Harriers in action in the National League Round 2

The senior athletes at Kilkenny City Harriers had a busy day in Santry on Sunday with two teams involved in Round 2 of the National League. A very strong and blustery breeze made life difficult for many particularly the 400m runners who faced into the wind as they turned into the home straight. It also impacted on competitors in high jump and Pole Vault.

The women’s team competed in The Premier Division and while all twelve members gave of their best it is unlikely that they will have garnered sufficient points to qualify for the final in August.The team finished 11th overall

The men’s team, using just ten men, were involved in The First Division and did exceptionally well and expect to represent the club in the league final.The mens team finished in 5th position

Best for the women were Cliodhna Manning, Lorraine O’Shea and Teresa Conlon each of whom finished in second place in their respective events- 200m, Long Jump and Hammer. Catriona Cuddihy, fast on the heels of Olympians Jessie Barr and Claire Bergin, placed third in the 400m.  The 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both finished in third place.

In the men’s league Michael Bowler, Brian Maher and Jack Saunders took the full nine points from Pole Vault, 5000m and 400m respectively. Bowler added a further seven points when he came second in High Jump and Saunders did likewise in the 200m. Eoin Power, guesting from the St Joseph’s club, contributed fourteen points with second place finishes in 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Second placings from David McGeary in 100m and Jonathan FitzPatrick in the Steeplechase further boosted the Harriers score. All round this was a great team performance and hopefully a similar performance can be replicated in the final.

Womens Team – Sinead McDonagh, 100m Hurdles, High Jump and Triple Jump; Catriona Twomey, Shot; Teresa Conlon, Hammer and Discus; Orla McPhillips, 1500m and 800m; Cliodhna Manning, 200m; Lorraine O’Shea, 100m and Long Jump; Susan Garrett, Javelin; Laura Langton, Pole Vault; Sarah Nolan, 3000m; Catriona Cuddihy, 400m; Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonagh  and Lorraine O’Shea, 4x100m Relay; Lorraine O’Shea, Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning and Catriona Cuddihy, 4x400m Relay.

Men’s Team – Eoin Power, 110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles; Michael Bowler, Pole Vault and High Jump; Jack Saunders, 200m and 400m; Nicholas Dunphy, Walk; Jonathan FitzPatrick, Steeplechase; Ian Boland, 800m; Toss Hayes, 1500m; Brian Maher, 5000m; David McGeary, 100m and Long Jump; Cormac Everard, Triple Jump; Jack Saunders, Eoin Power, Cormac Everard, and David McGeary, 4x100m Relay; Cormac Everard, Ian Boland, Michael Bowler and Jonathan FitzPatrick, 4x400m Relay.

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