Medals Galore in Wexford

Kilkenny athletes had another successful cross-country day at the Leinster Championships in Adamstown, Co Wexford on Sunday. A total of seventyone medals were won. These included nineteen won by individuals who will now go forward to compete on Leinster teams in the national finals in Tullamore on the 19th December. These will be joined by four club teams – the Kilkenny City Harriers Girls under 13 who won silver; the St Joseph’s Girls under 13 team who won bronze; the Boys under 13 team from Gowran and the Girls Under 17 team from St Senan’s, both of which also won bronze. Some  major successes were scored by the county teams. Pride of place goes to the girls under 15 and girls under 17 teams. Both won gold. The boys under 11, girls under 13 and boys under 15, all won silver.

On the day there were some really outstanding performances. The first race of the day, the girls under 11, produced one of these when Ruth Kennedy, Gowran, stormed home. Such was her victory that she had exited the finishing chute before the next runner from the 150 strong field entered the finishing straight. Ruth’s sister also impressed winning individual bronze in the under 15 race. A third Gowran girl to impress was Mary Ellen Doyle who finished 2nd in the girls under 17 race. Conor Clarke, Castlecomer, was another stalwart with a third place in the boys under 11. St Joseph’s girls Helen Hoynes and Chloe Richardson, 1st and 11th respectively, set up the county team for silver. This was the race where close packing  brought the silver medals to the city club. The athletes involved were Aisling McDonough, Lauren Gleeson, Abigail O’Keeffe and Anna Robinson with respective places of 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 25th. Best for the under 13 boys was under 12 athlete, Luke FitzPatrick, who finished 5th. St Senan’s athletes, Hugh Morgan, under 15 and Conor Rochford under 19 put in their usual one hundred percent and were each rewarded with silver medals. Best for the Thomastown club were the fifth place finishes of Megan Morrissey, under 17 and Aoife O’Connor, under 19. Unlucky on the day were the under 17 boys team which came fourth following fine runs by Jonathan FitzPatrick, 4th and James Maher 7th.

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