National Juvenile Track and Field Championships

Highlights from Days 1 and 2

The first two days of the National Juvenile Track and Field Championships saw some excellent performances by Kilkenny athletes with seven clubs winning All-Ireland medals. Euro-bound Ciara Deely prepared for her outing in two weeks’ time in the European Junior championships with a Championship Best in the 400m while the McEvoy twins, Annie and Shay, took gold in in their respective 3000m events.

St Senans of Kilmacow had stellar performances by their athletes taking home a silver and two bronze medals. Gowran, Castlecomer, St Josephs, Brow Rangers and Thomastown won medals while the KCH suite of medals was completed by James Kearney in the steeplechase and Rory MacGabhann in the High Jump. Others from all clubs were unlucky to just miss out on medals.

Some exceptional multiple event performances were achieved by numerous athletes perhaps most significantly by Jordan Knight (TT), Evan O’Toole (SJ), Mark Wallis (SS) and the KCH trio of Abbie O’Brien, Annie O’Connor and Jennifer Leahy.

All built on most successful Track and Field seasons, exemplified by James O’Neill’s U19 national silver medal in Shot Putt adding to his Leinster Junior medal in Discus achieved this week in Irishtown, Dublin.

Next Sunday sees day 3 of the National Juveniles while Saturday sees the National Juvenile Bs, both being held in Tullamore.



U18 Girls 400m Ciara Deely (KCH) (Championship Best Performance)

U17 Boys 3000m Shay McEvoy (KCH)

U17 Girls 3000m Annie McEvoy (KCH)


U19 Boys Shot Putt James O’Neill (Gowran)

U17 Boys 2000m Steeplechase James Kearney (KCH)

U14 Boys Hammer Mark Wallis (St Senans)

U15 Boys Long Jump Jordan Knight (Thomastown)


U17 Boys 3000m Walk Nicky Connolly (Castlecomer)

U12 Boys Long Jump Eoin Aylward (St Senans)

U19 Girls Long Jump Sarah Lawlor (St Josephs)

U17 Girls 2000m Steeplechase Aoife Allen (St Senans)

U19 Boys Shot Putt Patrick D’Arcy (Brow Rangers)

U17 Boys High Jump Rory MacGabhann (KCH)

Other Results:

U12 Girls Shot Putt Anna Brennan (Gowran) 4th

U12 Boys 60m Brian Moore (KCH) 7th ; Long Jump Alex Cullen (KCH) 18th; Eli Dunne (CC) 14th

U13 Girls 60mH Abbie O’Brien (KCH); Long Jump Abbie O’Brien 7th,Orla Kenny(KCH) 13th,Ella Delehanty (KCH) 15th ; Amelie Foley (KCH) 8th

U14 Girls High Jump Saoirse Allen (SS) 4th ; 80m Katie Taylor(SJ) 8th ;

U14 Boys 80m Danny Glennon (SJ) ; Shot Putt Mark Wallis (SS) 4th, Joe Roche (SS) 12th ; Long Jump Evan O’Toole (SJ) 10th; High Jump Mateusz Balcer (KCH) 6th, Evan O’Toole (SJ) 10th; Javelin Peter McDonald (SS) 5th , Daniel Griffin (SS) 16th; 75mH Evan O’Toole (SJ)

U15 Girls 2000m Walk Robyn Denieffe (Gowran) 8th ; High Jump Isabelle Ryan (TT) 13th

U15 Boys 100m Jordan Knight (TT) 6th; 80mH Jordan Knight (TT) 4th

U16 Girls Discus Kate Cullen (BR) 6th; Triple Jump Sophie Jackman (SS) 8th; 80mH Jennifer Leahy 8th; High Jump Jennifer Leahy 8th

U16 Boys High Jump Peter Dunne (Gowran) 6th ; 800m Gavin Manning (Gowran) 11th;

U17 Boys Triple Jump Rory MacGabhann (KCH) 9th ; 400m Rory MacGabhann (KCH); 3000m Kevin Burns (KCH); 11th, James Kearney (KCH) 14th , Luke Whelan (KCH) 16th;

U18 Girls Long Jump Martyna Balcer (KCH) 7th; Discus Emma Kelly (BR) 11th; 100m Leah Raggett (KCH)

U18 Boys 3000m Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH) 5th, Colm Murphy (KCH) 14th

U19 Girls 800m Annie O’Connor (KCH) 4th; 400m Annie O’Connor(KCH) 6th

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