys’ pole vault: 4 Shane Power (Good Counsel).
Senior girls’ 100m: 2 Sarah Kate Lacey, 3 Cliodhna Manning (Loreto). Senior girls’ 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning, 3 Sarah Kate Lacey. Senior girls’ 100m hurdles: 1 Shannen Dawkins (St Mary’s, New Ross). Senior girls’ 800m: 3 Anna Sheehan (Loreto). Senior girls’ 3,000m: 2 Aoibhe Richardson (Loreto), 7 Lauren Dermody (Loreto). Senior girls’ discus: 8 Aoife Coady (Loreto). Senior girls’ high jump: 2 Shannen Dawkins. Senior girls’ 4x100m relay: 1 Loreto (new championship record). Senior girls’ teams: 1 Loreto.
Senior boys’ javelin: 3 Brendan Hyland (St Kieran’s). Senior boys’ shot-put: 5 J.J. Kelly (Castlecomer CS). Senior boys’ 3,000m walk: 3 Nicholas Dunphy (St Kieran’s).
Gowran high jumper Donagh Mahon travelled with the Irish team to Baku, Azerbaijan for the European Youth Olympics Trials. Donagh qualified for the final, finishing seventh by clearing 2m 6cm.
Another Gowran athlete on international duty was Sophie Parkinson. The DCU student finished third in the shot-put in the Ireland v Scotland University Challenge.
Tullamore was the venue for the Leinster track and field championships for seniors, masters and under-23 athletes on Sunday.
Brow Rangers had a good return from the masters throwing events. Joe Kelly, competing in the M3 section, won gold in the shot, discus, hammer and 56lb for distance.
There was another outstanding performance from St Joseph’s Verena Fenlon, who won four gold medals and a silver on the day. Competing in the masters M2 category, Verena won gold in the shot, discus, javelin and hammer to go with a silver medal in the high jump.
In the senior section Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer) won both the 100m and 200m races. Emma Fenlon (St Joseph’s) was a senior double winner with gold in the shot-put and weight for distance. She also won bronze in the javelin.
Senior men’s shot-put: 2 Kieran Kelly. M3 shot: 1 Joe Kelly. M4 shot: 2 Eddie O’Mahony (Gowran). M7 shot: 2 Murty Kelly. Senior men’s discus: 3 Kieran Kelly. M3 discus: 1 Joe Kelly. M7 discus: 1 Murty Kelly. Men’s M3 hammer: 1 Joe Kelly. M7 hammer: 1 Murty Kelly. Men’s M3 56lb: 1 Joe Kelly. Men’s M4 javelin: 2 Eddie O’Mahony.
Junior men’s shot: 1 John Joe Kelly. Junior men’s discus: 1 John Joe Kelly. Junior men’s hammer: 1 John Joe Kelly.
Senior men’s 5k walk: 1 Michael Ryan (St Joseph’s). M3 3k walk: 1 J.J. Lawlor (SJ), 2 Michael O’Keeffe (Thomastown). Women’s M2 walk: 1 Maggie Helen Doherty O’Connor (SJ), 2 Bríd Lawlor (SJ).
Senior men 100m: 1 Eoin Muldowney (Castlecomer). Senior men 200m: 1 Eoin Muldowney. M6 200m: 3 Marty Kelly (G). M6 400m: 4 Marty Kelly (G).
Senior women’s 800m: 3 Anne Doyle (G). M3 women’s 1,500m: 1 Maria Griffin (SJ). Senior women’s shot-put: 1 Emma Fenlon (SJ), 3 Anne Doyle (G). M2 women’s shot: 1 Verena Fenlon (SJ). Senior women’s 28lb for distance: 1 Emma Fenlon (SJ). Senior women’s javelin: 3 Emma Fenlon (SJ), M2 Javelin: 1 Verena Fenlon (SJ). M2 discus: 1 Verena Fenlon. M2 Hammer: 1 Verena Fenlon. M2 high jump: 2 Verena Fenlon.
The last round of the county track and field championships will be held in Scanlon Park on Friday. Starting at 6.45pm, there will be events for junior and senior (to include novice and masters) men and women.
On Sunday the Little South Run will be held in Kilmacow.