Kerry underage athletes star in Tullamore

Tessa Dennison

THE Munster U14-U19 Track and Field Championships were held in Templemore, County Tipperary last weekend.

The poor weather conditions didn't stand in the way of some excellent Kerry results. Eoin O'Carroll, Tralee Harriers, took gold in Under 19 100m, 200m and long jump. In the Under 14 girls Orla O'Reilly won gold in the 100m, silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200m. Club mate Rachel Bowler won gold in Under 15 girls long jump. Tralee Harriers athletes who won silver medals were Mary Doody in the U18 triple jump and Sean Fitzmaurice in Under 17 javelin. Bronze medal winners were Sarah Cooper in both the U18 400m and long jump and Aoibheann O'Brien in the U16 long jump.

From Spa Muckross, Kayleigh Cronin won gold in Under 18 discus with a new munster record of 44.23m. Shona O'Brien took gold in the Under 14 800m and silver in the 1,500m. Dion Marcos won silver medals in the Under 16 100m, 200m and 250m hurdles. Sarah Leahy took silver in the Under 15 girls long jump. Dylan O'Sullivan won Under 17 high jump and was third in the long jump.

Billy Courtney won gold in the javelin and bronze in both the Under 16 shot and discus. Kianan O'Doherty won bronze in the Under 14 discus and Christine Cooper was third in Under 16 800m.

Jason Foley from Lios Tuathail won the Under 17 100m, 200m 100m hurdles and Sophie Lynch won gold in the Under 14 200m. Silver medals for Lios Tuathail came from Siobhan Donnegan in the Under 18 400m and Michael Foley in Under 16 1,500m. Aoife Mahony won bronze in the Under 15 800m and Vanessa Dineen bronze in the Under 18 2,000m steeplechase.

There were three medals for St Brendan's AC. Michael Grimes won gold in Under 19 triple jump, Eoghan Courtney gold in Under 19 400m hurdles and Darragh Lowth silver in the Under 14 800m.

Andrew McCarthy from Gneeveguilla took gold in Under 19 shot, discus and hammer while Sinead Warren won gold in the Under 14 discus and silver in both the shot and hammer. Silver was won for the club by Amy Cronin in the Under 17 long jump, Tomas O'Neill in the Under 17 discus and hammer. Lauren Keneally was third in Under 17 high jump.

David Kenny (Farranfore / Maine Valley) won gold in Under 15 2000m race walk and club mate Robert Campbell was second in the Under 15 javelin and third in the Under 15 hammer.

Aoife Doyle was Star of the Laune's only medal winner taking gold in Ubder 16 discus and hammer and bronze in Under 16 shot.


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