2018 Leinster Combined Events

For the first time ever, Kilkenny hosted the Leinster Combined Events. The clash with the provincial schools finals did of course take numbers from the older age groups. None-the-less some good numbers in the younger age groups, helped inspire some revealing performances. The combined events see each athlete obliged to compete in up to 5 events in the day, with points being awarded based on time or distance. The athlete with the highest points from the accumulation of all five events, at the end of the competition is the overall winner. It was good to host these events and give some of our athletes their first ever opportunity to test their abilities over this multi-discipline event. St Senans came home with two medals – Keelin Roche was 2nd in the u/14s with Eoin Aylward winning the u/13 event. KCH had 1 medal winner, a silver medal from Alex Cullen in the boy’s u/13.
Gowran had 5 juvenile medals with Maria Connolly producing her best ever competitive performance to come 3rd in the girls u/14 pentathlon. This was followed shortly afterwards by Noah Scully who was 3rd in the Boys u/14. The Deneiffe siblings Robyn and Zak produced silver and gold in their respective age groups. Cross Country runner Brogan McAlvinney fresh from his Leinster Schools 1,500m run the previous day, was 2nd in the boys u/16.
St Josephs had a double gold in Jordan Knight and Evan O’Toole. Jordan is no stranger to these combined events having medalled in these Leinster championships for the last 2 years.
Results
Boys: u/13 1 Eoin Aylward (St Senans) 2 Alex Cullen (KCH) u/14 2 Keelin Roche (St Senans) 3 Noah Scully (Gowran) u/15 1 Evan O’Toole (St Josephs) u/16 1 Jordan Knight (St Josephs) 2 Brogan McAlvinney (Gowran) u/18: 1 Zak Deneiffe (Gowran) Masters: 2 Padraig Crawford (Gowran) Girls: u/14 3 Maria Connolly (Gowran) u/15 2 Robyn Deneife (Gowran)

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