An Riocht reign supreme

Tessa Dennison

An Riocht AC reigned supreme at the Munster 4-Mile Road Race Championships that were held in Currow recently. In the Senior Women's race Shona Heaslip was the overall winner, crossing the line in 21.02, more than two minutes ahead of Martina Kiely from St Finbarr's AC in second place.

The An Riocht Senior Women's team won gold in the club category and county bronze with Niamh O'Sullivan, Sharon Cahill and Suzanne Neilan making up the four. There were more honours in the Novice category with Sharon Cahill, Suzanne Neilan, Mary O'Connor and Catherine O'Sullivan picking up bronze team medals.

In the Masters categories, Suzanne Neilen won O-40, Mary O'Connor was second O-45, Sharon Cahill second O-50 and Niamh O'Sullivan first O-55, just ahead of Anne Mangan from Star of the Laune. The Women's O-35 team won bronze county medals. In the O-45 age group An Riocht won gold team medals and the county also picked up gold in this category.

Tim O'Connor was the top Kerry finisher in the Senior Men's race finishing in 10th position overall with the An Riocht Men's team taking fourth place. There were bronze county medals for Kerry with Tim O'Connor joined by club mates James Doran, Donal O'Callaghan, Sean O'Sullivan, Tommy O'Brien and Martin Dineen.

In Novice Men James Doran finished fourth leading the team of Donal O'Callaghan, Sean O'Sullivan and Tommy O'Brien to gold club medals. Martin Dineen and Robert Purcell (Gneeveguilla) completed the team that won bronze county medals.

Tim O'Connor won gold in the Master Men O-40 age group, Robert Purcell won the O45 category and there was gold also for Patrick O'Shea (Iveragh) in O-65.

Club gold went to the An Riocht O-35 team and the county also won gold in this category.

Full results are available on the Munster Athletics website.

Congratulations to our university athletes who competed in the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships at CIT on the April 7 and 8. Adam King (Iveragh and DCU) won gold in the hammer with a new IUAA record throw of 63.51m. There was gold also for Shona Heaslip (An Riocht and IT Tralee) in the Women's 5,000m and Mairead O'Neill (Gneeveguilla and UCD) in the hammer. Kayleigh Cronin (Farranfore Maine Valley and DCU) was second in the discus.

Bronze medals went to Grace Lynch (Iveragh and UL) in the Women's 1,500m and Solange Diego (Tralee Harriers and IT Tralee) in the triple jump.

The Kerry Junior, Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships will be held at An Riocht Track on Friday, April 14 at 4pm.

Please note this event is for athletes U-17 upwards and juvenile athletes born after 2001 will not be able to take part. The U-9 to U-16 track and field championships will be held at a later date once the track has been refurbished.


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