Top qual­ity cross-county run­ning in Ca­her­siveen

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT - Tessa Den­ni­son

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.ker­ry­ath­let­ 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.

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