Heaslip named Athlete of the Meet at Leevale

Intermediate girls from Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine in Kenmare who all won medals at the South Munster Schools track and field championships recently. From left: Christine McCarthy, Rhona Randles, Elinor Dennison, Alyce O'Connor
Intermediate girls from Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine in Kenmare who all won medals at the South Munster Schools track and field championships recently. From left: Christine McCarthy, Rhona Randles, Elinor Dennison, Alyce O'Connor

Tessa Dennison

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Leevale AC and athletes travelled from all over the country to compete at the Cork club's annual track and field meet last Saturday in the hope of winning one of the event's specially commissioned medals.

There were several athletes in contention for the Athlete of the Meet award but an impressive win by Shona Heaslip (An Riocht) in the women's 3,000m, in a time of 9.22.99, saw her receive the award.

Other Kerry medal winners were Aoibheann O'Brien (Tralee Harriers) who picked up silver in the women's long jump with a jump of 5.53m, just 3cm off gold, and An Riocht athletes Micheal O Sé, who won bronze in the men's 200m and 400m, and William O'Connor who won silver in the men's 400m.

Secondary school girls from all over South Kerry descended on CIT last Thursday for the South Munster Schools Track and Field championships. The weather was fine, making for some great competition. It was exciting to see so many of the names featured regularly in this column representing their schools, some of them for the first time.

In the Minor Girls, Kerry Eager (ISC Killorglin) was the county's only medal winner, picking up silver in the 800m. It was a different story in the Junior Girl's events with Abby Littlejohn (Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare) winning gold in the discus and bronze in the javelin with school mates Clionadh Daly taking bronze in the 80m hurdles and Aoife O'Reilly bronze in the walk.

There were four more medals for the Kenmare girls in the Intermediate age category with Rhona Randles taking an impressive win the U-16 mile, Alyce O'Connor winning silver in the 1,500m, Christine McCarthy taking third in the high jump and Elinor Dennison winning bronze in the long jump.

Ciara Kennelly (St Brigid's Killarney) was in top form in the Intermediate high jump. Her gold medal winning clearance of 1.65m, equaling the South Munster schools record. Also in the Intermediate group and making a welcome return to the track following injury was Fiona Doyle (ISC Killorglin) who won gold in the Intermediate 200m. Schoolmate Maebh Sheehan won bronze in the 80m hurdles.

There was double gold for Shona O'Brien (Pres Milltown) who crossed the line first in both the 800m and 1,500m. Niamh Coffey and Aisling Coffey (St Brigid's Killarney) finished in second and third places respectively in the Intermediate 3000m.

Ruth Courtney (Pres Killarney) won gold in the Intermediate shot and finished second in the triple jump. There were two medals also for Leanne Cronin (Killorglin CC) when she finished second in the Intermediate discus and third in the shot.

Competing for St Brigid's Killarney, Sarah Leahy was the clear winner of the Senior Girl's 100m and 200m. Shauna Doellken O'Shea (Scoil Phobail Bhéarna) won gold in the Senior 3,000m and 1500m steeplechase.

Clare Fitzgerald (Tralee Harriers) competed in the British National League Division One In Birmingham where she finished in second place in the discus with a season's best throw of 53.10m.

The Munster Half Marathon Championships were recently held in conjunction with the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run where An Riocht's men's team finished in silver medal position. Scorers on the day were James Doran, Donal O'Callaghan, Sean O'Sullivan and Martin Dineen.

Kerryman

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