National Indoors Day 1

An arduous trip on snow laden roads, proved a worthwhile experience for County Kilkenny athletes today. The snow was at its worst in the south of the county, with much sliding in the snow and choosing alternate routes, a convoy of Kilkenny cars arrived in Athlone ready to take on the Nation.

Ciara Deely of KCH defended her 400m title with a magnificent win in the girls u/19 with a time of 55.8. After an easy victory in the 400m heats, she was clearly the pre final favourite. Ciara has had fantastic last 12 months and her performace looks like it is set to continue in an upward direction.
Another favourite was David Murphy of Gowran who won the u/19 60m – the only athletes being under 7 seconds. David is by now an established sprinter at national level. His best event the 200m is next week.
And the victories kept coming, young Louis Raggett of KCH leaped to victory in the boys u/12 High Jump with a magnificent PB of 1m 38cm – a full 8cm higher than his opponents. What a bright high jumping career lies ahead of him.
Tadgh Connolly of St Senans AC continued his medal winning ways, from Cross Country to middle distance, walks to throws, there is no end to this young man”s versitility. Today he was 2nd in the u/15 boys walk and 3rd in the shot putt.
Rose Sheridan (St Senans) competed in her first ever All Ireland today and took home a bronze medal in the girls u/15 High Jump. Not bad for a first time appearance.
David Williams of St Senan’s was very unlucky when he was pipped for 3rd place – literally on the finishing line. A good performance none-the-less.
Martyna Belcer of KCH was 4th in the girls u/19 Long Jump with her brother Mateauz 4th in the boys u/15 High Jump. Another 4th placed athlete was Castlecomer’s Nicky Connolly who was 4th in the boys u/18 1,500m race walk.
Issac Carew of St Senan’s finished 5th in the u/12 boys high jump, recording the same height as the second placed athlete. Anna Brennan was 5th in the u/12 shot putt, with a new PB – nothing feels better than to get a PB at the nationals.
Sophie Monahan (St Senans) appearing in her first ever All Ireland’s was 9th in the girls u/14 1,000m race walk. Robyn Denieffe of Gowran was 7th in the girls u/16 1,500m race walk. Others to compete for Gowran were Darragh Nolan in the u/14 High Jump and Eve O’Dwyer in the u/16 shot putt.
Katie Taylor (St Josephs) was 9th in the girls u/15 60m and Evan O’Toole (St Josephs) was 7th in the boys u/15 High Jump.
Others to compete for KCH were Brian Moore u/13 60m and Adam Slawinka in the boys u/13 High jump. Lots of jumping ability in County Kilkenny.

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