Top quality cross-county running in Cahersiveen
ROUND two of the Kerry Athletics Cross-Country Championships took place at the Kerry Sports Centre in Cahersiveen last Sunday with the Juvenile Uneven Ages and Intermediate and Master men and women in action. There was a great turnout across all categories with titles spread throughout the county.
The programme started with the adult races, which freed up valuable volunteers for the juveniles to follow. In the Intermediate Men Conor O’Mahony from An Riocht took the title with Eddie O’Connor (Lios Tuathail) second and Donal White (An Riocht) third. An Riocht took gold and silver team medals. The Intermediate Women’s title also went to An Riocht with Sharon Cahill first across the line, leading Mary O’Connor (3rd) and Majella Diskin (5th) to team gold. Maria McKenna (Farranfore Maine Valley) finished in second place with the team of Grace Crowley and Julie Deane picking up the silver team medals.
In the Masters Women’s race Niamh O’Sullivan (An Riocht) was the overall winner and also took the O-55 title. Mary Daly (Farranfore Maine Valley) finished in second place for the O-40 title and Catriona Barry, also from Farranfore, was third and picked up the O-45 title. The winner of the O-35 category was Siobhan Daly (Gneeveguilla), Sharon Cahill (An Riocht) took the O-50 title and Majella Diskin (An Riocht) the O-60 title. An Riocht won the O-50 team gold medals.
First across the line in the Masters Men’s race was Tim O’Connor (An Riocht) who also won the O-40 age group. Team mates Donal O’Callaghan and Donal White were second and third and along with Sean O’Sullivan took the gold team medals in the O-35 bracket. The O35 title went to Trevor Dunne (An Riocht) while George McCarthy (Farranfore Maine Valley) won the O-45 title. Other title winners were O-50 Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla), O-55 Kevin Griffin (An Riocht), O-60 Michael Mangan (Star of the Laune) and O-65 David Kissane (St Brendan’s).
Next up were the Juvenile races. The top three in each event are given here, but medals were presented to the first six across the line so see www.kerryathletics.com for the full results.
The first event saw the U9 girls take to the field with Emma Casey (Star of the Laune) finishing first with Aideen Dwyer (Iveragh) second and Aoibhe Kelleher (Kenmare) third. Kenmare took team gold. Ben O’Connor (St Brendan’s) won the U9 boys ahead of Noel O’Neill (Kenmare) and Ryan Vickers (Farranfore Maine Valley). Team gold went to Kenmare.
It was gold and silver for Farranfore Maine Valley in the U11 girls race with Jessie Lynch taking the title ahead of Rhian McCarhty. Meabh O’Connor (An Riocht) was third and Kenmare took the team gold medals. Luke Merrigan from Kenmare took the U-11 boys title, to add to the U-10 gold won last week, with Tiernan Lynch (Farranfore Maine Valley) taking silver ad Seamus O’Donoghue (Kenmare) taking bronze. Farranfore won team gold.
There was gold and U-13 girls title for Lily May O’Gara (Spa Fenit Barrow) with Clodagh Dwyer (Iveragh) in second. Killarney Valley won team gold with Kathryn Ryan finishing 3rd, Hannah Ryan 4th, Aoibhin Gleeson 5th and Ali O’Donoghue 11th. Aaron Horgan (St Brendan’s) took the U-13 boys title ahead of Adam Quigley (Iveragh) and Oisin Lynch (Killarney Valley). Iveragh won team gold.
Farranfore Maine Valley athletes took both of the U15 titles with Shauna McCarthy taking gold in the girls race and Cian Spillane winning the boys title. Just behind Shauna were Saoirse Tomkins (Gneeveguilla) and Deirdre Kelly (Iveragh). Second and third for the boys were Malachi Kirwan (Farranfore Maine Valley) and Cian Lynch (Killarney Valley). Unsurprisingly Niamh O’Mahony from An Riocht was the clear winner of the U-17 girls race, adding to the U-18 title won last week. In second place was Kerry Eager (Star of the Laune) and third was Eimear O’Sullivan (St Brendan’s).
The top two places and the team gold in the U-17 boys race went to An Riocht with Oisin Murray taking individual gold and Luke O’Callaghan silver. Michael Nix finished 5th to complete the team. In third place was Ben Murphy (Gneeveguilla). Alyce O’Connor (Kenmare) took the U-19 girls title with Laura Dwyer (Iveragh) second and the U-19 boys race was won by Darragh O’Leary from Killarney Valley with Darragh Lynch (An Riocht) second.
Kenmare AC are currently ahead on points and look set to win the overall trophy again. Farranfore Maine Valley are in second and Iveragh third.
Next Sunday much-anticipated senior cross-country championships take place in Firies. The juvenile programme will end with the inter-club 4 x 500m relays which is for U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 girls and boys.
Meanwhile, Kerry had two medal winners at the Munster Schools Indoor Combined Event championships in Nenagh on October 3. Cillian Griffin (Tralee Harriers) won bronze in the Intermediate Boy’s event and Darragh Courtney (St Brendan’s) silver in the Senior Boy’s competition. Both were representing Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee.
U17 boys on the podium from left to right: Oisin Murray, Luke O’Callaghan, Ben Murphy, Michael O’Reilly, Michael Nix and James Clifford.