Cross-coun­try medals for Kerry

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - SPORT - ATH­LET­ICS Tessa Den­ni­son

SPACE blan­kets were the or­der of the day at the Ir­ish Life Health Na­tional Mas­ter and Ju­ve­nile B cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships last Sun­day, when ath­letes from U-11 to O-60 took to the fields around Clar­in­bridge in Gal­way.

Weather con­di­tions were atro­cious, es­pe­cially for the ju­ve­nile races when snow show­ers re­duced vis­i­bil­ity. The ground was very wet un­der­foot and the ter­rain rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated as the longer races pro­gressed, mak­ing for very dif­fi­cult run­ning.

In the ju­ve­nile races, Ken­mare ath­letes were again to the fore with their U-15 boys team scoop­ing bronze club medals and con­tribut­ing the first three run­ners to the county team that won sil­ver medals.

Run­ning for Ken­mare were Liam Palmer (5th), Michael O’Reilly (12th), Tadgh O’Donogue (24th) and Ti­mothy O’Donoghue (35th), and com­plet­ing the Kerry team were Lios Tuathail run­ners Der­mot Pierse (28th), Robert Stack (29th) and Gearoid Mul­vi­hill (34th).

There was also county medal suc­cess for the U-13 girls team. Ken­mare run­ner Abby Dun­lop was the first Kerry ath­lete across the line, fin­ish­ing in 14th place, just out­side of in­di­vid­ual medal po­si­tion. She was fol­lowed by Rachel Ney­lon Lios Tuathail (20th), Kathryn Ryan Kil­lar­ney Val­ley (24th) Sarah Quinn Lios Tuathail (29th), Éabha McCarthy Far­ran­fore Maine Val­ley (33rd) and Aoib­hinn Glee­son Kil­lar­ney Val­ley (37th).

Far­ran­fore’s Shauna McCarthy ran a gutsy 2,500m in the U-15 girls race, get­ting her­self into sec­ond place very early on – a po­si­tion she held to the fin­ish line. How­ever, she later heard she was not el­i­gi­ble for an in­di­vid­ual medal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a Mun­ster prov­ince team medal last Novem­ber.

In the Mas­ter’s women events, In­di­vid­ual medals went to Far­ran­fore’s Maria McCarthy (8th) and club mate Mary Daly (11th). In the age cat­e­gories, Ni­amh O’Sul­li­van (An Riocht) took gold in O-55. Ma­jella Diskin (An Riocht) fin­ished 6th in O-60. In the O-50s Sharon Cahill took sil­ver, with team mate Liz Heaslip 20th.

Caro­line Mur­phy (Gneeveg­uilla) was 11th in same group. Far­ran­fore’s Caitri­ona Barry was 11th in the O-45s. In the O-40s the Far­ran­fore women did very well, Maria McCarthy fin­ished in third, Marie McKenna 35th and Grainne Tier­ney 42nd while team mate Mary Daly fin­ished 6th in the O-35s. In the club and county points, An Riocht took top hon­ours in the O-50 group while Kerry took sil­ver in the O-50 county stand­ings.

In the In­ter­me­di­ate Men’s Conor O’Ma­hony fin­ished in 12th and brought his An Riocht team home to a fourth place club fin­ish, the team in­cluded Pa­trick O’Con­nor (3th), Martin Di­neen (32nd) and James Do­ran (34th).

The men were joined by Far­ran­fore Maine Val­ley’s Ge­orge McCarty (21st) and club mate Seán O’Sul­li­van (47th) for county fourth place. Also com­pet­ing was Dar­ren Burke in 50th.

Sun­day also saw our young track and field ath­letes in ac­tion at the Mun­ster U-9 to U-12 in­door cham­pi­onships. There were two medals for Lios Tuathail with Saoirse Dil­lon win­ning gold in the U-12 girls’ 60m and Steve Reidy win­ning bronze in the U-10 boys’ 60m.

Last Fri­day the IUAA in­door in­ter­var­si­ties took place in Athlone. Four medals and three new records came back to IT Tralee. In the women’s triple jump, Tralee Har­ri­ers ath­lete So­longe Diogo took sil­ver with a record jump of 11.18m, while Tra­vane Mor­ri­son took sil­ver in the men’s 200m in 21.61 and bronze in the 60m in 6.87, both records for the col­lege.

Rossa Fo­ley of Far­ran­fore Main Val­ley brought home bronze in the weight for dis­tance with a throw of 7.49m. There was sil­ver for David Kenny (Far­ran­fore Maine Val­ley and rep­re­sent­ing CIT) in the 2,000m walk in an ex­cel­lent time of 8.06. No­table men­tion goes to Aoife Ma­hony of Lios Tuathail – Aoife won her heat in the 800m and was just piped into fourth in the fi­nal.

Shona Heaslip was the out­right win­ner of the sec­ond race in the Gneeveg­uilla Spring Se­ries, cover­ing the 5km course in 16.41 min­utes. Sec­ond woman across the line was Sharon Rynne (Kil­murry-Ibrick­ane) and third was Siob­han Daly (Gneeveg­uilla).

The first three men were Seán O’Sul­li­van (An Riocht), Brian Mur­phy (En­nis Track) and Ger O’Sul­li­van (An Riocht). The third race takes place on Fe­bru­ary 17 at 11am with reg­is­tra­tion from 9:45.

The Ken­mare run­ners who won bronze club medals, and were on the Kerry team that won sil­ver medals, at the Na­tional Ju­ve­nile ‘B’ Cross-coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Clar­in­bridge; from left: Ti­mothy O’Donoghue, Tadgh O’Donoghue, Michael O’Reilly and Liam Palmer

The An Riocht Health and Leisure Over-50 ladies team that won club gold and sil­ver county medals in the Na­tional Mas­ters Cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships on Sun­day. From left are Ni­amh O’Sul­li­van, Liz Heaslip, Sharon Cahill and Ma­jella Diskin

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