The Kerry County Juvenile Track and Field Championships were held last Saturday and Sunday in very wet and windy conditions. As usual there were many fine performances from athletes of all ages and despite the poor weather there were 11 championship best performances in field events alone.
Stand out performances include Fiona Doyle of Star of the Laune who took gold in U13 80m, 60m hurdles, 600m and shot and also won the U14 high jump, breaking the Kerry record in the process. Keeping it in the family her sister Aoife took gold in U16 girls discus and hammer and U17 girls shot. Sophie Lynch from Lios Tuathail showed her winning form when she won gold in U14 80m and 200m.
Rachel Bowler from Tralee Harriers created a new record in the U15 girls long jump and also won gold in the 100m. For St Brendan's Darragh Courtney won gold in U13 boys 60m hurdles, long jump and shot and U14 athlete Darragh Lowth won 75m hurdles, 200m and high jump.
Outstanding male junior athlete was Gavin Dillon from Tralee Harriers, winning gold medals in 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 800m. For the junior women Hannah O'Sullivan (Gneeveguilla) won the 100m, discus and hammer. Champion thrower Alice Akers from Marian AC in Clare, who was competing as a guest, threw 55.27m in the hammer event to gain B standard for the World Youths. The best overall club was Tralee Harriers for the second year in a row.
In the Masters competition, which ran alongside the juveniles on Sunday, the highlight of the day was a new world record in the 56kg weight for distance set by over 80 veteran athlete Eddie Mulcahy. This was a great achievement for Eddie who is a member of Farranfore/Maine Valley AC and has been competing in athletics for more than five decades. Team mate Jim O'Shea, competing in the O70 category had a great high jump of 1.30m.
A full list of winners will be posted on www.kerryahletics.com