KCH strike Gold, Silver and Bronze at Leinster Juvenile Track and Field

Kilkenny City Harriers had a satisfactory return from the first day of the Leinster Under 13 – U19 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday.

Club members won twelve medals – two gold, four silver and four bronze – and consequently qualify for the All-Ireland finals in July.

Another happy outcome was the fact that there were qualifiers in all age groups. The girls in the Under 17 age group did particularly well with all four winning medals.

One of the top performances came from Cliodhna Manning with a first place finish in the 300m. Elaine McGeary, returning to athletics after a considerable absence, won silver in the 100m. Catriona Twomey won silver in the 100m Hurdles and Sinead McDonagh scored twice winning bronze in both 100m Hurdles and Long Jump. These four then proceed to win gold for the county in the Inter County 4x100m relay race.

Roisin Gogarty, competing in her first Leinster championships, won gold in the under 14 Javelin with a throw of over twenty-two meters. Lauren Gleeson carried the flag for the Under13’s with a third place finish in the 60m Hurdles.

Lauren FitzPatrick was the winner of bronze in the 80m Hurdles under 15 and Margaret Caldbeck won bronze in the 200m under 16. Lorraine O’Shea was the under 18 star winning silver in the 100m sprint. Ian Boland and Michael Lanigan competing in the 400m under 19 were the last of the medal winners when they finished second and third respectively in the final.

With Day 1 of the Leinster Track and Field Championships being described as satisfactory then Sunday, Day 2 has to be very satisfactory for the city club with a total of twenty-two medals – seven gold, six silver and eight bronze – being won. Top result of the day belongs to Aaron Barron. Competing in three events under 15 he medalled in all three – Gold in the long Jump and bronze in Triple Jump and 100m.

Other gold medal winners on Day 2 were Jonathan FitzPatrick in under 18 Steeplechase, Aisling McDonagh in Hammer under 14 and under 17 girls Catriona Twomey and Sinead McDonagh shared first place in the under 17 High Jump.

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