There were medals all round for our four junior girls at the Kerry Athletics junior track and field championships in Castleisland on Friday 14th April. There was gold for Elinor Dennison in the long jump, Christine McCarthy in the high jump and the 4 x100m relay team of Elinor, Christine, Emma O’Regan and Alyce O’Connor. Christine was also second in the long jump and Alyce ran a great PB to win silver in the 800m. Elinor won bronze in the 200m.
Not to be outdone by the youngsters two master athletes brought home gold medals. Jer McCarthy won the M45 100m and Dave Littlejohn the M40 javelin. A great night was had by all.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine had a record number of athletes qualify for the Munster Schools track and field championships. A sure sign that training with the club and in some cases the Kerry Athletics Development Squad is really paying off for our older athletes.
In the South Munster qualifying rounds, the girls were first up on the 5th May. Gold medals went to Christine McCarthy who won the Intermediate Girls high jump with a new PB of 1.60m. Christine trains regularly with the development squad in Castleisland on Sunday morning and is also a member of the Munster Development squad. In the Junior Girls 1500m, Rhona Randles took gold with Alyce O’Connor picking up silver. These two girls are proving hard to beat in middle distance events. Aobha O’Shea won the Inter girls walk. There was silver for Elinor Dennison in the Intermediate Girls long jump with a jump of 4.93m, a jump that equaled that of gold medal position. Elinor also reached the final of the 100m and a year out of age is showing great promise as a sprinter. She trains in Castleisland on Sunday mornings and is hoping to make the Munster Development Squad this year. Emma O’Regan came second in the Junior 75m hurdles and Katie Palmer took silver in the Junior long jump and bronze in the walk, just behind Caoimhe Daly who picked up silver.
The boys took to the track exactly a week later and there was gold for Cormac O’Sullivan in the Inter triple jump and Gary Randles in Junior shot. Gary also came second in the javelin. Other silver medal winners where Peter Offereins in Intermediate javelin and Conor O’Brien in Junior walk. Bronze medals went to Declan Hallissey for Inter boys shot and discus, Iarlaith Hayes for Inter javelin and Cian Hanley for Minor 100m.
A bright sunny day at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford was the scene for the Munster Schools Track and Field Championships where there were five medals for Kenmare in what was a record entry for the school. It was gold and silver for in the Junior Girls 1500m with Rhona Randles crossing the line in 5:04.54, just three seconds ahead of Alyce O’Connor. Also in the Junior girls category there was bronze for Emma O’Regan in the 75mH. In the Intermediate Girls high jump Christine McCarthy jumped 1.55m to secure silver and there was also silver for Cormac O’Sullivan in the Intermediate Boys triple jump and Conor O’Brien in the Junior Boys 1200m race walk. Competing for the school but finishing just outside the medals were Katie Palmer, 4th in the Junior Girls 1200m race walk and long jump, Elinor Dennison 5th in Intermediate Girls long jump with a new PB of 5.16m, Gary Randles 4th in Junior Boys shot and 5th in the javelin, Caoimhe Daly 5th in Junior girls walk.
Best of luck to all our qualifiers who go on to the National finals in Tullamore on Saturday 4th June.
100 hardy souls braved the elements for our 5th annual Bridge Run 5km and 10km races. A great turn out considering the weather and we’d like to thank them all for helping to make this run another success. Cash Prizes were provided with the generosity of EPS Water and The Forestry Company. Easter Eggs kindly supplied by Murphy’s SuperValu Kenmare and Lorge Chocolates Bonane. Harrington’s provided the bread and brack for the tea.
Full results and times are in the Bridge Run link in the menu above.
1. James Gruffery
2. David Comber
3 Kevin Gilleece
2. Shauna O’Shea
3. Regina Comber
1. Barry Yelverton
2. Mark Torpey
3. Ricky Collins
1. Yvonne MacCauley
2. Caroline Buckley
3. Sue Nikolovski
Kenmare AC had two athletes in action at the All-Ireland Masters Indoor Championships on Sunday 20th March. In the vey competitive M45 category Jer McCarthy finished in 7th place in a time of 8.13 seconds. Sean O’Dwyer was competing in the M75+ category where he won gold in both the high jump and the long jump.
Four of our Five Munster qualifiers competed in the National Finals over the weekend of the 12th and 13th March 2016.
On Saturday Gary threw a new PB of 12.60m to take the bronze medal in the U15 boys shot.
Christine McCarthy won bronze, in the U17 girls high jump with a jump of 1.55m and finished 4th in the U17 girls long jump with a new PB of 5.01m
Elinor Dennison finished 5th in the U16 girls long jump and Rhona Randles was also 5th in the U15 girls 800m.