Medals galore at Munster Juvenile T&F


Eileen O’Riordan (Gneeveguilla AC) competing in the masters weight for distance
Eileen O’Riordan (Gneeveguilla AC) competing in the masters weight for distance

Tessa Dennison

Templemore was the track of choice this past weekend for Day 1 of the Munster Juvenile T&F Championships and the Junior and Master events.

Tralee Harriers Athletes long jumped their way into the medals on Saturday and Sunday with Rebecca Falvey taking gold in the U17 girls and Jordan Kissane doing the same in the U-17 boys. Cillian Griffin took the silver in the U-18 boys with a new PB of 6.69m, following that up on Sunday with double silver in the junior 100m and 200m and Luke O'Carroll took the gold in the U-19 long jump and then took the junior title on Sunday.

Other medallists on Sunday included Basit Oyebanji who took the 100m and 200m Junior titles, Leanne Cronin who won the Junior women's Hammer title while Alan O'Connor took the Senior men's Discus title and was second in the shot. Cathal Murphy threw the javelin on Saturday and secured fourth place and qualifies for Nationals in July. Jordan, Luke Basit and Cillian competed in the Junior 4 x100m Relay and took the top honours for second year in a row.

St. Brendan's Aaron Malik was a double gold medallist on Saturday taking top spot in both the U-19 hurdles and pole vault while on Sunday their Masters achieved the following: Ursula Barrett won gold in the O-40 200m and long jump and silver in the 100m. Derek McCarthy took gold in the O-40 shot, silver in the high jump and bronze in the weight for distance.

David Butler had an outstanding day also with gold in the javelin O-35, silver in the weight for distance, bronze in the 800m and bronze in the shot. David Kissane won gold in the O-65 discus, silver in the 400m and silver in the javelin.

Kenmare AC's athletes lit up the track in the middle distance events on Saturday with Rhona Randles coming first in the U-18 steeplechase and second in the U-18 800m.

Alyce O'Connor was first in the U-19 800m, Michael O Reilly first in the U-17 steeplechase and Gary Randles third in the U-18 800m and second in the U-18 Javelin.

On Sunday David Littlejohn competed at the masters earning gold in the O-40 javelin, WFD and discus and silver in the hammer and bronze in the Shot Put.

Lios Tuathail AC's Padraic McCarthy was second in the U-16 discus. Farranfore Maine Valley AC's Eabha McCarthy was third in the U-14 hurdles.

Danielle ORiordan, Gneeveguilla AC, qualified for the U-14 Hammer at Nationals with a fourth place finish on Saturday while teammate Saoirse Tomkins, will be joining her after her fourth place finish in the 800m U-16.

An Riocht's Katelyn Reid was third in the U-17 discus and second in the Junior shot. Niamh O'Mahoney won the Junior women's 1,500m and Darragh Lynch was second in the U-19 800m. Star of the Laune's James Clifford won the U-18 steeplechase.

Further Masters results were not available at time of publication and will be included next week.

Further afield Killarney Valley's Jordan Lee was competing for Paralympics Ireland in Italy over the weekend and he produced a new pb of 1.89ms to win the event and is now ranked fourth in the world in his category - well done Jordan.

Days 2 and 3 of the Juvenile U-12 to U-19 championships take place in Castleisland this coming weekend. Kerry Athletics wishes all athletes much success in all upcoming events.